Chains length

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  1. zinita17601

    zinita17601 Road Train Member

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    What is the ideal length for 1/2 securement chains?do i need a combination of lengths maybe?please advise thx
     
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  4. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

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    What are your intentions for 1/2 use ? Standard is 5/16’s.
     
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  5. 50WT

    50WT Heavy Load Member

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    We use 1/2 and 3/8 on our detach trailers 55 ton.
    and 5/16 and 3/8 on the stepdecks.
     
  6. zinita17601

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    Rgn,heavy haul
     
  7. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

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    Got it. Was just curious since I only deal with 5/16’s. I carry a few 3/8’s shorty’s(for extensions). I’m aware rgns and equipment haulers use 3/8’s and 1/2. For my age there pretty heavy to man handle, but will use if necessary. In any case, I have double up(different hook locations) on the 5/16 if needed.
     
  8. Tb0n3

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    As short as you can get away with. Those big boys aren't super easy to haul around. It's not unmanageable but it makes for significantly more work.
     
  9. RickyDickyDo

    RickyDickyDo Heavy Load Member

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    Hauling yellow iron. I carried 1/2" grade 80. 4'(6) 6'(6) and 10'(4) chains. Carried a couple of 3/8 10' chains. Had 120s at the shop when needed.
     
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  10. beastr123

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    For 1/2 inch I carried 4-6ft and 2-10ft all with a grab hook on one end and a slip/foundry hook on the other. I also had 4-6ft 3/8 with the same hooks as well as 8-12ft 3/8 and 2-20ft 5/16 with grabs on both ends. That was the minimum.
     
  11. Razororange

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    If you're only hauling heavy equipment you'll be fine with mostly 5' and maybe a few 10'. 1 slip hook and 1 grab hook on each chain so you can use whichever end you need.

    If you need longer than that just hook 2 together.
     
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