How to Align Blades on Clippers

Updated February 21, 2017

Electric clippers are an economical way to maintain at-home grooming, especially for men. Large clippers can be used to trim short hair, while small clippers are used to groom and remove facial hair. With frequent use, the blades of your hair clippers or shaver can become misaligned, decreasing performance. Aligning the blades yourself takes only a few minutes; it will not only improve the way the clippers cut, but it will also help them last longer.

Loosen the screws on the top of the blade. They shouldn't need to be removed completely. Blow on the blades to remove any excess hairs.

Hold the clippers at eye-level. With your finger, align the two blades so the top tooth on the left is covering the bottom left tooth and the top right tooth touches the large bottom tooth on the right end.

Adjust the blades so they are parallel, if necessary. There should be a space of no more than 1/16 inch and no less than 1/32 inch between them.

Tighten the screws securely after alignment.


To avoid blade misalignment, clean and oil your clippers regularly.


Always unplug your clippers before aligning the blades.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
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Delaware-based Daisy Cuinn has been writing professionally since 1997, when she became the features editor for her local biweekly music newspaper. She has been a staff writer and contributor to online and offline magazines, including "What It Is!," and Slashfood. Cuinn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University.