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I’m going to walk you through a couple of hair clipper maintenance services you could be doing yourself on your Super taper Wahl hair clippers. In particular, I’ll show you how to repair faulty hair clippers by eliminating clattery clipper noise, reducing clippers pulling hair-tugging tendencies, tightening broken levers, Wahl clippers not cutting, and generally what you should be doing to make your hair clippers perform at their optimal best.
The Problem With Super Taper Wahl Clippers
The clipper I’m using is one I got from Troy of Charms Barbershop in the West End of London who thought his Wahl Super Taper had seen its better days and was no longer useful.
The clipper had a problem with the lever which kept loosening ‘persistently’ (as Troy put it) to the point it couldn’t get through a single haircut. In addition, the clipper’s cutting performance wasn’t up to scratch which sometimes led to hair being caught between the blades, and this – as you most likely are aware – can be distressing to the client.
Something else I noticed with Troy’s clipper is that it made a lot of noise, and this I tried to correct by adjusting the power screw. This, however, made very little difference which meant the problem ran deeper.
Perhaps it would be nice to point out that the performance of this particular trimmer had nothing to do with blade-related issues as its blade was still in tip-top condition; devoid of common blade problems like alignment, corrosion, bluntness, clogging you name it.
What you’ll need for the Service of your Wahl hair clippers
To perform these maintenance services, you’ll need the following:
- Hair clipper oil
- Contact cleaner (alcoholic)
- Thread lock
- Cotton swabs
- Torx/Star screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
- Philips screwdriver
- Piece of human hair (to do the testing)
- Hair blower
The Procedure For Servicing Your Super Taper That’s Not Cutting And Clippers pulling hair
Let’s first start by going through what you can do to improve overall clipper performance and rid your clippers of the noise. Then later we can address the issue of loose lever arms.
To best measure the difference in performance, I first started by cutting a piece of human hair in pre-repair condition, a drill I would repeat after each stage of the repair process. The noise aside, the cut wasn’t the cleanest I have to say, and the clipper was susceptible to hair pulling every now and then.
That said, I proceeded to remove the free screws on the Wahl Super Taper to gain access to the two screws on the right-hand side of the clipper (well, assuming you’re holding it in the hand). I’d recommend you do this on a towel or corrugated rubber mat to avoid losing your screws.
Once the face is off, you’ll gain access to the two screws on the side. You may be wondering why the interest in these two screws. I intended to troubleshoot them first as I suspected it was the tension which impaired them leading to poor clipper performance, as is often the case.
Tension refers to how tightly squeezed together the blades are. Too lose and hair will get in between them which will compromise the blade’s cutting performance. Too tight and the blades will find it hard to move. The whole idea is to find a common point in between.
You’re likely to encounter some dust when you take the case off, so you may want to blow it off first.
Next, adjust the tension of the top and bottom screws using the star screwdriver. As with all screws, loosening involves turning these side screws in an anti-clockwise motion, and vice-versa. In the case of Troy’s clipper, I tried the former – loosening.
To bring back the tension, apply 2 pounds of downward pressure on the clipper amateur (running down the right-hand side). Use your thumb to do this, and if you aren’t sure how much 2 pounds actually is, you might probably want to confirm it on a scale first. 2 pounds of downward thumb pressure on the scale equals 2 pounds of pressure on the amateur.
While pressing it down, turn the screws anti-clockwise to loosen them [’to tighten it up’ as video says?]), and once you’ve done that you may proceed to lock the face back in place.
Loosening the screws on Troy’s Super Taper did manage to bring the noise level down considerably. But not just that. The cutting performance on the piece of hair improved dramatically as well, and gone too was the chugging noise encountered earlier.
Tip: A simple maintenance service you should be doing on a consistent basis with your clippers is to regulate the power of the clipper arm. The way to go about this is to bring the clipper arm closer to the mortar sitting at the center of the clipper, and what this does is boost the power of the clipper. The idea is to do this without having it give off the clattery noise. This is achieved by actually taking it to the point at which it makes the clattery noise, then easing it off slightly until it clicks out the noise. That way, you know the clipper is running at full power because the arm is closer to the mortar.
This maintenance tip not only eliminates the upsetting tendency of tugging your client’s hair, but also allows you to get maximum life out of all your clippers.
So, after loosening the screws on Troy’s clipper, I felt the need to crank up the power a little bit so I turned up the power screw by following this simple hack. The beauty of this is that it works on a range of clippers including the Wahl Senior, Icon, Legends Tightening the Lever Arm
To tighten loose lever arms, follow these simple steps:
- Take off the lever by loosening the adjacent screw (it’s on the left on the Wahl Super Taper). Chances are you will encounter lots of hair, grease and dirt in the female part of the screw thread.
- Use the hair blower to blast out the excess hair.
- Then follow this up by cleaning up the grease and other hairs lodged inside. This is where the contact cleaner comes in. For best effect, it would be nice if you could find a contact cleaner that comes with a long straw as this gets inside the hole with more ease. Better yet, an alcoholic cleaner as this cuts and breaks away grease and dirt best.
- Using a cotton swab, wipe off the excessive alcohol inside and around the screw hole.
- Repeat the same procedure with the male thread, then use a tissue to dry it out.
- The next step is to screw everything back in place. Before you do this, pay particular attention to the notch on the male and female threads, because they need to be properly aligned when putting the screw back in. This alignment is important because it’s the notches that create the ’yardstick’ for the actual levels.
- That done, take the thread locker and apply just a little bit of it once along the male thread.
- Put the screw back in, and tighten gently ensuring the male notch stays on course.
And voila! Your problem with loose lever arms should go away. In the slim chance that it still persists, then your clipper could have a problem with the internal thread or the screw itself. The cure for this is to do a replacement for either that has a problem.
These simple DIY maintenance services will give you better performance and prolong the life of your professional tools in the long run. Plus, your clients will enjoy your service more without the pesky hair tugging and clipper noises!
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