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Offline Al Smith

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Re: Buying Pre Looped Chain
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2012, 08:10:11 pm »
You can do it with a die grinder and a ball peen hammer if you know how .Unless you use a lot of chain it's not advantagious to buy bulk chain .What little I have is hard to find  stuff like 1/2" chipper and .404 chisel skip in .058 .

It used to be you could find partial rolls of bulk chain off of flea bay fairly reasonabile .Any more though you are just as well to get it from Baileys or some other supplier because the flea bay crowd has it priced higher .

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Re: Buying Pre Looped Chain
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2012, 12:28:49 pm »
Just a ball peen hammer, punch and an anvil block with the different pitch slots is all you need.
I re use the punched out side straps and hammer them back together. Always lots of rivet material left to make a strong joint, just make sure you center the punch deadon when disassembling so you don't bent the rivet which would then be useless to get the opposite side strap back on.
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Re: Buying Pre Looped Chain
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2012, 09:48:44 am »
Most of the time my chain activies are along the lines of either repairing a damaged cutter or cutting a chain down to a 16" loop for a race chain .

I did however early this fall go through about 20 or so damaged loops and repaired or linked a few together to make longer loops .I have a spinner but no punch and in addition a set of concave punchs that work fairly well for small chain such as .325 or 3/8" low profile as the spinner doesn't have the proper sized anvil for those sizes .Kind of silly because the proper anvil is only about 5 bucks it's just I never seem to find the time or forget to order one .

A good bit of those loops come from a tree service company I'm closely associated with .In that business it's almost unavoidable they will damage chains .The guy who owns the biz just views it as the cost of doing business and 90 percent of them are Stihl branded chains which as we all know are not cheap .

 

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