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Old 02-27-2012, 10:46:35 PM
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This last weekend at a tractor show I had someone tell me that I was not under DOT regulations because I did not use 4 chains to hold my tractor down. I have always used 2 chains one on the front and one on the back. The guy told me that it is required that you have 4 chains and 4 binders. Two on front and two on back. That is not including any attachments. The guy told me the purpose of 4 chains and binders was so if one of the chains broke then it had another chain holding the tractor. So is this truly a new regulation or is it just gossip? Thanks
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This reg. came in about 15 years ago around here. They also have to be certified chains and binders. So we had to change some of our tie downs and anchor points on our trucks to comply.
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Uhh... I bought a tractor up here in Illinois and my brother had JUST taken his CDL test... we put 2 binders on it and he said it was DOT.

But then again... believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.

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Check this one out... bit lengthy... but it is the gov't.

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regul.../cs-policy.htm

It's in there... scroll 80% of the way down and look for, "sect;393.128 " That's a pretty good, thorough, overdone explanation.

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Or just read this....


In addition to the requirements of paragraph (b) of this section, heavy equipment or machinery with crawler tracks or wheels must be restrained against movement in the lateral, forward, rearward, and vertical direction using a minimum of four tiedowns.
2. Each of the tiedowns must be affixed as close as practicable to the front and rear of the vehicle, or mounting points on the vehicle that have been specifically designed for that purpose. & sect;393.132
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Recent regulation changes here in NJ state that you must use 4 chains to anchor tractors. No more nylon ratchet straps. BOO HISS.
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Most states require 4 chains or straps, but they do have to be a load certified strap or chain sufficent to restrain the load. No Harbor frt or Cheapo Depot wimpy tie-downs. The chains will usually be color coded, class 70 or better. Straps need to have the load tag SEWN IN. 4 corner tie down in opposing directions. I've seen plenty of cars and tractors shift or come loose on the trailer with only 2 chains. And yes, most highway patrols are enforcing this.

It only takes another minute. Faster than being sorry forever.
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That is a good rule, when in the Army we transported our equipment by rail a lot. Some of our armored personnel carriers were involved in a train derailment. They were secured at 4 points with approved chains and binders and I don't think they moved an inch on the car deck. Even if hauling something not worth much, think of how much dammage it could do to others if it got loose on a busy highway.
( I have cheated on tiedowns in the past but I don't any more)
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This last weekend at a tractor show I had someone tell me that I was not under DOT regulations because I did not use 4 chains to hold my tractor down. I have always used 2 chains one on the front and one on the back. The guy told me that it is required that you have 4 chains and 4 binders. Two on front and two on back. That is not including any attachments. The guy told me the purpose of 4 chains and binders was so if one of the chains broke then it had another chain holding the tractor. So is this truly a new regulation or is it just gossip? Thanks
There is a 10,000# cutoff on that regulation.

Over 10k requires all 4 corners.

Chain only needs to rated to the load. Grade 43 is OK if it is big enough.

Back in the 70's we were issued grade 43 and lever binders to haul steel, never lost a load.

Again the regs have a chart for all this stuff.

You need to read the federal regs and see what is needed for the machinery you are hauling. If you have a loader tractor you need to secure the bucket separate from the tractor, etc

I am sure there are some nazi states that will want something more than the feds.

Oh, by the way these books can be purchased from JJ Keller or most any truck stop. I carry mine with me when hauling even though I haul my tractor as private in case I need the reference for a diesel bear.
Our drivers all have a copy issued to them.
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Default Re: Chaining Tractors Down

Not bad. Only took to post #7 before someone posted facts. As you can see above, most of us hauling an M Farmall can get by with two chains, since it is light equipment, not heavy.

Harbor Freight chains are just fine, and marked grade 70. Unmarked chains are also ok, but you will have to go with the grade 30 ratings.
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As you can see above, most of us hauling an M Farmall can get by with two chains, since it is light equipment, not heavy.
I haul an M also and I back it on, always have 2 chains on the front frame to rear of trailer for braking or impact and one or 2 one the other end.

I tend to over secure my load. My chains are all 3/8 gr 70 because I got a deal on some used chains from a divorced trucker!!

Still got several of my gr 43 for hauling lesser cargo.

A pic of the M ready to head out.
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Default Re: Chaining Tractors Down

I've always figured too many chains & binders is better than not enough of them.

I used 6 chains and 4 ratchet straps when hauling a big Stover engine from Nebraska back to Freeport Illinois many many years ago. Glad I did, as I came up on a major traffic jam with no warning and was on the brakes hard enough I almost jack-knifed the truck & trailer. Everything stayed put like it should have. I don't remember if there was an accident up ahead, or why traffic was stopped... There weren't any warning signs for road construction or anything, but standing on the brakes at 70MPH, you want a secure load if you expect it to stay in place.

I generally use 4 (or more) chains even when hauling a scrap vehicle to the junk yard. I don't want any surprises half way there.
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:17:56 AM
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I learned to chain down equipment when moving pipeline equipment in the late 60's in Alberta. Rules were 4 chains & boomers (binders) then, have always done the same no matter how small the tractor, never had a problem.

I get a kick out of the morons who figure one chain & boomer through a clevis on the draw bar of a M + another on the front make for a secure load.
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