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Pewag 1/2" (12mm) Galvanized Square Security Chain - #56847

Pewag 1/2" (12mm) Galvanized Square Security Chain - #56847Pewag 1/2" (12mm) Galvanized Square Security Chain - #56847Pewag 1/2" (12mm) Galvanized Square Security Chain - #56847Pewag 1/2" (12mm) Galvanized Square Security Chain - #56847
SKU: PW-56847MPN: 56847
Linear Feet:
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1 - 24$16.95-
25 + $15.2610%
  • USUALLY SHIPS: 1 - 2 Days
  • Made in Austria
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Product Description

What Kind Of Chain Is This?
Perhaps you've heard of Pewag's now famous "3012" chain. Well, that chain is no longer available. It is a traction chain, and while it makes for a very strong and imposing security chain, it is prone to surface rust. It has no rust-prohibitive finish on it, because whatever surface rust accumulates really makes no difference in its service life as a traction chain. But since so many people adopted 3012 as a security chain, Pewag realized it could be even better with an anti-corrosion finish. Enter Pewag's new and improved 1/2" Security Chain--#56847. Same hardness, same toughness, now with an electro-galvanized finish. You may already be familiar with Pewag's 3/8" Square Case Hardened Security Chain--we literally sell a ton of it. This chain (#56847) is very similar, except it's 2mm larger (12mm or 0.472" to be exact). This makes it beefier and even tougher to cut.

This Is The Chain You've Been Hearing About
Whether on YouTube (click on the Video tab), a website forum or just word of mouth, you may have already heard about this chain. It's in high demand and available to you right here from Westech Rigging Supply.

  • Square, case-hardened links
  • Cannot be cut with bolt cutters--square link shape does not allow bolt cutters to get a proper bite, which prevents them from cutting the chain
  • Requires tremendous effort to cut, a great theft deterrent
  • Electro-galvanized finish for corrosion protection
  • Chain Hardness: 62 HRC Min.
View Chain & Padlock Selection Guide
* Dimensional data provided here is nominal and subject to change without notice.


Chain Diameter
Length (ft)
Per Foot
Breaking Strength (lbs)
22,931 (102 kN)
Overall Length
Overall Width
Inside Length
Inside Width
Weight / ft (lbs)

Questions & Answers

16 Questions & 17 Answers
from Eugene, OR asked:
February 11, 2018
Is this chain the same as 3012?
1 Answer
We get this question a lot. The answer is essentially, yes. The only significant difference is this new chain (#56847) has a galvanized finish and holds up better in the weather. Otherwise, the two chains are practically identical in terms of HRC and dimensions.
Submitted by: Westech Rigging Supply on February 11, 2018

from Florida asked:
October 12, 2021
How does the lock and chain hold up laying on the ground in outside elements?
1 Answer
It's tough to say, your particular climate in Florida could prove difficult, but we have many customers in Florida using this chain and they all have been quite happy.  The galvanizing is quite good, but you may still develop surface rust that will need to be removed from time to time.
Submitted by: WRS on October 13, 2021

from Detroit , MI asked:
March 18, 2021
Will an ABUS 83/80 Rock lock fit inside of this chain?

from San Diego, CA asked:
March 13, 2021
Will this fit through a 1-3/8" X 2" rectangular hole? I realize the width of a link is 1.67", but when two links are twisted together, I'm sure the hole clearance would be less.

from Florida asked:
January 18, 2021
My trailer rims are the standard triangle holes. Will the 1/2" links fit though it?
1 Answer
This chain is about 1.67" wide, so if your triangular holes are bigger than that, it should fit.
Submitted by: WRS on January 18, 2021

from Paris, TN asked:
September 24, 2020
Can this chain be cut with an angle grinder, reciprocating saw or other readily available saw?
1 Answer
The short answer is yes, this chain and pretty much any chain we can think of is susceptible to power tools, torches, etc.  A good hardened chain like this will still take some time to get through, and it will make a lot of noise and sparks, but it's doable.
Submitted by: WRS on September 24, 2020

from Perth, Australia asked:
March 14, 2020
Is it possible to slip one end link through the other? I have a lock with a fairly narrow shackle opening, so I will need to be able to attach it to only one link.
1 Answer
Not with this chain, no, but you may want to check out the Abus chain and lock combo (available in three different lengths).  It allows this functionality because one end link is elongated.


