The Oster 76 is the most powerful kind of hair clippers. It uses a rotary motor. Used for bulk haircuts.
Used by the American army to get through high volumes of haircuts.
Pro barber Fabian of Champs barbers calls it “one of the best hair clippers out there.”
Who is this article for?
This article is for anyone interested in maintaining the:
Oster 76 Classic
Oster 97 (UK Equivalent)
Oster Model 10
Why is this article needed?
I travel across the UK talking to my clients, I ask “How are you maintaining your Oster?” Every single one replies “I’m just oiling the blades.”
This machine is hard wearing.
It needs a little bit more than just oiling the blades.
The instruction manual is useless
Oyster does supply an instruction manual. However, the instruction manual is:
Contains a lack of visual aids.
What do I need?
You will NOT need any advanced equipment or screwdrivers.
You will need:
Clipper oil (I recommend Oster clipping oil)
The Oster 76 Setup
At the bottom you have two mesh inlets. Designed to suck cold air in.
Air flows through the Oster 76 to the drive mechanism.
The hot air escapes through the left and right side vents.
The Oster has a sprung ball barring inlet – used to apply oil to the sealed drive mechanism housing.
This clipper has detachable blades.
You must have a Frequency60hz International Voltage and Frequency Converter, for your clipper to work correctly in the UK.
If your machine does not have oil inside the drive mechanism. It will heat up. This will result in overheating.
Step By Step Tutorial for General Maintenance
Start the general maintenance from the bottom to the top of your clipper. Just like a skin fade.
Ensure the mesh is lint free.
Remove the bottom panel. Inspect the mesh. Blow off any lint or dirt. Or use a toothbrush. Check both sides. Ensure you push the teeth all the way in. Clip it down.
Move up the clipper to the sealed housing.
Take your clipper oil. Squirt some oil into the drive mechanism. To squirt oil simply unspring the small ball barring. This is important as it prevents overheating. Spring the sprung ball barring back when finished.
Get a tissue and wipe down any excessive oil.
You need to ensure the blade is well oiled in order to get the best performance.
Detach the blade. Clean the blade with a toothbrush. Clean out any gunk.
Oil the tracks of the blade. This will give you an even slide. This results in less friction. Which means less heat.
Ensure you put the blade on with the motor running! If you don’t, the plastic lever will end up rounding off.
Turn the machine on. Place the blade on the metal snap in lever. Clip it forward.
Oiling the blade
Place a little clipping oil on the front rail. Give it time to seep down the back rail. Repeat for the other side. Turn the Oster on – This allows the oil to seep in.
Apply a little bit of oil to the: front, middle and centre of the blade. Leave the machine on for five seconds.
Wipe away excess oil with a tissue.
When should I do General Maintenance?
The blades should be done every two cuts.
Sealed drive mechanism
Sealed drive mechanism needs oil every month.
The vents should be cleaned every month.
Did you find this article helpful? Have you got any tips for maintaining the Oster 76?
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Larry the Barber Man has finally made it into print! My new column has gone live in this month’s edition of the SalonNV magazine, with the tale of my unexpected journey into barbering, and the development of the great Frequency60hz Converter, featuring front and centre.
If you want all the juicy details then I suggest that you head over to the magazine and have a read – you’ll also see loads of great content from other industry specialists, with juicy bits of knowledge for both barbers and hairdressers. Within my column you can also hear about the wonderful Kevin Luchmun, and his thoughts on the best equipment to use as a barber.
This time a year ago, I had never even heard of Instagram, and was yet to identify a ‘Larry the Barber Man’ – I’m truly honoured to have been brought so far by the barbering community, and accepted as one of you, in such a short space of time! My column highlights the fact that I never knew that this was where my journey would lead me – however now it has got me here, I couldn’t be happier.
As always, I have lots more great content coming your way in the not too distant future: from interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry to videos that will teach you how to care for your clippers and, of course, the incredible giveaways that run every single month… Larry the Barber Man is now home to top quality barbering materials. My new column with Salon NV is one more place for you to get your fill of my great content, so check it out and watch this space for more of the same.
