Hi guys does anyone have an idea what this might be used for
Thanks in advance Jim
Pure guess: snow chains?
It is a comealong.
It attaches to the rail on the sides of a truck bed and is used to tighten down loads with chains.
The end with the screw attaches to the rail.
No Alan i don't think so! Trucks use ratchet straps,chain binders,and ratchet binders.Both type of binder have 5/16 or 3/8 grab hooks on each end and you can hook into a chain anywhere!Usually a trucker has a short piece of pipe to tighten either type of binder.A come along [Good ones are chain and hf are cable.It might be for chains as Henry has said but you will never see it holding a load on a truck! Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
That looks a lot like the small chain "boomers" as they were called around here, although I haven't seen one quite like that. They were used to hook together two short chains inside of grain bed sides to keep them from spreading. Also used on wagon boxes. I'll bet Bud knows what I'm talking about. Dave
David,That could be what they were used for but if the DOT saw the thing pictured on a load,bring me a hacksaw!! I used sucker rod and 3/4 threaded stock to make 8'6" bolts and 1 1/4 pipe for spacers. Will spring ever come?? Bud.
Hey Bud - remember when you used to see a lot of chains and boomers on flat bed loads. Also, I'm sure you've seen a guy lose a cheater pipe. The pipe, usually at least three feet long, maybe four, fly over the trailer. It's a sight to see - and scary.
Fred,When we closed the Chevy plant we loaded 450 semis for one trucking company alone! Over the years i have loaded and helped load a lot of trucks and i had a semi with a 4 axle lowboy myself.Always stand off to the side!! Bud.
I'm with Alan on this one. Looks very similar to the different box tightners in our grain trucks. Without them the box would split and there's 200 bushells or more on the ground.
Darn, darn, darn ... meant to say Alan's close but I think they're box tightners. Must be bedtime for me.
Garnet, I think you need to read Alan's post again. It sounds to me like he is describing the tie downs on a flat bed, although I may well be wrong. What I was talking about is what you are talking about. Dave
In reference to Alan's post, I think that the "screw" is actually a spring loaded "rivet", for lack of a better term, that keeps the boomer from falling off of the chain when not connected to the other chain. And then again, I may just be way off! Dave
Thanks for the input guys I think you are right about the spring
Loaded keeper on the one end but what stumps me is the
Ends are flat and wide and don't have enough space only
3eights of an inch to slide a chain link in it may have been made for something special we may never know Jim