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Tractor Transporting Discussion Forum

Re: Chain size

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scotc

12-26-2011 23:41:17
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2 chains at 4700 WLL (working load limit) makes for 9400 combined WLL. Far more than is required for the weight. I'd get 4 of the 5/16 grade 70 (and make sure they are stamped with the grade, probably either "70" or "G7"). Last time I got some I painted a couple of the stamped links on each one.

I'd get a couple 14s and a couple 20s. If you decide the 20s are too long, depending on how long of a chain you need, you can cut them down and have more shorter chains. Just make sure any replacement clevises you put on them are also rated grade 70. 5/16 chains are a lot easier to deal with than 3/8 because of the weight, then there's the added cost. One 3/8 G70 chain also has more WLL than legally required to hold your tractor, so it's overkill.

5/16 chain uses the same binders as 3/8. I prefer lever binders, some prefer ratchet binders. The ratchet ones work good, but you have to keep them very well lubricated. And where I am, that would mean oiling them every time you got them out.

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jddriver

12-29-2011 15:52:16
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 Re: Chain size in reply to scotc, 12-26-2011 23:41:17  
Scot I agree with the 5/16 chain I haul steel and heavy machinery.I use only 5/16 chain.I have 8 on my trailer and that is a plenty for up to the 80000 net loads I haul.3/8 is too heavy to mess with



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scotc

12-29-2011 16:35:27
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 Re: Chain size in reply to jddriver, 12-29-2011 15:52:16  
That, and how much extra weight would you be carrying with the heavier binders and bigger chains? Granted, you're a little more weight-conscience than a guy with a gooseneck, but still. You'd need at least 8 chains if you had the 3/8 instead of the 5/16 anyhow.

I also like the idea of getting 20 footers and cutting them down to what's needed, or 14 footers and a spare specifically to be cut down. Then you throw a set of hooks on the remainder and have some shorter spare chains. Then if you need 16 or 18 feet of chain, you can easily go up to about 19 1/2 feet instead of having a pair of 14 footers at 28 feet. And sometimes hauling equipment, you can get creative with a couple short chains and still have the longer ones for something else.

I'd also say it's hard to have too many chains or binders. I've never found myself complaining that I had a spare chain in case I needed it when I had something loaded up.

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