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Old 09-17-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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Hey guys, is there a place where i can buy steel chain by the foot? The maximum load capacity should be around 1,000 lbs.

Lowes only sells 10' steel chains and they are $15... Are steel chains this expensive?!

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Hey guys, is there a place where i can buy steel chain by the foot? The maximum load capacity should be around 1,000 lbs.

Lowes only sells 10' steel chains and they are $15... Are steel chains this expensive?!
Any decent hardware store has 5 gallon pails of chain that they cut & sell by the foot. Also try boat/marine supply stores . chain prices vary gretly based on link size and steel grade

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Industrial supply houses like Granger also have chain.

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Also try boat/marine supply stores .
Only if you want to pay twice the price.
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Hey guys, is there a place where i can buy steel chain by the foot? The maximum load capacity should be around 1,000 lbs.

Lowes only sells 10' steel chains and they are $15... Are steel chains this expensive?!
Home Depot sells chains by the foot. I don't think $1.50 a foot is too bad. Sort of depends on which chain you're buying, though.
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Hey guys, is there a place where i can buy steel chain by the foot? The maximum load capacity should be around 1,000 lbs.

Lowes only sells 10' steel chains and they are $15... Are steel chains this expensive?!
I'll bet that if you drive around LA for a couple hours and burn a few gallons of gas, you can find that same chain for $11.
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Farm supply store, or hardware store. I find that the prices are better at the farm & fleet type stores, than places like Lowe's or Home Depot, for stuff like this.
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If you really only needed to support 1000# why are you bothering using chain? That's extremely light duty for chain, most of them are 10,000#or higher capacity.
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If you really only needed to support 1000# why are you bothering using chain? That's extremely light duty for chain, most of them are 10,000#or higher capacity.
We had a Airedale, that had a 1,000# test link chain, that we used for it, in turn attached to a 3 ft long, 2" diameter spike driven into the ground.
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Here NAPA sells it, as well.
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Lowes sounds like it blows in this department.

Gander mountain, trailer and tractor, ace, home depot - on and on - every place around here has it. Cost is menial. . .to me that's cheap for steel. I use to make maille armor - talk about expense.
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Lowes will have it in buckets and spools.
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I'll bet that if you drive around LA for a couple hours and burn a few gallons of gas, you can find that same chain for $11.
In these times of $4 a gallon for gas, I've started to retrain myself that sometimes the "cash register price" of something is often a very small percentage of the actual cost to look for, buy, and get it home.



Where I live there is a marine store 2 miles from my house, the nearest depot or lowes is about 15 miles away. If i drive my old Expedition, an $8 piece of chain from Depot ends up costing me $8 in gas ($16 total) + at least an hour of my time. If I'm in a hurry I can cut a little time off my travel by taking the Interstate , but then i pay $4 in tolls.

If I can get something at the marine store for $14 that would cost me $8 elsewhere, it's usually still a pretty good deal if i ignore the sticker price and take the time to think it through
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