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#1 Chain · #2 Chain · #3 Chain · #6 Chain · #8 Chain · #175 Chain · #10 Chain · #10-S Chain
#13 Chain · #13-S Chain · #15 Chain · #20 Chain · #30 Chain · #50 Chain

BALL CHAIN QUICK REFERENCE SIZE CHART
CHAIN # DIAMETER AVG. BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH STANDARD APPLICATIONS
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
#1 .072" 1.8 mm 130 5 lbs. 12 lbs. CHECK 12 lbs. fine jewelry, necklaces, bracelets
#2 .082" 2.1 mm 107 8 lbs. 16 lbs. CHECK 16 lbs. fine jewelry, advertising items, key chains, neck chains
#3 3/32" 2.4 mm 94 12 lbs. 20 lbs. 25 lbs. 20 lbs. neck chains, dog tags, jewelry, key chains, pendants, retention chain for pens, retention chain for vertical blind slats, vertical blind base chain
#6 1/8" 3.2 mm 69 18 lbs. 30 lbs. 45 lbs. 20 lbs.

neck chains, ID badge chains, pull chains for lamps & ceiling chains, retention chains for gas caps, chain for toilet tanks

#8 5/32" 4.0 mm 56 CHECK 40 lbs. 65 lbs. 40 lbs. drive chain for vertical blinds, plumbing basin plug stoppers, stronger retention applications
#175 .175" 4.4 mm 49 30 lbs. 45 lbs. 80 lbs. 45 lbs. drive chain, plumbing applications, vertical blinds, retention chain
#10 .175" 4.5 mm 49 CHECK 45 lbs. 100 lbs. 45 lbs. plumbing applications, vertical blinds, swatch sample retention chain (carpet & tile samples, etc.)
#10-S 3/16" 4.8 mm 54 CHECK 45 lbs. CHECK 90 lbs. plumbing applications, vertical blinds, swatch sample retention chain (carpet & tile samples, etc.)
#13 1/4" 6.3 mm 36 40 lbs. 90 lbs. 115 lbs. 70 lbs. industrial chain, ShimmerScreen
#13-S 1/4" 6.3 mm 42 CHECK 70 lbs. CHECK 120 lbs. industrial chain, ShimmerScreen
#15 5/16" 8.0 mm 30 70 lbs. 120 lbs. CHECK 150 lbs. industrial chain, ShimmerScreen
#20 3/8" 9.5 mm 24 120 lbs. 175 lbs. CHECK 175 lbs. stronger industrial chain, ShimmerScreen
#30 1/2" 12.7 mm 19 125 lbs. 175 lbs. CHECK 175 lbs. heavy industrial applications, ShimmerScreen
#50 5/8" 16 mm 16 140 lbs. 175 lbs. CHECK 175 lbs. special industrial applications, ShimmerScreen

#1 CHAIN Ball Chain Jewelry
This is the smallest chain size available. Commonly used for fine jewelry such as necklaces and bracelets.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
.072" 1.8 mm 130 5 lbs. 12 lbs. CHECK 12 lbs.

#2 CHAIN #2 Ball Chain
Slightly larger than the #1 chain, the #2 size is used for fine jewelry such as necklaces and bracelets, and can also be used for (advertising items), key chains, neck chains, etc.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
.082" 2.1 mm 107 8 lbs. 16 lbs. CHECK 16 lbs.

#3 CHAIN #3 Ball Chain
This chain is a popular size for dog tag chains and key chains. The #3 can also be used as jewelry necklaces with charms, identification badges, retention chain, and vertical blind bases.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
3/32" 2.4 mm 94 12 lbs. 20 lbs. 25 lbs. 20 lbs.

#6 CHAIN #6 Ball Chain
A versatile chain that can be used for a wide variety of applications. These chains can be used as pull chains for lights and ceiling fans, as retention chain for items such as pens, filler and dust caps, tags, NAS parts, and assemblies. It is also used as larger and stronger key chains, necklaces, identification chains, law enforcement badge holders, and more.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
1/8" 3.2 mm 69 18 lbs. 30 lbs. 45 lbs. 20 lbs.

#8 CHAIN #8 Ball Chain
This chain is popular as drive chains for vertical blinds and in the plumbing industry for basin plug stoppers. It can also be used for stronger retaining applications.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
5/32" 4.0 mm 56 CHECK 40 lbs. 65 lbs. 40 lbs.

#175 CHAIN
Slightly smaller than the #10 chain and commonly used in the window treatment and plumbing industries.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
.175" 4.4 mm 49 30 lbs. 45 lbs. 80 lbs. 45 lbs.

#10 CHAIN #10 Ball Chain
This chain is commonly used for plumbing applications, vertical blinds, and retaining applications. It is also commonly used to attach swatch samples such as carpet, laminates, wood chips, tiles, flooring, and other types of displays.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
.175" 4.5 mm 49 CHECK 45 lbs. 100 lbs. 45 lbs.

#10-S CHAIN
See #10.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
3/16" 4.8 mm 54 CHECK 45 lbs. CHECK 45 lbs.

#13 CHAIN #13 Ball Chain
The smallest of the "industrial size" chains, the #13 chain can also be used for most of the applications of the smaller chains when extra strength is needed. Also used for ShimmerScreen.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
1/4" 6.3 mm 36 40 lbs. 90 lbs. 130 lbs. 90 lbs.

#13-S CHAIN
See #13.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
1/4" 6.3 mm 42 CHECK 70 lbs. CHECK 70 lbs.

#15 CHAIN #15 Ball Chain
This chain is commonly used industrial applications. Also used for ShimmerScreen.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
5/16" 8.0 mm 30 70 lbs. 120 lbs. CHECK 120 lbs.

#20 CHAIN #20 Ball Chain
This chain is commonly used industrial applications. Also used for ShimmerScreen.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
3/8" 9.5 mm 24 120 lbs. 175 lbs. CHECK 150 lbs.

#30 CHAIN #30 Ball Chain
The second largest chain available, used primarily for heavy industrial applications and ShimmerScreen.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
1/2" 12.7 mm 19 125 lbs. 175 lbs. CHECK 175 lbs.

#50 CHAIN #50 Ball Chain
The biggest ball chain available and used primarily for special industrial applications and ShimmerScreen.
DIAMETER AVERAGE BALLS PER FOOT AVERAGE TENSILE STRENGTH
INCHES MM ALUMINUM CARBON STEEL STAINLESS STEEL YELLOW BRASS
5/8" 16 mm 16 140 lbs. 175 lbs. CHECK 175 lbs.