Wahl Clippers Not Cutting(Causes and Solutions)

If your Wahl clippers not cutting, then you are in the right place for answers.

In this article, we’ll go over the common reasons why your wahl clipper may not be cutting, and the simple steps you put in place to troubleshoot

And what you can do to keep them cutting.

So with that said, let’s begin.

Wahl Clippers Not Cutting

Wahl clipper blades may struggle to cut due to a multitude of reasons, these are the most likely cases:

  • Missing teeth
  • Weak power output
  • Dirty/uncleaned blades
  • Rusted blades
  • Blunt blades

In this guide, we’ll address each of the possible problems.

But, before troubleshooting your clippers, make sure you are past your warranty date. 

If you are on your warranty date, attempting to fix could void you of a free replacement/ refund or service. 

Always contact Wahl and read the specific manual of your clipper to make sure all is in order before attempting any fixes. 

If all is well, you may carry on. 

How to Fix Wahl Clippers Not Cutting

To get your hair clippers cutting at their best you need let to understand each problem.

Work through this guide in order to check for possible problems and try to fix them in order.

The first two fixes are ones that you can do with the blades on.

Let’s begin.

Why Are My Wahl Clippers Not Cutting

Let’s go through why your clippers won’t cut and address some low-hanging fruits.

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can affect the cutting performance of your clippers. This is especially the case if the teeth are missing from the top cutter blade. 

Missing teeth means your blades will struggle to cleanly cut through any type of hair. 

The gap caused by lost teeth makes it hard for the cutting blade to grip to hair and cut. 

This is the same for damaged clipper blade teeth. These teeth too will not be able to be cut cleanly. 

Look to see if have any missing teeth on both blades, especially the top-cutting blade.

to check for damage, run your finger across the teeth of your hair clippers and check for any bumps and cuts. 

If your blades are damaged or critically rusted (talk on this later), you may need to get them replaced.

Here are some replace my wahl blades at their best current price.

Weak power output 

There may be nothing wrong with your clipper blades they could simply be not powerful enough. 

Weak clippers give the allusion that the issue is with your blades or other parts of your clipper but it really could just be with the tension within your clippers. 

Luckily, this problem can be easily fixed and it can be don’t through the wahl power screw. 

First, let’s check the power, here’s how to do it:

How To check clipper power
Checking the average power of the cutting blade.
Turn your hair clippers on
Using the index finger, pinch firmly on the cutting blade and the back cutting rail together
Check to see whether the cutting blade stopped when you pinched it. 

If it did, the power in your hair clipper (motor) is weak. 

If the cutting still moved as usual then the power output in your blades is fine and you have nothing to worry about.

For the next steps, you will need a flathead screwdriver.


Step 2: Use a screwdriver to tighten the screw 

Using a flathead screwdriver, find the wahl power screw at the side of the hair clipper.

What Does The Screw On The Side Of Clippers Do?

Tighten the screw clockwise until you hear your clippers screech, then turn it half a turn anti-clockwise until they go back to being quiet. 

This should tighten the spring in the clipper and improve the power output. 

Step 3: Make sure your blades are aligned

Fixing your clippers with the method can misalign your clipper blades so make sure your blades are aligned correctly.

Just make sure the top cutting blade is straight and in line with the back blade.

Also, make sure that the cutting blade is always below the front cutting blade/guard blade at all times.

If the cutting blade isn’t below the guard blade you could end up cutting yourself.

To achieve this, tighten the screws on the back of the blade.

However leave enough wiggle room so that you can make the right adjustments, when everything is in place, you can pop the blade back into your hair clippers. 

If you would like a visual representation of this process, you can do so from this video

Side note, If your clippers don’t cut and make a loud noise, check out my article on fix loud wahl clippers.

Some of the steps overlap and you may find those fixes could benefit you, but only do so after trying the fixes in this article!

Wahl Clippers Not Working

General clipper maintenance is stopping your clippers from cutting. 