Submitted by: WRS on March 14, 2020

from Marietta, GA asked:
April 11, 2019
Is each quantity of chain one linear foot or do I have to specify the footage I want elsewhere?  I only need two feet of chain with the protective sleeve.
1 Answer
The chain is sold by the linear foot, so if you want a two foot section, simply put a quantity of 2 in the box.  We only cut chain into pieces if requested by the customer.
Submitted by: WRS on April 11, 2019

from Ste-Martine, Province of Quebec, Canada asked:
April 11, 2019
Will your chain fit into my padlock Abloy 362?  If yes, I will place an order including the sleeve.
2 Answers
We do not stock or sell Abloy padlocks so we cannot do a test fit.  However, from looking at dimensions on the Abloy website, it appears the chain will fit.  It shows the opening is 30mm and this chain is only 12mm, so two links of chain side by side should fit.
Submitted by: WRS on April 11, 2019
Yes perfectly.
Submitted by: Me on October 5, 2019 from California

from New York asked:
February 8, 2019
Will this chain work with an Abus 37RK/80 lock?
2 Answers
Although not offered for sale on our website, we do have one of these locks on hand, so we did a test fit. Unfortunately this chain will not fit because the design of this lock is for one single end link to nest inside the shackle and there is not room for the two 12mm links to sit side by side. It will, however, work with the Pewag 10mm Chain.
Submitted by: WRS on February 8, 2019

With Pewag's new chain specs, the inside link width on the 10mm chain is narrower, and appears to no longer fit the 37/80 padlock.

Submitted by: WRS on November 20, 2019

S. Wallace
from Pikeville, KY asked:
August 22, 2018
Does the chafe sleeve cover the entire length of whatever length chain is ordered?
1 Answer
For this particular chain, if you order the chafe sleeve as an option, then yes. We supply chafe sleeve to match the length of chain that you order. If you would rather order the chafe sleeve in a different length, you can do so here.
Submitted by: WRS on August 22, 2018

from Lynchburg,VA asked:
August 12, 2018
What's the strength of this chain?
1 Answer
Unlike lashing and lifting chains (such as Grade 70, Grade 100), security chain is not rated in terms of tensile strength, rather the emphasis is on hardness. This chain is surface hardened to 62 HRC. Its Breaking Strength will be several thousand pounds, but we do not have an exact number. We will reach out to Pewag and see if they can provide any further information, and if they can, we will post it here.
Submitted by: WRS on August 13, 2018

from Missouri asked:
May 21, 2018
Would I be able to fit a 16mm (5/8") shackle inside of a middle link or does the clearance not allow this placement?
1 Answer
Yes, a 16mm or 5/8" diameter pin will fit through, as the inside dimensions per link are 0.69"W x 1.77"L (approximately).
Submitted by: WRS on May 21, 2018

from Salt Lake City, UT asked:
February 11, 2018
The description mentions the Surface Hardness is 62 HRC. Can you tell me what the inside Hardness is?
1 Answer
The 12mm (1/2") size has a core hardness of 42 HRC and has held up extremely well--it's our #1 selling security chain. But, if you want a chain that is hardened all the way through, you may want to look at Peerless' 11mm Security Chain. It is hardened all the way through from 53-58 HRC.
Submitted by: Westech Rigging Supply on February 11, 2018

from BC asked:
January 27, 2018
What is the chain's link opening width (for both the 1/2" and 3/8")? My lock shank is approx. 28mm x 28mm.
2 Answers
This chain has inside dimensions of 0.69"W x 1.77"L. The 3/8" Pewag Chain has inside dimensions of 0.63"W x 1.51"L. This information, as well as additional information, is available on the Specifications and Attachments tabs on each item's page.
Submitted by: Westech Rigging Supply on January 27, 2018

Please keep an eye on the specifications tab for each chain size (unique on each item page), as the dimensional specs of this chain have changed slightly, and may change again.  We will continue to monitor for any changes from the factory and keep our site as current as possible.  For most users, the dimensional changes are negligible, but for some it could be the difference between their padlock of choice fitting or not.

