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How to choose the right push pin?

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To help you choose the best push pin for you, consider the following:

Magnetisation

Magnetised plunger of a push pin

Advantages

A push pin with a magnetised plunger allows you to hold and place pins easily.

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Disadvantages

There are no disadvantages to having a magnetised push pin.

Non-magnetisation

A non-magnetised push pin

Advantages

It is better to use any push pin than none at all as you risk breaking delicate work or leaving hammer marks.

Disadvantages

Trying to hold the small pins can be awkward and may result in dropped pins.

Nail Driver

Push pin in use on a model railway track

Advantages

A nail driver is especially useful for work on cove mouldings and trim, but also works wherever a push pin is needed .

It can be used with pins of between 15.87mm (5/8 inches) and 38mm (1 1/2 inches) in length.

A nail driver is magnetised.

Disadvantages

You will need a different nail driver for different lengths and diameters of pins.

Pin pusher

Pin pusher in use on a model ship

Advantages

The pin pusher is designed for fine work on model boats, dolls houses and model railways.

A pin pusher is used with pins of 7mm (0.27 inches), 10mm (0.39 inches) and 12mm (0.47 inches) long.

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Disadvantages

A pin pusher holds a maximum head diameter of 1.5mm (0.05 inches) pins so it cannot be used with other sized pins.

A pin pusher is non-magnetised.

V-nailer

V-nailer and v-nails

Advantages  

A v-nailer is designed to be used with picture frames.

Can be used with brads, as well as v-nails of up to 7mm (0.27 inches) long.

A V-nailer is magnetised.

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Disadvantages

A V-nailer is for occasional use; if you need to place brads on a regular basis it would be better to use a standard push pin.

Cost

WD Money symbol for cost of a push pin Cost isn’t really a consideration as push pins are inexpensive. However, when you pay more you will usually get a better quality tool.