As a new beekeeper I was after a fairly cheap extractor as I only have 2 hives. I agree the pin issue is something I have too when extracting but it does the job, the pin is easily replaced and if you're short of money and a small scale beekeeper it does the job.
This is the sccond one that I have had, however this was not through choice, the first one the gearing started to mangle whilst the first two frames were spinning and the pin that you engage the handle with came out in the honey, this was exchanged with no issues, the second one the gears are working OK but the pin that you engage the handle with must have fallen out as it is no longer in it place so had to put a stainless nail in myself to use.
I would not recommend this product, best spending more money and getting a better quilaty one.
Very good extractor, easy to use straight out of box and easy to clean. Need to ensure it’s bakanced out as with any extractor but very good.
I haven't used this yet, but am pleased with it, just as described