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Forklift chain, or leaf chain, does the heavy lifting so it is important to keep the chain well lubricated and maintained. A worn forklift chain can put both the operator as well as nearby workers at serious risk. Leaf chain should last 3-5 years but it is recommended that the chain be inspected every three months because things like dust, debris, and rain can accelerate the wear of your leaf chain.
Pins that are turned out of place due to a lack of lubrication as well as cracks in the plates are both signs that the chain needs to be replaced. As part of OSHA's pre-operation inspection of a forklift, mast chains must be inspected for cracks, broken links, rust, corrosion, loose link plates or stiff links, or any visible defect of any kind. On top of a visual inspection, it is recommended that a certified technician measure the elongation of your mast chain. The chain must be replaced if elongation is greater than 3 percent.
Forklift chain comes in a variety of pitches, lacing, and lengths. Most chain suppliers will cut the chain to size but it is up to you to know the pitch and lacing. The lacing indicates how many plates make up a chain column and how many chain columns make up the chain. Leaf chain comes in 2x2, 2x3, 3x4, 4x4, 4x6, 6x6, and 8x8. The pitch measures the distance between links. The larger the pitch, the heavier duty the chain. Lastly, ANSI certified chain comes in two types: AL Series and BL Series. AL Series should be used under conditions in which wear is not a problem and there are less than 100 cycles a day. Otherwise, BL Series should be considered because they consist of link plates that are thicker than their AL Series counterparts. Find the forklift chain you need from vetted suppliers on Gearflow.