Ball chains are more common than you think.
But if you break one, is there an easy way to repair it?
Well, there is, and in this post, we'll go over exactly how to use metal ball chain pliers to do this.
What are ball chain pliers?
Ball chain pliers are a tool used to cut, open and re-connect metal ball chains without damaging them. They're useful for a range of applications, including installing and adjusting window blind chains, keychains for promotional products, sink/bathroom chains and jewellery chains.
They're easy to use, and, in the next section, we'll explain how to use them.
How to use ball chain pliers
We have both a video and text guide on how to use ball chain pliers below:
Step One: Cut the Chain
Cut the ball chain to the length you want, using the integrated cutter in the pliers.
Steps Two & Three: Remove one of the Balls
To connect the chain, you'll need a ball at one end and a link at the other end. So, if both ends of your chain finish with closed balls, you will need to remove one ball by inserting it into the precision pin at the end of the tool and squeezing until it comes off. This will expose the link.
Steps Four & Five: Loosen the other ball
To open the ball at the other end of the chain, insert it into the precision pin section of the pliers and squeeze gently until a gap has opened.
Steps Six & Seven: Insert chain end
Transfer the ball end to the concave dies of the pliers, then drop the link end of the chain into the ball end. Finally squeeze this ball firmly until you have a secure connection.
How to choose ball chain pliers?
If you're shopping for ball chain pliers, then you should look for one with the following features:
1. Integrated Cutter – if repairing a lot of chains, then you don't want to have to switch between tools every time, so an integrated cutter will save you time and effort.
2. Precision-Made Pin – if the pin isn't precise, then you'll end up making multiple attempts at repair, which can take the chain beyond usable length.
3. 5X Hand Force Multiplier – it can get tiring having to squeeze the metal balls each time, so a tool with a 5x force multiplier will make it a lot easier.
4. Parallel Jaws – scissor-type jaws have a habit of being inaccurate and can damage the chain, so make sure to choose a parallel jaw tool.
We recommend the Ball Chain Pliers from Maun, as they have all of those features plus several more, and come in a range of sizes too, including No. 6 3.2 mm, No. 8 4mm, No. 10 4.5 mm and No. 13 6.3 mm ball chain pliers.
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