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  1. #1
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Duluth, MN

    Default Tire chain link tool (cheap one?)

    Not sure where this post should go...but the question is:

    Is there a tool that works for adding/deleting cross bars on tire chains that is commonly available like maybe a Vice-Grip with a certain jaw? I don't really want to buy a special tool for this what most likely will be a one time project. I have aquired a selection of chains/types and would like to move some crossbars from some to others to build the "perfect" set so a tool to open and close would be helpful.

  2. #2
    Veteran Member Dusty's Avatar
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    May 2000

    Default Re: Tire chain link tool (cheap one?)

    Hammer and chisel to open them, and hammer and anvil to close them. That is all that I have ever used. They do make specialized tools for this that look like very large pliers, but they are costly and I have never found a used pair at any flea markets.
    I'll be the last one to let you down.

  3. #3
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Central Lower Michigan
    Kubota L3430

    Default Re: Tire chain link tool (cheap one?)

    I bought the largest one that Tire Chains has. It is about $78 but is well worth it. I spent way too much time with the hammer and chisel. I have found other chain work with it too.

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