AESCULAP FAVORITA BLADE SHARPENING
It has come to our and Aesculap' s attention that too many customers using Aesculap Favorita blades are experience difficulties in the re-sharpening quality of these blades having once been used as new from the Aesculap factory.
Of course there should not be any problems if the sharpening is done correctly and by suitably skilled blade sharpeners familiar with the Aesculap Fav II type blades and who are using the correct lapping machinery for the sharpening.
Aesculap blades have a history of remaining sharp for long periods when correctly sharpened. Indeed many cases suggest even with frequent daily use these blades can remain sharp for periods exceeding a year.
One cannot stress enough that the key factor to their lasting performance is dependant to a large extent on how they are sharpened and reset!
The sharpening problems appears to centre around several factors
· Inexperience in correct methods of sharpening this type of blade
· Use of the wrong type machinery
· Lack of understanding how Aesculap Favourita II blades should be both sharpened and tensioned correctly before returning to the customer.
· An inability to tension correctly.
Whilst Aesculap are attempting to re-dress the situation urgently - this will regrettably take time.
In the mean time we would urge all customers who are experiencing problems either with their clippers or blades to send them to us and in the worst cases we may return them to the Aesculap factory for refurbishing. Be assured however both we and Aesculap are anxious that the performance quality of these outstanding machines is safeguarded at all times.
Hopefully we will be able to ensure you enjoy the high performance for which these machines and their blades are renowned.
Blades and/or clippers should be sent to:
PEASRIDGE S S LIMITED
Insurance covering loss whilst in transit is worth considering in view of the high value of both the clipper and blades.
ADDITIONAL BLADE INFORMATION.
One of the superior features of the Aesculap Favorita II clipper blade which makes it stand out above all other makes is it unrivalled manufacturing quality which is based upon decades of skilled German experience, resulting in a cutting efficiency second to none.
All Favourita blades are manufactured from extremely hard German steel and if correctly sharpened will provide many years of service before ever needing to be replaced. Beware of purchasing cheap and poor quality imitation copies which are now to be found on the Internet.
To ensure the best performance out of this machine you need to understand how the blades function and how to tension them according to the type of coat being clipped.
If the cutting quality becomes decreased you can "temporarily" improve the efficiency by increasing the pressure (turn the knurled nut tighter!) A slight turn is normally sufficient, but may depend on the degree of dullness experienced. However please note this is a "temporary" situation and the blade needs therefore to be sharpened at the earliest opportunity.
Always remember to fit blades with the clipper motor running - simply push on with the lever depressed until the blade is fully housed
CUTTER HEAD (BLADE) TENSIONING.
It is of the utmost importance that the cutter head is correctly tensioned before you commence clipping. New blades and those which have been correctly sharpened will be ready for immediate use and therefore do not need any adjustment.
However in instances where adjustment or re-assembly is necessary this is not a difficult thing to achieve(However experience as in all situations is helpful!) - Make a simple check by sliding the upper plate (cutter blade) across the lower plate (comb blade) back and forth. If it moves too easily it is too loose and as a result will not work correctly. Equally if it proves impossible to move you may have over tightened.
To set the blade correctly screw the centre knurled nut down clockwise increasing the pressure until it becomes difficult to move the upper plate cutter blade across the lower plate comb blade. Test by pushing it - it should feel tight - stiffish to move.
Lightly oil the blade and test on the underside of a dog for a smooth cutting effect. If it pulls or snags, further adjust the knurled nut by a quarter turn and the blade should be correctly tensioned and ready for work.
Symptoms for the incorrectly tensioned and/or loosely tensioned blade:
· Blade not performing correctly
· Not smooth cutting
· Cuts strips
· Stops working
Blades loosely tensioned need first to be cleaned - therefore unscrew the tension screw and remove the upper blade. Now carefully remove any hair on either of the blades. Once both are totally clean, reassemble and reset as described above. Always worth checking the plastic pressure plate for cracks or any sign of wear as this will lead to poor cutting performance.
Never inter change cutter blades with different comb blades irrespective of whether they are the same type. Top and bottom blades match to the respective blade and must not be changed.
