I have never had a quick link open up on me. But I always tighten with a wrench.
Why use quick links. Because if you want to replace a dirty or messed up trap at the set your just seconds from changing out traps. If you can't get your anchors out It's easy to remove the trap and just leave your anchors.
Every trap and snare I have Is connected to my anchor with a quick link.
Beav - I do the same with all of my traps and snares. I terminate the chain with a 3/16” quick link. I switched over to this complete system / method after reading your description about doing this. I thought that it sounded brilliant and would suit me very well in my methods of securing traps and snares and organizing equipment. Thank you!
This method adds tremendous versatility for various soil conditions and applications. It also simplifies cleanup, waxing, and storage. No more not having the correct fastening system attached.
I have multiple staking systems with a few links of chain that can be attached as desired. Single stake swivel anchors, double stake swivel anchors, chained finned super stakes, cable stakes where the top 6” is chain, and cable extensions of different lengths usually used with snares and 220s and 330s.
Another system / method that I learned here is the predrilling as taught by Taximan. Thank you Taximan! I carry a high power cordless 1/2” hammer drill to predrill stake holes. When the ground is not frozen, I use long ship auger drill bits from Harbor freight. Of course I also use it to power a 2” or 3” auger to drill dirt holes for bait and lure. When the ground is frozen, I use long Bosch carbide masonry bits to predrill stake holes. I also have a large carbide masonry bit to drill out mouse holes for lure and bait and to rough drill out a trap bed in the frozen soil. Then, it is necessary to just chip out the remaining areas. Predrilling stake holes and drilling holes for lure and bait saves a tremendous amount of wear and tear on old beat up shoulders and wrists.
These two methods / systems are the best that I have learned here on Trapperman. Thank you guys!