Use charcoal lighter fluid. It's cheap and and removes all the waxy coating. When you squirt the LF on running blades, you can hear them not work so hard. Since I've been using lighter fluid, my blades seem to last forever.
You have blades for a different model of clipper. You said you hadn't used the clippers in years and many changes have been made, namely 'snap on' style.....screw ons are old style. Check your clippers for a model number......yours are also the adjustable type where you can slide the blades to cut shorter or longer....nice feature but not for heavy duty clipping. Blades are still available.
Do some google searches and you'll see all the different types.
Thanks. I am guessing I bought my current clippers 8-10 years ago. To clip my dog. Used them a couple of times - cleaned and oiled and put in a sock. I forgot I had them. Decided to try them on my horse and they work - but 10's too close.
In the past I have had snap-on blades. I prefer the ones I have - the screw ons. Do they have a specific name? "Replacement"? I have searched and cannot find the same blade. I don't know the clipper model. Nothing much is on the clippers to identify them - except the fine print on the back that I cannot even read - and I doubt that is model info.
I don't know about a coating, but I know a lot of new blades come dull. Not sure why companies think this is an awesome idea, but I've run into it twice. I just dropped my big Osters off for sharpening and any necessary servicing, and brought along a new pair of Osters that clipped like crap from day one. Ohhh I saw red, nothing like $120 clippers leaving corn row tracks on my horse's face to really get me mad. He said they were dull and sometimes they are shipped that way.
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Again a question about oiling the blades. Since most chemicals/oils really bother me I wonder if I could use a different lubricant.
I have tubes of Refresh PM eye lubricant (for my dry eyes) and it is obviously "safe" for me to use.
Mineral Oil 42.5 pct
White Petroleum 57.3 pct
Inactives: .2 pct Lanolin Alcohols
Would this be OK to use?
I think the blade oils are made up of similar/same as above.
Also, when not using the blades - after cleaning - how should one oil/store them?
The new snap-on blades I just got came soaked in oil. (wrong type blades - so now I must take extra special care of my 10 blades that do fit/work).
A friend removes her blades, oils them and keeps them in a cloth separate from the clippers between uses. Hers is a Clipmaster - but has similar blades - ie the "screw-on" two separate blades. I am thinking that is what I should do.
Remove the blades, oil and wipe them down - screw back on or leave off for storage. (Using the eye lubricant.) ie lubricate all the blade surfaces.
Not just drizzle a bit - turn clippers on to distribute - turn off/wipe off and that's it.
UTB - thanks your kind offer. I might be able to make do with what I have.