In previous videos, I’ve shown you how to adjust the tension spring in your clippers to help achieve better performance. If the adjustments you’ve tried aren’t really making a difference, though, then you’ve probably worn out the tension spring – perhaps by overstretching it, or by dropping the clipper on the floor. Luckily, replacing the spring is a simple process. All you’ll need is:
- Philips Screwdriver
- Replacement Spring
- 5mm Nut Twister (a spanner will work, but the nut twister allows more care and precision).
Unscrew the back of the casing; as always, I recommend using a matt or towel to ensure that you don’t lose the screws as you remove them. Then, remove the power outlet so that you don’t risk damaging the wires as your working.
Use the Philips screwdriver to remove the tension screw, turning anticlockwise and again putting the screw in a safe place. Next you’ll want to use your nut twister to remove the two nuts that are securing the spring; at this stage, please be careful not to put too much pressure on the arm as it can be delicate!
Replace the spring with your brand-new tension spring, getting it in the same position as the old one and making sure that it’s well aligned with the blade. Start by securing it in place – we’ll adjust the tension afterwards – so simply replace the nuts (remember to be gentle!) and then reinsert the tension screw. Guide it in carefully and use your Philips screwdriver to tighten it up.
Remember that as you readjust the screw, you want a small slither of a gap showing above the screw: a crescent moon shape. This is a trial and error process, and what feels right for one barber may not be ideal for everybody, so you may want to experiment with different positioning.
The final step will be to gently replace the power outlet, and screw the casing back together; be sure to check that the wires are all neatly tucked in as you do this.
That’s all there is to it, so for just a little bit of effort you can greatly improve your T Outliner or GTX clipper’s performance. For more tutorials like this one, subscribe to my YouTube channel or find me on Instagram and Facebook, where I publish new content on a regular basis.
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