Submitted by: WRS on November 20, 2019

from KNOXVILLE, TN asked:
December 25, 2017
I need 4 feet of this chain. Do you sell in small lengths?
1 Answer
Yes we sell by the linear foot. So if you want four feet, simply enter a quantity of 4 and add to cart.
Submitted by: Westech Rigging Supply on December 26, 2017

Product Reviews

41 Reviews
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68% Recommend this product (28 of 41 responses)
New York
Strong Chain
March 19, 2021
It's very strong.
  • strong chain
By Andres
Shiny multi use chain
March 15, 2021
This chain was purchased to secure property. It looks solid and is not too heavy. I purchased just 6 feet of chain. It looks good, it can be placed as an adornment. However, I will use it to keep my property from walking away. I do feel confident that this will do the job, plus more.

I will buy more in the future, as long as it holds up and does the job. This was my first real purchase of this type of High Value chain which is perfect for my High Value item. I used a mountain bike inner tube to protect the chain and to prevent scuffs or scratches around my stuff. I opted to do this as this is easier to clean than fabric type chafe sleeves which pick up a lot of dust/dirt and sometimes mud. I have other chains that have this and it is just easier for me to wipe it clean with a rag.

I do recommend this chain and of course, the company. My order was a prepay / pre-order and the company delivered as promised/implied. Therefore, you should have no issues with any order (in stock or pre-order).
  • Clean and shiny
  • Has a solid feel and sound to it
  • Bolt cutter proof
  • Has a protective coating to prevent or limit rust
By Neil
Fort Knox
March 13, 2021
With this chain, I think it's safe to say that most burglars will move on to another house. It also fits the Laclede Chain Lock like a glove. I recommend the Pewag Chafing Sleeve too because it helps protect both the chain and my gate.
  • Superior Quality
  • Galvanized
  • Durable
  • Strong
  • Heavy
  • None
By SeattleLeemer
Excellent Service and a Great Chain
November 10, 2020
This chain exceeded my expectations and the 12mm fit all of my locks which wasn't; t the case for the 10mm which may have recently changed dimensions.
By Gary
Safe and Secure
May 8, 2020
The chain and lock are impressive. Some say it may actually cause some added attention to thieves and I agree but if you're securing something of value it's worth it. No chain and lock will keep your valuables secure 100% of the time, it's simply just a deterrent. The better your deterrent is, the better the chance thieves will move on to the next target, kind of the same as if you're being chased by a bear. You don't have to be the fastest in the bunch, just don't be the slowest. Also, if you're looking at the chain price and thinking you've got a pretty decent lock already so you can save some money, make sure that your lock shackle is properly guarded because a thief will look for the weakest link to cut and that may be that sweet Master lock you thought looked indestructible. Also consider how easily that old trusty lock can be picked, many hardware store locks are easily opened with very little effort by amateur lock pickers. You'll be bummed out when you come back to see your valuables missing as well as your expensive security chain when just a little more cash on a purpose-built lock may have deterred the thief altogether. The Viro locks are designed for this purpose, once that chain is locked the thief won't be able to access the lock's shackle which, outside of an angle grinder, there won't be much they can use to cut it.

My only gripe is that nobody seems to offer a rubber chafe sleeve as an option. Despite the chain being electro-galvanized it can still rust. An employee at Pewag told me if you're trying to prevent any rust on the chain, a rubber chafe sleeve would be better than nylon. Just make sure you lock it facing sleeve ends down to keep water from getting in the sleeve itself. Some say they used a bike inner tube but that's not so easy when you have longer lengths of chain to work with. A standard sized tube is almost impossible to get over the chain further than 2 or 3 links and even if you can get it on you still have to piece multiple tubes together. I for example have a 12ft length of chain to cover, it's going to be a challenge. Due to the timing with Covid-19, all bike shops are closed in my state and getting a bike tube manufacturer to go take measurements of deflated tube widths isn't happening so I suppose I will have to wait on that. No matter the chafe sleeve material, I highly recommend one even if you're not worried about scratching up your valuables. Pewag pointed out to me that when a thief attempts to cut through the chain with a grinder/cut off wheel, the nylon or rubber chafe sleeve will gum up their equipment which slows the cutting process, increasing the chance someone will notice what is going on.

As for Westech Rigging, I'd give them an A . They offer the best price in the US on this chain, hands down. It amazed me to see how many people are trying to sell new or used lengths of this chain on eBay for far more than Westech charges. Shipping was fast and their customer service reps are very courteous. As of the time I'm writing this the policy is free shipping on orders over $199, I wish they'd mention this more clearly instead of having to go half way through check out to see this as that makes a decent difference when you're trying to do price comparisons or you're on a budget. Of course their policies and promotions can change so don't just assume it'll ship for free, double check.

