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Subject: Re: chain hoist replacement chain
From: (Grant Erwin)
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 1995 17:45:24 GMT

Tom Johnson wrote:

> Does anybody have a source for chain hoist chains?  We have a Yale
> Townshend chain hoist setup without the chain.

I have been there, done that. I have learned that a KEY PART of any
chain hoist is the chain. I now believe that Yale (and other hoist
manufacturers) make their own custom chain, to far tighter specs
than regular chain is manufactured to. I further believe that they
make their chain in non-standard sizes so that no one will be
tempted to put regular chain in. I believe that this is done as
a safety measure. 

I read everything I could find on chain hoists, and called a lot
of manufacturers and retailers. You will notice, by the way, that
most industrial outlets of chain all say "not for overhead lifting"
about all their chain.

If Tom needs new chain, he should buy it from Yale.

If anyone ever is considering buying a chain hoist, consider the
chain an integral part and do NOT consider purchasing it without.

Of course, I might be wrong. I have purchased and restored 4 chain
hoists, and done a fair amount of homework, but I am still just a
home hobbyist when it comes to metalworking and the industrial arts,
so please don't take my word as the final authority.

Grant Erwin                     | Senior Member, Technical Staff
Cascade Design Automation Corp. | Internet:
3650 131st Ave SE, Suite 650    | TEL:       (206)-649-7613
Bellevue, WA  98006             | FAX:       (206)-649-7600

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