As with all tensioned type blades it may sometimes be necessary to make small adjustments to the tensioning. Animal hair textures and coat condition vary from one animal to another and the groomer has to recognise these and make adjustment for them if they want to achieve optimum performance from the clipping machine - whatever the make!
Profession groomers cannot afford to have machines which breakdown from the lack of care and routine maintenance - therefore to keep your Aesculap Favorita clipper in peak operating performance you need oil the cutter head (blades) frequently when in use, and clean, dry and oil them at the end of the day before storing away!
This is a discipline that should be undertaken every day! (Often ignored!!)
OTHER MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS which may affect cutting performance.
Carbon brushes will wear in the course of use and over the years. They need to be checked and replaced. When found to be worn replace both - NOT singularly. Never run a machine without carbons fitted. You will do damage to the motor!
There are two types of carbon brushes - with or without springs. Be sure to fit only the correct item!
Older models are fitted with a carbon brush and spring, the newer models with just a carbon brush, no spring.
From time to time check the gear lever for wear, as if worn it may affect the cutting performance.
Replaced any cracked or split on/off switch covers. Dog hairs easily penetrate and often result in the need to replace both the cover and switch.
Other component parts of the machine rarely need replacing if normal treatment is afforded.
Aesculap Favorita blades - with the exception of the wide GT749 blade can be used with Aesculap attachment combs including the thicker comb blades - GT758/GT770/GT779/GT782/GT784
a feature which is not possible with other makes.
PROBLEMS which may affect cutting performance.
Tramlines in the clipping can occur if the blade is pushed too fast through dense or dirty coats. If the clipper is "pushed" rather than allowed to clip at a speed which it is comfortable with the blade face effectively "rises" off the coat and in a sense "aquaplanes" off the surface with the result of a series of tramlines appearing. This is particularly noticeable on horses when the clipping is rushed at a speed beyond which the teeth can cope with the input of hair! A "ribbed" blades surface may produce a more distinct "tramline" in such circumstances.
In all forms of clipping, blades are best allowed to perform at their own speed - your hand - an instrument of guidance - not a "pushing" pressure!
Also certain coat textures which are slightly damp can cause the same effect. Other checks should involve the clipper and blades for possible wear or damage. Sharpening blades incorrectly may influence the situation.
AESCULAP FAVORITA BLADE CARE
All Aesculap blades are made from high quality steel and fashioned as a result of many years of exceptional skilled engineering for which the German's are renowned - and Aesculap are foremost pioneers. This particularly applies to the "Favorita" blade range.
The blades for the Favorita clippers are not cheap! - Far from it - however remember you are purchasing a quality product which with correct use and care will outperform other makes. Aesculap blades are made of extremely hard specially forged steel which contains a high amount of carbon. This type of steel is especially suitable for the Favorita range of top quality blades as it ensures a long life of the cutting faces.
We list below a few suggestions to ensure you get the performance Aesculap and we want you to experience when you purchase these high quality blades.
Unlike other types of detachable blades the precision made blade has a built in tensioning mechanism which will allow you to continue clipping should the blade start to become slightly blunt, the cutting capacity can be improved by increasing moderately the pressure between the blades by means of the knurled screw adjuster.
When you buy a new blade it will have been correctly tensioned at the Aesculap factory in Germany, and should the blades start to dull later after use you may increase the tension "moderately" in order to complete the clip. There after arrange for the blade to be professionally re-sharpened and the sharpening service operator will automatically re set the tensioning before returning the blade/s to you.
At all times the correct way of lapping these blades, using the right machinery and the ability to correctly tension them is vitally important to their cutting performance - as with all blades irrespective of make!
There may be occasions when you need to take the cutter plates apart for cleaning. Blades should be removed and put on the machine with the motor running as this will ensure the correct engagement of the drive lever. The plate spring and upper blade are easy to take apart after having removed the knurled screw. Avoid the use of materials such as WD40 for cleaning purposes.
As a guide correct tensioning of the blades may be assessed using the following means....
For the best results we recommend that all blades that have been re-sharpened are tensioned correctly before use.
