How to Sharpen Electric Hedge Clippers: To maintain our lawn we need different sorts of tools that can ease our job. Cutting, edging, or trimming many more. Among them, all one of the common names is the electric hedge clippers. They are very trendy to trim all the extra grass of plants you want to maintain well, it can be for decoration purpose, or else it can be for the refreshment. Whatever, these electric hedge clippers have long sharp metal blades and they lost their sharpness after a while, depending on many reasons like, extra workload, cutting those things that are not recommended for that model, getting hit by strong concrete surface and much more reasons. At that time replacing them can be an option, but we have a better option for you, which is to sharpen the clippers. Doing that will save money, will provide better performance like before and you can enjoy your trimming without changing the whole set. If you have never sharpened the electric hedge clipper blade before then, you may think it is very threatening. But once you know the proper technique, then it becomes easy to do. This is why, we prepared this article based on how to sharpen electric hedge clipper blades, but for that, you have to stay with until we are done.
How to sharpen electric hedge clippers
In three different ways you can sharpen your clipper blade, by using a file, or stone it will be done physically. On the other hand, if you choose the easiest way within less time, it can be done with a power grinder. Using all these things requires a few techniques, and most importantly patience. Without knowing them you may hurt yourself, or damage the blades. So are you guys ready? We will be going to show you how to do this job step by step, but before we start you must know that for proper cutting efficiency, you should sharpen the blades after giving a long time rest after using the machine.
Sharpen the clipper blades with a file:
First, you have to place the clipper over a flat surface. It can be a block of solid concrete or table, or anywhere you can easily place the blades firmly. The elevated surface is very important, keep that in mind.
After you place the clippers, if it is a dual blade trimmer then, align the blades and take a flat-file. You have to start filing gradually in a downhill gesture first. Remember to lift the file every time when you are starting from the upper side. Doing it rapidly may affect the cutting efficiency of the blade because the blades can become thinner.
As it is a physical job, depending on your pressure and the effectiveness of the file, you may have to do for a few shots on each blade. Always check out the sharpness and the edges. If the blades are dull badly, it may take some time. Don’t be frustrated.
Follow this way for each tooth of the blades. After you are done with all, you can use a sharping stone to clear out all the minor rough edges.
Sharpen clipper blades with a stone:
You can use a whetstone to sharpen the hedge clippers by following the below steps.
Before you start sharping, clean the tooth of the blades with water, soap, or any other cleanser you want and remove the dirt. Don’t forget to wipe them with a clean and dry cloth before you start sharpening.
For using the stone same motion you have to follow, brush the whetstone downwards on a tooth. You have to continue a proper brush-up angle (usually 10 to 15 degrees). While you are rubbing the stone, you can remove sanding dust if you want, or it becomes necessary.
While sharping with stone, you have to continue the appropriate sharpening movement, and please don’t give too much compression on the stone. After you are done with one tooth repeat in the same way on the other until it becomes sharp as you require.
As you are using a stone, so sand dust will be everywhere, so don’t forget to wipe the entire blade when you are done with a fresh piece of cloth, and use grease, or any other lubricant to decrease roughness and to prevent oxidation in the clippers.
Sharpen clipper blades with a power grinder:
As we have mentioned sharping your clipper blades with the power grinder is one of the fastest and easiest ways to sharpen the electric hedge clipper or any other. But as we all know, easiest is not the safest always. Therefore, you have to be very careful while using the grinder, or else, it may break the edges of the tooth. You can hurt yourself as well.
Power grinder produces a lot of pressure that is why, before you start the task place the clipper into an elevated strong surface and use clamps to fix the position. You may ask for someone’s help as well, to hold the trimmer.
Now start up the grinder and place each tooth one by one. Only one shot is enough for the grinder to sharpen your blade, but while you’re doing it don’t move the blades, they might break.
You don’t have to apply too much pressure while grinding. Following natural downward grinding will be enough because the grinder already has a lot of power.
For better, easier, and safe sharpening apply short-stroke separately on each tooth. Don’t rush the process, and take your time. After you are done with all tooth of the blade, clean it with a cloth, and use lubricant for better performance and store it for a while.
These are the three different processes of sharpening your electric or any other hedge clippers. I hope these steps don’t seem that much harder for you and you can easily and safely get the job done.
As you are dealing with sharp and risky metal things, please on appropriate protecting gear, such as safety glass, face shield, work gloves, and earmuffs. These are at least essential when you are using the grinder.
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