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Trimmer won't work

Norelco 5811 XL. The trimmer attachment doesn't work. When I open the trimmer I can see that plastic mechanism is moving back and forth like I think it should be, but there is something wrong with transferring that motion up to the metal trimmer itself. Ideas please.

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There's a post inside the trimmer that provides a location for counterforce when the teeth move; this is either weak, designed to break after time, or breaks simply because it's not designed to be opened/closed while running. It's relatively easy--if you're patient--to take the razor/trimmer apart and see the problem. A friend and I drilled an appropriately-sized hole through the back of the trimmer at the snapped-post location (which, if one looks at the outside casing of the trimmer is at the bottom of the indented arc), used a dremel tool to cut off an appropriately-sized metal rod, inserted it in the hole, then sealed it with hard (probably model) putty. Years later, it still works fine and--most importantly--I didn't have to buy a new razor.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

  • fyrewyr Aug 23, 2009

    There's a post inside the trimmer that provides a location for
    counterforce when the teeth move; this is either weak, designed to
    break after time, or simply because it's not designed to be
    opened/closed while running. It's relatively easy--if you're
    patient--to take the razor/trimmer apart and see the problem. A friend
    and I drilled an appropriately-sized hole through the finished face of the
    trimmer at the snapped-post location (which, if one looks at the
    outside casing of the trimmer is at the bottom of the indented arc),
    used a dremel tool to cut off an appropriately-sized metal rod,
    inserted it into (and a little through) the hole, then sealed the outside with hard (probably model)
    putty. Years later, it still works fine and--most importantly--I didn't
    have to buy a new razor.


  • fyrewyr Aug 23, 2009

    There's a post inside the trimmer that provides a location for counterforce when the teeth move; this is either weak, designed to break after time, or simply because it's not designed to be opened/closed while running. It's relatively easy--if you're patient--to take the razor/trimmer apart and see the problem. A friend and I drilled an appropriately-sized hole through the finished face of the trimmer at the snapped-post location (which, if one looks at the outside casing of the trimmer is at the bottom of the indented arc), used a dremel tool to cut off an appropriately-sized metal rod, inserted it into (and a little through) the hole, then sealed the outside with hard (probably model) putty. Years later, it still works fine and--most importantly--I didn't have to buy a new razor.

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