Types of Pintles for Trailer Towing

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Types of Pintles for Trailer Towing
Agricultural use for towing (récolte des foins image by Philippe LERIDON from Fotolia.com)

A pintle is a hinged jaw that closes around a ball hitch or round ring called a lunette. Pintles are available in different sizes depending on the towing weight of the trailer. The pintle must be maintained and in proper working order for safe use. Using the right pintle for a tow is important for safety reasons, do not use a pintle designed for towing a small trailer to tow a heavy truck, the pintle could break.

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Pintle Hitches

Heavy towing loads require a strong hitch to support the weight. Pintle hitches are shaped like a giant padlock, closing around the ball of the hitch attached to the vehicle. Agricultural and heavy equipment applications are ideal for a pintle hitch of this type because they allow towing of weights greater than 4536 Kilogram. The trailer or equipment towed is lowered over the bottom half of the pintle hitch, while the top rises then locks the object into the pintle hitch similar to the way a padlock locks.

Pintle Hook and Ball

The pintle hook and ball is available for towing items weighing 7257 Kilogram and greater. The pintle is a C shape that closes over a steel ball. The loop from the trailer or item being towed is settled on the ball. The pintle closes down onto the ball and secures the loop of towed object.

Rotating Pintles

Towing pintles that rotate allow for the object being towed to move and sway without stressing either the towing vehicle or towed object. The style pintle works well for off-road and military uses. On road, the pintle can be locked into place and remains rigid. The rotating towing pintle is designed especially for military and industrial uses.

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