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Pinser was a triangular wedge shaped machine with a hydraulic crushing arm that competed in Series 7 of Robot Wars. It lost both of its battles because of mechanical breakdowns after attacks on other machines.
Pinser was considered unfinished at the time of Robot Wars. It is unknown if Pinser was ever 'completed' after this.
The robot had a 4-wheel drive, and was armoured in titanium TA10. Its weapon and namesake was its powerful hydraulic crusher. The weapon was extremely powerful, one of the strongest in Robot Wars, although its hydraulic fluid proved to be flammable, a weak point for the robot. The team claimed that Pinser had a self righting mechanism, while its initially high ground clearance was protected by polycarbonate side skirts. Although its weapon was strong, and its wedge was low, Pinser suffered from a high centre of gravity, a low top speed, as well as proving to be unreliable in both its battles.
The name Pinser is derived from pincers, a crushing system often used by combat robots. Ironically, by definition, Pinser was not equipped with a pincer, but instead a crusher. The word 'pincer' is traditionally spelled with the letter 'C', while the robot Pinser used the letter 'S'. It is unknown whether this was an error, or if this was an intentional decision by the team.
Pinser was entered by the Davis family, captained by father Steve Davis, and his sons Luke and Jake. The family were based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Jayne Middlemiss credited the two young sons as the builders of Pinser on television.
- Jayne Middlemiss: "What does it do?"
- Jake Davis: "Well the arm goes down and it crushes all the other robots."
- — Interview before Pinser's first round battle
In the early stages, Pinser grabbed hold of Kronic the Wedgehog's front flipper and pushed it over a flame vent, and into the already struggling Cobra. After The Kraken broke the three machines apart, the double crusher machine attacked Cobra, who appeared to be immobile. Pinser followed with a similar attack as Mr. Psycho drove over Cobra. By now it was apparent that Pinser had immobilised itself, having burnt out over the flames, so the Refbot counted both machines out of the Seventh Wars. They were tossed by the arena floor flipper together, then put on the Drop Zone together, where a television was dropped on the two.
In the battle, Mantis got in the first attack, pushing R.O.C.S into Mr. Psycho's CPZ. Pinser then used its crushing arm on the front of Mantis, and held it over a flame vent. After dragging it away, R.O.C.S. clamped onto the side of Pinser, causing minimal damage.
Mantis pushed Pinser against the wall, almost tipping it over before the pit descended. Pinser surely pulled off the most powerful attack of the fight, crushing deep into the front end of R.O.C.S. The three machines drove to the other end of the arena, where a lick of flame caused an explosion of hydraulic fluid from Pinser. The trio were stuck against the arena wall until Cassius Chrome split them, where it was evident that the winner (the only mobile machine) was Mantis. Pinser broke down over the same flame vent that it did in its battle in Heat J.
|PINSER - RESULTS|
|The Seventh Wars UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat J, Round 1||vs. Cobra, Kronic the Wedgehog, The Kraken||Eliminated|
|The Seventh Wars, Special Events|
Crusher Crunch Up
|Crusher Crunch Up||vs. Mantis, R.O.C.S.||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 2
|Series||Pinser Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fifth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Sixth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Pinser retired from combat shortly after Robot Wars began its hiatus, but has since still been used on occasion as a static display for some live events.
- Pinser is possibly the only robot to be immobilised by a flame vent on the arena floor, and still managed to be visibly affected by the hazard in both of its battles.
- Due to Pinser first appearing in the Crusher Crunch Up, featured in Heat H, Jonathan Pearce had to mention in Heat J, the heat Pinser competed in, that it was a newcomer and not mention its appearance in the Crusher Crunch Up from earlier.
- Of the three newcomers in Heat J of Series 7, Pinser was the only one to appear in another episode.
- Pinser and Cobra were the only two competing robots in Heat J of Series 7 not to fight Thermidor 2 at any point (due to Kronic the Wedgehog fighting it in Series 4).
- Both of Pinser's battles featured Mr. Psycho as one of the House Robots.
- All of Pinser's opponents except Cobra lost in the second round of their heats in Series 7.