Chain Solutions Blog

Are leaf chain anchor pins a weak point in your lift system?

Written by Oliver McCann on 28 Aug 2019

When it comes to forklift trucks and other materials handling equipment that uses fixed leaf chains, the saying “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” is not entirely true, as another weak point is potentially the anchor – where the chain is attached to the lift system.

A key part of that anchor assembly is the leaf chain anchor pin – sometimes called a clevis pin. They often get overlooked, but they play a key part in safely joining the leaf chain to the chain anchor bolts, therefore securing it into the lift system.

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New increased range of forklift truck chains featuring plastic ‘flights’

Written by Peter Church on 06 Sep 2013

An increased range of forklift truck chains featuring plastic ‘flights’ and ‘guide’ attachments is now available.

The plastic attachments are incorporated within the chain’s design. They hold hydraulic hoses and reduce the type of mast cylinder damage that often results from ‘metal on metal’ friction - a common cause of truck downtime.

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Correct lubrication keeps operations smooth

Written by Martin Green on 03 Mar 2013

In and around harsh and corrosive port conditions a robust forklift chain lubrication and maintenance regime is essential if costly truck or container handler downtime is to be avoided, says Peter Church, managing director of FB Chain Ltd.

If the chain that powers the mast functions of the type of heavy forklift trucks and container handlers used within port and terminal environments develops a fault, the costs incurred can run into thousands of pounds.

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