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skidder chain clevis
« on: January 09, 2013, 07:52:25 PM »
anybody have any easier ways of putting clevis on skidder chains than the way i do it? i pull the chains tight by hand and try to take out a couple links of length with a clevis. didnt know if anybody had a better way of doing this. its hard only have two hands n all to hold all the chain at once and pull em tight. thanks
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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2013, 07:59:34 PM »
I use a small handyman jack.I ground the foot to fit into 3/8 link and hook a clevis to the top and to one side of the side chain.It pulls the chain together and holds so I can insert a clevis.I do this around the inside and outside between cross links too.
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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2013, 08:07:57 PM »
good advice thanks ed
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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2013, 08:23:26 PM »
This is a tool I made for tightening chains.

 
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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2013, 08:41:53 PM »
We have a sawed off handyman jack with a beak welded on the top and the jack plate ground narrow enough to slip into a link. 

Or you can buy a prefab chain jack from nortrax

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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2013, 09:05:00 PM »
Here is a tank track jack that should work on chains.

http://store.colemans.com/cart/track-jack-16-in-opening-p-2056.html

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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013, 09:08:05 PM »
wow ive been doing it the hardway. hah. im a try my load binder tomorrow n see if that helps me. but i like that tools there.
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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2013, 05:56:06 AM »
Go to tire chains.com and they sell chain tighteners if you want to buy one. Most logging supply dealers carry them also...at least around here. I have also seen guys squeeze them together with a log loader. I guess whatever works.

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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2013, 08:24:02 AM »
 The screw together binder works but use a clevi on each side,the hooks are to big/long.
The ones sold are $100.+ my hanyman was $36.
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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2013, 08:37:27 AM »
I have been using one of these for years. Made by Labonville's in NH.

http://www.labonville.com/Labonville-Heavy-Duty-Jack-Type-Skidder-Chain-Tightener--C4_p_151.html
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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2013, 10:50:21 AM »
I used the loader, take a 6' choker put it though the last two rings then though the closed bucket. Now lift it straight up with the boom, this pulls the chains as tight as they'll go. You can also let some air out of the tire, this helps to get-em good an tight. Don't forget to put the air back, 30 lbs.

If i didn't have the loader handie i used two big turnbuckles, with letting some air out of the tire, they worked for me.

  Heres a picture of a turnbuckle like i used, 10 to 12" long.
 

  
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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2013, 11:42:30 AM »
After running chains many years i found that when there run real tight i got excessive ware on one spot of the chain links.

When run a little lose, the links don't ware in one spot, the chain link is constantly changing position.

I ran chains year round, i got about two more years out of them if i ran them a little lose.
A another problem i had when they were real tight they'd want to start walking off on me. What a pain to get-em running straight again. I didn't have this problem when running them a little lose.

This is what i experienced over my 20 years of running chains.
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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2013, 09:06:15 PM »
im a look into one of these tools. thanks friends!  :new_year:
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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2013, 10:45:52 PM »
I use a Barb Wire Fence Stretcher...

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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2013, 08:39:19 AM »
i have a tool like bill m made only i ordered mine threw the case dealship in town were i live its aluminum very light and works great i put the electric impact on it and tighten up the chains... its just a tube in side anouther tube when u tighten the end nut it draws it together
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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2013, 11:47:52 AM »
To get our chains tight we run the tails of the side chains into a hole in the middle of the wheel, one from the inside and one from the outside. Then when the tire turns inside the chain it pulls the side chains tight, always seemed to work well. It doesnt help getting the clevis together though, thats a 2 man job for us

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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2013, 08:00:25 AM »
I use a Barb Wire Fence Stretcher...
Ha brings back memories .My dad sent me on a task of fencing in about a half acre for his Shetland ponies once .I wanted to do a good job so I got out his fence stretcher and got it tight as a bango string. Looked good but the old man pointed out I had stretched the loops out of the fence which were put there for expansion more of less .Oops !

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Re: skidder chain clevis
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2018, 07:52:16 AM »
Agreed, they should rattle a bit but be snug. Iíve seen guys run them so *DanG tight theyíre embedded in the tire and the links are showing wear in the contact points within a month. Itís no different than a chain on a saw, Iím not sure why people think they should be tight as bark to a tree


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