If you want to own a hair clipper, you need to explore and understand hair clipper parts and their functions. Popular hair clipper brands like Andis, Oster and Wahl have similar parts. We will discuss each of these parts to help assist you in a better and more informed decision upon purchasing.
if you find it hard choosing what hair clippers that best suit your style, you probably don’t understand what clippers’ features are. Let me break it down into pieces for you. First, there are two categories of hair clippers – the manual and electric. Next are the motor types (if electric): magnetic motor, pivot motor and rotary motor.
We will not tackle more about manual hair clippers since mostly they are replaced by high-tech electric clipper nowadays. More importantly, the knowledge of picking the right clipper is the key essential because every clipper is designed for its specific specialty. If you know what clipper is best for, you will be assured to achieve the “cutting edge.”
Magnetic motor is used mostly on, generally speaking, the cheaper hair clippers designed for home usage and semi-professional purposes. You may find this type of motor to vibrate and to cause noise because blades run very fast.
The speed of the blades is advantageous to smooth hair cutting. The downside of this motor is it can cause heat on the clipper because blades are running fast that cause friction. This is suitable for dry hair and good for occasional use.
Most clippers with magnetic motors have standard blade adjustment from 000 to 1.
2. Pivot Motor
While magnetic motor runs blades fast, Pivot motor does the average speed of the blade but it has higher force. Thus, it is best for thick and heavy hair. Unlike Magnetic motor, you can slowly move the clipper while cutting thick and heavy hair since blades run at slower speed.
The slower speed of the blade does not make the clipper hot because there is less friction. This is an advantage for the clippers with pivot motor to cut thick hair precisely. This type of motor is lighter than Magnetic motor.
3. Rotary Motor
Most expensive hair clippers available use rotary motor for its silent and heavy duty. The motor classifies its higher torque and but slower blade speed compared to Pivot motor.
This is widely used motor for hair clippers especially design for simultaneous cutting and professional use. This is the most power among the three motor types. This is best used for wet and thicker hair and also for bulk cutting thus making this motor versatile.
In simpler explanation, magnetic motor performs low power but faster blade speed (best for thin and dry hair), pivot motor performs higher power but slower blade speed (best for thick and heavy hair) and rotary motor performs higher blade speed and higher power (best for wet, thick hair and bulk hair cutting).
Whether what type of motor you choose, always put oil after every hair cutting to achieve best results possible.