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Working with chain normally means working with large or heavy objects; if you didn’t need the increased capacity, you’d use something easier to manage like rope.  However, like so many things, having the right tools for the job makes the difference: a chain shortener for instance can vastly simplify chain wrangling.

A “shorter” links a chain together in whatever spot you deem most effective and holds without fear of separation.  A double claw 3/8” link — like this one from Moclamp — is usually stronger than the chain itself.  You know — to help protect you from the weakest link concept.

At $25 they are a bit pricey, but if you deal in moving or binding heavy objects with chain it’s never to much to pay to make sure an object stays shackled when its supposed to.

Believe me — this is experience talking.

Chain Shortener [Moclamp]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

2 Responses to Finds: Double Claw Chain Shortener

  1. Rick says:

    Just be careful when you use one of these.. Lots of potential for things to go wrong if they’re not used correctly:
    http://www.safetyline.wa.gov.au/newsite/worksafe/content/alerts/98-00/alrt19990043.html

  2. Rob says:

    Definitely something I WON’T buy at Harbor Freight

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