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Frequently Asked Questions

Which machine?
I want to shear my own sheep, which machine do I need?

Mains 240 volt
If you always have mains power where your sheep are then a 240 volt machine will do. Always use a Circuit Breaker, and keep any extension cables up out of the way.

Battery Powered
If you want to use the machine away on the hill, or in the field, use a battery powered machine. There is a range of battery powered machines now available. These should be safer to use, and can be used in the field, from a vehicle's own battery, or a spare battery. Some now work off a rechargeable battery and are fully portable.

For either, you need a machine powerful enough to cope with the numbers and breed, and the timescale you have to complete the job..

Finer Wool sheep such as Texels and Suffolks and lustre wool such as Wensleydale and Teeswater take more power than more open wool sheep like Swaledales.

Similarly, if you want to do them all in one day, you may need a more powerful machine than if you shear a few over several days.

Future need
Are you intending to shear a lot more sheep in the next few years, or stay as you are?
Which handpiece?
Oilbath vs bearing handpiece
An oilbath handpiece is less expensive to maintain long-term, but requires additional oiling through an oil hole screw once a day.

Bearing handpieces are generally smoother running, but are more expensive to buy and can be more expensive to maintain.
Setting up comb & cutter
How many sheep can I shear before changing the comb and cutter?
This depends on a number of factors, including:
  • Breed of sheep / openness of fleece.
  • Whether sticky/greasy.
  • Sand/grit in the fleece.
  • Correct setting up of handpiece.
  • Frequency of oiling comb and cutter.

The range would be from less than 5, if shearing sandy sheep, up to 50 in good conditions on open wool sheep.
Pin or worm?
This is the fitting where the handpiece connects on to the drive-shaft of the machine.

Traditionally machines were pin drive, which connects to a visible slot on the bayonet end on the inner drive. These are still used on many new machines.

Worm (or spline) drive was developed in Australia as an extra safety measure, if the handpiece locks up the drive separates from the handpiece.

When buying a handpiece to fit your existing machine, or vice versa, it is important to order the correct fitting. See image below:

Which oil should I use?
For sheep shearing machines we would recommend SAE 30 oil.
Can I trade my old machine / handpiece in?
Yes, please call or e-mail for details.
Clothing Exchange / Refunds
We offer exchanges, or full refunds, on all clothing items bought, so long as it is requested within 7 days of purchase.

All items are exchanged free of charge, with free postage back to you. However, the cost of returning the item to Horner Shearing first, falls to the consumer.

We recommend returning items to us via Royal Mail, Hermes, Parcelforce Worldwide, or DHL (if overseas). Simply put your item back in the original packaging – with your name, address, and a copy of the original invoice included – post it back to us, and we will happily exchange the item once received; so long as it is in a new and unused condition.

click here for a returns form.
Customer Service
Can I telephone to place an order?
Yes, we take orders over the telephone. Please call to speak to one of the team.
What payment methods do you accept?
  • All major credit cards (except American Express)
  • PayPal
  • Cheque
  • Bank Transfer
  • Cash on collection
Can I pay in US $, AU $, Euros €
Orders taken on the website are charged in GB Pounds. If your bank account uses another currency, you will be charged in your own currency at the current exchange rate. A currency converter is provided on this website as a guide, but the exact amount which is charged in your currency may vary slightly.
How do I send things to you?
Small items are regularly sent to us by post. You should ensure you get certificate of posting from the Post Office as a minimum or consider sending valuable items by recorded delivery.

Many of our customers are now turning to couriers to send parcels, particularly machines. You will find some of the best rates at www.wedelivertheworld.co.uk or >www.worldwide-parcelservices.co.uk.

These websites compare different courier rates and offer you the best prices.

They will arrange a courier to collect items from you and the delivery to us - it's much quicker and easier than standing in the Post Office queue!
Returns Form
Please click this link of you want to return anything to us. click here for a returns form.
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