Don’t forget that I’m easily approached by email, so if you want to discuss what I do then please drop me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, head over to Instagram, Facebook and YouTube now, like or follow my pages, and wait for the interesting and informative videos and blogs to hit your feed!
What better way to run a business than with your son. Tony Copeland has done just that, with his son Anthony Copeland. Anthony has been a barber for 18 years, Tony has been a barber for over 40 years. Together they own and work in Golden Scissors.
Tony’s barbering story
Tony started his career in a barbering college, a government training school. Under the supervision of Willy Barns he had a fantastic time, even though Willy was renowned for his strictness.
Starting at precisely 8 o’clock in the morning, finishing at six o’clock at night. With an hours journey each way on the train and bus, this was no easy commute for Tony. With the rules being: If you are late or sick even just one day, you’re off the course. I can see why Tony was so motivated.
What courses did Tony complete before becoming a barber?
Tony brought his vocational training certificate along with him for our interview. His training isn’t massively different from the training you would receive if you were becoming a barber.
Tony’s certificate meant:
Tony was available for
Qualified to use the tools in a barbershop.
Tony could perform lathering and
He could sterilise equipment.
Could use both electrical and hand clippers.
Tony understand personal dress and hygiene – Anthony’s still learning.
Singeing – cutting the hair with flames, similar to the Turkish guys, causes a terrible small.
The art of hair brushing
How to perform a face, head and neck massage.
Tony then went to work in a saloon where he received a qualification from the Trendman technician course. This was for poetise, hair piece fitting and hair colouring. Tony used to colour peoples hair pieces, to earn some extra money.
Tony’s first shop
Tony had his first shop for four years where he worked by himself. Working long hours, starting earlier than 7am to 6pm, for six sometimes seven days a week. Tony established a name for himself, before his closest competitor could no longer handle the workload as his partner died. This enabled Tony to upgrade his business. From 1974 to 1984 he focused on building his business up.
Being the non-stop worker he is, after finishing work in his barbers he would return to his old shop to renovate and improve the building.
“Barbers don’t build” – Anthony
However, thanks to Tony’s hard work and versatility he built, fitted the shop out, and opened his barbershop for £25,000. The shop included a small ladies department and a men’s barbershop. From there the shop continued to grow from strength to strength, Tony hired some employees to help build his empire.
Why is Tony so passionate about U.K. barbering standards?
Tony is a member of the hairdressing council, he has been a member for many years. Thanks to his involvement in the council, he came across Sue Hibbard. Sue at the time was the chairman of the association of hairdressing teachers. Tony met Sue while visiting the House of Commons.
“You’re just the person I’d like to meet, because you can help me do what I want to do.” – Tony
“What’s that?” – Sue
“Earn a few quid extra!” – Tony.
With a quick exchange of business cards and a shake of hands, Tony quickly forgot about their encounter. Unbeknown to Tony, Sue took him up on their conversation. Sue arranged for the principal of a barbering college in Sussex to have a word with Tony. The principal offered Tony the chance to study as a lecturer, and become a qualified assessor. This all happened 18 years ago, roughly the time Anthony decided he wanted to become a barber.
Anthony originally started off as a mechanic, calling himself a grease monkey. Anthony was in fact a very good mechanic. So what made him decide to change career?
Tony was in need of a model to demonstrate to the class some techniques. Naturally he asked his son for help. Little did Anthony know this would be the start of his barbering career.
“I got roped in to having my haircut.” – Anthony
After helping his dad by being a model. Anthony had a realisation, he told Tony:
“You know dad, I think… I could do this. I think… I’d prefer to do this.”
With that Anthony had begun his barbering career. Anthony joined the barbering course under the supervision of his teacher, and dad, Tony. Anthony technically missed the first class – the college was willing to make an exception since he was the model that Tony demonstrated on.
Everyone was under the impression Tony was in for an easy ride, as his Father was the teacher. It was actually more difficult for Anthony.
“It bloody was” – Anthony
Both laugh now, but it definitely wasn’t easier for Anthony. Tony tells me how because Anthony was his son he “can’t show favouritism.” Tony laughs and interjects with “he definitely didn’t.” Tony speaks fondly of how hard his son worked, how Anthony would religiously practice, while also working at the college.
