Recovery gear - chains

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 11, 2002 at 00:00
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In regards to CHAINS used in recovery kits, can you use ordinary galvanised chains found at the local hardware shop, OR, do they have to be load rated chains.

Regards
Rob.
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Reply By: Trev - Sunday, Aug 11, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Aug 11, 2002 at 00:00
Hello Rob, I use high tensile. I have used galvanised chain and a 4WD tractor and the gal chain went straight. Permanently! Trev
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Reply By: Member - Tony - Sunday, Aug 11, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Aug 11, 2002 at 00:00
Rob, As per previous reply, high tensile steel is the only one to use. I'd hate the think of what could (or probably has) happened when using cheaper quality chains in recovery operations. Cheers, Tony
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Reply By: Bill - Sunday, Aug 11, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Aug 11, 2002 at 00:00
Rob always use rated chain and rated shackles as well
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Reply By: Richard Cowan - Monday, Aug 12, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Aug 12, 2002 at 00:00
Rob, Always use only rated equipment from a reputable supplier that suits your size vehicle. Your life and your vehicle are worth more than the few dollars saved on cheap gear. Kmart, Target, hardware shops etc. do not sell proper 4WD gear (not their market). ARB, TJM etc. sell proper gear that you can rely on.
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Reply By: Steve - Monday, Aug 12, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Aug 12, 2002 at 00:00
Richard: don't get too excited about TJM gear... I have found some of their gear to be crap, with lousy imported fittings and I had a hell of a problem with one unit which took about three years to fix and then at an inflated charge !! Sorry to spoil your pitch but they were not interested in my problem, and I had a load of hassles with them ....I wouldn't recommend their gear if I was you !!!
steve
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Follow Up By: Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Monday, Aug 12, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Aug 12, 2002 at 00:00
I have never had a problem with gear from TJM. Be more specific about your problem and where you bought it rather than generalising against a respected company Cheers Rob
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Follow Up By: 4wdau - Wednesday, Aug 14, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2002 at 00:00
to Carins Offroad etc
im suprised at your reply..............just because they may have a good name doesnt mean that the products they sell are infallible.

john
tjm customer

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Reply By: Steve - Monday, Aug 12, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Aug 12, 2002 at 00:00
Rob : you are lucky you are in Cairns and I had a problem in Sydney !! Have a TJM wheel carrier which broke its latch to pieces around the streets in my area , it also had a few trips through the Gulf country and Sth Queensland under its belt ! Latch replacement (ex factory) approx $550.aussie dollars ! Waited a while to cool down, saw my local dealer who quoted the same.... waited a bit longer !! Eventually he got one for $165.00 Aussie dollars.... problem solved !! The reality of the whole debacle was that the part was imported from Mexico and is available from the distributors in Sydney... and you guessed right ... the price ? $105.00 Aussie dollars ex stock in Sydney !! GET THE MESSAGE ???????????

steve
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Reply By: steve - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2002 at 00:00
I wouldn't bother with any of the 4X4 shops. Go straight to the yellow pages , look under chains. Most merchants are yery helpful. Make sure you ask for alloy chain and tested shackles. The cheapest way to get a decent kit together
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Reply By: steve - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2002 at 00:00
I wouldn't bother with any of the 4X4 shops. Go straight to the yellow pages , look under chains. Most merchants are yery helpful. Make sure you ask for alloy chain and tested shackles. The cheapest way to get a decent kit together
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Reply By: steve - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2002 at 00:00
I wouldn't bother with any of the 4X4 shops. Go straight to the yellow pages , look under chains. Most merchants are yery helpful. Make sure you ask for alloy chain and tested shackles. The cheapest way to get a decent kit together
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Reply By: donalddasher - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2002 at 00:00
Will have to agree with steve, for chain go to a lifting equipment supplier like nobles, who sells wire rope chains etc and you will able to buy rated chains for 50% less than the 4x4 shops, but you dont get the bucket.
As far as TJM never again, what a bunch of rogues, bought a pair of rated tow hooks-$22/each only to find the same ones at ARB $13/each, then car acccessory store at $8/each.. 60% mark up on a non trade item. The same goes for warn winches compare their prices with someone like ARB, hundreds$$$$ dearer. Highway robbery!!!!
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Follow Up By: Rob - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2002 at 00:00
Many thanks to Donald and all the other replies to my question about chains. I very much appreciate the helpfull advice and also the opportunity to save some $$$$$'s.

Regards
Rob
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