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Spreader conveyor chain removal

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by snownj, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. snownj

    snownj Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    Can a stuck conveyor chain be removed without destroying it ? Before going for a new one, I'd like to try removing it and soaking in oil.
  2. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655


    Try to find the connecting link and try to get that apart.If not cut it off and get another link if you get the chain freed up.
    ***Be careful if you have to get under the spreader to find the link,been more than one guy killed buy his spreader.***
  3. Acmemechanic

    Acmemechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    Conveyor Chain

    Sure back off your slack adjusters and determine if you can afford to lose a link and cut out one if so if not look for the master link with the cotter pin and try to remove it . The easiest and best way though is a hammer and a torch heat up 12'' SECTions till red and beat them and pry up on them flexing the chain this will break the rust free and allow the chain to move then start the machine engage the conveyor and tighten the slacks slowly and evenly till your happy:yow!: :yow!: :yow!:
  4. snownj

    snownj Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    thanks, the torch did the trick and the chain is unstuck.
  5. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    You can just use a nut and bolt set-up to replace the pins. Just don't tighten enough to bind-up the link and double nut it. While it's apart it may be a good time to remove a link or two if your adjusters were getting toward the end of the extensions.