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Old 06/10/05, 04:32 PM
 
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Oster clippers

I have a model ew 311. I do not have an instruction manual and think I may be missing something on the blade section. Does anyone have one that they can scan and send me in email ?


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Old 06/11/05, 07:51 AM
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here's a a link to one....

http://www.goodmans.net/get_item_os-...-speed-cli.htm

How does it work? My hubby and I are looking and shopping for a set of clippers.... I looked at these and wondered if they're easy to handle...
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Old 06/11/05, 11:23 AM
 
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I have never used them. I bought them used only once or twice. I am not sure I may be missing part of the blade . I will let you know as soon as I get them fixed.

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Old 06/14/05, 10:29 AM
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I have never used them. I bought them used only once or twice. I am not sure I may be missing part of the blade . I will let you know as soon as I get them fixed.
Patty, what do you think you are missing? (I know, kinda a dumb question) .
The instruction 'book' that comes with them is pretty hopeless.
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Old 06/14/05, 10:37 AM
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http://www.goodmans.net/get_item_os-...-speed-cli.htm

How does it work? My hubby and I are looking and shopping for a set of clippers.... I looked at these and wondered if they're easy to handle...
I use shearmasters and I like 'em but that's the only kind I've ever used.
Have you looked at Premier? I'll try to dredge up a link.
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Old 06/14/05, 10:47 AM
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http://www.goodmans.net/get_item_os-...-speed-cli.htm

How does it work? My hubby and I are looking and shopping for a set of clippers.... I looked at these and wondered if they're easy to handle...
here's the link (I hope)...
http://www.premier1supplies.com/deta...=531&cat_id=38

I would like to try the Premier 3000 or 4000 sometime. Looks a little more ergonomic than the Shearmaster. The Shearmaster is a 'manly' machine...it'll probably outlast me.
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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 .


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Old 06/15/05, 12:18 PM
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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 570super@usa.net

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ps: I know there are more experienced shearers than me here so if I said something stoopid or wrong please chime in.
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Old 06/15/05, 12:59 PM
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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
OK...I'm back again.
Poking around on the web I found an Oster site with FAQ. One of the answers mentioned that the comb could be installed upside down. I never thought of that! Take a look, it will be obvious to you. The side of the comb teeth which contact the sheep's skin will be gently rounded and smooth while the side of the comb teeth which contact the cutter will have a sharpened cutting edge.
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Old 06/15/05, 02:09 PM
 
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Thanks you have helped alot. I washed the combs today. I tightened everything hopefully the right way. As for not cutting I have no clue why. I have not tried to use it this year yet , I did try last year. I had an injured ewe so maybe it was just me . I will let ya know how it goes. By the way I am not to far from you , I am near Watertown Ny.

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Old 06/15/05, 10:17 PM
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Thanks you have helped alot. I washed the combs today. I tightened everything hopefully the right way. As for not cutting I have no clue why. I have not tried to use it this year yet , I did try last year. I had an injured ewe so maybe it was just me . I will let ya know how it goes. By the way I am not to far from you , I am near Watertown Ny.
Patty, I'm near Peterborough, Ontario...I would guess about a three hour drive sorta nothwest of you. My wife went to St Lawrence College in Kingston for her vet tech diploma and we have friends in the Kingston/Gananoque area.

One last thot...don't be afraid to let the comb ride on the sheep's hide. If you are worried about nicking the sheep you might have a tendency to hold the comb away from the skin. Use your free hand to smooth the skin, hold the comb flat to the sheep and you'll do fine. The rest comes with practice.
Hope some of this helps. Let us know...
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Kingston is about 20 mins away . I have to try to find out when it is going on again but last year there was a big Amish type auction I missed in Ontario , I would love to go.

Well as to clippers I was doing great and then I snapped a prong off the cutter. A little silver prong that is a kinda spacer I think . I am going to the blade shop today and hopefully will have that settled.

Bye the way what do you do with your wool ? Who do you send it to. I got a price of 15.00 a pound to be washed ,carded and made into yarn . OUCH ! And there is a 60 lb min.

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