Home Grooming The Companion Old English Sheepdog

Clipper Blade Attachment, Removal &
Spring-Loaded Snap On Combs
(For An Andis Ultra Edge Special Edition Clipper)

Below is just one way an Old English Sheepdog owner tends to her dog clippers.  Follow all product safety instructions provided by individual manufacturers.  These instructions are offered as-is and without guarantee or warranty.

Clipper Blade Selection:  Below are links to charts provided by two top blade manufacturers...
Andis Blade Guide-
Oster Blade Guide-

Caution: Blades Get Hot! I frequently touch the clipper blade with my fingers or the inside of my wrist to monitor the heat level.  The higher the blade number, the faster they heat up.  So a #10 blade gets hot faster than a #3 blade. If the blade is getting too warm, it's time to either swap the blade for a cool one or use a coolant.

Multiple Blades-  As the blade gets too warm, I replace it with another matching blade.  I set the blade on a cool surface (I like to set it on the tile floor).  When I only had one blade, I would move on to a different part of the dog that won't require that blade while I waited for the blade to cool.
Blade Coolant- I do not spray the coolant near the dog.  They don't need to be breathing the fumes.  I put a grocery bag on the floor, away from the dog, hold the blade over it and spray it in the bag to cool it.

REMOVING A Clipper Blade
ATTACHING A Clipper Blade
If The Tab Accidentally Closes Without A Blade In Place...
Attaching A Snap-On, Spring-Loaded Comb

REMOVING A Clipper Blade
Removing A Blade From An Andis Ultra Edge Special Edition Clipper

The clipper tab
positions are pictured above.

The clipper blade sits on a tab that moves on a hinge like a door.  When the blade is properly seated on the clipper and ready to cut hair, the tab is closed.  In order to remove the blade, the tab needs to be opened. The picture above shows the tab in the open position.  In order to open the hinge, I need to push the bar-type button and rock the teeth-end of the blade away from the body of the clipper.

The arrow indicates the blade
release button on this particular
clipper.  Other clippers may vary.

I press the bar-shape button
down and hold it in place.

This picture shows the direction the blade opens. I pull the teeth-end of the blade
away from the body of the clipper. 

The picture above shows how I open
the clipper tab to release the blade.

The blade is now just sitting on the
tab and can be lifted off the clipper.


ATTACHING A Clipper Blade
Attaching A Blade To An Andis Ultra Edge Special Edition Clipper

My Oster clippers a tongue
or tab that the blade slips on.

The tab is pictured here
in the "open" position and
ready to accept a blade.

The tab slips in
the slot on the blade.

I seat the blade.

Then turn the clipper on and
snap the blade into place
while the clipper is running.
It's now ready to use.
On occasion, the clipper blade doesn't seat properly
after following these steps. When the clipper is
turned on, the small plate that also has teeth fails to
move as it's supposed to so it won't clip hair.  I remove
the blade again, shift the smaller plate with teeth slightly
with my fingers and try reseat the clipper blade again.


If The Tab Accidentally Closes Without A Blade In Place...
Lifting the tab on an Andis Ultra Edge Special Edition Clipper

There can be times when the tab has snapped
back down.  The tab needs to be lifted
again in order to attach a clipper blade.

I always UNPLUG the clipper
first before lifting the tab.

I use a flat screw driver to lift the tab
so it will snap into the "open" position.

I carefully work the end of the screw-
driver under the tab and pry it open.

The tab is again in the open position.

The clipper is now ready to accept a blade.


Attaching A Snap-On, Spring-Loaded Comb

Pictured above are the clipper, a stainless
steel snap-on comb, a plastic snap-on
 comb and a #30 clipper blade.

I'm going to attach the stainless
steel snap-on comb.  The blade has
been properly attached to the clipper.

The tabs at the bottom of the
spring-loaded snap-on comb hook
under the bottom of the blade.

Hooking the tabs under the
base of the clipper blade.

The tabs are hooked in place.

I line up the blade and carefully
push the comb forward...

and hook the the comb over the
teeth at the front of the clipper blade.

This snap-on comb is now
properly attached.

The clipper is now ready to use.

Copyright 2011- J. Dunne.  All rights reserved.  The photographs and instructions on this page are the property of the author. Do not reproduce or copy without written permission from the author.


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