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hello all

got a good deal on a bunch of logging chain. lots of different lengths and configurations. before i start deciding what i'm keeping and what i'm selling, i want to remove the dusty layer of rust that is pretty uniformly 'decorating' all the chains, hooks, and clevis'. what's an efficient method of treating chain against rust? thanks
 

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Put them in a bucket and oil them up, or just hose the loose rust off. Don't worry about a bit of surface rust, that is just from disuse. Once you start using them regularly the rust will turn to a hard oxidation layer or patina and won't be a problem at all. Unless they are some sort of stainless steel, you aren't going to keep them shiny and free of oxidation of some sort.
 

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Lay them all out, lengthwise, side by side. Then wire all the ends into one big mass, and drag them behind your truck in some dirt. Sand, preferably. That'll shine 'em up. Temporarily.
 

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i worked for Dupont for a while and the riggers on that site were quite particular about their equipment being clean, they had a cement mixer ( Electric ) that they had a little sand in, throw the chains in there, start her up and in a half hour the chains came out lookin new.
Tim
 

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:howdy: oifla.......Ask your local baseball coaches if they want some one to drag their ball field around the pitchers mound...........Works like a charm...............John............:trink39: :thThumbsU :thThumbsU
 

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I had the same problem a few years back. I'd hook a length of chain to my dog's collar with a magnet attached to the last link and let him drag the chain around. I'd change the chain as needed until all the chains were clean. It didn't take but a few days, and it made cat-chasing productive! The added bonus was the magnet picked up a lot of metal debris that would still be there otherwise. I could hardly believe the number of nails that Boxer picked up. Doesn't work with the Chihuahua.
 

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i worked for Dupont for a while and the riggers on that site were quite particular about their equipment being clean, they had a cement mixer ( Electric ) that they had a little sand in, throw the chains in there, start her up and in a half hour the chains came out lookin new.
Tim
Agreed. Sharp sand and a cement mixer works great for cleaning up truck chains that have rust from salt on the roads. Just be sure to wire the ends of each three railer together so they don't tangle.

I suspect, but don't know for a fact, that it may be wise to hook the ends of each chain back to itself to prevent knots and other tangles.

Mike
 

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I hook mine to the rear bumper of my Ranger. I drive down our gravel road for two miles, unhook to switch ends of the chain, then drive back. I do four or five chains at once. I only drive 10 - 15 mph. Gives me time to enjoy my coffee and rubberneck at the neighbors!
 
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