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Leaf chain part numbers are not arbitrary. The different combinations of letters and numbers represent the type of chain and describe the pitch as well as the chain lacing. With practice, these dimensions can be gleaned from the part number instantly.

Series

The initial two letters in the leaf chain part number refer to the leaf chain series. At FB Chain we supply AL, EL-LL and BL-LH series leaf chains.

AL series

AL series (American Light) chain, manufactured to the ANSI B29.9 standard, is constructed from American standard roller chain components. AL series chain is lightweight chain used for light load lifting applications and machine tools.

EL-LL series

EL-LL series (European Light – Leaf Light) chain, manufactured according to ISO4347, DIN8152 and NFE26107, is also constructed from roller chain components but to European standard. Like AL series chain, EL-LL series chain is a lightweight chain used for light load lifting applications and machine tools.

BL-LH series

BL-LH series (Leaf Heavy) chain, manufactured according to ISO4347, DIN8152, ANSI B29.8 and NFE26107, is the only leaf chain that is constructed from specific leaf chain components. BL-LH series leaf chain is heavier duty chain than ALand EL-LL series and so is the most common chain used for forklift trucks, lifting and materials handling equipment.

 

Pitch

The following one or two digits (depending on whether the part number has three of four digits) refer to the pitch of the chain and vary according to the series.

AL series chain is measured in 8ths of an inch but only the numerator of the fraction is given. For example,   4 represents 4/8” which can be reduced to ½” and 10 represents 10/8” which can be reduced to 1 ¼”.

EL-LL and BL-LL series chain is measured in both 8ths and 16ths of an inch. For example, BL12 represents 12/8” and LL24 represents 24/16” which can both be reduced to 1 ½”.

The metric pitch can then be found by dividing the numerator by the denominator and multiplying by 25.4 as 1 inch is equal to 25.4 mm.

 

Lacing

The final two digits in the part number describe the chain lacing. The last number refers to the number of inner plates while the second to last number refers to the number of outer plates and intermediate plates (there are only ever 2 outer plates).

 

Examples

 AL1066

 From the part number we can tell that

  • this is a lightweight American standard chain made from roller chain components.
  • the pitch is 10/8” which can be expressed as 1 ¼” or 31.75mm.
  • it is constructed from 6 inner plates, 4 intermediate plates and 2 outer plates.

 AL1066 leaf chain

EL544-LL1044

From the part number we can tell that

  • this a lightweight European standard chain made from roller chain components.
  • the pitch is 5/8” or 10/16” which can also be expressed as 15.875mm.
  • it is constructed from 4 inner plates, 2 intermediate plates and 2 outer plates.

 EL544-LH1044 leaf chain

BL623-LH1223

From the part number we can tell that

  • this is a sturdy chain made from specific leaf chain components.
  • the pitch is 6/8” or 12/16” which can be expressed as ¾” or 19.05mm.
  • it is constructed from 3 inner plates and 2 outer plates.

BL623-LH1223 leaf chain

 

See our quick find charts to view all pitch sizes available.