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Are Older Alien Cams Safe?

Would you trust CCH Alien cams that were produced after the dimpled batch and are marked tensile tested? Also, can re-testing weaken your hardware?

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Would you trust CCH Alien cams that were produced after the dimpled batch and are marked tensile tested? Also, can re-testing weaken your hardware?



As you know, CCH Aliens with the center-punch dimple on the ball below the axle were recalled after the brazing on some of these units failed. CCH said the failures were caused by rapidly quenching the braze in water, instead of slowly cooling it in oil. Aliens are now under new ownership and use different manufacturing, so the problem is limited to the older units. So, yes, I would trust the new units, which is good news for me because these little devils remain the backbone of my small rack for micro placements. Retesting can damage your gear, but that depends on the test. A simple pull test at 50 or 75% rated strength won’t hurt the gear, but if it is tested to destruction … you get the idea.