Sturtevant, WI (May 10, 2010) –– Ivan Zoot, aka ClipperGuy, has posted a nine and a half minute video at demonstrating how to change blades on both detachable and adjustable blade clippers and on trimmers. He provides step-by-step details for several types of clippers and trimmers with tips to help avoid damaging the tools when switching blades.

“Recently, we’ve had quite a few questions about how to change blades on clippers,” notes Zoot. “So we thought we’d spend just a few minutes with different clipper types, different blade types, covering the ‘how to change blades on a clipper’ information.”

When changing the blade on detachable blade clippers, Zoot warns, “You only put a blade on the clipper when the clipper is on.” The clipper can be on or off when the blade is removed. But unless the clippers are running when snapping on the new blade, the blade and the drive pin may not line up properly, which would damage the drive pin and weaken the power of the motor. To help remember these requirements, Zoot has coined the phrase “on/on, off/either.”

“What that means is you only put a blade on the clipper when the clipper is on,” he says. “You can take the blade off when the clipper is running, and you can take it off when the clipper is off – that’s the off, either.”

With adjustable blade clippers, Zoot points out that clippers must be unplugged when changing the blade. He shows how to remove the screws, the comb or lower blade, then the upper blade or cutting blade, and how to replace them both. He emphasizes the importance of “walking the screws,” a technique for reinserting screws to ensure the tools will cut evenly. First, one screw is tightened, then the other, alternating between the two until the blade is snugly in place. He demonstrates the blade change for both the Andis Master® and the Beauty Master®.

The technique for “walking the screws” is also used when replacing the blade on trimmers. The screws on trimmers are a little longer than those on adjustable blade clippers. Zoot gives detailed instructions on where to place the new blade and how to position it to avoid stripping the holes.

Throughout the video Zoot offers tips for successful blade changes, such as working on a clean surface. Changing blades involves removing small screws, which can be misplaced easily. “I like to work over a towel,” says Zoot. “Things can fall on the towel. They don’t get lost or misplaced.”

About Ivan Zoot Ivan Zoot is an experienced educator with an exuberance for teaching. He recently set three haircutting records for the Guinness Book of World Records. His videos are full of tips that he has picked up during conversations and observations around the world. This video is one of thirty-eight (at last count) that he has posted on YouTube. Viewers can receive free videos via email each time a new one is posted. Simply log onto YouTube, create a free user name and password and click subscribe. He is director of education and customer engagement at Andis.

About Andis Company Andis Company, a family held business founded in 1922, is a leading manufacturer of handheld tools to trim, cut, curl, straighten and dry hair. The company’s products are purchased worldwide by barber and beauty shops, consumers, hotels, motels, resorts, small animal groomers and large animal groomers and shearers. To find a local distributor, call the company at 800-558-9441 or visit their Web site at