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    Veteran Member kevinj's Avatar
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    Default Re: Chain Hooks

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Page View Post
    Thanks all for the advice!! I have a length of logging chain with hooks on either end that I use for pulling trees out of the woods with my drawbar. The links are very heavy 1/2 inch I would guess. No way my 48 horse machine would ever break it.
    I was going to buy 20 ft. for use with the bucket, sound right?
    Mark

    I have a couple of 10' for bucket use. Of course I have chains from 3' to 30' to choose from as needed.
    Kevin

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    Default Re: Chain Hooks

    I welded grade 70 3/8" chain hooks (grab style) on the top of my bucket, in line with the loader arms. I bought a grade 70 20 foot logging chain from Farm & Fleet. Total cost $60.

    I can lift or load what ever I want and feel safe. The bonus is the work out you get from handling this chain! She's got some heft.

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    Default Re: Chain Hooks

    Ken's hooks are grade 70 and are an easy bolt-on install. I have one on each side of my FEL. Makes it easy to balance lifts. http://www.boltonhooks.com/index.html]Ken's Bolt on Grab Hooks

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    Default Re: Chain Hooks

    Weld on Forged Grab Chain Hooks 3 8" Grade 43 Truck Trailer Hitch 2 PC | eBay

    This is all that I used on my bucket. I didn't worry about grade the loader will not pickup as much weight as the hooks are rated for, and I welded them on myself so the weld might not be as strong as the hook I am not a professional welder. I have three welded on so if it gets where it is real heavy I can use all three if I want. There are many, many different listings for weld on hooks on ebay, even for grade 70 and or made in the USA. By getting them on ebay I didn't have to look around and try to find them waste gas and time they just showed up at my door, and with free shipping which is all I will buy on ebay the pricing isn't bad.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/media/c...mage_20710.jpg

    These are the chains I use they work great and are not too expensive. I know no one likes HF but that's all I can afford most of the time.

    5/16" x 20 Ft. Trucker's Chain

    They also have a grade 70 5-16 but I always get the 3/8, because well just because that is what we always had on the farm when Dad was alive.
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    Default Re: Chain Hooks

    When welding hooks to buckets, I always stay in line with or in between the loader arms. Putting a hook at the end of a bucket and then lifting an object has a much better chance of tweaking your loader arms.
    New Holland T2310, NH 250TL loader, United 672HD box blade, Construction Attachments 42HD forks, KK II 6' tiller

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    Default Re: Chain Hooks

    A second endorsement for Ken's Bolt On Grab Hooks in Post #13.

    I have Ken's 5/16" hooks which are kind of a universal size as they grab 3/8" - 5/16" - 1/4" chain securely.

    Easy to install and seemingly indestructible.

    Installed mine in-line with the loader arms.

    I use Grade 70 X 5/16" cut in 12' and 8' lengths. Use the 8' length most of the time.

    I bought my 20' chain at Home Depot in the "Towing" subsection of hardware. Pretty cheap there.

    I would use Grade 70 X 1/4" but every time I find Grade 70 X 1/4" the price is MUCH HIGHER than 5/16" at Home Depot.
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    Default Re: Chain Hooks

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff9366 View Post
    A second endorsement for Ken's Bolt On Grab Hooks in Post #13.

    I have Ken's 5/16" hooks which are kind of a universal size as they grab 3/8" - 15/16" - 1/4" chain securely.

    Easy to install and seemingly indestructible.
    A third for kens. No welding and I think the tractor will break first.

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    Default Re: Chain Hooks

    I bought my last set from Zoro tools less that $3.00 each and free shipping.

    Weld-On Grab Hook by VALUE BRAND - Towing Accessories by Zoro Tools Industrial Supplies

    When I weld mine on I like to weld them to a short piece of 3/8 x 2" flat bar and then weld the flat bar to the bucket, inline with the loader arms of course.
    Kubota L4240 HST+ R-4's,

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    Default Re: Chain Hooks

    Newbie question, where does the other end of the chain attach? Seems like a great/inexpensive way to move objects that don't fit in the bucket. Much cheaper than a grapple.
    Mark

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    Default Re: Chain Hooks

    One end of the chain goes around the object, then is cinched up via slip hook on the bitter end.

    The other end latches through the grab hook.
    The word tractor was taken from Medieval Latin, being the agent noun of trahere "to pull, draw".

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