Clipper blades are made to last. However, they do dull over time and need to be replaced regularly. When your clipper blades are dull, they can cause a lot of damage and stress on your pet’s coat and skin. This can result in broken hairs or even create an unpleasant experience for both you and your pet! It is important to know how to tell if clipper blades are dull and needs to be changed before it causes damage to either one of you or both of you!
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Uncomfortable clipper sounds
If you hear a grinding sound or feel excessive heat from the clipper, it may be time to sharpen your blades. A dull blade can cause friction and heat, which will not only make your dog uncomfortable but could also damage the motor.
Dull blades are also likely to pull on hair rather than clip it cleanly, resulting in an uneven coat and uneven trims that look like they were done by a toddler with scissors (I’m looking at you, bangs).
Thinning hair on the back of the pony
You should check for thinning hair on the back of the pony’s neck. If you see any patchy sections of hair, it could be a sign that your clippers are dull.
Thinning patches can be caused by two things—either the blade has worn down and is no longer cutting evenly or maybe you’re using blades with too much tension (which will cause them to cut too close). If either of these situations applies to you, then it’s time to change out your blades! Here are some examples of what a dull blade can do:
A ragged edge or uneven cut
A ragged edge is caused by a dull blade. If a clipper blade is dull, it will pull the hair rather than cutting through it smoothly. This can cause you to have an uneven cut and leave you with ragged edges when you’re done cutting.
Clipper blades pull the hair instead of cutting it
When the clipper blades pull the hair instead of cutting it, it’s time to sharpen your blades. To check if your blade is dull and needs sharpening, run a hand over the surface of the clippers while they are running and feel for any pulling or dragging sensations. If you feel these sensations, then it’s time to sharpen your blades!
Clipping is slow and time-consuming
If you’ve noticed that clipping is slowing down, it may be time to replace your clipper blades. The time spent clipping is time spent not riding, and every rider wants their horse clipped quickly and efficiently. Clipper blades should be replaced every 6 months (or sooner if they become dull). If you feel like your clipper blades are dull, get a new set!
Now that you know what to look for, the next step is to replace your clipper blades. Dull blades can be dangerous to use and they may cause more harm than good. If you have any questions about replacing your clipper blade, feel free to contact us today! We are happy to help you find replacements for any type of blade or other grooming supplies needed in order complete this task.