Tensioning & Changing Blades

Scroll down to find the brand of your clipper and relevant information about tensioning and blades, including how to change them. We have listed most well-known clipper brands; if you cannot find the brand of your clipper, please don't hesitate to give our office a call on: 01823 681076.

If the tension on your clipper is incorrect, you may find the clipper snagging at the hair as opposed to smoothly cutting through it. In addition, excess heat will be generated which can damage the internal workings of your machine. Similar problems can occur if the blades are fitted incorrectly. 


Lister Clippers

Lister clippers are really simple to tension and change the blades. Check out our step-by-step video to see how it's done. We've also detailed the tensioning instructions below:

  • Screw the tensioning nut as far as it will comfortably go
  • Using the marker on the tension nut as a guide, turn the tension nut back 1½ turns
  • Your machine is now ready for use

This standard method of tensioning can be applied to all Lister clippers.

Depending on workload, we recommend replacing your tension set at the end of every season - Click Here to purchase a new Tension Set. 

Metal and Plastic Socket Blades - What's the Difference?

All Lister blades are compatible with all Lister medium and heavy duty machines. However, there are metal socket and plastic socket blades available for Lister clippers and it's important that you know the difference between the two and choose the right blade for your machine. READ MORE

 Click Here to view the range of Plastic and Metal Lister Clipper Blades



Liveryman, Wolseley and Liscop

Liveryman, Wolseley and Liscop machines take the same blades and can be tensioned in a similar way.

Unlike Lister clippers, there is no set way to tension Liveryman/Wolseley/Liscop clippers. This video shows the best way to achieve the right tension but you may find that you need to tweak slightly to get your clippers running perfectly. We have detailed the tensioning instructions below:

  • Screw the tensioning nut until you feel resistance
  • This is then followed by a further 1 & 1/2 turns

This method will apply to most Liveryman, Wolseley and Liscop machines but as previously mentioned, you may need to tweak slightly.

Depending on workload, we recommend replacing your tension set at the end of every season. - Click Here to purchase a new Tension Set.

Which blades will fit?

All Liveryman and Liscop blades will fit most Liveryman, Liscop and Wolseley clippers (exceptions include the Liveryman Calypso).

To see the full range of blades, please click here. 


To change the blades you will need a screw driver (supplied with the machine) as demonstarted in the video.  For tensioning, we recommend the following:

  • Turn the tension nut clockwise until a firm resistance is felt
  • This is then followed by a further ¾ of a turn

This may seem a little tight but it is correct for this clipper. Don’t forget to oil your blades every 10 mins of use.


Which blades will fit?

Blades that are compatible with Heiniger clippers have a 'U-Shaped' indentation on the bottom comb blade, where the screws sit. For the full range of blades that are compatible with Heiniger clippers, please click here.

Numbers can be found on the top and bottom blade; the following number combinations relate to the following grades:

  • 21-23 Coarse
  • 31-15 Standard
  • 31F-15 Fine
  • 31-23 Very Fine

Xplorer Battery

Applies to the Heiniger Xplorer Model

To charge the battery:

Place battery in the charger base with the power supply connected.

You may have 4 red lights showing, this will change to flashing green

When all 4 lights have turned from red to green and stopped flashing, the battery is charged.

Using the battery:

Charge will last about 2 1/4 hrs, it will then stop dead.

If your battery has stopped dead, the machine will run again if switched but only for a few seconds. This is not a fault, the clippers are designed to do this. Let your battery rest for 10 minutes before re-charging.

TOP TIP - If you have more than one battery it is a good idea to number them to avoid mixing them up.