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Mick Dempsey

Towing chipper with a ring hitch.

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Any agricultural dealer Use them on tractor trailers too

 

The ring hitch on a over-run coupling is usually 40mm,whereas an agricultural pick up hitch ring is 50mm.

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I did wonder about using a ring on the chipper as a sort of anti theft device, well at least stop people who tow caravans (with a 50mm ball) driving off with it.

 

Don't count on it! I had a plant trailer with a 2" ring coupling on it which took the fancy of the light-fingered scum. So they cut the locks off, dropped the ring over the towball of their transit, and drove away.

 

I got a call shortly afterwards from plod asking me why my trailer had ploughed a furrow across the front lawn of an expensive property near Maidenhead. I had to prove I was 20miles away at the time before they believed it wasn't me.

 

They had travelled less than half a mile before the trailer unhitched itself, and it still seems incredibly lucky it harmlessly ran into a garden and didn't kill people. The thieves were heading for the A4 when it came off, it doesn't bear thinking about if it had happened at 50mph on the A4.

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Don't count on it! I had a plant trailer with a 2" ring coupling on it which took the fancy of the light-fingered scum. So they cut the locks off, dropped the ring over the towball of their transit, and drove away.

 

I got a call shortly afterwards from plod asking me why my trailer had ploughed a furrow across the front lawn of an expensive property near Maidenhead. I had to prove I was 20miles away at the time before they believed it wasn't me.

 

They had travelled less than half a mile before the trailer unhitched itself, and it still seems incredibly lucky it harmlessly ran into a garden and didn't kill people. The thieves were heading for the A4 when it came off, it doesn't bear thinking about if it had happened at 50mph on the A4.

So they didn't get the trailer as it came off?? Sounds good to me !

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No, since the trailer was by then halfway across the front lawn of a large and occupied house, and at the end of a long furrow through a flowerbed and across the lawn, the scumbags wisely kept going. I got my trailer back undamaged, and the unfortunate householder was left to repair their own garden.

 

My biggest problem was convincing plod that it wasn't me. Since the trailer had my Landrover's numberplate on the back this had been reported as the number of the transit a witness had seen. It was very difficult to make the female plodette who came for a statement understand what had happened, and I think it was only because I could prove that I and the LR were miles away at the time that she finally twigged that a green LR and a white transit are difficult to confuse.

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