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Holy Crap ,Chain snapped

Post in 'The Gear' started by HDRock, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    !!! The back hatch was open on my jeep ZJ, of the 30ft , about 5ft was doubled and in the back of the truck, the rest was under the truck, half way between front and rear tires,
    SCARED THE HELL OUTA ME !!! !!!
    The good thing is no damage to me, or truck , if hatch was shut prob ,broken window

    The repair link on left is the same deal as the one that broke .

    EDIT; what I did was, tried to pull the entire tree out at once, didn't work

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  2. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    Guess not...

    I tried something like that once (only once) but fortunately, the tires spun out before anything broke. Thanks for sharing your experience.
  3. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    I was in 4 wd on cement , something had to give
  4. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    That's why skidders and skidding winches have shields.
  5. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    Better a chain than an axle, tranny, whatever... Looks like a fairly light chain which is a good thing.
  6. geoff1969

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    good safety mesure when using a chain or rope or cable like that is to place a potato sack or simalar over the chain so if this sort of thing happens = it take the energy out of the backlash if it should break ... it helps reduce its traveling projectile speed ... be safe .... cheers
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  7. Blazin

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    those repair links are meant to be welded together...
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  8. blades

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    After welding anneal it as well. too brittle otherwise
  9. geoff1969

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    yeh ive never been keen on them , reckon a good qaulity d-shackle is far more safer ......... whats the old saying ... chains only as strong as its weakest link ...
  10. pyroholic

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    Didn't someone just say a couple days ago that a chain would simply drop to the ground when it breaks due to it's weight and lack of stretch (vs a slingshot cable)? I knew it was wrong then and now HD rock knows too (if he didn't already). Chains are dangerous. When pulling hard on them always drape a towel, tarp, jacket, etc over the chain, cable, strap, etc.
  11. JustWood

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    Also meant for repairing tire chains only. Not pulling chains.
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  12. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    In my working days
    The Annual chain "safety inspection" always got me a few good chains to throw away.
    (They come with a tag with the length, chains grows as they wear, "x" growth & they were thrown out.)

    Still using them ;)
    No repair links in them ::P .

    Good safety point, don't use a chain for pulling, towing or lifting that has a repair link in it.( It has already broke once ::P )
  13. Bigg_Redd

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    I've broke lots of chains. It's way less scary than breaking heavy poly line or wire rope.
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    Now you need to go to the hardware and get the right fix for the job. Lucky on that one but one hates to count on luck too much.

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