pintle hitch vs ball hitch

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by DBL, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    we have both a pintle on a 18' equipment trailer and a 2'' ball on a 16' and 14' trailer

    what is the benfits and downsides of both i havent really noticed any except i think the pintle beats on the truck more even with trailer brakes it knocks and pushes and pulls on the trucks
  2. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    I like the pintle, simply because it's easy to back up to and hitch on to.It is also very hard, if not near immpossible to unhook a pintle hitch accidently. Yes it does push on the truck, but I still like it better.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    pintle hitch is stronger and more secure,ball hitch is smoother
  4. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 550

    safty vs comfort

    safty wins here
  5. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    I think they should out law ball hitches. Seen too many bad issues with them.
  6. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,149

    Pintle hitches pivot better and therefore make it better to travel over uneven terrain with.

    Personally I do not think a ball hitch is all that unsafe assuming you are using one properly rated for the load you are towing. I see way too many people tow very heavy equipment with a cheesy ball/receiver combo only rated for 5000-6000 lbs.
  7. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    I think it pushes on a truck just as much as a ball hitch. It is the same weight pushing the truck. I like pintles better because I feel much more safe with them and they are so easy to hook up. I am switching my dump trailer over to one realy soon. I have never had a problem with ball hitches, but like Eclipse said, it is too easy to overload them when you don't have the right people using them. I feel perfectly safe with my ball hitch on my 2500 lb. boat set up, but not so much on my dump trailer.
  8. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    We use 2 5/16" ball hitches. I like them because we run light duty trucks (3/4 tons) and pintle hitches tend to throw the entire truck around.

    On a heavier truck, a pintle hitch is the way to go.
  9. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    EVERY trailer does this...ball or pintle...

    I have a pintle hitch that is also a ball hitch on my of both worlds!!!
  10. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,446

    Yep, the pintle will definitely make you think about the bolts holding your hitch on. I don't think the truck minds it but there is some real slide-hammer action going on between the hookup and the frame of the truck when you stop and start.

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