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Durabilt Hammerlock Coupling Link for 1/2" Chain - 12,000 lbs - Qty 1

Durabilt Hammerlock Coupling Link for 1/2" Chain - 12,000 lbs - Qty 1

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Quickly and easily connect your safety chain to your trailer hitch. Durable, Grade 80 steel construction. Heavy-duty, hammerlock coupling link works with 1/2" chains. 12,000-lb Load limit. 1-800-940-8924 to order Durabilt accessories and parts part number DU96MR or order online at Free expert support on all Durabilt products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Durabilt Hammerlock Coupling Link for 1/2" Chain - 12,000 lbs - Qty 1. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Durabilt Accessories and Parts - DU96MR

  • Car Tie Down Straps
  • Ratchet Straps
  • Tie Down Straps
  • Chain Links
  • Hammer Lock Couplings
  • Durabilt

Quickly and easily connect your safety chain to your trailer hitch. Durable, Grade 80 steel construction. Heavy-duty, hammerlock coupling link works with 1/2" chains. 12,000-lb Load limit.


  • Coupling link lets you attach safety chains to your hitch quickly and easily
    • Creates a more accessible attachment point than the connection loops on your hitch
  • Pin can be hammered through the link and retaining collar for installation
    • Remove pin with a hammer and punch
  • Tempered, Grade 80 steel construction
  • Corrosion-resistant, red powder coat


  • Application: 1/2" thick chain or slip hooks with 1/2" throat opening
  • Safe working load limit (WLL): 12,000 lbs
  • Quantity: 1 coupling link
  • 1-Year limited warranty

DDL-1/2 DURA-LINK Durabilt Hammer Lock Chain Connector for 1/2" Chain - 12,000 lbs - Quantity 1

Video of Durabilt Hammerlock Coupling Link for 1/2" Chain - 12,000 lbs - Qty 1

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Video Transcript for Durabilt Hammerlock Coupling Link Review

Hi there, haulers. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at Durabilt's line of Hammerlock locking links. And here you can see what they look like when they're installed. They do have a nice kind of a burgundy powder coat on them so it does make it look nice, helps protect it against corrosion. The quick links I do find to be a bit easier to use. But obviously, that thing is not gonna come off of there.

Now, the likelihood of this coming unscrewed is pretty low but it potentially could happen. But if you kind of barrel down on it with a wrench or something, usually you can get those to stay pretty well. Now, what the customer did have that I would not recommend is one of these. He had some pretty big, heavy-duty ones on there, sure. And it probably has a lot of working load limit power over some of the other styles with how big they are, except the only problem was this was the only one that actually had a pin in it.

The other one that was just kind of dangling by the width of it and it was ready to fall at any point. So, this style here does tend to come unscrewed a little bit more easily. I mean, you can put a kind of a screwdriver or some tool in there and torque down on it, but this actually is completely separate. So, unlike the quick link ones here where if it does unthread, you know it's still fairly secure. But with this one, there's just a much bigger opening.

The whole thing could fall out. The nut on this just kind of screws down so it's still fully attached to itself. This pin here, the one that it fell out of here, I mean it's 70 miles an hour, the size of this pin, if that bounces up, I mean that could really do some damage to some vehicles or a person. So, I just recommend kind of staying away from these. These are a little bit more dangerous even though they do have a lot of oomph.

I like them for your slower stuff, for tractors and things like that. You know, on the farm, this stuff's cool but out on the road, you want something a little more secure that's not gonna fall off, you're not gonna lose something. So, I would stick with one of these. This is probably the most secure. This one's just a lot easier to utilize. And you actually have to drive the pin in through this little mechanism to lock it in place. And it is not an easy thing to drive in. It is actually pretty difficult to get this to drive through there. That's why I got a little bit of grease here to help things move along a little bit easier. You can get these in different weight ratings. One of these here, we're using 3/8 for this particular version with a 7,100 pound working load limit. You can get these in different sizes though, from as small as a 5/16 size up to a 5/8 size. So yeah, 5/16, 3/8, half-inch, 5/8, and each one is gonna have its own specific weight rating depending upon its size. Obviously, the larger ones are gonna have a higher weight rating than the smaller ones. We're using the 3/8 ones here today though, cause the trailer that our customer's using here, this is gonna be more than enough for this trailer to keep him safe and a little bit of headroom for if he wants to upgrade in the future. Now, I will say these quick links here, this is another option that you can use for these weird, especially on these GM or Chevy hitches, you can see they're kind of weird. The chains there almost don't have any good way to really latch in there. I mean that one I'm able to get in there but you can see the end has kind of been damaged a bit. Let's try our other chain. And I mean we are able to get that in there too. It's just not nearly as easy as it will be with these Hammerlocks here. And in the instance that you've got one of these, so this is another option. You can see that this'll slide on there and that'll thread up. Now, this here is gonna be probably the easiest option to use. It's not gonna look quite as nice though as the Hammerlocks. The Hammerlocks are also gonna have a bit of a pivot in them so it just kind of sits better than this is gonna sit in here. But these guys are pretty reliable and very easy to use. These are in different sizes though, so you do wanna make sure if you're going with this option, that you do get the appropriate size for the right working load limit that you need for your trailer. Let's go ahead and show you how the Hammerlocks installed now that we've kind of compared it to the quick link. So, we'll take one side of this. That will slide around on there and then we can take our other end here. I'm gonna just, a little bit of grease on the end of it there just to help it slide together a bit easier. We're gonna come up here to the trailer side, I mean to the hitch side, slide the two pieces together, slide that in there and then we can pull it back out a little bit, pull the pin back out, drop in the center piece and then just drive it on home. And when I say drive it on home, I mean drive it on home. It is not gonna be easy. All right, almost there. A little bit more. Try to make it even on each side. And that looks pretty good. And that pin is gonna be in there because the center of that pin we just drove through is a slight smaller diameter than the two outer pieces so that's why we get nice free movement. The pin will slide back and forth ever so slightly. You can see that I can push it a little bit that way, a little bit that way, but it is not gonna be able to come out of there. You saw how hard it was to drive in. So, the likelihood of it just falling out with how difficult it is to drive in is pretty slim to none. And now, we've got our chains installed. We can now hook up to our trailer a little bit more easily. It will accept a lot more style of safety chains than before. You don't necessarily have to have the biggest chain that'll have a big opening to work with this style. It'll work with a lot smaller ones as well now. So, there we go. And that completes our look at Durabilt's line of Hammerlock locking links..

