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    Default Re: Replacing hitch pins with bolts

    Some of them snap open so hard that they'll bite you then too.

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    Default Re: Replacing hitch pins with bolts

    I keep all my pins locked with small sized plastic ties. It's worked fine so far even when hogging blackberries along a ditch through my place. The first time I go cut that stuff each season I back the brushhog down into the berries until I can't see it and the thorns are at my back so it'll pull out the cuttings, Haven't lost a pin since tying them all closed.

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    Default Re: Replacing hitch pins with bolts

    I used to lose linchpins from my bucket pivot pins. Then I inserted them from bottom up and never lost them again. Don't know why they stay in though.

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    Default Re: Replacing hitch pins with bolts

    Growing up, my Dad made it sound like those pins were $20 each. If we lost one we were in deep *****. He even put short chains on them so we couldn't set them on something and drive off.
    Now I just carry a spare, because whenever I have a spare anything, the original never gives a problem. :-)

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    Default Re: Replacing hitch pins with bolts

    Quote Originally Posted by pat32rf View Post
    Now I just carry a spare, because whenever I have a spare anything, the original never gives a problem. :-)
    We should all note this proper application of Murphy's Laws.

    The one I can't seem to avoid is Murphy's Seventh Law:


    Whatever you are setting out to do, you will have to do something else first.


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    Default Re: Replacing hitch pins with bolts

    Quote Originally Posted by hill View Post
    I keep all my pins locked with small sized plastic ties. It's worked fine so far even when hogging blackberries along a ditch through my place. The first time I go cut that stuff each season I back the brushhog down into the berries until I can't see it and the thorns are at my back so it'll pull out the cuttings, Haven't lost a pin since tying them all closed.
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    Default Re: Replacing hitch pins with bolts

    Quote Originally Posted by gwdixon View Post
    A bit off topic, but here is the photo that you may be referring to.

    The washer on the right has a black, heavy duty lynch pin. They are strong.

    Just using a bolt through the two washers might work.

    Using a nut instead of one of the washers would also work. It would seem to be a bit rigid. I'd use a nut on one side and a washer on the other if that was the choice.

    If you weld the nut to the bolt's thread then it would be permanent - until the O/A torch is used.
    Thanks for that suggestion!!!!
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