Only if the jaws don't meet properly, or are badly nicked. They have to be "sharp" enough to squeeze under a nail head fairly tight to the wood surface, but not so sharp as to risk cutting the head off. I haven't touched mine with a file etc in 40 years. Keep one, you'll be amazed how often they're useful. I was pulling staples out of oak today with mine, for instance, where the wood yard has stapled on labels.marcros":17fa08n5 said:....so no sharpening needed?.....
Funny you ask that...Blackswanwood":iwt0pya3 said:At the risk of digressing why do some have a ball and others a cone?
I suppose if you are a modern professional or general power tool user ( :wink: )like a joiner with a nail gun and foaming glue they are no use 99.999 percent of the time.powertools":3rsu669n said:Having recently started clearing out surplus tools from my workshop I found that I had 7 pairs of pincers and I can't remember the last time I used any of them.
Probably because you don't use nails. You are missing a useful trick!powertools":an1q1j4q said:Having recently started clearing out surplus tools from my workshop I found that I had 7 pairs of pincers and I can't remember the last time I used any of them.
How many pairs of staples you find on a board often dictates how many times it's been rejected by other joiners. I once had a board which the edge was littered with staples, once I brushed the dust off the surface you could see it was riddled with woodworm, rejected once again!MikeG.":3baxa3em said:I was pulling staples out of oak today with mine, for instance, where the wood yard has stapled on labels.
Papers that are on the side of the planks we get are notes of who to ship them to, they quite often have the business names on them or some kind of identifying mark. Generally, I don't think the companies we buy off hold onto stock very long in their own depots.phil.p":1f1muaad said:I'd have thought it was more to do with how long the board had been there - the labels are paper and deteriorate, falling off so get replaced. The longer they were there the more likely to have worm. Just a thought.