Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
As far a chain strength goes, that is only dependant on the strength of the steel rivets and the link plates. Not the type of final connector!
When made of the same grades of steel, a factory riveted Endless, consumer riveted or consumer clipped style 'master-link' will all support the same loading and have the same durability/life.
If the final 'master-link' side plate is a very tough Pressed Fit and the chain runs straight & true & doesn't snag on things, technically the master link probably wouldn't even need to be riveted or clipped!
RK Chains usually have a very tight fitting final side plate.
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