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Old 05-21-2011, 10:19 PM   #1
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What grade chain do you need to use in your recovery kit? I am looking at 3/8" to use with the hi-lift or any other use. At Lowes and a few other local stores they sell Logging chain with a working strength of about 2600 lbs ($2/ft). I also found Grade 30 with a working strength about 2600 lbs ($2.59/ft). Then there is grade 43 with 5000 lb working strength ($3.80/ft).

I guess having too strong a chain is better than having one that breaks, but do I need the 5000lb working strength?

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What grade chain do you need to use in your recovery kit? I am looking at 3/8" to use with the hi-lift or any other use. At Lowes and a few other local stores they sell Logging chain with a working strength of about 2600 lbs ($2/ft). I also found Grade 30 with a working strength about 2600 lbs ($2.59/ft). Then there is grade 43 with 5000 lb working strength ($3.80/ft).

I guess having too strong a chain is better than having one that breaks, but do I need the 5000lb working strength?

Thank you.
Get a tow strap. Much better. It doesn't hold as much energy so it won't kill you when it snaps (just paralyze you)

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What grade chain do you need to use in your recovery kit? I am looking at 3/8" to use with the hi-lift or any other use. At Lowes and a few other local stores they sell Logging chain with a working strength of about 2600 lbs ($2/ft). I also found Grade 30 with a working strength about 2600 lbs ($2.59/ft). Then there is grade 43 with 5000 lb working strength ($3.80/ft).

I guess having too strong a chain is better than having one that breaks, but do I need the 5000lb working strength?

Thank you.
Jeep JKs weigh around 4000 lbs. If you are recovering you can exert more force than 5000 lbs. Tow straps are nice, so is bubba rope.
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What grade chain do you need to use in your recovery kit? I am looking at 3/8" to use with the hi-lift or any other use. At Lowes and a few other local stores they sell Logging chain with a working strength of about 2600 lbs ($2/ft). I also found Grade 30 with a working strength about 2600 lbs ($2.59/ft). Then there is grade 43 with 5000 lb working strength ($3.80/ft).

I guess having too strong a chain is better than having one that breaks, but do I need the 5000lb working strength?

Thank you.
Is this in addition to already having a recovery strap??

Buy a good recovery strap without hooks... made for recovering vehicles. Look at the 3" x 20' or 3" x 30' x 30,000 lbs.
You can find them in the $40 to $80 range.
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Is this in addition to already having a recovery strap??

Buy a good recovery strap without hooks... made for recovering vehicles. Look at the 3" x 20' or 3" x 30' x 30,000 lbs.
You can find them in the $40 to $80 range.
I have a 20' tow strap and a 30' recovery strap. No winch though. I would use the chain with the hi-lift jack or to provide another means of recovery.
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The only thing I use a chain on is when I need to pull dead wood and other things around, but for any vehicle recovery I use a recovery strap and thats it, but if your looking for a chain get something along the line of a grade 70. I've got these from lowes.
Shop Campbell Commercial 5/16" x 20' Tow Hook Chain at Lowes.com

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