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Just got my hooks in this afternoon and looking forward to getting them installed. Stopped by TSC on my way home to check out 5/16" tow chain prices...$75 for a 20'er. Decided to check around online when I got home.

Beautiful weekend for working outside, but the kitchen backsplash tiles also arrived and THAT installation takes priority (according to the implement appropriation chair-woman). I decided she wouldn't mind me buying a ballast box on Monday if I finish the kitchen, so goes my logic...
 

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What tractor do ya have rws71.
IMO, for use with a SCUT 1/4" G70 chain is probably way more than you need.
I gathered many 5/16” chains in my years - they all hang in the barn unused. I just can’t handle them anymore. I have a short (10’-12’) of 3/16” chain with one choker hook that I use for skidding logs.

Now I am moving over to using straps for everything. I have a couple 20’, a 10’, a couple lifting slings, and of course a couple Ken’s Ring Slings. Nice and light, easy to take along in my little tractor basket, and plenty strong for all I do.
 

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I just got 2) 5/16 G70 20 foot chains for $60 off Amazon a few weeks ago. Check there.
 

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I just bought a 1025r pkg a week ago Thursday. As typical of anything I do, i go hog wild on accessories, be it RC airplanes, tabletop maching, etc. I haven't been on a JD anything since I was a little kid on my great uncle's combine. My Dad is a life long JD fan also. He made some really cool knick knacks at the factory where he worked years ago. I will try to attach a pic. I don't expect to have to do much with the chains, just want something that will work with the hooks i just got.
 

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I carefully researched chain a while back. I ended up buying my chain from TulsaChain.com. (Please see this post.)

This chain in made in the USA at a very competitive price. I was pleased with the product and service.
 
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I gathered many 5/16” chains in my years - they all hang in the barn unused. I just can’t handle them anymore. I have a short (10’-12’) of 3/16” chain with one choker hook that I use for skidding logs.

Now I am moving over to using straps for everything. I have a couple 20’, a 10’, a couple lifting slings, and of course a couple Ken’s Ring Slings. Nice and light, easy to take along in my little tractor basket, and plenty strong for all I do.
Stan, what technique do you use for lifting with straps, as in, how do you hook up? Do they make hooks for straps that you can choke around objects?
 
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Stan, what technique do you use for lifting with straps, as in, how do you hook up? Do they make hooks for straps that you can choke around objects?
Tow / recovery straps come in all sizes. Most have loops on the end which you can choke on one end and use a shackle on the other but you can also get them with metal hooks. I'm also a big fan of the KBOH oblong ring straps shown above which can choke and also hook right on to a chain hook. This is where having the KBOH bucket hook/shackle combo can really come in handy as you can literally attach any type of chain/strap. I even use adjustable motorcycle tie-down straps at times depending on what I am doing.

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Stan, what technique do you use for lifting with straps, as in, how do you hook up? Do they make hooks for straps that you can choke around objects?
I have welded on grab hooks on my bucket - I provisioned my tractor before Ken was in business. For lighter stuff I just put the straps in the hooks.

My Artillian forks have chain slots on the sides - do the same thing.

Other than that I have a selection of different size shackles that I will use.

Of course Ken’s Ring Slings work perfectly also - the rings fit into the grab hooks very nicely. I just need a couple more lenghts to have a complete set. Ken’s slings are rated for lifting.

Lifting slings are nice - the ones I have are mostly 1” wide. You can get them in continuous loop of straight with end loops. Having a variety of sizes is a must when using slings as you can’t size them like you can with chain and grab hooks. Harbor Freight has a couple sizes of lifting slings for good prices.

Using slings takes a little forethought at first. But there are times where only a chain will work.
 

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Using slings takes a little forethought at first. But there are times where only a chain will work.
You are correct. I find myself using the slings and straps more often so as to not mar/scratch the items I am lifting. With logs however this is not an issue.
 

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I sourced my 5/16 x 20" tie down/tow chain at Ace Hardware:

http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=29731096

It is Campbell chain and made in the USA. It's normal price is $44.99. However, Ace frequently has online promos offers of 15% off. I purchased three additional chains in December, utilizing this promo, for $35.99 ea. Shipping was free to my local Ace Hardware store.

I just don't have any faith in made in China chain.
 
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What tractor do ya have rws71.
IMO, for use with a SCUT 1/4" G70 chain is probably way more than you need.
I believe Ken's Bolt-On Hooks are sized for 5/16 chain.
 
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I believe Ken's Bolt-On Hooks are sized for 5/16 chain.
I believe you are correct. IMO 5/16" grab hooks works better on 1/4" chain. :thumbup1gif:
 

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The US made chain is more then the China made.Get what you pay for,be careful with cheap chain.
 
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