If you are un-certain about your re-sharpened blades first check the tension setting of the blade/s by sliding the top blade along the bottom blade from each side. A correctly tensioned blade will require moderate pressure to move it from side to side. (You should feel a slight resistance!) lf it moves easily, then increase the tension by screwing down the adjuster clockwise, if it is too tight, adjust by unscrewing the adjuster anticlockwise. We advise only turning the adjuster half a turn at a time, so correct setting is possible. Testing after each adjustment is strongly recommended.
When clipping allow the clipper to do the work, your hand is required as a guide - not an instrument of power in the form of pushing the machine through the hair. Pushing may result in "aquaplaning" and resulting tramlines on certain coat textures. With Favorita blades relatively little pressure is required for hair that is cut, which means less wear of your blades!
Some guidance points for the care of your Favorita blades.
lt is most important that blades are oiled before and during use. Dry blades will overheat, give poor performance and can damage your machine.
When blades are in daily use - such as in a busy grooming parlour, dismantle them every few days and clean them with a soft cloth or brush. Clean very carefully between the teeth which in some instance may become blocked. (This is especially relevant in veterinary work where blood and puss may be encountered when clipping).
After cleaning the blades, oil them lightly to prevent rusting. (Vital if you are storing blades for some time before re-use!)
Prior to assembling the blades make sure they are absolutely clean, and that there is no hair between the two cutting faces, the effects of which would stop them from working.
Set the tension, as instructed above and do a test cut!
Always have the machine running when fitting the blades, as stated above this helps the blades to locate and engage into the drive position.
When changing blades always make sure the blade lever is pushed fully in towards the machine..
Blade sharpness will be maintained longer if any impurities such as dirt, dust and any abrasive matter are removed from the coat before clipping. As the only effective way is to wash the animal, make sure you rinse with clean water several times to flush out any above material and be certain all areas to be clipped are totally dry before you clip!
Users of all types of clipping machines are strongly advised to always make sure they have a back up blade readily available - any blade - no matter what the make CAN go blunt at a moment's notice should it come in contact with some abrasive material however small.
AESCULAP FAVORITA BLADES - "Compatabile copies"
IMPORTANT CUSTOMER WARNING!
It has recently come to our attention that a number of what looks suspiciously like "imitation" copies of the original and genuine AESCULAP Favourita blades are being described as "high quality German steel" and sold as "compatible" to the genuine Aesculap made blades as supplied by Aesculap Germany.
The image shown portrays both a "compatible" and a genuine Aesculap blade.
It should be emphasised these "compatible" blades are ...... NOT GENUINE AESCULAP BLADES!
Customers should be fully aware that neither PEASRIDGE or the manufacturer AESCULAP will be responsible for any resulting damage to the Aesculap machine, for any harm or injury to either the clipper operator or any species of animal on which the machine and non genuine Aesculap blades are used
Whilst these "compatible" blades are offered on the internet at "bargain" prices we would urge all Aesculap Favourita users to exercise extreme caution should they consider purchasing these, as we have reason to believe they are Far Eastern or Chinese copies of the genuine Aesculap Favourita blade.
Our experience of both Far Eastern and Chinese made blades is that whilst some may initially hold their cutting edge for a limited period, re-sharpening invariably proves impossible due to the quality of steel.
We would also draw your attention to the fact that spare parts for the blades, like so many of the Far Eastern clippers, are not readily available - if available at all, and whilst some of the genuine parts of other machines may look suitable it is highly un wise to purchase them in the hope they may fit.
We can sight one International clipper manufacturer who on switching production from Germany to China for cost savings purposes, within a short period of time found it necessary to discontinue both the highly successful machine and the blade range due to inferior Chinese production quality and impossible problems with effective re-sharpening.
Whilst clearly PEASRIDGE would support all customers and end user in obtaining the best value for money in the present economic climate, we do urge all potential purchaser to consider the risks involved in of .......
Purchasing items not of a genuine manufacture,
The full implication of possible damage to the machine.
Any potential risk to their animals.
Invalidation of warranty applicable to newly purchased products.