Once Anthony became qualified he set out with one mission to “cut quicker and better”. Anthony had a mentor called Keith. Keith was an old school Barber. Keith recently retired and worked under Tony for over 30 years. Renowned for his flat top cut. Tony calls him a “great barber.” Keith mentored Anthony alongside Tony. Anthony strives to surpass both Keith and his father.
Tony’s words of wisdom to the next generation of barbers.
Tony is a great believer in education. Tony has been teaching, lecturing and assessing barbers for over 18 years, he possesses a true passion for education. He truly believes:
“This is a great time to enter barbering”- Tony
Barbering is on the rise. In every town and city barbershops are constantly appearing. Everyone’s gone mad for barbering.
To be successful in barbering Tony has a simple formula:
“You don’t need to be a wiz kid, you need to be consistent, skilled and you need to have a laugh – don’t take yourself too seriously.”
Why did Tony choose barbering?
Tony’s father was a chartered account, naturally everyone presumed he would follow the family job. After attempting accountancy Tony came to realise that he hated it. Tony truly hated and despised anything mathematical. Tony was definitely the more creative type.
Tony always wanted his own business. Tony was given the choice of either catering or barbering.
Catering – Catering required all the equipment, the premises, a lot of money before you start.
Barbering – All you need is your suitcase, your tools, and it can be done anywhere.
Tony realised barbering was his perfect career path, he has continued to pursue barbering his whole life. 44 years later he is still in pursuit of excellence.
How did the British Master Barbers Alliance come about?
Tony unselfishly wanted to give back to the barbering industry. After establishing his own successful barbering business, he decided to help established barbers gain the recognition and accreditation they deserved.
Tony’s definition of a master:
“Someone who is eminent in their profession, skill or craft. Someone who is a great teacher, who can pass on those skills to the next generation. An individual who realises that they should never stop learning.”
In the past fashion trends were created in London. The world aspired to have the London look. It is Tony’s belief that
“Real fashion comes from your back street barbers, in every town.”
He tells me how barbers are the real creative people. Barbers are the ones that have to come up with the styles. Barbering is buzzing from the south of England to Scotland, especially Scotland where barbering is “just kicking off.” The British Masters Barbers Alliance allows the best barbers to “shine.”
How do British barbers get accredited through the British Master Barbers Alliance?
The process to get accredited is quite simple:
Join the website for free to become a member.
Apply for British professional barber, British master barber, or Grand master barber.
Upload a video of yourself working, this goes to a specialist team for assessment.
You will be judged on a variety of different things: Your manner, surroundings, what tools you are using, cleanliness of tools, and use of tools.
Each level has different application criteria.
Criteria ranges from 2 years in the industry to academy owners.
Is the goal to ensure every barber has an accreditation before they can go into business?
Both Tony and Anthony are firm believers in getting yourself registered with a hairdressing council. Every customer deserves the right to at least have someone who is qualified in the “trade that they’re performing.”
The United Kingdom is one of the few countries where you don’t have to be qualified to open a hairdressing salon. Tony and Anthony cannot believe this is still the case. Tony and Anthony believe there needs to be a way to verify your status as a barber. To fix this problem they have set up required criteria for the different classifications of barber. If you meet the criteria you can apply.
British Professional barber – If you haven’t been barbering for long, but you’re qualified in barbering.
British Master barber – For the more experienced barber, if you can showcase your barbering talents.
Are Tony and Anthony striving to make it a legal requirement for barbers to achieve accreditation?
No Tony and Anthony are not striving to make it a legal requirement.
Instead they hope that it becomes a proper qualification. The accreditation was designed as a goal for barbers to achieve.
Tony and Anthony’s personal goal is to get barbers state registered.
Does Golden Scissor’s specialise in any particular haircut?
No, Golden Scissor’s will do any haircut. If the customer wants it, Tony and Anthony are more than happy to do it.
There shop is:
“All about the customer. Whatever the customer wants, the customer gets.”
Tony and Anthony strive to go beyond the treatment that other barbers would give.
If Anthony and Tony had to choose one haircut, what would it be?
Anthony happily admits he would choose skin fades. Tony on the other hand prefers to do it all, in 44 years Tony has “done the bloody lot.”