This is both internal and external. 

Dirty or unkempt hair clippers can dramatically decrease the performance of your clippers.

Not only do your clippers have to work harder to cut, which can make them produce loud noises or damage them, but your clippers simply just will not cut at all,  if they aren’t maintained. 

You should thoroughly clean and sterilize your clipper every few uses and you should oil your clippers every 2 uses. 

These are the basics of hair clipper maintenance. 

Check out this article on how to properly clean your wahl clippers:

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Rusted Clipper Blades 

Be on the lookout for rusted hair clipper blades. 

Rusted hair clippers will struggle to cut hair, especially if the rust is on the teeth. 

You should look to try and clean your clipper blade as much as possible to try and remove as much rust as you can. 

Check out this guide below on how to clean rusty clipper blades.

Try cleaning your blades first.

Then assess whether they can be sharpened.

But if they’re still:

  • Slightly rusted
  • Damaged the teeth
  • Chipped

Then I would suggest you take your blades to a professional blademan or invest in some new ones.

Sharpening them, which is the next step may do more harm than good, and even if you were to sharpen them, they wouldn’t cut/perform too great either.


Blunt blades are the last but truly main reason why your clipper your wahl clippers are not cutting. 

It mainly happens due to a lack of oiling!

like I said before at the minimum you should be oiling your clippers every two uses, to reduce friction between your blades.

You can start oiling your clippers now and test them out, see if they get better then do the last step.



Blade sharpening can be effective.

However, you must check the previous possible issues before you arrive at this step. (This is why it’s last)

Ultimately, the natural solution to blunt blades is sharpening. 

But how do you know if blunt hair clipper blades need sharpening? 

It’s simple you need to check if your blades are pulling hair. (If you are here, they more than likely are.)

This is when your blades take multiple passes to cut a section of hair and seem to drag hair with them as you pass. 

So if you’re looking to sharpen your blades, you can do so through two methods that are with grindstone or sandpaper.

Below is an in-depth guide on how to do both:

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Try sharpening your blades as a last resort.

Then test them out and see if you notice any changes.

If you want to go an extra step, you could zero gap your clipper blades by putting the cutting blade right at the very edge of your guard blade meaning your clippers should cut better!

here is a video on how to zero-gap your wahl clippers after you’ve sharpened them:

zero gapping

After all, we’ve been through, your blades should now be cutting effectively!

If your wahl clippers still not cutting and you’d like a new model. Then you may need to look into re-investing in a new pair of clippers.

I talk more about this next.

Getting New Clippers

If you’re looking to keep it to wahl, below are the most reliable wahl clippers.

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In this article, we went over Wahl Clippers not cutting and how to approach fixing the possible issues. 

In the back of your mind, if your clippers, start to cut poorly again, run through the checklist below to see which problem could be holding your Wahl Clippers back. 

  1. weak power output
  2. Blunt blades
  3. missing teeth
  4. Heavily rusted 
  5. Poorly maintained 

If you have found this article helpful, please comment and check out other articles relating to this topic below such as what to do if your Andis clippers won’t cut.

Why are my Wahl clippers not cutting hair properly?

Wahl clippers can stop cutting hair due to several reasons such as dull blades, clogged/damaged teeth, damaged motor, rusting, or weak power output.

Can I fix my Wahl clippers on my own if they are not cutting?

Yes, you can fix your Wahl clippers if they are not cutting by troubleshooting common issues such as cleaning the blades, oiling/replacing the blades, or checking the motor power

How often should I maintain my Wahl clippers to prevent them from not cutting?

To maintain your Wahl clippers, after every use clean and oil your blades and check for damages before storing them in a dry environment.

Patrick Boulang

Patrick Boulang

Patrick is the Primary editor for Clipphub. He has sales background however has always had a passion in barbering and personal self grooming. He now he spends most of his time giving information to hair clipper users to get them comfortable with personal grooming and improve their work on clients as he believes anyone can become skills with their blades.