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Pinto hitch or ball hitch??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mowisme, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 887

    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
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2010

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,526

    what is a "pinto" hitch. is that what is on the back of those old ford pintos?
  3. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 887

    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.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,526

    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.
  5. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 887

    Gotcha- thanks on that clarafication. I was close..but way off too. Gene
  6. The-Other-Side

    The-Other-Side LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    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.
  7. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    x2 .
  8. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,149

    Pintle , much easier to hook up alone.
  9. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Posts: 2,325

    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.
  10. Lakewlc

    Lakewlc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,159

    pintle. soooooo much easyer to hook up

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