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Steel Chain

Steel Chain

Steel Chain

We are not just about the ropes – here at RopesDirect. We are also a leading supplier of steel chains. Our online range features a variety of diameters, lengths and protective finishes – with something to suit most commercial uses. All of which are made in line with UK standards and available for a competitive price.

So why not take a look?

More information to help you choose a metal chain can be found at the bottom of the page.

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    A comprehensive range of steel chains

    We currently stock mild steel side-welded chains in three popular finishes:


    1. Hot dip galvanised

    Our galvanised chains are available in four diameters: 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 7mm. And depending on the diameter chosen, they are supplied on a rigid plastic reel – measuring 15m, 25m or 30m long.

    Once manufactured, the steel chain is passed through a bath of molten zinc. This gives the chain a muted and uneven finish and helps to protect the steel against the elements. As such, it is the ideal protective finish for outdoor use, offering extremely good rust and corrosion resistance.


    1. Zinc-plated

    Wound on plastic reels, zinc-plated chains come in a broad range of diameters and lengths – with 2.5mm – 4mm chains sold at 30m, 5mm chains sold at 25m, and 6mm – 7mm chains sold at 15m.

    These are made using a similar process to galvanisation, but only a thin layer of zinc is applied. Therefore, they have a much brighter and smoother appearance. And whilst they are still very strong and offer a degree of rust resistance, they are more suitable for indoor – rather than outdoor – use.


    1. Black-plated

    Our black-plated chains can be purchased in four widths: 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm. Reels measure 15m, 25m or 30m.

    Also known as black japanned chains, a black varnish is heat-applied to the surface of the metal chain. And as a result of this process, they tend to have a smooth and shiny black finish – whilst offering fantastic protection against rust and corrosion. Ideal for outdoor applications.


    All of our steel chains are made to the highest standards and tested for quality. Whilst they’re not certified for heavy loadbearing and should not be used for hoists or towing, they are suitable for general purpose use, as well as many engineering, industrial, agricultural and marine applications.

    Whichever option you choose, you can expect an incredibly strong and durable product – that can be used in conjunction with a range of our metal chain fittings. And as an exclusively online supplier, we are able to supply them to you at an affordable price and deliver within 1-2 working days.


    Got a question about our heavy-duty steel chains?

    To find out more about our steel chains, be sure to take a look around our website. You will find plenty of useful information to help you choose the correct size, length and protective finish – and you are likely to find the answer to any questions you might have regarding our products.

    But if not, you are welcome to get in touch at any time. Email us at and a member of our team will respond as soon as possible.

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