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Amazon has a great deal on Ridgid Model 3233 Chain Tongs at $136.72 w/ SS shipping.

Chain tongs are a strap wrench on steroids — the 3233 is 44 inches long and will handle pipe 1-6″ in diameter. The chain has a rated breaking strength of 20,000 lbs. I have one I bought at auction and it never fails when I need it; the amount of leverage it applies is awesome.

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5 Responses to Dealmonger: Ridgid Model 3233 Chain Tongs

  1. fred says:

    This does seem like a very good price.

    As you note – you don’t not use these all the time – but just like the compound leverage wrenches – you posted about some time ago – when needed these are great tools. We use mostly the larger sizes (and have Reed – not Ridgid branded ones) – often using them in pairs not so much to break fittings free – but rather to turn large mains (8-12 inch) (ductile iron and cast iron) into proper orietantion in excavations etc.


  2. Chris says:

    How does a chain wrench like this grip a pipe? Metal-on-metal friction is fairly low, so this just doesn’t seem like it would work all that well. I know it *does*, but why?


  3. fred says:


    The chain is there to pull and hold the pipe in contact with the hardened steel jaw (see the red section of the tongs)

  4. Chris says:

    Ah, OK, good point. I missed that looking at the photo earlier, although I’m still a little surprised there’s enough surface area there to do such an amazing job.


  5. wcoffey81 says:

    the end of the head, that contacts the pipe, is tapered and not in the same plane as where the chain is fastened. so the harder you pull on the handle the tighter the chain grips the pipe. it works the same way as some of the “one size fits all” wrenches or even a plain old monkey wrench

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