Shorten chain hoist chains

  1. MysterG

    MysterG Member

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    Got myself a used 1t chain hoist only issue being it's a 6m lift one, far more than I need.

    I assume there is no problem shortening the chain to suit my purposes?

    The pulley chain I can just cut and reweld as it's not under any great strain, and shorten the load chain from one end or the other?
     
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  2. tom2207 Member

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    yep , done it often.
     
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  3. gordon stephenson

    gordon stephenson Forum Supporter

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    7609D1D4-6E63-467C-91C1-F0CB1EDAABB4.jpeg Load chains are usually attached with a bolt through the end link, So shorten and refit the bolt, I'v just done it, but just to keep the chain for other things. Easy peasy!! The operating chain was aways called gypsy chain (for some reason)
     
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    selectedgrub Member

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  5. Munkul

    Munkul Jack of some trades, Master of none

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    Tie it all up in a cable tied bundle and leave the length you want to use?

    3m chain blocks are much nicer to handle, true, but there might come a day where you wished you had 6m chain...
     
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  6. highseas Member

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    Very true! I have a big 3 ton one with a 6m chain and it's a pig of a thing to handle! Always in a knot and too numb and heavy to sort out easily
     
  7. MysterG

    MysterG Member

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    I think I'll just shorten it. I can't foresee any situation where I'll need 6m, and it sounds like it will just make the times I do want to use it harder. Certainly just heaving it around the garage at the moment is a royal PITA.

    Cheers all.
     
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