|Ch. Ali, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!
|Barked: Tue Jan 18, '11 6:52pm PST |
|Your clipper blades will last MUCH longer if you clean them regularly and just sharpen them when absolutely necessary. I would be broke if I sharpened mine after every 3 or 4 grooms...I do between 8 and 10 dogs a day. And, don't forget, every time you have those blades sharpened, they will cut almost a half blade size shorter because they are grinding metal off both the cutter and the base when they are sharpened. So, after about 3 or 4 times being sharpened, that 4F is now a 5F. It helps to mark your blades with a number and keep track of how many times each blade is sharpened so you don't end up with a much shorter clip than planned.
We clean regularly with blade wash and sharpen about every 3 or 4 months, and use lots of cool lube while clipping. And, if possible, only clip bathed dogs... dirt will dull a blade quickly. I keep a set of blades that are only used for pre-clipping when I absolutely have to pre-clip, thereby not ruining my best blades.
And, finally, the blade that comes with a new clipper is most often a 10 blade. There ARE closer cutting blades... we use a 15 on pet poodle faces, tails and feet here and a 30 or even a 40 on show grooms and things like Crested faces and ears.
Also, make sure you have some sort of cushioned flooring under your table, like those foam snap together pieces used for kids play areas... otherwise you will be breaking blades and shears when they get knocked off the table. Murphy's law says a falling shear will always land point first!!!