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Bill Eh
03-13-2006, 08:36 AM
I have a friend who looks after a small construction company fleet. He says he prefers a pintle hitch. Says it clunks and rattles more than a ball hitch but is simpler to use and more durable. Anyone have any experience to support or counter this opinion. When I tow it will be short usually less than 50 miles with a 2 ton machine in a tandem dump trailer.

Splicer
03-13-2006, 08:44 AM
I just installed a ball-pintle hitch on the back of my bucket truck. The beauty of it is that when open a ball hitch can be used or a pintle trailer hitch can be used. Got it at Tractor Supply Co. With tax it was $73 and took 20 minutes to install.

I forget the #'s but I think the down force can hold 9000lbs and the pulling is 12,000lbs I think it was. And don't forget you need trailer light wiring on the truck as well and DO NOT install a pintle hitch to a bumper that is not reenforced. Hope this helps.

RedWingsDet
03-13-2006, 10:52 PM
sorry to be off topic, but what exactly is the pintle used for and what are its benefits?

Splicer
03-13-2006, 11:18 PM
sorry to be off topic, but what exactly is the pintle used for and what are its benefits?
The Pintle is used to tow big heavy trailors and loads. To be honest I can't tell you off the top of my head simply because I don't know what the benefit is. I can tell you what te disadvantage is though...backing with a pintle hitch trailer, at least for me (but then again I'm not used to towin a trailer yet either), SUCKS! Damn thing has so much play the trailer goes its own way regardless of where the truck is headed. I do not like backing a pintle trailer up. Ball trailer no problem, the hitch is basicly fixed so the trailer goes where the truck points it without wandering.

srl28
03-13-2006, 11:24 PM
Pintle is easier(IMO) to back up to and hook up. You don't have to be right on every time you back up. I also think that the pintle is a little safer and there is less chance of it falling off going down the road. Pintles are usually found on larger trailers, like 5000lbs and up

gammon landscaping
03-13-2006, 11:31 PM
i don't think that an inch or two of play affects my backing of a trailer. i prefer pintle's for one reason safty the are far safer than balls. with a ball trailer you are just assuming that it is latched. i have lost a ball hitch trailer before when the nut striped out in the hitch. with a pintle hitch you have a inch plus of metal on each side not just some cheap stamped steel holding you investment. the few times i have need to repalce a hitch i always go back with a pintle but i would not butcher a new trailer just to have one. if i was to order a new trailer it would only be a pintle. the banging only happenes when you are stopping to fast or accelerating to fast

Paradise Landscapes
03-13-2006, 11:33 PM
no matter what the ball size is, Too much weight can snap the ball right off!

spoolinaround
03-14-2006, 02:06 AM
I have a pro: people stop asking to borrow your trailer to move, haul stuff, tow a car, exc... because they dont have a hitch for it:rolleyes:

KCLandscape
03-14-2006, 03:38 AM
the hitch you are talking about....
Always used a ball ... 2 5/8

LB1234
03-14-2006, 11:12 AM
no matter what the ball size is, Too much weight can snap the ball right off!


Hence why you buy the correct rated ball size and stay within the rating!

Eclipse
03-14-2006, 12:06 PM
the hitch you are talking about....
Always used a ball ... 2 5/8

Do you mean 2 5/16"

Eclipse
03-14-2006, 12:09 PM
Aside from the fact that Pintles are generally stronger, the other reason they are found on contruction equipment trailers is they articulate better than a ball hitch.

Splicer
03-14-2006, 12:24 PM
Aside from the fact that Pintles are generally stronger, the other reason they are found on contruction equipment trailers is they articulate better than a ball hitch.
Hence my comment about backing up.

Eclipse
03-14-2006, 12:51 PM
FWIW - I have never really had an issue with backing up a pintle. Maybe I am just used to it.

Splicer
03-14-2006, 01:00 PM
And I'm sure with more practice I won't have any problems either. At least I sure as heck hope I won't!:laugh:

BSDeality
03-14-2006, 01:08 PM
I have a combination pintle/ball that I like, I have a 2" ball for my landscape trailer, but its rated for 10K lbs. it comes in useful for renting large chippers and equipment trailers.
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