How To Oil A Beard Trimmer

By | August 16, 2013

oil-1162606-mYou just bought a new beard trimmer and it was working great for a while, but suddenly it started rattling or pulling and you don’t know what’s going on.  Well, it probably just needs a little bit of oil.  So how do you go about oiling your trimmer?  Follow these three easy steps and you’ll be rattle-free:

Step 1 – Purchase a good oil. 

If your beard trimmer is a Wahl or an Oster, these leading companies manufacture their own lubricating oils.  However, it’s surprisingly hard to find trimmer oil in stores. The best thing to do is to purchase the oil online through a site like Amazon before you run out of the stuff that came with the trimmer.  If it’s an emergency and you can’t get your hands on trimmer oil fast enough, you can use an alternative, lightweight oil that can withstand high temperatures, such as vegetable oil or olive oil (but not extra virgin).  Light penetrating oils intended for small machinery are similar to hair clipper oil as well.  Do not use motor oil, oils intended for heavy machinery, Vaseline, or door hinge greases, as these products will ruin your beard trimmer.

Step 2 – Make sure the blade is clean. 

Nobody appreciates a gummed-up trimmer.  You’ll want to oil the trimmer after each and every cleansing routine for maximum blade performance.

Step 3 – Apply the oil directly onto the blade. 

If the blade is off, make sure you slide the oil back and forth to lubricate every part.  You can oil the trimmer while it’s on, but only do so if you can control the amount of oil you’re putting on the blade without cutting yourself.  You should only need a single drop of oil.  If you put too much oil on the blade, the trimmer will rattle like it does when it isn’t oiled enough.

And that’s it.  Pretty simple, right?  Allow me to end on a note of caution: if you do experiment with trimmer oil, beware that you might void the warranty on your trimmer.  It’s best to check the manufacturer’s policies before oiling any kind of trimmer, as some manufacturers require that you use one specific trimming oil on their products.