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Durabilt Hammerlock Coupling Link for 1/2" Chain - 12,000 lbs - Qty 1 - DU96MR

Average Customer Rating:  4.4 out of 5 stars   (18 Customer Reviews)

Quickly and easily connect your safety chain to your trailer hitch. Durable, Grade 80 steel construction. Heavy-duty, hammerlock coupling link works with 1/2" chains. 12,000-lb Load limit.


Quite a chore to put on ! Had to use a 5lb sledge and had to grind down each locking pin a little , not going to come off so easy but that is the point. They look good on my 2019 F250 Lariat and function even better…. Highly recommend . BTW also installed a receiver hitch reducer ( 2.5” to 2”) and am very happy


Solid product. I can now actually "use" the safety chains on my trailer.
As other reviews reported, there is some difficulty getting the pins to drive in. I found grinding a bit more bevel onto the pin, starting the pin with a c-clamp and using some light oil made the job much easier. Hammered right in after that.


Exactly what I expected. Did bang up the finish getting them installed on the truck, a 2022 Ford Super Duty. As some have said they can be quite difficult to drive the pin through the locking sleeve. I first tried a mallet and 2x4 backer cut to fit, that didnt work. I next used metal cutting lube and vice to seat the pin in the sleeve just a tiny bit. After removing the sleeve I took a pipe clamp with screw adjustor and slowly drove the pin in.


What a pain to mount on truck. Your hand will take a beating and so will your hitching points!


Product looks good Nice and hefty and I think we'll do the job fine for me just as I expected to be. Arrived in a timely manner.


The poor quality of the bottom filler strips is very disappointing considering the high price of this product. All of the plastic filler strips were different lengths and the cuts were crooked and rough. I have seen smoother cuts made with a chainsaw. The length of the pieces were not long enough though to be recut smooth and square.


These are great. However, they are not as easy to hammer into the press lock when trying to place it on the truck. These need to be on solid ground to really hammer the pin. Also because the only hard surface is the hitch and it’s under a bumper, it ended up losing so much of the painted coating now I have to worry about some rust development. Just put them on today so haven’t towed with them yet

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Brooke M.


If you are worried about rust on the hitch, you can always lightly sand any rusty areas and then touch them up with paint to prevent more rust growth.


Awesome product, and as others have stated, makes attaching trailer safety chains a breeze on my 2022 Super Duty. I used some copper antifreeze in the sleeves, and a C-clamp to get the pins started - really saved me a lot of hammering (and paint).


These are a quality build for sure. Heavy duty and will fill your needs.

Keep in mind that they really should be ordered in pairs, if you're using them for towing purposes. Also, these are no joke to install. I used a 4 lb engineer hammer to hammer the pin through the retaining sleeve. You need to hit it hard. Don't worry about damaging the pin or the links, they are made for the abuse. Also, posters who talk about using a C-clamp to get the pin through, or even started, must have better C-clamps than I do!


Awesome links! I had one that was very difficult to hammer into place. It helped to taper the end of the pin, apply a couple drops of Triflow lubricant and to pre-start hammering the pin into the sleeve and then to knock the pin out with a flat point punch just to loosen the sleeve. After this, I was able to hammer the pin into place.


Should be standard issue for Ford Super duty’s


Read comments and thought came with 2 but didn’t. Try to hammer in but could not get started.

Etrailer Expert

Jenny N.


I reached out to the manufacturer and they had not had this happen before. They will be in contact with you.


Easy install. 5 minutes per side.







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