What are the best strategies for connecting an elevator lift stage to the high strength chain? We’ve tried several methods like connecting the chain directly to the stage with a simple screw and nut. We’ve also tried using a short stand-off to keep the chain from bending out, keeping it more straight.
We’re looking for advice on reducing the chance of the chain snapping apart and also trying to make sure the chain can travel the max distance up and down.
Typically I replace a couple of chain links with tank tread then screw it to your device. I’ve seen others use a direct screw, but it’s important that you also put a spacer or washer to spread out the pressure of that connection. Just as a precaution, you also need at least a couple of inches of overlap between your stages. Because of this, you typically dont need to worry about traveling the “max” distance up and down
Also keep in mind that small details will add up to further increase the resilience of your design. For example, lubricant, rubber bands, and straight slides all help reduce strain on the chain
When my team was building our elevator lift this season, we ran into the same issue that you are describing. Whenever we ran our chain, the screw that we ran through to hold it in place kept on causing the chain to snap. What we have currently that seems to be working, while it may be very unorthodox, is a zip tie that is rated for large amounts of weight. Using the zip tie allows the chain have the freedom to move as needed as well as hold the lift up securely. However, I would recommend trying many other methods such as the tank tread connection before resorting to zip ties. It is always the best idea to exhaust your better options before saying screw it and throwing a zip tie on it!
When we were experimenting earlier in the season with elevator lifts we used dual chains on our first stage and single chains on stages 2-5. We also used zipties and screws to fasten them, both work in our system.