The bottom line is that the rule of thumb on securing valuable items is you should budget 10% of your item's cost for securing it. The mountain bike I'm securing was about $4k so $300 on a lock and chain to make sure the bike is still there when I get to it makes sense and to me is worth every penny.
  • Provides peace of mind. The chain looks like a job to get through it as it truly would be. Most would-be thieves will take a hard pass on anything secured with this chain and lock combo.
  • None. Some say the higher weight or the price but that comes with the territory so to speak.
By Jim S.
Chicago, IL
Motorcycle Security Chain
March 29, 2020
I ordered this chain for my motorcycle which after seeing it I made a good choice. While being more expensive than a hardware store chain is its only down side. But you get what you pay for. Nobody is going to cut this baby with bolt cutters or saws. I got the cover for it as well. The company shipped it fast and I had no issues. It is heavy, I got a 5 foot length.
  • Good chain
  • Good service
  • Fast shipping
  • Price but you don't get a Caddy for the price of a Hyundai.
By Peter
Redding, CA
Great Quality
January 4, 2020
Quality great as expected. Shipping was quick.
By Thomas
Redlands, CA
So far a Great Chain to have to Prevent Theft
December 7, 2019
I like the chain to help prevent break-ins to our RV storage park.
By Charles
Sarasota, FL
Without Question The Best Chain In The World
November 15, 2019
There are many square link security chains in the world, but Pewag is without question the best.
By Julio F.
Miami, FL
Solid Chain
September 5, 2019
Although this chain is a bit pricey, I decided to go with it because of all the great reviews, compared to others. Needed to secure a trailer best I could within reason. Paired this chain up with an Abloy PL350; combo should be a good deterrent for would be thieves.
  • Tough, price was right.
  • None so far.
By Eric
Bellingham, WA
This Chain is HEAVY! But It's What I Needed...
August 30, 2019
Having had my mountain bike stolen off the back of my car, and then seeing a real chain set up on another car, I knew when I finally replaced my bike, I'd have a "real" chain to secure it. While this chain is quite heavy (at 10' length), I don't think the 10mm / 3/8" chain would have been that much less - and it wouldn't have fit my hiplok u-lock I'm using around my trailer hitch to secure the system. It barely fit in the used bicycle inner tube I'm using as a chain cover, but the "regular" chain cover would not have been too bulky for the chain to fit between the spokes of my wheels (so take note).

I know its not foolproof, but it would take quite a bit of time to cut with a portable grinder. The best option might be a blowtorch of some kind. Anyway, its pretty much the best I can do.

Shipping was quick, and very fairly priced for 22 lbs of chain. And I have to say, the woman I spoke to in customer service was super helpful and friendly.

Excellent overall experience.
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Heavy
  • Looks imposing
  • High quality
  • Heavy
  • Very big
By Jeff
Polson, MT
So Far so Good
August 3, 2019
The chain came relatively quick considering its weight. The nylon sheath was somewhat of a pain to get over the links. The chain is solid and its size weight are intimidating -which is exactly what I was looking for! It will take planning and time and would make a lot of noise for a thief to try and steal my bike now!
  • Size, durability, weight, nylon sheath to protect bikes.
  • Cost - it's expensive... but it should protect more expensive things so I will look past that. I should have bought two more feet.
  • Nylon sleeve was a pain to get on, patience of a Tibetan Monk is recommended.
By John
July 30, 2019
Purchased this chain to secure wheel on trailer to prevent rotation. I pass chain through a stake pocket and then through wheel. It's a tight fit through wheel but only need a link or two so I can attach padlock. I will also lock down spare wheel so they can't just swap it on and drag the secured wheel along. This was a first time order think I will order 3/8 inch for piece to secure spare tire.
  • Think thieves will look elsewhere.
  • It a shame we must go to such extreme to protect ourselves from the criminals.
By Larry
Huntsville, AL
Impressive Chain
July 18, 2019
This rugged looking chain will surely be a deterrent for a thief. Hope I never lose the lock key.
  • Strong
  • None
By Jared
Great Chain
July 6, 2019
Awesome chain, works great with the lock I have.



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