Light weight chain

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 12:17
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We are looking at possible ways to reduce the weight of the gear that we carry.

Does anybody know of a lightweight alternative to the good old heavy-duty chain?

Bob
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Reply By: snailbait (Blue mntns) - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 12:47

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 12:47
Hi yogibob
Yes there is an alternative, chain has a grade just like high tensile bolts have.
From commercial to 80 grade high tensile. The hi tensile can not be gal as the heat from the hdgal. Before WIRE ROPE was common i used 100 feet of 7/32 grade 80 chain with a snatch block.
What do you use the hd chain for
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Follow Up By: Member - Yogibob - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 20:34

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 20:34
Hi Snailbait & others

Sorry for the delay in replying. Have been out all day.

I have it as a backup to my snatch straps should extra length be required.

We usually travel on our own in remote areas towing a 3.5 ton rig.
I carry a Hand winch (tirfor) 2 snatch straps, tree trunk protector, equalizer strap, 4 shackles, snatch block and the 20ft h/duty chain that is in question.

I am open to suggestions on suitable alternatives to this chain.

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Follow Up By: snailbait (Blue mntns) - Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 14:14

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 14:14
hi
A alterntive is a winch extension strap it looks like a snatch trap but it does not stretch they come in various lengths
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 14:33

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 14:33
What about using a synthetic fibre winch rope (plasma rope) instead of the chain....heaps lighter and available in longer lengths.


3/8" x 50'
20,400lb strength

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Follow Up By: Member - Yogibob - Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 20:02

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 20:02
Thanks Snailbait & Andrew
Greatly appreciate your help. I will check out both your suggestions and see which one suits me best.

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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 15:30

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 15:30
We need to know what you use the chain for.
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Reply By: gbc - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 19:13

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 19:13
herc-alloy chain
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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 22:18

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 22:18
.........or that yellow plastic stuff.

.......... need to know what you want to use it for ???????
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Reply By: OzTroopy - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 19:19

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 19:19
Whilst I still carry a bit of chain and associated stuff ....

Ive been quite happy with a couple of approx 30m lengths of nylon towstrap.

And no ... they arent those snatch strap things ... These arent meant to stretch ... much ...
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 19:31

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 19:31
Had the same problem Bob , lugging round my standard drag chain.

From memory they were 8mm , anyway in same range I got a 7mm drag chain - (Black rat) , and weight of the same thing is 8mm squared / 7mm squared i.e. 64/49 ratio and gee its makes a difference as I'm always pulling out sumps and logs with it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 23:47

Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 23:47
Why do you pull Sumps with it ...????


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Follow Up By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 00:19

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 00:19
Maybe he done the sump plug up too tight.......

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 07:44

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 07:44
Hi Guys - your both on the ball today.

Because the edit program for these posts does not implement the backspace key correctly, and is a little slower than I type when I use that particular computer - causes me lots of little missed characters etc - ok on the PC I am using now !
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 07:05

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 07:05
I have 3 drag chains, one is a bit lighter with hooks both ends the other have the tear drop type ring one end and hook the other. The lighter one I went to a lifting and sling supplier and got it made up to the length I wanted.

It wouild only be 1/2 a kilo lighter than the normal 4WD type drag chains.
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