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Ninamebo 12-03-2013 05:08 PM

Alternative to Clipper Oil?
My clipper oil supply won't be to the barn for a little bit and Max is fuzzy again. Has anyone used some sort of other oil substitute that works? I realize it's a long shot as those things are finicky and should be maintained properly.. Just wondering if there is another solution out there!

Thanks in advance!

horselovinguy 12-03-2013 07:15 PM

If you are clipping and need oil for the blades can use kerosene in a coffee can a few inches deep, dip carefully the blades with the machine running. It will flush the dirt & debris from the blades, lubricate and cool them. Wipe them dry on a towel before using them again on the horses coat.

If you are doing maintenance to the clipper I would not use anything but clipper oil, possibly sewing machine oil as those parts also need special type of oil....

I would suggest you contact the manufacturer if you are unable to purchase the correct oil.
They will tell you a substitute to use or have available for purchase what they recommend used with their equipment..

Saddlebag 12-03-2013 08:44 PM

I've used 3in1 oil for years on both clipper and sewing machine. The clippers are 20yrs old and the sewing machine has many many miles on it.

Ninamebo 12-04-2013 12:40 AM

Not sure if I'm brave enough to try kerosene, but do you think baby oil or Wd40 might work?

horselovinguy 12-04-2013 12:51 PM


NO, No, no.....

Never baby oil!

And I would not use WD40 either.

If you aren't brave enough to use kerosene you would though use WD40????

Or baby oil????

Not I....

I would not ever suggest something I have not done, still do and use to will not harm your blades or machine if used as described...

I know you don't know me and I respect that you are cautious...but please, if you are going to use something and "aren't brave" then only use what you should be using by manufacturers recommendations, no substitutions....

Ninamebo 12-05-2013 09:16 AM

Woot woot! Okay okay, I understand your point, deep breath. A simple "no, those two won't work" would have sufficed, thank you. It would have been much more helpful to get an explanation as to why they wouldn't work than a rant on my lack of knowledge in the subject. Like, those oils aren't light, coolants, etc.

I did a bit more research on my own and discovered this out. I also read more about the kerosene tip. Thanks for your help in leading me to that search. But, if you had never heard of dipping blades in kerosene then running it against your own horse, I doubt you wouldn't be a little apprehensive the first time it was mentioned too.

I was able to come by some oil yesterday, but I like posting these types of questions simply to broaden my knowledge and get a feel for how others are doing things, or not doing things. It could be a lifesaver in a pinch. Thanks for the informative posts Saddlebag, horselovinguy.

waresbear 12-06-2013 07:04 PM

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WD40 does work and I have used it for years.

PrivatePilot 12-06-2013 08:30 PM

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x2 WD40. It works fine, it's cheap, and it's not going to hurt your horse (or you) in any way. My own barber has used WD40 on all his electric razors for as long as I can remember, and he's been cutting my hair for over 30 years...and I'm pretty sure he still has the same clippers he was using 30 years ago..

Don't over complicate something simple - there's nothing magical or particularly special about "clipper oil" except it's price.

Ninamebo 12-06-2013 09:15 PM

^that was my thoughts. I haven't had any of my own for years and have just been going along borrowing some from fellow barn friends ( I don't clipper too often) but I have loads of WD in my garage so I figured that or something of the like would work.

Foxhunter 12-09-2013 10:27 AM

When I started clipping there was no such thing as clipper oil. 3 in 1 was used and works fine. I use WD40 to clear the hair from the blades.

I have also used the kerosene to wash the blades with but have had a few horses allergic to it even though it was wiped off.

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