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Pintle Chain

Pintle chains are among the earliest forms of chains to have been used; their simple yet productive design has made them a preferred chain for numerous applications for almost 100 years running. There are several different classes of pintle chain ranging from 400-Class to 900-Class; each class has specific features intended for specific industries and applications. All of our classes of steel and cast pintle chains are made to American Standards and utilize the latest manufacturing techniques and features to bring you the best quality pintle chain on the market. We also stock pintle chain sprockets, attachments, and more! USA Roller Chain and Sprockets (USARC) is one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial and agricultural pintle chains and pintle chain sprockets. Our pintle chains are dependable, high-strength, and are available at unbeatable prices. We supply these chains to the general public, re-sellers, manufacturing facilities, and many municipalities nationwide. Our extensive pintle chain selection and inventory, attachment availability, A+ BBB rating, and expert customer service set us apart from the other guys. We are a dedicated medium-sized family-owned and operated business that works tirelessly to support our customers, even after the sale is made. For additional information or to get a quote, contact our customer support team, and we will be happy to assist you!

Pintle Chain Classes

There are five classes of pintle chains, each designed around specific application types.

600-Class Pintle Chain

600 class pintle chain


Perhaps the most common pintle chain class of them all, 600-class pintle chains are used in conveyors, spreaders, elevators, and agriculture .

400-Class Pintle Chain

400 class pintle chain


As one of the earliest cast chains still in existence today, 400-class pintle chains are used in wastewater, coal, ash, and abrasive drive or conveying applications.

700-Class Pintle Chain

700 class pintle chain


700-class pintle chains, specifically rectangular clarifiers, are primarily used in wastewater applications. These chains are available in steel, cast, plastic, and stainless materials.

800-Class Pintle Chain

800 class pintle chain


800-class pintle chains are primarily used in mining applications and bucket elevators. Designed with special pins that prevent complete failure, these chains are some of the strongest in the world!


As one of the broadest chain types in the world, pintle chains have a wide variety of applications! We pride ourselves in the industry and know how to supply our valued clients with a quality product based on the applications anticipated for the class of pintle chain at hand.

Common Applications for Pintle Chain Include:
  • Agricultural applications, such as spreaders and live beds.
  • Wastewater applications such as rectangular clarifiers and drives.
  • Mining and aggregate applications such as conveyors and built material handling.
  • Grain and bulk material elevating applications such as bucket or slat elevators.
  • Lumber mill applications such as live decks and transfer tables.
  • Drive and conveying applications.

Pintle Chain Advantages

  • 400 Class Advantages - The 400 class pintle chains can be used in the same applications as steel detachable chains without replacing the sprockets. They also offer far superior working loads than steel detachable chains. This class is also made out of cast steel alloys that can withstand corrosive and abrasive applications; our 400-class pintle chains come standard with stainless steel cotters.
  • 600 Class Advantages - 600 class pintle chains offer high strengths at an affordable price point. They are also manufactured with an open barrel design to prevent material buildup within the chain. This series can also run in abrasive applications.
  • 700 Class Advantages - When it comes to effectively conveying or driving over long lengths, the 700-class pintle chains provide ample support and capabilities. These chains are available in carbon steel, cast, stainless steel, and non-metallic plastic options for applications such as sugar, wastewater, mining, and more.
  • 800 Class Advantages - 800-class pintle chains are a super high-strength pintle chain type that is usually found in mining and highly abrasive applications. The benefits of these chains come with a special design that prevents breakage under high shock loads and the ability to operate in the most non-ideal chain applications out there.
  • 900 Class Advantages - This class of pintle chain only has one size; it's primarily used in palm oil and sugar milling applications because of its ability to handle abrasive atmospheres for long periods.

Pintle Chain Definition

pintle chain definition
The definition of a pintle chain is simply a chain held together by pintles (pins) that are used with a sprocket wheel; see the diagram above for additional clarification.

Pintle Chain Catalog

pintle chain catalog

Download our pintle chain catalog to see pintle chain sizes, attachments, and sprockets. As always, for more information or to get a quote, please reach out to our customer support team, and we will be happy to assist you!
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