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SS Maillon/Quicklink Source

Postby firemedic1015 » Nov 2, 2012 4:44 pm

Does anyone have a cheap source for stainless steel maillons/quicklinks? I'm looking for some in the 5/16" / 8mm size range.

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Re: SS Maillon/Quicklink Source

Postby NZcaver » Nov 2, 2012 9:32 pm

Rated ones? I usually get mine from the usual speleo-vendors - Inner Mountain Outfitters, Karst Sports, etc. Not really cheap, but there aren't too many stores that stock them in the US.

If you don't need life safety rated ones you could always try your local hardware store.
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Re: SS Maillon/Quicklink Source

Postby Extremeophile » Nov 5, 2012 10:41 am

Camp sells an 8mm stainless QL for $8 that is rated for 40kN.
http://www.camp-usa.com/products/carabiners/oval-quick-link-934.asp
I haven't used any of these so I'm not sure if the gate opening is enough for 11mm rope. Another website claims the gate opening is only 8-9mm. This is significantly cheaper than the Maillon Rapide 7mm oval that goes for $14 from the usual vendors.
I have used these 316 SS QLs:
http://www.uscargocontrol.com/Rigging-Supplies-Hardware/Small-Quick-Link-Stainless-Steel-316/Small-Quick-Link-SS-T316-2-1-4-Length
They have a WLL of 2,400 lbs, which is roughly the same 40kN failure strength, and they are only ~$4 with shipping. They have a gate opening of 3/8" (9.6mm), but you can get an 11mm rope through it. They also sell a long oval version, which will have a larger gate opening.
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Re: SS Maillon/Quicklink Source

Postby jharman2 » Nov 5, 2012 9:32 pm

I've used the 316 links p/n LS-QL-10 available here:

http://www.usrigging.com/quick-links.html

They offer volume discounts if you call.

We had a sample tested to failure. It failed around 14,000 lbs or around 60kn.
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Re: SS Maillon/Quicklink Source

Postby cavepaw » Mar 17, 2013 10:31 pm

Hey Zeb

I'm currently using the Camp 8mm stainless links. The gate is just large enough to squeeze in a stiff 11mm rope. They're bomb proof.

Sadly, links cost more than the bolt and hanger combined, with around 8-9$ being the best price I've found on rated ones.

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Re: SS Maillon/Quicklink Source

Postby firemedic1015 » Mar 18, 2013 10:21 am

I've been using the ones that John mentioned above. They seem to work well. You can just barely get 11 mm rope in them though.
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