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Best Chain for Pulling Stumps

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The best chain for pulling stumps may depend on the size of the tree stump but I have seen 3/8 inch Grade 80 logging chain do well pulling brush stumps.

Bestseller No. 1
Indusco 47400301 Grade 80 Drop Forged Alloy Steel Clevis Sling Hook with Latch, Painted Finish, 3/8" Trade, 7100 lbs Working Load Limit
  • SLING HOOK WITH LATCH: Painted finish clevis hook made of grade 80 drop forged alloy steel
  • HOISTING HOOK: Chain clevis hook is great for connecting heavy-duty safety chains or securing transport binder chains
  • USAGE: Steel swivel hooks can be used with 3/8 inch chain size
  • LOAD LIMIT: Strong steel swivel having 7100 pounds working load limit
  • PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE: Follow proper procedures; Falling load may cause serious injury; Avoid loading more force than the hook's assigned working load limit (WLL)
Bestseller No. 2
3/8 x 20 FT Transport Chain Grade 80 Binder DOT Compliant Tie Down (20 FT)
  • Grade 80
  • Transport Ready
  • HEAVY DUTY: 7,100 LBS
  • D.O.T. Compliant
Bestseller No. 3
VULCAN Load Binder with 2 Grab Hooks - Ratchet Style - 7100 Pound Safe Working Load (Works with 5/16 Inch or 3/8 Inch Grade 70 and Grade 80 Chain)
  • PROFESSIONAL GRADE EQUIPMENT - Professional truck operators choose Vulcan cargo control products to haul millions of loads every year. Vulcan is recognized as the most qualified, most experienced, tie down manufacturer in the world. Work with confidence, knowing that this 3/8" ratchet style binder is backed by the 50 years of manufacturing expertise that only Vulcan can provide.
  • DESIGNED FOR SAFETY AND EASE OF USE - The forged ratchet style handle provides extra leverage so you can get the proper amount of tension on your chain tie down every time. The forged steel pawl and gear system is easy to use and prevents "snap backs" and other dangers to users when loading and unloading.
  • INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH CONSTRUCTION - The heavy duty forged handle, barrel, take-up screws, links and hooks are intended to stand up to rigorous field use and harsh weather conditions. Baked on powder coating and zinc-dichromate plating provide maximum durability and reliability. The forged grab hooks swivel 360 degreesand engage easily with 3/8 inch and 5/16 inch chain.
  • PROPERLY RATED WITH YOUR SAFETY IN MIND - This ratcheting style load binder has a 7,100 lbs. Safe Working Load and is intended for use with up to 3/8 inch Grade 70 chain. The rating is based on a 4:1 safety factor. 4:1 is the correct safety factor, recommended by the NACM, and our binders are always rated properly. BEWARE: some other binders on the market that are only rated at a 3:1 safety factor, which is not safe and can be very misleading to the user.
  • SAFE AND COMPLIANT - The safe working load of 7,100 lbs. is clearly marked on the handle of the rachet style load binder. All Vulcan towing products meet all CVSA and DOT specifications, and comply with NACM recommendations. You will be compliant for any roadside inspection, and you can work with confidence using Vulcan products - a name you can trust.

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Pulling stumps with a tractor or truck

There is a lot of danger associated with using a tractor or truck to pull a tree stump from the ground.

Often, tree stumps are not near the road. This means you will be trying to remove the stump in a limited traction situation. Your tires may spin.

Adequate traction will be a factor when pulling a stump with a truck or tractor.

If you have a four wheel drive truck, make sure the 4×4 is engaged.

Make sure you use an appropriate hitch point on your vehicle.

Also, make sure you are using a good logging chain for pulling brush stumps. You may want to consider a choker chain for pulling trees, too.

Don’t use a stump pulling rope or ratchet straps! Get a good chain rated for what you are doing!

Pulling tree stump with truck fail


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Guide to buying a logging chain

Chain size and grade impact the strength of a chain.

Tensile strength

Chains are graded based on tensile strength, which is the amount of force an object can handle before busting.

As the grade increases in number, the chain has a higher strength.

Chains are graded up to 100, which is the strongest.

For example: A 3/8 G30 chain works well for agricultural use — such as chaining down a small garden tractor on a trailer. A 3/8 G30 is not a good choice for removing a stump. A 3/8 G70 or 3/8 G80 chain would be more appropriate.

Working Load Limit

The working load limit notes how much work the chain can handle before breaking.

A 3/8 chain with a Grade 30 rating is limited to 2,650 lbs before snapping. A 3/8 chain with a Grade 70 rating is limited to 6,600 lbs before breaking.

The difference is 3,950 lbs. I will always error on the side of caution rather than damage something.

A thicker chain will have a stronger working load limit. Example: a 5/16 Grade 43 chain has a working load limit of 3,900 lbs, but a 3/8 G43 chain has a working load limit of 5,400 lbs.

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