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Old 16-04-2010, 06:17   #1
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What Brand of Chain ?

Looking at new chain as part of the refit. Acco seemed to be the best option but reading the recent thread on joining two chains I followed this link

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and found a comment at the bottom of the page "[FONT='Times New Roman', Times, serif]It appears that ACCO have been bought out by another company and manufacture has been transferred to the Far East."[/FONT] Googling Acco links to Peerless who indeed purchased Acco but the site does not say if production was moved overseas or not. Anyone purchased Acco chain in the last couple of years? Any questions or concerns on quality?

Then I found this company in the UK and a couple of comments in older threads on CF.

Bradney Chain for chains, lifting gear, forgings, fabrications, anchor kits

Their online price list is about half that of Acco chain. So anyone have any experience with Bradney chain, quality, reputation? How come so cheap?
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Old 16-04-2010, 06:36   #2
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We have 30m x 8mm Bradney chain on our main Delta anchor. Galvansing quality looks good even after 3 years of use.

Problem with chain is how do you know its any good? Well we chose a UK company that deals with lifting chain as well as anchor chains. When I spoke to them over the phone with the Simpson Lawrence Gypsy numbers so I got the right size of chain links, they knew right away what I needed. Chain arrived by courier in 48 hours packed in a large plastic container.

So hopefully we have a good quality chain, but without testing a few links to destruction I don't see how an individual could tell. Interestingly we have a 30 tonne test rig at work, so for a few beers I might be able to test a couple of links when the new section head settles into his post.

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I believe that Peerless still manufactures all their chain, including the ACCO brand, in the USA.
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as long as is not chinese should be good
chinese doesnt have good galvanising
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Peerless bought Acco in 2006.

The Acco chain is still made in the USA (I called them).

http://www.peerlesschain.com/downloa...08.pdf#page=16
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Hi Patrick,

You have hit the heart of the matter. How does one know? Looking at their website the Bradney chain appears to be produced in the UK and could be very good. But why so cheap compare to Acco in the US?

If you feel inspired to pop a couple of links to see I will buy next time I'm across the pond.

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We have 30m x 8mm Bradney chain on our main Delta anchor. Galvansing quality looks good even after 3 years of use.

Problem with chain is how do you know its any good? Well we chose a UK company that deals with lifting chain as well as anchor chains. When I spoke to them over the phone with the Simpson Lawrence Gypsy numbers so I got the right size of chain links, they knew right away what I needed. Chain arrived by courier in 48 hours packed in a large plastic container.

So hopefully we have a good quality chain, but without testing a few links to destruction I don't see how an individual could tell. Interestingly we have a 30 tonne test rig at work, so for a few beers I might be able to test a couple of links when the new section head settles into his post.

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Peerless bought Acco in 2006.

The Acco chain is still made in the USA (I called them).

http://www.peerlesschain.com/downloa...08.pdf#page=16
Thanks for the update on Acco. Reassuring to learn that it is still made here.
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