Choosing the Right Security Chain
We know, it's a little confusing to look at all the security chain options we offer and determine which is the best fit for you
. This post is aimed at reducing or perhaps getting rid of the confusion altogether. Let me start by saying that all of the chains we offer are very good. If we didn't believe in the product, we wouldn't offer it, plain and simple. We deal with world-class chain manufacturers--Pewag, Laclede and Peerless--that make not only security chain, but all kinds of chain for critical applications. So when you buy from one of these manufacturers, you're truly buying from one of the best.
One major consideration in selecting a security chain is the size of the chain. While bigger seems better in terms of security, too big of a chain might be impractical in some applications. For example, bicycle commuters might want the security of Pewag's 3012 Chain
, but that chain is quite heavy. It might be much more practical to tote the smaller 9/32" Security Chain
that Pewag offers. Keep in mind that all of the chains are hardened and they were all designed for security, so there really isn't a bad choice. That said, if you can afford the bulk, then a bigger chain is simply harder to cut and perhaps just as important, it's more intimidating!
There is more than one way to skin a cat they say, and there's more than one way to make a security chain too. Some of the chain we offer is case-hardened (to varying depths) while some is thru-hardened. The case-hardened has a higher HRC number, but only on the surface--the center of the chain is much softer. The thru-hardened product is, as the name implies, hardened all the way through--the HRC rating is the same in the middle as it is on the surface. Pewag chains are case-hardened while Laclede and Peerless offer thru-hardened. One is not inherently better than the other.
One common mistake is to buy a great security chain only to pair it with an inferior lock. Please, don't make this mistake!
For each brand and size of security chain we offer, we also offer a corresponding lock. We think Laclede has the best deal
. Their lock is big, intimidating and only $39.95, which is hard to beat. The Peerless padlock looks simple, but it's actually quite beefy. Pewag partnered with Viro and recently launched a whole new lineup of padlocks. Each one is fit to a specific size of chain. This is cool because on the 9/32", for example, the lock is sized just right to keep the whole package compact. The padlock for the 3012 chain
is quite the opposite. It's big, but not too big. It's the right combination of size and weight to keep it user friendly and also to keep thieves disinterested.
You certainly can buy chain and padlocks separate, but keep in mind we offer discounted kits for those that want both. For example, if you check out the Pewag 7/16" Security Chain Kits
, you'll see various cut lengths of chain paired with the corresponding padlock. As a bonus, there is a 10% discount built into all kits--this goes for all brands. You can always buy one brand of chain and a different brand of padlock, of course that is all up to you. The kits are offered to keep it simple and help you save a few bucks!
We offer chafe sleeves in various sizes to fit all of the different chains we offer. The sleeve slides over the chain, covering it completely. The goal is to keep your security chain from damaging whatever it is you're securing. When you buy a chafe sleeve and chain at the same time, and automatic discount kicks in on the chafe sleeve. Check out all of the chafe sleeves we offer here
Check Out Our Comparison Sheet
To keep it simple, we put together a comparison sheet that breaks down each chain. We think you will find it very helpful, so if you have any questions, please start by checking it out first.