Originally Posted by

**jboggs**
turtlefish,

Actually there is an error in your logic. The 100N downward force is just that - downward. Because the two links are equally offset from the vertical, each links absorbs equal shares of it, 50N each. That is a vertical force. In your second diagram it is analogous to the 34mm dimension. Which means that the horizontal force is analogous to the 94mm dimension, which means the horizontal force is 94/34 x 50N = 138N. So the horizontal force does exceed the vertical applied force.