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Best deal for a good chain?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Riggs, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. Riggs

    Riggs Member

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    I was thinking I'd try tractor supply? Any other ideas for getting a new chain for dragging logs. Needs to only be big enough for one limbed trunk at a time...

    Thanks as always,

    Riggs

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  2. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Harbor freight has some 3/8 chain that's pretty cheap.
  3. Riggs

    Riggs Member

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    Oh yeah...how did I forget about harbor freight... There is a store 2 miles from my house! Thanks!
  4. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    Get the front end off the ground or the whole thing by loading it onto a dray(see backwoods savages pictures) This will save a lot of chain sharpening headaches from mud covered logs. I built a single log skidder for my quad but it would fit into my Reese receiver on a truck too. Logs drug through the mud are a PITA
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  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Thanks Bob. For sure dragging logs with a chain just gets the bark loaded with dirt. This is a great thing if you love sharpening saw chains. But if you put them onto a dray, not only does the dray make pulling a lot easier but it keeps the dirt out of the log. I built this one for around $10.

    Also, yes, Harbor Freight sells 2 sizes of chains. You don't need the heavy one though.

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  6. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    I've seen 14' log chains with a slip hook on one end and a grab hook on the other at TSC and Lowes. I forget the price, but I purchased the one from Lowes a few years ago and it's done the job.
  7. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon Minister of Fire

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    Northern Tool is another good source....love the Dray Idea tho.

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