towing mini X

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by matthew Urban, Jan 14, 2002.

  1. matthew Urban

    matthew Urban LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    What would you tow a mini excavator (3.5 ton) with?
    At this point the company I work for has several 3/4 ton pickups.
    Trailers are not a problem, as we have sevral, of various sizes and weight capacities.
    What wuld you use to tow with, and what hitch system? Ball or pintle?
  2. Rex Mann

    Rex Mann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 621


    We use an F450 with a pintle to drag our Mini-x with. Sounds
    about the same size as yours. It pulls easy.

  3. matthew Urban

    matthew Urban LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    Rex, thanks,
    what set up?
    gas, psd?
    Hows it do, I'm in a VERY hilly area?
    this would also most likely haul stone, mulch, pavers, etc...
    Also, pintle or ball? why?
  4. matthew Urban

    matthew Urban LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    anyone else haul one?
  5. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    If I had my druthers every trailer would be pintle. They are more durable, can handle heavier loads, and there is never a question of whether or not they're 'hooked up'. We've sprung our ball hitch a couple times when loading on a 7,800# skid loader. If a guy was on the tongue he'd have been airborn.
  6. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    The other nice thing about a pintle hitch is that once you get used to your setup, one guy can hook it up easliy with a lite bump. You can even hook up loaded if you like. I'm with stone , the slight anoiance of the jerking is easily madeup for by the safety aspect.
  7. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    I don't mind the jerking at all. I like the feel of a solid connection. I have put pintles on everything except my boat trailer. You are right easy hook-up and secure feel. Much of the jerking when driving can be handled by making sure you are always pulling the trailer and avoid coasting and when stopping if you have good trailer brakes the trailer will in most cases stop on its own and not slam forward into the hitch.
  8. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    We tow all our "heavy" equipment (Bobcats, mini-ex's,) with either our C-6500 low pro (rated for 26,000 lbs), or our F-600 dump (rated for 23,000 lbs). I have heard of to many bad experiences with people trying to tow Bobcats and excavators with there pick-ups. Pick-ups in my opinion are way to light to be towing that type of equipment. Maybe a F-350, F-450 might be an exception. You need to figure this... The weight of the mini-ex is about 7000-7500 lbs, trailer is say easily 2000 lbs, truck (f-350) is say 6000 lbs. thats a total of 15,000 lbs. is your pick-up truck rated for 15,000 lbs??? I don't think so. Go with heavier trucks when towing those machines around or you'll be sorry. and always go pintle hook.
  9. yorkpaddy

    yorkpaddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    my boss hauls his Newholnad LS190 or Mini ex bobcat 35. one or the other behind his pickup, 2002 Chevy 2500 duramax, he has a pintle hitch and trailer brakes, never a problem with it. think of it, tractors haul loads that weigh more than them, as in tractor trailers
  10. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    Tractor Trailers are also rated for 80,000 lbs, Pick-ups are rated for 7500 lbs, far less than the weight of a bobcat/trailer/and truck which weighs in at like 15,000 lbs. Your way overweight using a pick-up. The pick-up by all means has the balls to tow it.... but can it stop....

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