Apache Shearing Comb
Preferred by "pros" because it pushes through the wool easier. The extra wool that it leaves protects sheep from cold and sun. 3.6 mm thick, 92 mm wide with medium bevels.
For shearing range ewes, feeder lambs and winter farm flocks.
See our comparison chart for choosing the right cutter and comb for each situation.
- Sheep shearing (best done by expert shearers)
- 9 tooth
- 3.6 mm thick, 92 mm wide
- Flared on one side
- Medium bevel
- Fits any 3" shearing head
- Remove blades/combs/cutters from clipper or shearing machine.
- Clean blades/combs/cutters immediately after use by using a small brush or blowing off any excess dirt or hair. Cover with oil to reduce risk of rust. High carbon steel clipper blades will rust overnight. Rust will destroy both the edge and polished surface of blades.
- Store clipper/shearer and blades away from solvents, chemicals and moisture. Never leave them where they can be damaged by accidental impact.
Sharpening and Cleaning
- Premier offers an in-house resharpening service for all combs, cutters and blades. Rapid turnaround—most are sharpened within 24 hours.
- To reproduce the quality of the cutting edge on the clipper blades that came from the factory, a lapping machine must be used. Most other methods are, in our experience, inferior. In addition to producing a cutting edge that won’t last, some methods can permanently damage blades. The most common “culprit” is using large high speed grinding wheels that are used to sharpen cutters and combs.
Warning: Clipper blades/cutters/combs that have been sharpened by inferior methods or inexperienced people may be damaged to such an extent that they can never be restored to a satisfactory cutting capability. The same is true of blades that have become too heavily pitted by rust.
- Make sure the comb and cutter are installed as described in the instructions.
- Make sure the comb name can be read on outside when placed on head.
- Make sure to have 1/8" space from end of comb (bevel) to tip of cutter.
- Make sure the edge of the cutter does not go over the side of the comb.
- Make sure the tension is set correctly.
Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
Resharpening ServiceItem #868600 -
Resharpen your blades, combs or cutters. Rapid turnaround, precision finish, low cost! Custom-engraving available.$1.50
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Mark J from New Mexico
I am new to shearing my Alpaca. I have tried several combs and cutter combinations (at the expense of the Alpaca). We usually have someone else come in and do the shearing, but wanted to do it myself. Just could not figure out how others were shearing so fast and easy. That was until I bought this comb and the Storm and ceramic cutters. I am shearing to get the fleece off and not for show so this comb is the only one that worked. Before buying this comb, the Alpaca suffered for 45 min. of cutting. I can now get it done in 15 min or less per Alpaca.
James G from Montana
An excellent 9-tooth comb. Over 2 decades using the old style 4000s shear, when double-ground (camelid sharpened) and paired with wide Storm cutters, this combination has almost completely replaced all my other combs and cutters. Very aggressive, not for the inexperienced. All too easy to catch skin (animal's) or fingertips in the wide gaps, which I can assure you is unsatisfactory to either party. Nevertheless, it is a fast cutting rig and, as others say, leaves enough fleece length to control sunburn. I own more Apache combs than all others combined. If the 9-tooth is too much, I also recommend the Blackhawk comb as an excellent substitute.
Kristen B from Colorado
I'm normally not one to write reviews but after reading the reviews on this comb and using it this year I'll never use anything else to shear my sheep. I have Hampshire, Suffolx and Polypay sheep and they are in the fields all year except while lambing so their wool is far from ideal. Blades I've used in the past don't usually work well on the dirty wool and dull super fast. This year I used the apache with the ceramic cutter and its a winner combo. 17 sheep in and they are still sharp and ready to use next time.
Susan G from Nebraska
I have been shearing for over 30 years and use these combs for over 95% of my shearing jobs. They leave enough cover on the sheep during cold weather shearing and also enough cover to help prevent sunburn for those jobs in the summer. They hold an edge well and are reasonably priced. A great value in all respects.
Nancy C from Missouri
This is the best comb to have for shearing all breeds of sheep. I've been sharing my own sheep for over 15 years and this is my favorite comb. I have Suffolk and Dorset, Shetlands, Katahdin crosses which can be difficult to shear but not with this comb it goes right through the wool the first time which is great because I spin my sheep's wool. With selling my sheep for me I love this comb because you don't nick the sheep much. Plus it leaves a short layer of wool on the sheep so they do not get sunburned as well. Opinion this is the only comb to have. And it works great on rams because they are very thick wooled. And some of my sheep are very dirty and it goes right through the dirty wool as well. Stays really sharp for many sheep to be sheared. A+.