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|Carpenter’s pincers are related to pliers and are designed specifically for the removal of panel pins, tacks and nails from wood. They are occasionally referred to as nail pullers. Pincers are manufactured from forged carbon steel, which is hardened and tempered at the jaws. The jaws are machined, so that they come together accurately during use.
|Pincers work on the principle of mechanical advantage, in that they operate like a class one lever, making it relatively easy to remove nails from wood. Mechanical advantage also makes cutting with the jaws / cutting edges, a simple process. The rounded shape of the jaws, means that the pincer when placed on the surface, operates as a smooth ‘fulcrum’ (centre of rotation).
|Scrap wood should be placed under the jaws, preventing damage to the surface of the material. The handles of modern pincers have a comfortable ‘rubber sleeve’, making it easier on the hands when applying pressure.
|Each handle usually has an outer rubber sleeve, moulded to fit the metal within. This makes the handles easier to grip and comfortable in use.
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