At Mytee Products we understand just how important security is when transporting cargo, which is why we offer a range of high-quality flatbed chains and binders. Also called trucker chains, boomer chains, or transport chains, chain binders are a fantastic option for securing heavy loads.
These chains come in different grades which range from 70 to 120, each with their own benefits! Our chains are made from high strength carbon steel, and can safely secure a higher working loads in the towing industries. These chains tend to have a maximum working load limit of 11,300 lbs. That said, it’s vital to check the specific, listed WLL of every individual product before you buy it.
A chain’s working load limit is about 1/3rd of its breaking strength. So the chain breaking strength of a ½ inch thick G70 is 33,900 lbs.
This chart form the National Association of Chain Manufacturers demonstrates the WLL of different thicknesses of Grade 70 chains.
Chain Grades Differences
Grade 70 chains are painted with yellow chromate, a color mandated by the Department of Transportation so they’re easy to recognize and resistant to rust and other kinds of corrosion. A stamp indicating the chain strength must be embossed along the length of the chain periodically, with stamps no further than 1 foot apart. Grade 70 chains also come with various end fittings; you can even get a chain with a clevis hook. G70 chains are typically used to secure lumber or steel loads, but can be used to secure almost any load below the working weight limit and are suitable for much heavier loads than winch strap securement. This grade is the most popular among the variety of chains and binders for flatbed trucks, because it weighs less than higher grade chains while still staying strong and versatile enough for most transport. G70 chains are also used for towing and lashing.
Grade 80 Chains is our heat-treated alloy chain, an excellent choice for recovery, safety, and towing situations! G80 chains are becoming more common in flatbed trucking because of their higher working load limit, which usually ranges from 3,500 to 47,700 lbs. Our Grade 80 chains are available in a black coat finish, which provides protection from wear, scratching, and environmental threats. G80 chains can be used for heavy-duty towing, rigging, tie-downs, and mining!
Grade 100 Chains are becoming an increasingly popular replacement for the lower grade chains. The strongest type of premium chain offered for flatbed, tractor, and trailer truckers, G100 chains offer nearly 25% higher working load limits than grade 80 and are widely approved for securing flatbed loads and extreme applications! With a working load limit between 4,300 and 35,300 lbs, these chains are recommended for construction, manufacturing, rigging, and towing.
Grade 120 chains are the strongest high performance chain offered at Mytee Products. They’re coated in a very recognizable, bright blue finish. Designed with unique square-links, G120 chains increase the contact between the links and surfaces and reduce the pressure on the chain, making for a longer lifespan! Their working load limits are about 50% higher than grade 80 and 70 chains, and 20% higher than our grade 100 chains. These chains are recommended for overhead lifting, construction, rigging, and towing. As the strongest chain on the market, there’s almost nothing these chains can’t be used for!
What are my Chain and Binder options?
When choosing among our chain options to find what works for you and your cargo type, there are three factors to consider: chain length, binder type, and hook type!
1. Chain length options
As with grade options, choose from a wide variety of chain lengths or custom order the size that fits your trucking cargo!
2. Load Binder Options
At Mytee Products, we offer a selection of chain binders, which fall into three broad categories.
- Ratchet binders - Ratchet chain binders increase the tension in a chain until it’s taut, using a twisting (ratcheting) mechanism. Ratchet binders are often viewed as a safer option because they do not store as much energy in the handle, reducing the risk of recoil and harming the user. Ratchet binders have the lever and screw working together, which means it takes less pulling on the handle to apply tension to the binder.
- Lever binders - These binders are sometimes also called snap chain binders. Lever binders are easier to use than ratchet binders because their design makes maintenance simpler and you can tighten them fast. Leverage is used to tighten the chain, and these chain binders lock after the lever has been rotated 180 degrees. However, they have a higher risk of accidental recoil because they store so much energy in the handle.
- Recoilless Lever binders - Recoilless chain binders utilize a lever mechanism, but they mitigate the risk of recoil. The design allows the center cam to move independently, breaking up the store energy. This binder’s body independently rotates, free of the handle to release tension smoothly and easily!
3. Hook Options
The National Association of Chain Manufacturers (NACM) maintains standards and specifications to ensure that every transport chain hook is safe, effectively keeping chains connected and loads tied down. At Mytee Products, 100% of our hook options meet NACM’s high standards. This means our hooks pass a “breaking force” test, and each one is capable of “withstanding breaking force loads.”
Our hook options include:
- Slip hooks - These hooks are forged from strong, low0alloy carbon steel.
- Clevis hooks - A clevis hook incorporates a lightweight, low-alloy carbon-steel latch for extra security.
- Heavy duty towing hooks - These hooks are designed to be welded on and are slightly heavier.
Questions & Answers
What are the main types of chain binders?
Lever binders and Ratchet binders are the main types of binders you’ll find. The lever binder has two tension hooks that are connected to a lever that pulls the two ends toward each other. The ratchet binder features two hooks connected to a ratchet that gradually pulls them closer.
How much weight can a chain binder hold?
The working load limits differ depending on the size and type you need. Generally, a binder can hold weights from 2,600lbs up to 12,000lbs.
How many chain binders do I need?
A chain binder creates a tension point using two heavy-duty chains. For each chain tie-down, only one chain binder should be used. The amount you need depends on the amount of chain tie-downs you’ll have.
How do I choose a chain size?
The best way to choose a chain size is to examine your load and determine your needed size based on how long or tall your load is, and its weight. Each chain size has a different working load limit as well as breaking strength.
How many chains does it take to secure a load?
As it is for straps, four chains are required to properly secure a load. Four chains gives the optimal amount of securement and strength necessary to make sure the load remains stationary and no excessive force is being put on the chains.
Which is stronger, a chain or a strap?
All chains and straps have ratings. Any specific chain and or strap could be stronger than the other. Chains do have higher working load limits than most straps, though chains can be harder to deal with as straps are safer on the load and much softer.
What are chain binders made of?
Chain binders are made of high-strength carbon steel making securing large and heavy loads simple.