Pintle hitch vs ball hitch

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by CTmower, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. CTmower

    CTmower LawnSite Senior Member
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    I might be purchasing a new used trailer but the only problem is that it has a pintle hitch setup. My truck currently has the 2 5/16 ball hitch so if I wanna buy this trailer Ill have to purchase a pintle hitch setup. Question is what is the big difference between these two setups? I've seen a couple pintle hitches that actually have the ball on it too so you can use it for both types of trailers. Any help would be appreciated. THanks
     
  2. M & MD Lawn

    M & MD Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have the pintle hitch with the ball on my truck, because like you i have a trailer with the 2 5/16 ball and the pintle. I LOVE the dual purpose one, it stays in the hitch, however it cost about $100-110, if i remember correctly from tractor supply. I don't know the big difference i know one MAJOR difference i noticed is when towing the pintle moves when accelerating and stopping so you feel this jerk that your not used to when using the ball. thats the only thing i noticed, as far as control and things it was fine
     
  3. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's why pintles break more often than the ball, also it is so much reasier to back up to compared to the ball!!!!!
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  4. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's why pintles break more often than the ball, also it is so much reasier to back up to compared to the ball!!!!! Also there easier to steal! :crying:
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  5. M & MD Lawn

    M & MD Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    i agree with the easier to hookup!!!!! :clapping:
     
  6. stacks04

    stacks04 LawnSite Member
    from ct
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    i have the combo hitch setup. it is versatile. the main difference is the pintle has a little more movement in it when used with a combo hitch. i would not, not buy it because if this though.
     
  7. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
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    Pintle is much stronger.
     
  8. oakwdman

    oakwdman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There's a reason why you only see pintles on heavier duty trailers, because they're heavier duty... I personally hate the combo ball/pintle hitches on the pintle side, there is much more slop/play than with a dedicated pintle hitch. I love the combo hitches for the ball since they're a great way to get a 6"-8" or more drop while still being rated for any decent weight.
     
  9. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
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    yep, i use a dedicated pintle hitch for my deckover equipment trailer, much much less slop than a pintle/ball combo hitch. it almost feels like a ball hitch. and i also keep a combo hitch with 2 5/16" in my toolbox for our enclosed. The pintle combo+plate is much stronger than a standard drop drawbar.
     
  10. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    How big of a trailer is the OP talking about? Im assuming it is pretty big to have a pintle hitch, Ive never seen a regular 16ft trailer with anything other than a standard ball or a bull dog type. I wonder why they use the pintle on huge equipment trailers if they are prone to breaking more? I would be nervous about all that play back and forth when taking off and stopping, especially if youve got a big backhoe or dozer back there! I think the semi type hook up is the best, if it were available for lighter duty trucks, the sliding plate and single pin design. Surprising nobody has designed a smaller version of this for use by a pick up truck?
     

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