How have U.S Hair clippers been game changers in the success of Golden Scissor’s?
I met Tony at the barber bash in Southport. It was at this event where I first suggested that Tony should use U.S hair clippers, due to them being superior to their U.K equivalents. I recommended the Wahl Senior to Tony. Since then Tony has been using the Wahl Senior, tony loves it – Tony tells me how it is so powerful, it works especially well for fades. Anthony nicks Tony’s U.S Wahl senior because it’s that good.
Tony goes on to tell me how the transition to American clippers has been a very good thing. Customers immediately notice a difference in the quality of their cut, the smoothness of the fade. Tony refers to the American hair clippers as “new andexciting”.
Anthony is an advocate of using American hair clippers over the U.K versions. To use any American barbering tools both Anthony and Tony use the Frequency60Hz converter. This allows them to use their American machinery without noise, or a drop in performance. Using the Frequency60Hz converter allows you to use American products at their optimal level, the way the manufacturer intended.
Tony and Anthony’s advice to any barber still deciding whether or not to use the Frequency 60Hz converter.
Although Tony was very new to the world of frequency conversion, he took my advice. I told him I recommend the Frequency60Hz and the Wahl Senior. Turns out I was right. Tony has taken my advice, he is very thankful and has seen fantastic results in his barbershop because of it.
What’s next for Tony and Anthony?
Tony and Anthony have a stand opposite me at Barber connect. Their stand British Master Barbers is where they hope to raise awareness for their cause.
Anthony has been involved in running the UK Barber Battle, he has been judging the entry’s which have been unbelievable so far.
Both Anthony and Tony will be ambassadors on stage, where they will show off their own barbering skills. They will be handing out the awards as well.
Finally, they will be putting on a CPD (Continual Professional Development), this is for all the teachers at the college where Tony works. This will help the teachers improve their shading and fading skills.
After all of this Tony plans to take a holiday, leaving Anthony in charge of the business.
I would just like to thank Tony and Anthony for taking the time out of their busy schedule for this interview, I wish them the best of luck for the coming year.
Congratulations to: Instagram user @mr_akaz, you are the winner of the monthly draw and will receive over £700 of barbering kit for you and your friends.
Your friends: @kcbaggerly, @mister_xclusive, @ronii68ak and @saukthebarber will be receiving the Stainless Steel Straight Razor.
The prizes in this giveaway included: Japanese Feather Artist Razor Dx (£290), Shane Nesbitt Denim Apron (£117), and Campbell’s Hot Lather Machine (£225)
To qualify for this giveaway the only requirements where:
You had to follow me on Instagram @LarryTheBarberMan.
Tag four of your barbering friends in the comments section.
The draw recently took place at Sharps Barbershop on the 18th of June. Sharps Barbershops are located in various locations around London, they also have a shop in New York, there motto “Maintenance Matters.”
I joined Frank Rimmer, a professional barber in Tottenham court road Sharps, to help me with the draw.
I had a great time with Frank, as he drew the winner from the box.
Congratulations to: @mr_akaz
Your friends who will be receiving the Stainless Steel Straight Razor are: @kcbaggerly, @mister_xclusive, @ronii68ak and @saukthebarber.
Congratulations to all the winners! I would just like to thank Frank Rimmer for helping me with this draw.
A big thank you to everyone who entered the prize draw!
Remember if you want to use any of your own American barbering tools in the UK you will need a Frequency60HzConverter.
Drama and intrigue aren’t usually words that I associate with my giveaways, but this month’s has been a little different –with even more excitement than usual, as anybody who follows my Instagram will be aware!
Now I have the whole story, and it starts as with any other giveaway: with the prize draw. I was very lucky to be at the Golden Scissors barbershop to watch Tony and Antony Copeland pick the winner from the Lather King box, and this stage of the process went well. The wonderful barber Frank Rimer (or Frank_Glorified) was selected, as a very deserving winner of the ultimate barbering prize.
However Frank decided to do something unprecedented and incredibly generous – he turned down his winnings, instead offering to draw a new winner himself. This is amazing for all the barbers who have entered, as you all now have a second shot at winning the prize. Frank decided that since he already has some of the equipment that I’m giving away, he’d rather see it go to a barber who needs it more. This kind spirit is definitely one of the reasons that the barbering community has grown to love and respect Frank so much!
