How many nails can a nail picker pick?


It’s probably a safe bet anyone born after 1950 has never seen one of these machines in action on North Dakota roads.

It’s a 1930s “nail picker” — a truck equipped with powerful magnets underneath to pick up nails and metal debris on North Dakota roadways.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation posted this image of such a vehicle on its Facebook page.

In two weeks of operation, the nail picker picked up over three thousand pounds of metal debris.

A link to the Facebook post and a bit more information is here.

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