pintle hitch or bulldog

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by CLARK LAWN, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    i need to switch out the hitch on my trailer, would you guys suggest a pintle hitch or the bulldog style hitch, i already have the combo ball/pintle on both of my trucks so that doesnt matter.
     
  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    What kind of trailer, weight?
     
  3. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    20' tandem axle 7K gvw
     
  4. pjtrailerguy

    pjtrailerguy LawnSite Member
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    The pintle is more advantagous on larger trailers with a high GVW. You're going to like the ball better in your situation because your trailer is light and you will have less slop in your hitch coupling. A pintle is rated heavier than a ball hitch. Thats why a lot of guys use them, but you will like a ball better with a small 7K GVW like yours.
     
  5. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    agreed. Even my 26' enclosed has ball.
     
  6. ken gustafson

    ken gustafson Inactive
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    I make locks for both....but on my trailers...all of them I use Pintle/Lunette eyes. Been using them for almost 12 years now. No problems...no issues. They can handle much weight...several times what a Bulldog hitch can and I could go on. But it seems the biggest thing Lawnsite people have against Pintle/Lunette eyes is when there are no brakes on the trailers. Every trailer I use has brakes so no noise when I use the brakes. On Pintle/Lunette eyes no moving parts so what can go wrong....just my point of view.
    I haul mostly firewood...about 140 cords per year...a few loads of mulch..a few more of sand and a little gravel..mostly firewood. Ken
     
  7. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    he has a 7000lb trailer. A pintle is overkill. Yes pintle can haul more weight. My ball hauls over 9,000 on a ball with no issues.
     
  8. ken gustafson

    ken gustafson Inactive
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    Thought we were expressing opinions. Even at that why would overkill be a problem? Even using my trailers in Pintle/Lunette eye setup is overkill but have NOT had to make any changes in anything for 12 years. Lunette/Pintle eye has no moving parts. Thought the question was .... he was making a change and wanted views...I gave mine. No moving parts...weight no problem and if you have brakes on your trailer .... no noise. I have been under the impression for quite some time....that less problems is a very good situation...for me. Again just my opinion.... Ken
     
  9. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am confussed. Sorry about what? Did i offend you because i see something different??? Anyway its a 7000lb dual axle trailer. By law it needs brakes. The smoother ride in MY OPINION haha, is the ball. You would be ok either way though.
     
  10. ken gustafson

    ken gustafson Inactive
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    I was saying that I fail to see why over kill is a problem and if you have brakes on the trailer there is no noise. Now if all all of that is in place...with no moving parts...in my opinion...the more simple something is the better you are in not having to fix or replace it. For sure the cost of a Pintle/Lunette eye is less than a Bulldog hitch..just bought a Lunette eye for my brother...$39. So again my opinion.... regardless of weight...not real sure but I think even the smallest Lunette eye is good for something like 15 tons. Lots of things happen in life but a Lunette eye in a closed Pintle hitch...not much to happen. Ken
     

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