Untangling The Issue
It’s madness they cried! What do you do when you need hooks on both ends or longer chains, idiot? Im glad you asked.
What Do I Need?
- Angle Grinder/Cutting Wheel
- One Cotter “Hair” Pin (this is an open style of cotter pin)
- Needle Nose and Flat Nose Pliers
Connect the other end of the chain only when you need the longer chain. Drop the other clevis pin through and secure with the hair pin. (Pictures Below)
Pros and Cons
- Chains are half the weight.
- Easier to handle.
- Much easier to drag out of the headache rack.
- I have had no bound or tangled chains since doing this.
- I have noticed that the types of materials that commonly need more than 10′ of chain aren’t something I do often.
- Less extra chain to wrap and secure.
- It will take a few times for you to remember you have an extra 10 minutes of prep to secure. By this I mean after I cut my chains, I didn’t have to link them for months. When I picked up a load of cable reels (and needed 15+ feet of chain) I found myself scrambling to get them linked up instead of doing it while I sat in line waiting.
- Disconnecting them adds time. Not much with practice but still additional time. Our time is money as they say.
- I’ll add this last item with an *. I picked up at an aerospace company that will remain nameless. They nearly refused to let me load because their “Safety Guy” had never heard of the Midlink. I waited an hour while he “Googled” it. Other than that I’ve never had a problem.