Originally Posted by Patty0315
Well I talked to the company and they said I should have a 4 prong "blade" and a stationary blade which I have . I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong, they wont cut .
Thanks , Patty
Patty, the "4 prong blade" is called the 'cutter'. The "stationary blade" is called the 'comb'. I shear with a 4 point cutter and a 13 tooth, 3 inch comb and I think that is what comes standard on a new unit. (There is also a 3 point cutter and a two and a half inch comb available.)
Is the comb and cutter shiny clean? That is, not gummed up with old grease and wool? If dirty, you can clean them with rubbing alcohol and a toothbrush, then oil them (I use clean car engine oil). Does the tension adjusting knob turn fairly easily? It's purpose is to adjust the pressure of the cutter against the comb. With too little pressure, the wool will not be cut cleanly, it will look like it was chewed off and shearing will be almost impossible (imagine cutting paper with scissors where the blades do not meet). So...if the tension knob is stiff or stuck it can be unscrewed completely, taken out and cleaned and oiled. It's not difficult, just keep track of the way the parts come out. When you put it back together, screw it down until you feel it pressing on the cutter...boy, it's hard to describe 'feel' over the internet.
This will get you close to the correct tension.
Also...the comb is held in place with two large screws on the underside. The slots in the comb are purposefully oversize to permit moving the comb back and forth and side to side for proper alignment with the cutter. If you look at the comb from the topside you will see the the cutting edge does not extend all the way to the tips of the comb but rather stops about a quarter inch from the tip. You want the points of the cutter about the thickness of a dime back from where the cutting edge stops. This is where the slots in the comb come in. With the two large screws barely snug, move the comb into the correct position, then tighten the two screws. Also...some side to side adjustment is available to accomodate the 'throw' of the cutter...you want the cutter to stay on the comb, not overshoot to one side or the other.
Whewww...I always use a thousand words when a picture will do...
Other thots...when you say it will not cut, what do you mean? Will not enter the wool? How many points on your comb? There are some 20 point, 3 inch combs that folks use on alpacas etc...it will be tough (impossible) to push a 20 point thru a dense fleece. Or does it enter the wool but not cut cleanly? In that case I suspect too little tension. I suppose the comb and cutter could be exceedingly dull. You could buy a new comb and cutter and have the old ones sharpened. Premier can do both.
I better stop here.
If you shoot me your mailing address, I can photocopy and mail the cute little instruction book to you. Use PM or firstname.lastname@example.org
ps: I know there are more experienced shearers than me here so if I said something stoopid or wrong please chime in.