So, what does this mean for you? Well, if you submitted an entry then you still could win the incredible prize, including the Feather Artist DX Cut Throat Razor and Campbell’s Hot Lather Machine as well as other great goodies. Frank will draw the winning name at his shop Sharps, on Tottenham Court Road.
If you didn’t get a chance to enter that competition, or the odds don’t fall in your favour, there’s no reason to get gloomy as I have another fantastic giveaway just around the corner. Keep an eye on my Instagram page for all of the juicy details – I think you’re going to like it.
In the meantime I will be filling my Instagram, Facebook and YouTube pages with loads more barbering goodies, such as free tips for barbers and interviews with the pros. You can also email me at email@example.com if you need to talk to me directly.
There’s nothing quite like a family business, but although there are now three generations of Papi’s family who have worked as barbers, he never felt like he was pushed into the trade. Instead he went away to university and came back to the profession when he realised that it would be right for him – which gave him time to find his own path. So although barbering has always been around him, it was only when he left it that he realised what he was missing – I wonder how many other family businesses can relate to that!
Now Papi has his formal qualifications, as well as buckets of knowledge that he’s learnt growing up in the shop or training with other barbers first-hand – like so many of the best modern barbers, he combines self-taught skills with formal qualifications. Taking inspiration from his father and the bosses who have trained him, as well as Instagram heroes such as the Nomad Barber, Papi gets the biggest kick from cutting the classic Gentlemen’s haircuts that are becoming so fashionable.
At the moment, Papi is doubling up on his experience by working in two shops – one in Shoreditch, which focusses on luxury services such as extravagant hot towel shaves, and the family shop which is much more focussed on giving the experience of a classic, old school barbershop. He has also been training up other next-generation barbers, teaching the NVQ level 2 and 3, giving ‘zero to hero’ basics and more advanced skills.
With all these jobs on the go, Papi believes that it’s always important to keep learning and mixing things up, and using new tools can be one fantastic way of making that happen. Recently he has started getting interested in American hair clippers, after seeing how the barbers of Instagram were doing some fantastic work with them. He’s found the Wahl Seniors particularly satisfying, giving a smoother finish – and recommends that other barbers follow in his footsteps, trying out different tools to keep things exciting!
Think that barbering is a hard day’s work? If so, then you should spare a thought for the barbers of the past, who mastered techniques such as the fade and the flattop with only the tools that they could operate by hand – no electric clippers to make the job easier of faster! One barber who trained with these methods is Tony from Just Gent’s Barbershop, and he has lived through the transition from hand shears and straight razors to motorised tools that can do all the hard work for you – making him a fascinating authority on the barbering craft.
When Tony first set out there were just a few careers on offer to him: he could have become a gunsmith, a projectionist at the local cinema or a barber, and barbering seemed like the most enticing option. Instead of formal training, he learnt the ropes at a barbershop, progressing quickly and eventually, in 1969, opening his first shop.
I was intrigued by the equipment that they used back when Tony first started – just like modern barbers like to have a whole rack of different clippers to help with specific jobs, they would have a selection of hand shears at the ready! These were operated by repetitively squeezing as quickly as possible, while steadily moving over the hair from bottom to top. Instead of attachments, you could change the heads themselves to get different results, and adjust the tension… making sure that they were still loose enough to keep squeezing!
It’s no wonder that Tony believes barbers today have “got it so easy” – although he’s definitely not complaining, as the new equipment means that after 55 years he is doing the profession he loves with more ease than ever. Although he thinks that barbers could always pull off the styles that are being seen today, especially since many of the classic trends have come back into fashion, he has found the electric clippers to add speed, while US clippers bring power and better build quality.
Of course, to get the American clippers working properly, you’ll need the Frequency60hz Converter – otherwise you’re just left with a loud noise and a juddering machine! Tony recommends the Frequency60hz Converter because, as he says, ‘it’s all about quality’, and with better tools you’ll do a better job.
