If you ever use chains to lift, pull, or secure a load you will have probably encountered a situation where you find yourself thinking, "I sure wish my chain was shorter to make this task easier". Here is a picture of a chain shortener, one of the most useful things in my toolbox. I keep a matching one (strength and link size) for each chain I own. It is simply a short (12 inch) section of chain with hooks on each end. When you need a shorter chain for your task, simply hook your chain shortener into a loop on your long length of cumbersome chain to "shorten" it to a more appropriate length for the task at hand.
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