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Care of mains powered, heavy duty clippers

Care of mains powered, heavy duty clippers - Masterclip

Loz Dorey |

Unlike battery powered clippers, mains powered clippers offer unlimited clipping time with immediate power taking away the hassle of pre-charging batteries beforehand. They are the also the best choice for heavy-duty clippers when clipping livestock back-to-back such as shearing flocks of sheep, clipping store cattle or for large yards of horses. However, mains powered clippers do require some extra checks to ensure they remain in the best possible condition.


It’s important to take the time before and after each use to check over the clipper and the power cable for signs of wear or damage. Splits in the cable that go through to the electrical wires pose a safety risk. At the first sign of damage, send your clippers to our dedicated Masterclip workshop team who can properly investigate the damage and replace the cable if needed. We carry all spare parts for our clipper models for repairs to be carried out swiftly in-house. Regular clipper servicing, once a year will also allow for your clipper to be fully safety tested and thoroughly checked over for any potential issues to ensure they always working optimally.



  • Clean the cable after each use with a dry cloth to remove dirt that may hide damage. You can see how to do this in our YouTube clipper care guide
  • Check the cable at the connection joint with the clipper handset and at the plug. The cable should be well secured inside the plug or handset and without showing the internal wires.
  • Check the full length of the cable for kinks, signs of wear or splitting of the outer cover and exposed wires.
  • Take care not to let the cable come into contact with water or urine-soaked floors.
  • If a horse stands on the cable, even if it may look ok, send the clipper to our workshop for PAT testing and cable replacement.
  • Loosely gather the cable together for storage – don’t tighten the cable or over flex the wire as this will put added pressure on the cable and could cause weakness at the point of the bend over time.
  • If the clipper stutters or cuts out during use, there may be damage to the cable. Stop and send it to us for repair.


Lastly, always ensure you use your heavy-duty clippers with an RCD to protect you and your horse/livestock from potential electrical shock. If there is an increased risk that a fidgety horse may stand on the cable, consider using a cordless clipper instead.

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