There are few things more inspiring than barbers like Tony, who have stuck in the game for so long, a lot of inspiration comes from his son Jamie – the person behind his venture into cutting with US clippers. In his career, Tony has achieved some incredible things, and he tells me that one accomplishment that stands out is having had his flat top work admired by Vidal Sassoon to such an extent that Sassoon asked him to train his staff. Impressive stuff! These days his favourite part of the job comes from soaking up the banter and the barbershop environment: there’s nothing quite like it.
If you want to find out more about the Frequency60hz Converter then please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect with me on social media for more incredible, free barbering content – head to Instagram, Facebook or YouTube!
If you’re a barber and you’re in the UK on the 28th of June then you can’t afford to miss out on Barber Connect- the only exhibition in the country dedicated entirely to the craft of barbering! Over 3000 other barbers will be there, making it a one-stop shop for networking with anybody who inspires you, sharing tips and learning from master barbers in a series of seminars. Taking place at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, it is my opinion that there’s no other UK barbering celebration to beat Barber Connect!
Amongst the exhibitors will be me, Larry the Barber Man, demonstrating the wonderful Frequency60hz Converter! If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you’ll already know just how important the Frequency60hz Converter has been for allowing barbers based in the UK to use American hair clippers to up their game – however if you want to see it in action then you can head to Barber Connect for a demonstration. No other converter can give US clippers the power that they need to work effectively and efficiently across the rest of the world!
With me will be the wonderful boys from Champs Barber Shop in the West End – they’ll have a chair set up, ready to demonstrate their skills, and answer any questions that you might have about barbering using US clippers. Also at the Expo will be 70 other exhibitors, including incredibly talented barbers, such as The Nomad Barber, and dozens of suppliers, with all the products that will help you take your shop further than it’s ever gone before – many of which are being launched for the first time.
There will also be three competitions running, with the British Master Barber Association and the New World Barbers each running their own competitions, and Barber Connect holding a contest for Barber of the Year. To hear that announcement you will need to get a ticket for the exclusive dinner being held after the event – otherwise you can carry on the party at one of the Celtic Manor’s three other bars; either way, your chance to network and meet with other top barbers can continue long after the event itself has finished for the day!
The importance of actually seeing products in the flesh can’t be understated, as there’s no better way to decide if something is right for you! Likewise, communicating with barbers online can be fantastic, but meeting them for real and shaking their hands is an unrivalled experience. Personally, I can’t wait to meet as many of you as possible, and bring the power of the Frequency60hz Converter to a whole new group of barbers. Now head over to Instagram, Facebook or YouTube, where you can follow my pages to ensure that you’re kept up to date with all my latest barbering information. To get in touch with me directly, send a message to email@example.com.
David Thomas, also known by his aliases Mr. HiLo and David Stylist, is the barber best known for creating the HiLo Fade which gained global recognition. He designed it to help his friend and fellow professional barber Julius Caesar show off his iconic head tattoo, but when the internet saw its potential it became the style that helped cement his name as a barbering great. David was one of the barbers performing as part of the Barberlife Expo at this year’s Brighton Tattoo Convention, and that’s where I caught up with him for a quick chat.
David became interested in barbering when he was 20 years old receiving barbering training – and it was this formal education that really inspired him to continue cutting hair as a professional. He told me that the HiLo Fade was born from playing around in the barbershop, trying to find the perfect style for displaying Julius Caesar’s inking. Although that trademark style is probably his number one claim to fame, he has also built his reputation by transferring the skills he learnt cutting coarse hair onto all hair types.
Like a lot of the best barbers, David’s satisfaction comes from seeing his customers leave the chair with a smile. As well as making this happen in America he’s been on two trips to Europe, bringing his styles to clients across the world. I asked him if he had any trouble operating American clippers on his first trip to the UK:
“My Wahls would turn on, but they would shake and rattle, and make this weird noise – couldn’t use those … it wasn’t good!”
He also told me that US clippers give a faster, smoother cut than their UK equivalents, or at least they do when they’re working properly! On his second tour he was expecting to have problems again, but I provided a Frequency60Hz converter to solve the problem of power and speed. This certainly did the job, and made everything work as though it was plugged into an outlet back in America. The Frequency60Hz has great benefits for American barbers who want to take their work abroad, and its slick design makes it perfect for using just about anywhere!