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Safety chains

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by greatlawns, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. greatlawns

    greatlawns Junior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 9

    Does anyone double up on the main ram chain or have a safety chain mounted anywhere to the front of their plow, just incase the chain between the ram and plow base breaks while you are driving down the road? I imagine it would suck to have your plow slam to the ground at 40mph. A friend of mine said to hook a chain to the side of the plow frame (drill a hole or something) and connect it to the bottom near the blade. I would think that would cause a problem with side to side angling though. My plow is a Western unimount. Any suggestions?
  2. snyps

    snyps Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    Thats why western went to 2 chains. I hated the unimounts when the chain broke. I got into the habit of replacing them every year to be safe and carry a chair repair kit so I can put it back together if needed.
  3. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    I would think the weld or fastener would break before the chain I have never seen a chain break, even on my Uni-mount. Seem to me that the chains are pretty thick unless of coarse you take yours off and set it the salt bin for the summer. but to replace a chain every year that seems a little paranoid to me.
  4. snyps

    snyps Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    The plow I used to run was a 9 or a 10 ft western, I forget but it was a heavy beast. It was stored outside all summer long and salt did build up on it during the winter. Since it was one of 8 plows that we were running it was just easier to buy a long length of chain and replace them each year. It was cheap to do, and only took a few min's.

    On my ultramount this is the 3 year with the same chains, I am not as worried since their are two of them.