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bent spreader hitch

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by RhinoL&L, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. RhinoL&L

    RhinoL&L Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    I just bought this mini pro and tried to put it in my hitch but it wont go in all the way because it is bent. It goes in a few inces but then the spreader will hit the tailgate and it wont go far enough to get the pin in. How do you guys think I can fix this? I dont want to have to buy a whole new piece. Also, I have pics but dont know how to resize them.
    Thanks Shawn
     
  2. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    find exactly were its bent heat it up with a torch untill red hot then staighten it. A cresent wrench works real good for that.
     
  3. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Shawn if you want me to resize the pics for ya, shoot me a pm and I'll resize them and post them. That will make it easier to offer advice as to how to fix it.
     
  4. RhinoL&L

    RhinoL&L Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Im not sure how to get them into the pm to send them to you. I drag it into the box and then it shows up but i cant press enter or send or anything. do you know how i can get them on there? Sorry but im not to good with comps
    Thanks Shawn
     
  5. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    PM sent.:D
     
  6. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,105

  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Here's the pics Shawn sent me. Look's like a pretty simple fix. You could either remove the flat plate and the receiver tube and heat up the plate and "massage" it back into shape or make/have made a new plate and tube and just bolt the replacement back on (after straightening the 2 angle brackets of course) or you could buy the plate and receiver tube as a replacement part from the spreader manufacture. Any of these way would work out fine.

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  8. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    as said either buy a new hitch from the man. or unbolt the four bolts go to a weld shop and have a new one made. I would not try to stqighten the flat piece as that big of 1/2" stock will take quite a bit of heat to get it to move.
     
  9. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,105

    OUCH.... that had to hurt yes best bet replace that part what about the front part of the gard had to be a rear end or back up hit. Easy fix ......
     
  10. Garagekeeper

    Garagekeeper Senior Member
    Messages: 459

    Not an uncommon bend RhinoL&L. What you need to do is remove the four mounting bolts and take the hitch bar to anyone that has a hydraulic press and have the straighten it out for you. You will more then likely have to work a bit to reinstall the new mounting bolts as the framework sometimes doesn't spring back all the way.
    :rolleyes: John...
     
  11. RhinoL&L

    RhinoL&L Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Thanks for all the info guys. Also thanks again to B&B for resizing and posting the pics. I think ill talk to a friend who does welding and other metal work. Im sure hell be able to fix it one of the ways you guys mentioned. Thanks for all the help.