If you’re a tractor owner, then you probably know how handy it is to have a logging chain with you for both the expected and unexpected towing tasks. Problem is most tractor brands give little thought to storage on their tractors. Sure, there’s usually a small tool box for light weight items, but nothing big enough or strong enough for a 20-pound chain. Well this, is my solution to that problem.
My chain box project was inspired by a similar project on the DragonsEggs YouTube channel where ammo cans are mounted on the FEL tower arms of a Kubota BX25D with the ClickBond adhesive system.
I chose to mount my chain boxes on the front-end loader towers for easy access. This keeps them low for comfortably removing the chains and they also stay within foot print of the tires, so they don’t stick out too much. Also note that I mounted them forward, so they don’t get in the way of getting on and off the tractor. The chain boxes are standard 50 caliber ammo cans I bought from Walmart for about $13 each.
The mounting studs I used are made by Weld Mount. They are stainless steel quarter inch by 20 threads, one and a half inches long, and they cost me $2.71 each from Downwind Marine. There is a link to them in the description. These studs are intended for use with the Weld Mold adhesive system which is similar to the ClickBond system, but I think they are too proud of their adhesives and the proprietary tools to use them, so I’m going more old school and using JB Weld.
Materials List for One Chain Box:
- 1 50 Caliber Ammo Cans (I bought mine at Walmart)
- 4 Stainless Steel Studs, 1/4″ x 20, 1.5″ Long
- 4 1/4″ Fender Washers
- 4 1/4″ Nylock Nuts
- 1 Standoff blocks (PVC or Wood) 6.5″ x 5.75″ x 1″
- 2 1″ x 5.75″ x 1/8″ Steel Strips
- Spray paint of your choice