Who invented the cotter pin?

Answer Ira J. Young invented the cotter pin in 1912 in St. Louis, Missouri. He "applied for a patent on a machine for forming split pins," later referred to as cotter pins, according to Western Wire Produ... Read More »

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What is a cotter pin used for?

A cotter pin, is a wire pin with two long, parallel straight sections joined by an eyelet. Cotter pins are used to fasten wire or other thin materials to rigid materials, such as fences, by pushin... Read More »

How to Close a Cotter Pin?

A cotter pin is a type of metal fastener used with machined parts to fasten one section to another. A cotter pin, which may also be called a cotter key or split pin, typically is made from a single... Read More »

Cotter Pin Removal?

Removing a cotter pin is usually a simple task. You just straighten the tangs and pull the cotter pin out of its hole. Sometimes, rust and dirt combine to tightly lock the cotter pin in the hole. T... Read More »

How do cotter pins work?

A cotter pin is a needle shaped piece of metal split along the middle so that one end can be bent once it is inserted in a hole. This prevents the cotter pin from backing out. cotter pins come in v... Read More »