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    Default Choker Chain

    Well, I don't know if chain rightly qualifies as an attachment or not, but it goes on the back of the tractor and it enables you to get work done.

    I bought some logging chain I'd never heard of before from Labonville a while back and just got to use it. It's made in Austria and it's 3/8" alloy grade 100, with over 9000 lbs working load, the strongest stuff they have. But the really interesting thing about it is that the outside of each link is square, not round. Talk about biting into a log when you drag it - this stuff grips! I bought several 10' lengths and put a choker hook on each end, then used a grab ring to pull it by the middle. Then I was able to pull two bunches at the same time. But, as I say, I was really impressed with how much better it works than the normal round chain.

    Mark


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    Default Re: Choker Chain

    Mark are they located in N.H.? thanks
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    Default Re: Choker Chain

    Gordon - Yep. 504 Main St., Gorham, NH 03581. And http://www.labonville.com. Why, did you know them already?

    Mark


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    Default Re: Choker Chain

    WHEN I BOUGHT MY FARMI WINCH I GOT SOME CHOKERS THAT HAVE A CAST C HOOK ON THE END THAT WORK GOOD YOU DON'T HAVE TO THERAD THE WHOLE CHAIN THROUGH. I CANE SEE HOW A SQ. CHAIN WOULD WORK BETTER ESP. ON SMALLER LOGS.
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    Default Re: Choker Chain

    Yeah, those are the hooks I got for the ends of the chain - they do work much better than a normal slip hook. I got the loop type for the middle, so it couldn't slip off and so I could adjust the length of the chain. That way, I can just use one end of it, if I need the extra length.

    Mark


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    Default Re: Choker Chain

    SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA. I'LL HAVE TO REMBER THAT WHEN I WEAR OUT MY CHAINS. HA HA HA
    RICH


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    Default Re: Choker Chain

    Yea dad used to deal with them when I was a kid. We had a weekend farm in N.H. the name sounded familiar. Thanks for the web link I'm going to send for the catalog.
    Gordon


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    Default Re: Choker Chain

    Stumper, probably on CTB, described a logging hook. Said it's like a grab hook with a loop in the middle. Chain goes in like a grab hook and can't slip back out. Once inside the loop, the chain slips. I don't know if that's the type of hook meant. He also said that logging hooks are hard to find now, because most loggers use cable chokers. I forget if there was a reason given why cable chokers are preferred.


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    Default Re: Choker Chain

    They seem to be good people. To be around as long as they have, they almost have to be. I know one thing: I really love that square link choker chain, and I haven't seen it anywhere else.

    Mark


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    Default Re: Choker Chain

    Mark if you don't mind me asking how much was the chain and shipping? I asked a couple of people about it today and they have never seen square link as well as myself. In theory it sounds great. Does it tend to want to tangle before the load is applied?
    Gordon


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