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    That was so long ago I don't remember a lot about it. It does look like 3/8-inch material. I think the pipe was 4-inch, sch 80.
    I don't know the weight rating, but Jack has a L3200 kubota tractor with all most 2,000-pound counterweight. When he got home he hooked up his flatbed trailer, backed his tractor on the trailer, and bounced the counterweight a dozen or so times. Then placed a straight edge on the stinger part. Looked good to him.
    No I'm not worried about liability issues at all. These are nothing compared to what I use to build.
    Sure I don't recommended everybody build a trailer hitch, and especially with a 120-volt Mig welder! When ever I build something I'm not sure about, I know lots of engineers that I just e-mail a drawing to, for their approval. Like this bridge crane I built for my shop, I designed it, but the head of the engineering department of the company I worked for approved it. Just like this gooseneck adapter I built, approved by an engineer. Like I said the welding is the easy part!
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    Curt is a great hitch. We sell and install quite a few. Best finish in the industry in my opinion.

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    Thanks Guys!! That's the info I was looking for!

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    Default Re: Trailer hitch question?

    [QUOTE=Shield Arc;3253604]That was so long ago I don't remember a lot about it. It does look like 3/8-inch material. I think the pipe was 4-inch, sch 80.
    I don't know the weight rating, but Jack has a L3200 kubota tractor with all most 2,000-pound counterweight. When he got home he hooked up his flatbed trailer, backed his tractor on the trailer, and bounced the counterweight a dozen or so times. Then placed a straight edge on the stinger part. Looked good to him.
    No I'm not worried about liability issues at all. These are nothing compared to what I use to build.
    Sure I don't recommended everybody build a trailer hitch, and especially with a 120-volt Mig welder! When ever I build something I'm not sure about, I know lots of engineers that I just e-mail a drawing
    to, for their approval. Like this bridge crane I built for my shop, I designed it, but the head of the engineering department of the company I worked for approved it. Just like this gooseneck adapter I built, approved by an engineer. Like I said the welding is the easy part!

    Trailer looks great!!

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    That overhead crane would look awesome in my shop. Nice.
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    Default Re: Trailer hitch question?

    I've built most of my hitches and a few couplers back when I worked in a Fab Shop and welding certified.

    If anything... they are overbuilt and never a problem in more than 30 years...

    A lot of my equipment is one off or custom made... some 60 years ago or more and not a single weight rating or stamp to be found.

    Anyone remember the first Barden Bumpers with tow platform for pickups? No rating on those either.

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    Here are a couple of the last hitches I've made. And an extension for a friend. I wouldn't use that thing, but that's what he wanted.
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    Default Re: Trailer hitch question?

    You sure that will hold?

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    Default Re: Trailer hitch question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bday View Post
    You sure that will hold?
    I think it puts too much leverage on the receiver myself! But he likes it. He says it helps to back his boat around the corner of his house.


    Miller Dynasty 300.
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    Lincoln LF-72 wire feeder.
    Lincoln SG Spool gun.

    2 Lincoln LN-25.
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    Everlast PowerArc 200ST.
    3 Lincoln SA-200s.
    Vantage 400
    1800 Ellis saw.
    Hypertherm Powermax 1250, CNC table.
    PROFAX Welding Positioner.
    JD2 model 3.

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    Default Re: Trailer hitch question?

    SA, on that first one, on the Ford truck, does the tube extend further back to counteract the leverage, or is it welded on to the plate that is visible in the photo? No gussets or anything? Coming from a woodworking background, I constantly have to rethink how I design things with metal. Something that, with wood, you'd need a ton of bracing/gussets, with metal, you just take two pieces, weld them together, and call it done. But I'm never sure just how far that principle extends.

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