When to Replace Sockets

Greetings from the heartland! The winter months are almost over!

Today, I will explain when it’s time to replace sockets on clipper blades. At Nebraska Blades, when a new customer calls and asks for prices, we tell them the price and that we replace all bad parts. If they agree to this, fine. If not, we tell them they should look for a different sharpener. It’s like asking for a tune-up, but not replacing bad plugs or wires; it’s going to come back and bite you.

The first thing to look at is the ears of the socket; they may be missing or bent. If they are missing, replace the socket. If they’re bent, use Nebraska Blades Socket Setter to repair them. The setter will bend them back without over bending, plus square them again. For some new customers, we have replaced as many as 50 percent of their sockets. After the first time, we rarely have to replace them again. We find that 100 percent of blades come for sharpening need to be bent in, which is a quick job with the socket setter.

Nebraska Blades Deluxe Socket Setter

The second thing you find is the socket may be bent down at the place where the latch engages the socket. This is mostly caused by the customer using two clippers, one with a trigger to release the blade and one without; then they forget and try to pull the blade off without using the trigger. You can square it up by using the other end of the deluxe socket setter.

The last thing that can go wrong is that the socket is damaged at the point where the latch hits the socket. You may not be able to see it, but it will not engage the blade. Replace this socket. We use all Andis sockets, but it may be a good idea to use the correct one for your blade be it Andis, Oster or Wahl. You can see all this up close on our “Clipper Blade Sharpening” DVD.