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Has anyone run across a source for hot dipped galvanized chain, anywhere in the world?
The garbage ACCO and the Canadian Company sell as hot dipped galvanized chain is really electroplated and isn't worth a damn.
I'd prefer ˝" BBB chain, but if necessary I'd spend the grand on a 13mm gypsy to get proper hot dipped galvanized chain.

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Re: Hot dipped galvanized chain

Budget Marine down in your area sells Maggi chain from Italy. Very good quality, but I don't think they make BBB - only G4 and G7 grades.

ACCO isn't electroplated, it is just garbage galvanization.

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Re: Hot dipped galvanized chain

A few years ago I tried to find some to regalvanize some chain in the Philadelphia area. Could not do it. I ended up buying New ACCO chain. I would think that as a last resort you could buy the ACCO chain and have it regalvanized with as new or in a few years.

Still looking for list of people who actually do this work. I think there is someone around Jacksonville.

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Re: Hot dipped galvanized chain

Just a wild guess but I think that EPA regulations probably have put an end to the ability to hot dip anything. The Chinese or India are probably the only places left who do actual hot dip galvanizing. It is the same as trying to find a real radiator repair shop today.
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Re: Hot dipped galvanized chain

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Just a wild guess but I think that EPA regulations probably have put an end to the ability to hot dip anything. The Chinese or India are probably the only places left who do actual hot dip galvanizing. It is the same as trying to find a real radiator repair shop today.
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Nope, readily available in New Zealand and other spots down under. Had my chain hot dipped last year last year in Malaysia.


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A few years ago I tried to find some to regalvanize some chain in the Philadelphia area. Could not do it. I ended up buying New ACCO chain. I would think that as a last resort you could buy the ACCO chain and have it regalvanized with as new or in a few years.

Still looking for list of people who actually do this work. I think there is someone around Jacksonville.
Not much interested in making the same mistake w/ACCO chain a third time. The pic below is 18 months or so of use. First there were polyester mites, now metal mites?
As far as hot dip galvanizing goes, I'll not argue the point, only to say that never in over 50 years of using chain have I never seen hot dip galvanizing that is a polished surface, as "it" is today.
As far as getting it done in the US, apparently the process is so environmentally unfriendly that it was all but banned in the US. Perhaps now that the EPA has been gutted, someone may begin doing it again. Used tobe you could have it done in PR and Trini, but neither place is doing it any more.
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Re: Hot dipped galvanized chain

Again, Maggi. Available in your area, good galvanizing, but you will probably need to change your gypsy. I agree with you about staying away from Acco. We also made that mistake, but have had excellent service from our Maggi chain. I have heard a couple of complaints about the galvanizing chipping on Maggi's G7 grade chain, but no problems with their G4 products. The G7 issues may have to do with difficulties getting that high of grade galvanized because of heat sensitivity.

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Re: Hot dipped galvanized chain

I got mine from West Marine, just checked their site, they still advertise and sell it, mine if 6 years old and never had a problem with it at all - still looks like brand new. https://www.westmarine.com/search?Nt...d+anchor+chain

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I got mine from West Marine, just checked their site, they still advertise and sell it, mine if 6 years old and never had a problem with it at all - still looks like brand new.

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Possibly 6 years ago WM had a different chain supplier, but the link you posted states that the BBB anchor chain is ACCO.

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Re: Hot dipped galvanized chain

Yeah, I saw that, but maybe the difference is in the grade because they all say hot dipped. I have the G43 chain, and it is definitely hot dipped. You can easily tell by the coating. I had some electro-galvanized chain prior to that it was solid rust in no time at all, probably less than a year before it began to rust. The finish was very smooth looking, where the G43 stuff is kinda rough looking.

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