View Full Version : Pinto hitch or ball hitch??

02-05-2010, 07:48 PM
I just picked up a used tandem trailer ( 2 axles @ 3500# ea.) as my single was not quite enough for this little Bob Cat (M444) ..But upon replacing the boards on floor I noticed the dross members were 3/16 thickness, and quite rusted. I have since cut them out and added 1/4" thick ones w/2"x3" dia angle. I'm also going to build new 'A' frame tounge. The old was a 'huge' plate on front with large pinto ring. ( mucked up welds too) has several height adjusts so plate hung down quite far to accomidate all the holes. I think it wasn't nessesary as pinto reciever has several adjustments in height. ANYWAY..I was wondering if I'd be better off just getting a H.D. A frame ball coupler as my other trailer had? or is the Pinto the way to go? I would never haul more than 4000 lbs as it is a 12 ft trailer. What is best way to go? what size ball coupler- 2" enough? Thanks. Geno

02-05-2010, 07:58 PM
what is a "pinto" hitch. is that what is on the back of those old ford pintos?

02-05-2010, 08:16 PM
The '0' style ring that large trailers in industrial work use to haul rollers/ black top pavers,ect..- much stronger than coupler..if big enough.

02-05-2010, 09:18 PM
OH the that is called a pintle hitch. the truck side is acually the pintle the trailer side is a lunette loop. for only 4000# a 2" ball would be fine.

02-05-2010, 09:30 PM
Gotcha- thanks on that clarafication. I was close..but way off too. Gene

02-05-2010, 09:43 PM
I agree with Clark Lawn that a 2" would be fine for 4000#. Personally however I would just go ahead and put a 2-5/16" ball on it.

02-05-2010, 11:19 PM
i agree with clark lawn that a 2" would be fine for 4000#. Personally however i would just go ahead and put a 2-5/16" ball on it.

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AI Inc
02-06-2010, 08:03 AM
Pintle , much easier to hook up alone.

02-07-2010, 07:15 PM
you'll get alot more movement with the pintle when stopping/takeoff. but for only 4000lbs id go with a heavy duty 2" or 2 5/16" ball.

02-07-2010, 09:25 PM
pintle. soooooo much easyer to hook up

Dirt Digger2
02-07-2010, 09:32 PM
not only are pintle easier to hook up but soooo much safer then ball hitches and you have a lot more manuverability as far as trailer oscillation goes