Chains for recovery.

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Chains for recovery.

Postby Rod » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:42 pm

Are tow chains and recovery chains (for an anchor point) one and the same? If no, what are the specs for an appropriate chain to add to the recovery kit?
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Postby VTSTOMPER » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:45 pm

This is the one i have been using...Image
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Postby Rod » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:49 pm

[quote=\"VTSTOMPER\"]This is the one i have been using...[/quote]

Wow, I was just admiring that same chain after searching Google images for \"huge chain\". :lol:
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Postby PhilD » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:49 pm

Be careful using chains. Do not use for pulling/snatching/etc. I carry 2 x 10' of transport chain, WLL 6700lbs. It can be used to turn a Hi Lift into a winch or as \"tree strap\" around a jaggered rock etc that you don't want to trash a strap on.
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Postby VTSTOMPER » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:50 pm

For real??? That is mad funny!
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Postby PhilD » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:55 pm

You can pick up transport chain at many places, Sam'S Club have even had it recently. Otherwise, Harbor Freight, Home Depot, Lowes, etc, all carry it. If it doesn't come with clevis hooks, you'll want to get some and put them on.

I use transport chain (Grade 70) because it is readily available and cheap. Grade 80 alloy chain is better if you plan on lifting your H2 with it ;)
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Postby Rod » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:57 pm

[quote=\"PhilD\"]Be careful using chains.[/quote]

Seems you're not alone in that opinion. I did some reading and found stories about chains breaking, links flying, etc. Yikes.

I stumble across this page often when searching for info on recovery: http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/Recovery/
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Postby Rod » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:58 pm

[quote=\"PhilD\"]You can pick up transport chain at many places, Sam'S Club have even had it recently. Otherwise, Harbor Freight, Home Depot, Lowes, etc, all carry it. If it doesn't come with clevis hooks, you'll want to get some and put them on.

I use transport chain (Grade 70) because it is readily available and cheap. Grade 80 alloy chain is better if you plan on lifting your H2 with it ;)[/quote]

That's what I was looking for. Thanks, Phil.
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Postby Rod » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:59 pm

[quote=\"VTSTOMPER\"]For real??? That is mad funny![/quote]

You did the same search, yes? It's an SUT thang. :lol:
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Postby VTSTOMPER » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:05 pm

lol! yep!! I was going to take and resize it...but I didn't see how to attach...
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Postby PhilD » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:11 pm

[quote=\"Rod\"]Seems you're not alone in that opinion. I did some reading and found stories about chains breaking, links flying, etc. Yikes.[/quote]Yup, don't shock load a chain, however when chains break they usually just fall down. The less stretch something as, the less energy stored in it. But shock load a chain and you can send bits flying everywhere.

But I'd only use one as a last resort, same goes for a steel winch cable too, plenty enough stretch to store up some pretty potent energy.

For general wheeling purposes Grade 70 is fine, for lifting and life threatening work, Grade 80 is better.

As when doing any recovery operation, keep all non essential people well back, wear gloves and eye proetction and watch what you are doing.
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Postby PhilD » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:16 pm

BTW use clevis grab hooks, not just clevis hooks.
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Postby Rod » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:29 pm

[quote=\"PhilD\"]BTW use clevis grab hooks, not just clevis hooks.[/quote]

Had to look that one up ...

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Postby VTSTOMPER » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:42 pm

Those are what I use to yank bushes out from around the property. That way the chain can lock into the hook. :D
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