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I just received a set of new chains from tirechains.com for my loader. I ordered the chains that they indicated were correct for my tire size but when I attempted to install them today I found that they were too long and will need to be shortened considerably. I contacted the company in an attempt to return them since I didn't think it should be my responsibility to have to modify chains purported to be correct for my tires. Their response was that adjustment is "normal" and expected, basically saying suck it up. These chains are very heavy duty so it will be a PITA that I didn't expect to have to contend with and I want anyone ordering chains from them to be prepared. Coincidentally, Bob Mackie has just had a similar experience with the same vendor.

To be fair the chains appear to be good quality, the price was quite reasonable and the delivery was quick.

I was told that I could return them within 15 days unused and they would (generously) not charge me their normal 15% restocking fee but I would be responsible for the shipping each way--$40+.
 

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Well that's a bummer. Modifying chains isn't a very fun project. How many links are you going to have to remove?


I almost ordered a set of 2links for my tractor awhile back but I've had good luck with the 4 links.
 

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Shortening the chain wouldn't be such a pain except that I have to remove one of the cross links and the chain is 7 mm so it's pretty heavy stuff to be bending and prying. One twist to them that I like is that the cross links are made of square material so they should provide better traction than typical chains.
 

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Can you not do this with bolt cutters and selectively remove the offending links? How about a Sawzall or a cut-off blade on an angle grinder?
 

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Cutting off the excess length is no big deal but you have to bend open the hooks for the cross links if you want to save them--I'll be moving the cross link a little closer to the next in line.
 

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Bart,
You need a set of chain pliers. I have had a set for years, they are made by KD but there is no number on them. They expand and close the connector links on the crosslinks.
Mad Mackie in CT :winterrules:
 

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I actually got a pair with my order but I just got the lightweight ones to use on some of my older, lighter weight chains. These new ones require some HEAVY duty pliers.
 
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