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Clipper Service Information


Most modern clippers are fitted with an overload reset. This is designed to protect the machine from becoming overloaded and will operate automatically. If you experience this situation, allow your clipper to rest for a short interval of a few minutes before re-setting the switch which is done by lightly pressing the switch which is normally situated on the rear of your machine (as shown on the picture of the swift clipper below). If your clipper repeatedly stops over a short period of time, you should seek qualified assistance

Overload Reset Button

Fitment of your blades:

Make sure you disconnect / isolate your clipper machine from the power supply

We recommend that both blades to be used are clean and lightly oiled on the blade guide surfaces (your blade guide surfaces are the surfaces which rub together when your clipper is operational).

Wolseley clipper head without blades.

At this point it is worth applying a drop of oil to lubricate the drive crank roller, then take the cutter blade (the smaller of the two blades) and position it so that it sits flush in the head of your clipper, there are two locating spigots on the head of the clipper and two recesses on the cutter blade, when positioned correctly your blade will feel secure (there is only one way the blade will fit).

Clipper head with cutter blade fitted

Next, place the comb blade (the larger of the two blades) in position on top of the cutter. Again you will find two round locating spigots (larger than for the cutter blade) which the comb blade will fit over.

Clipper head with both blades fitted.

Next you will have to fit the tension bolt, nut and spring. The tension bolt is fitted first; this fits through the hole in the comb blade with the thread of the bolt being visible when fitted from the other side of the clipper head housing. You will then have to hold both of the blades together with the tension bolt securely in place, while turning the clipper over so that you can fit the spring over the tension bolt. The tension screw / nut can then be screwed onto the tension bolt; care must be taken not to over tighten at this stage.

Tensioning the blades:

It must be made very clear, that only with time will you get to know how to optimise your clipper blade tension with little effort. Adjustment of the blade tension should not be a continuous process, once the blades are set to there optimum, only the minimum of adjustment will be required with continuous usage.

With the clipper machine connected to a power supply, begin by adjusting the screw / nut so that it is  just easing pressure on the tension spring thus holding the blades together, then turn on your clipper making sure to point the blades away from you and / or any animal for safety. To adjust the blade pressure (known as tensioning the blades) gradually slacken the tension nut until the upper cutter plate (cutter) is no longer exerting pressure on the lower plate (comb) You will note a change of pitch in the sound of the motor. (Blade clatter) This indicates that the blades are two loose.

Now tighten the tension nut until you feel slight resistance, this will indicated the motor is starting to labour. Between the two points - “chattering blades” and the start of the “motor labouring” will be found the correct clipping tension. Usually as a guide one full turn is sufficient, but this can depend on the age and life of the blades.

If for some reason the machine fails to clip smoothly it is highly likely you have not correctly adjusted the tensioning. You may need to make a small adjustment to the tension during the clip - this has nothing to do with any fault on the part of the clipper, in most cases failure to clip correctly is operator orientated rather than a fault with the machine. Keep your blades well oiled

Avoid setting the pressure on the cutter plate too high as this will lead to excessive heat build up and will rapidly overheat the blades and they will become blunt. Keep blades well oiled. Do please remember blades can go blunt at a moment’s notice due to high levels of dirt and grit with the animal’s coat especially in the case of horses during the first clip of the season. In the case of even the best groomed horses unless they have previously been wash there is likely to be a considerable build up of particles of grit and dust which can cause blade failure (on any type of blades!) very quickly



Lubrication of your clipper blades:

Oiling of the blades should be carried out at regular intervals (at least every 4/5 minutes) during the clipping application. It is most important to ensure that both the upper plate (cutter) and lower comb blade are kept constantly oiled and not allowed to dry out as this will lead to overheating of the blades, which will quickly impair the cutting performance.

Important that you lubricate your blades regularly

We only recommend Wolseley clipper oil

Routine Maintenance:


Servicing of your clipper is recommended (mandatory), and this should be carried out at regular intervals according to use, but an annual service, would be advisable to reduce possible clipper failure during clipping season.


Cable lead 

Great care should be taken with your power cable of the clipper, this should be checked before and after usage for cuts or other signs of damage which can occur in an instant, and you must be aware of this for safety reasons (your horse can inflict cable damage on your clipper).


Cutter head

In all events this is best carried out at a qualified service centre, .

The inside of the clipper head should be cleaned regularly and after each clipping session. Remove both blades. Using a soft brush clean thoroughly both the head and all components parts. After which wipe clean with a dry cloth. Reassemble the blades carefully and oil both blades and the cutter head.

Air Filter

The air filter is a very important part of the clipper as it provides cool air to the motor to prevent it from over heating. It is essential therefore that the air filter is kept clean at all times. (Filter should be cleaned at least every 30 minutes during operational use!)

Place your finger firmly on top off the filter

Slide the filter out off the rear of the clipper body

The air filter casing is easily removed by sliding it out from the clipper body casing. Clean the filter thoroughly removing all dirt and hair so that you can see clearly through the filter mesh. If greasy wash in a mild detergent and dry thoroughly before replacing.

 Do not attempt to insert any sharp objects through the filter casing as you may damage the armature windings. Do not forget to replace the filter casing immediately after cleaning.


Use only genuine manufacturer component parts


When not in use, your clipper, including any sets of blades that you may own, should, after having been thoroughly cleaned and oiled, stored in a dry secure place, preferably in your house. Do not leave outside! (In tack rooms or stables).