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What are fencing pins made of?

What are they made of?

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Fencing pins are usually either made from steel or plastic. However, some models will be given additional treatments.


Plain steel fencing pin A fencing pin is usually made from plain mild steel, also called plain carbon steel.
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Powder coated

Often, steel pins are plastic coated to be durable, rot-proof and longer lasting. One form of this is dry powder coating which produces a hard, tough finish.

The sharp tip alone can be hardened for use on hard ground.

Electro-plated fencing pin


Sometimes, fencing pins are electroplated (zinc) so that they start out in a clean and rust-free condition.

This process involves coating one substance with another to prevent future rusting and corrosion.

Rusty fencing pin Not all fencing pins are coated, however, so it’s normal to see them rusty in appearance. This doesn’t stop them from doing their job!


Non-conductive fencing pin Non-conductive fencing pins are made from a non-conductive plastic which prevents an electric shock to the user if you hit an underground power cable.
Non-conductive fencing pin with tape These pins are available in various lengths from 600mm to 1.3m.

They are rust free and can be recycled.

Non-conductive footplate A convenient footplate means that a hammer isn’t needed for the majority of ground conditions.

So, these fencing pins are just as quick and easy to use as the traditional steel pins.

They cost more than the steel fencing pins and plastic fence stakes, however.

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