2014 and Older MAC J Plates

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  1. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Road Train Member

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    I'm looking to pick up some J plates for my trailer but I'm confused on which ones to get. I see some that claim for strap hooks and others for chains. Don't they make a single style that can work for chains and/or hooks?

    According to Tarpstop the first picture is for hooks and the second picture is for chains. Why can't the hook style also work for chains? What am I missing?
     

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  3. skallagrime

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    Nothing, chain plate wont accept straps though.. thats all
     
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    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Also, the 1" lip is the important thing i beleive, theyre all more or less interchangeable, and tarpstops are most expensive, mytee has reitenour plates for 1/2 the price
     
  5. ProfessionalNoticer

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    So the hook plates will indeed work for strap hooks as well as chains?
     
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    ProfessionalNoticer Road Train Member

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    Reitenour plates work with 2014 or older MAC tracks?
     
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    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    And yes, flat hook plates have same wll, only difference is hole is big enough for a 4" hook, the notch for looping chain through and attaching to itself is still there

    Beats me as to what makes that much of a difference on older macs

    If i were me, id load next to a guy with a reitenour and just test fit their plate.
    Outside of that, maybe a pic of your current track (and plate if you have one)
     
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  8. beastr123

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    Looking at the pics you posted I would be concerned about the strength of the sides of the hole in the hook plates in the case where the pull is not straight otherwise both can be used. I would carry mostly hook plates but would have 4 or more chain plates too.
     
  9. ProfessionalNoticer

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    The hook plate weighs 1.5 pounds and the chain plate weighs 2lbs according to their website. Both have a WLL of 6700lb allegedly.
     
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  10. special-k

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    You can use chains on either style. I will say l've seen more of the strap style ones bend over time. That's with dedicated steel haulers hauling multiple loads every day though. Doing generic flatbed work they would be fine.
     
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    Maybe I'll just skip the hook style and stick with the chain plate.
     
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