Lifting Safely With Chain: A DIYer’s Guide

August 6, 2020

Contractors and weekend warriors alike have been keeping busy on home improvement projects these days, with home now functioning as the center of our worlds more today than ever. If you’re using rented lifting equipment to complete your next job, it’s important to educate yourself on how to perform your lifts safely. So, before you…

How Different Attachment Styles Affect Trailer Safety Chain Performance

July 23, 2020

  By Eric Kazmierzak and Melissa Searle, Laclede Chain Manufacturing When designing a trailer, what’s the best way to attach the safety chain to the tongue? There are two main attachment styles commonly used in the trailer industry to attach safety chain to the trailer: bolt-on and weld-on clevis assemblies. Laclede Chain collaborates often with…

ArmorGalv Coating for Marine Chain Applications

May 20, 2020

Ever since steel has become widely used, people have been inventing ways to prevent corrosion and abrasion in order to make it last longer. In fact, corrosion costs the U.S. economy an estimated $300 billion per year (about 3% of GDP).  Hot-dip galvanizing (HDG) has been in use as a method of corrosion protection for…

Heavy-Duty Industrial Chain: How It’s Made

April 15, 2020

Since Leonardo da Vinci famously made sketches of what appeared to be the first steel chains in the 16th century, people have been innovating new ways to make industrial chain safer, stronger, and more wear and weather resistant. At Laclede Chain, we’re constantly refining our processes to achieve this same thing.  Why does high quality…

Does ISO Certification Matter When Choosing a Supplier?

February 27, 2020

  Why Choose an ISO-Certified Contract Manufacturer? We work with many types of customers at Laclede Chain who incorporate chain into their businesses in different ways. We serve OEMs that incorporate our chain into agriculture equipment, commercial fisheries that use marine chain to lift nets from the ocean, construction companies performing overhead lifting operations, and…

Powder Coating Capabilites

December 2, 2019

Advantages of Powder Coated Chain Our team has invested nearly a decade of research and testing (and over a million dollars) building our powder coating line. Powder coating is an ideal method for finishing your chain as it can withstand the elements and wear and tear. It can be applied in almost any color you…

Your Tire Chain Questions, Answered

November 21, 2019

When can I use tire chains in my state? In many states, the general rule is that tire chains may be used for safety when snow and/or icy conditions are present, but are not required. However, some states have more stringent regulations for when tire chains can, or must, be used.  California has complex requirements…

3D Printing Innovation at Laclede Chain

October 29, 2019

While we’re still a ways away from actually 3D printing chain in mass quantities, we’ve been using this increasingly prevalent technology in our business since 2017. Here’s how we’re using it to innovate and help our customers grow. Vetting New Designs and Configurations Any engineer knows that what seems like a viable solution in a…

Tire Chain Specs: Know the Differences

August 13, 2019

Across the traction chain industry, products are classified into two general categories: NACM (National Association of Chain Manufacturers) series products and non-NACM products. NACM products include many traction chains that are constructed in a ladder style configuration. They generally follow a universal stock numbering sequence for each product type. NACM specifications outline dimensional guidelines such…

International Chain Grades: What You Need to Know

July 1, 2019

International Chain Grades: What You Need to Know While Laclede Chain is known as one of America’s oldest domestic chain manufacturers, we also distribute imported chain through our international division. In our many years of experience working with imports, we’ve become familiar with the common practices of international manufacturers that can have an impact on…

Marine Environments & Your Chain

May 24, 2019

Steel is the material of choice for many of the things we use every day—tools, vehicles, and chain. Due to the saltwater and salt air, marine environments are tough on steel. Since the invention of steel, people have been experimenting with ways to prolong its life, especially in these tough environments. The typical answer is…

Extra! Extra!

April 15, 2017

Don’t forget about all the extra information Laclede Chain has to offer.  And all of it is FREE! What could be better than free chain information? You already know about our blog but did you know about our mobile app, newsletter and our catalog download? Laclede Mobile Application: Free for Apple and Android users Check…

How To ID Your Alpine Series Tire Chain

January 7, 2017

Need to figure out which stock # of Alpine Series chains you have?  The process is easy: 1) When you have the chains laid out in front of you, locate the red draw chain. 2) On one end of the draw chain is a black rubber tightener, on the other end is a flat, golden,…

Laclede Chain Featured in the January 2015 AUSA Army Magazine

December 23, 2016

  Click here to view the full article. This article is from the January 2015 Edition of the AUSA Magazine.

NEW TIRE CHAIN PRODUCTS

November 4, 2016

We have several new products now available for the 2014-15 season: In the accessories line we have a new series of arm type tire chain tighteners for Passenger, Light Truck & SUV and Heavy Truck applications.  The arm design features a fixed center ring with individual rubber tensioning arms for a snug fit.  The arm…

How to identify chain!

October 17, 2016

Ever wonder if there is a way to tell what kind of chain you have or possibly where it is from? Maybe you need to show that your transport chain is DOT approved? Have a piece of Laclede chain and want to know if it is domestic or not? All you have to do is…

Alloy Chain Sling Inspection

July 29, 2016

INSPECTION CONSIDERATIONS FOR G80 AND G100 ALLOY CHAIN SLINGS When called upon to perform a chain sling inspection, there are many points that need to be considered during the inspection.  Below are several pointers to assist in the performance of that inspection.  Keep in mind that OSHA requires at least an annual inspection of all…

How is Chain Made?

July 29, 2016

Our chain starts as rod made to our exacting requirements from American steel mills.  Each coil is inspected, labeled, and tracked through our factory via our data network.  The rod will be cleaned and drawn into an exact wire diameter, then stored ahead of the chain making departments. Chain is produced in small groups of…