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post #26 of Old 07-23-2012
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Re: Pad eyes for tethers and jacklines

Given that the Chinese make unreliable crap, and Wychard markets to hedge fund managers, the question occured to me: why not use U-bolts? They have ample load ratings and intuitively, I can't see how they differ structurally from pad eyes. With a suitable backing plate, and with nuts and a plate on the exposed side, the only downside I can see is that they protrude, as do non-folding padeyes. And they aren't as finished looking. But they're a whole lot cheaper.
I'd have a welded ring in the u-bolt to clip on to in order to minimize accidental opening.
Does anyone see a practical disadvantage that I'm missing?
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