Clipper blades are made up of two separate metal plates, and depending on whether you are using a A5 style dog grooming blade or a A2 style horse clipper blade the working principle is the same. The top cutter moves from side to side over the sole plate to give a cutting action to remove animal hair.
The process of the top cutter moving over the sole plate causes friction and without lubrication will heat up very quickly. There are a number of things that you can do to prevent blade wear out and to increase their lifetime.
Clean your blades after every use.
Keep blades oiled frequently.
Use the correct products.
Store your blades securely, safe and in dry cool conditions.
Only use on a dry, clean coat.
Have your blades sharpened by a professional.
Have a set(s) of back up blades.
Blade tension, unless you know what you are doing, don't attempt to adjust.
Don't take A5 style blades apart to clean.
Don't wet clip.
Try not to drop your clipper blades.
Don't use on a dirty coat.
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