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How to Avoid Your A5 Dog Clipper Breaking Down

Updated: Apr 22, 2023

Are you tired of having to fix your dog clippers? Are you tired of having to spend money on a new pair every year? We are too. That's why we put together this guide for how to avoid your A5 dog clipper breaking down.

A clipper on a grooming table.
How To Avoid Your Clipper Breaking Down

You might think that all that matters is how fast your clipper can cut hair, but the truth is that there's a lot more going on inside of these machines than meets the eye. You need to make sure that it's kept clean and well-maintained if you want it to last.

Your A5 dog clipper, like all other clippers, has problems from time to time. But don't worry! We're here to help you avoid those problems so you can keep your dog (or dogs) looking their best with ease.

The first step is knowing what causes these issues in the first place. You probably already know that hair can build up inside the clipper, but did you know that overheating is another common problem? It can happen for a variety of reasons: maybe your dog has thick fur or if you're using the wrong blades for their coat type, but either way it's important to keep an eye on your clippers so they don't overheat and potentially break down.

You should also clean out any hair from inside the clippers regularly—this will help prevent overheating as well as make sure your blades are always sharp and ready for use!

Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to avoid the A5 Dog Clipper Breaking down:

Change the blade drive assembly

Most clippers have a plastic drive assembly, or otherwise known as a blade lever. This is the part that can be found in the clipper head that engages the clipper blade to drive. Depending on how fast your clipper runs will depict on how frequently your blade lever will need changing. To tell whether your blade lever needs changing, take a moment and look at the edging. Does it look like it’s rounding off, or does it have a square profile?

If the lever looks rounded and worn then it needs replacing. Depending on the amount of use, the lever should be changed every 4 months, basing it on 6 dogs per day. They are not expensive to replace, nor is it a difficult job to do. Just remove the cap on top of the clipper head, unscrew, take out the old lever, replace with new. Screw in and pop the clipper head cap back on.

Watch this video on How to Change a Andis Blade Drive Assembly

Time: no more than 5 minutes.

Clipper cord storage

The worse thing you can do is wrap the clipper cord around the hand piece of the clipper. The cord is made up of strands of copper; wrapping the cord will cause the copper to stretch and with 12 months use, you will need a replacement. A cord replacement should always be done by a qualified person.


We would never recommend you dipping your clipper blades into a blade wash solution while they are on the clipper and running. Most blade washes contain alcohol, which is flammable. Not only is it dangerous, but if the blade wash reaches the clipper motor it will blow the motor. Motor replacement isn’t cheap and should only be replaced by a qualified person.

Placing clipper blade into blade wash solution
Cleaning your clipper blade in Blade Wash

Dropping your clipper

Clippers don’t like being dropped, but there are sometimes you can never predict it’s going to happen, especially if you have a difficult dog on the table. Invest in a clipper holder or wrap a rubber sleeve around the handle.

Keeping the filter clean

The filter is there for a reason - to stop hair getting into the clipper. The filter should be cleaned after ever use. This will help prolong the life of the clipper.

Checking the blade hinge.

The blade hinge is the T piece that holds the clipper blade on the clipper. The screws can wear and loosen over time. Check frequently as this can impact on the blade engaging onto the clipper.

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