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Lubing Truck Ball

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bob, Sep 1, 2000.

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  1. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Am I suppose to regularly lube my towing ball? I'll squirt some grease on once in a while. I was in Walmart and saw "trailer ball lube", $5. Also should the balls be replaced after so many years?
  2. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 662

    Well I guess you can treat your balls as nicely as you want to. I personaly dont lubricate mine, although it may be something to try. It might help a little, but I think that you can do just fine with leaving them dry. As far as replacing, you should get new balls when your old ones are worn out, or beaten up.
  3. RYAN

    RYAN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 211

    I like to keep my balls dry personally. But either way is fine.
  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Just a few days ago, I was thinking as I greased my balls, I wonder if I'm the only one that does this. I hate having rusty balls, especially if they are supposed to be chrome. :)
  5. morturf

    morturf LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 475

    I think it depends more on the size of your balls. If they are the big balls (2 5/16) they need more grease. Don't bother if your balls are small (1 7/8). another trick is to powder them when it is hot, this will make them not stick to the tongue.
  6. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    :D That was great advice :D

    I'm still laughing :)
  7. This is the best advice and laugh I've had all day.
  8. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    reading the above I just laughed 'till I felt like my b***s need greasing!

  9. dhicks

    dhicks Member
    Posts: 771

    Personally, I like mine greased as it holds a shine better when buffed. All kidding aside, I use a teflon coating on my trailer ball. Does it work? Heck I don't know. But the teflon was suggested by the dealer who sold me my trailer at Expo 2000.
  10. Stinger

    Stinger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 252

    Ok gentelmen, the truckers allways grease the hitch plate because they dont know if there going to get a dry trailer.
    The same rings true on our smaller scale. Friction is the main reason to grease anything, from your mower to the truck ball. Bearing grease or any multi purpose lube dabbed on top of the ball works fine. Say didn't AC/DC have a song about big balls?
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