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I've had two of these Oster A5's over the last 10 years. They work great when they work. But on ocassion, they will cut then quit. I have cleaned them, oiled them, adjusted them, checked the plastic shield is riding in the groove correctly, everything works perfect; they just wont cut. Then they will; then they quit again. Am baffled. This happens out of the blue. Dont know what causes it, or what fixes it.

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Have the blades been sharpened recently?

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