Any advice on cutting off a hitch pin.

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  1. jim1999

    jim1999 New Member

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    Ok here is the deal. I went to remove my draw bar the other day and my key broke off in the lock completely flush with the lock. [:(!]

    And before anyone says I should have lubricated the lock I did, 3x's in 2 days before even attempting to turn the key.

    So anyway, I am looking for advice on cutting the lock off or the pin. Doesn't matter which as I am going to replace the entire set up anyway.

    The lock is a "dead bolt" style like http://www.etrailer.com/Locks/DeadBolt/40107.html but the pin itself look like a standard hitch pin with the curve on the other end.

    What would be better. Use a grinder with a cut off wheel or take it to a welding shop and have them use a torch to cut it off, or what?
     
  2. He Ruide

    He Ruide New Member

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    Jim,

    If you already have a grinder with a cut off wheel I would try that first. Just be sure to wear safety glasses.

    Ruide
     
  3. awsandlin

    awsandlin Active Member

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    A sawzall would be slower that a grinding wheel, but it might be able to get in there where the grinding wheel can't. You might wear a blade out, but they are less than $2.00 and you can get one that will cut through the pin.
     
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    rocketspen New Member

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    We had the that problem too a few years back. Reciprocating Saw aka Sawzall took care of it. Good Luck.
     
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    A hacksaw and a case of Red Bull?

    Seriously, I think the cutoff wheel or reciprocating saw is your best bet. Good luck!
     
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    themanfromvan Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds

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    I think you may have made up my mind for me regarding the locking pin that came with our Trailblazer. That thing is coming OFF
     
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    nhcaveman Barrington, NH

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    If you had to a Dremel with a cut off wheel that would work rather quickly as well. You've got me nervous now, that lock looks similar to the Master brand lock on my trailer, I better check that today, first trip coming right up.
     
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    brownsrlz New Member

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    Same problem last year.Except I lost my key. I used a cutoff wheel and it worked good.
     
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    I would also vote for the cutoff wheel but then it's what I have in the garage. I never leave the ball mount in the hitch so I 've never had a need for a lock. As soon as I unhitch the PUP, the ball mount comes off and is stowed in the back of the TV. I put a cover on the ball to keep from getting grease on anything. Learning from past experiences, I keep the receiver and ball mount clean and coated to prevent corrosion. Big problem for us Northerners.
     
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    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

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    You have a PM on the way.

    EDIT: Sent email instead.
     
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    I would go with a grinder and cut off disc.

    If you have a dremmel with a cut off disc that would work well too plus with its smaller size you could get into a tight space.
     
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    I had the same thing happen to me.I tried a angle grinder but it wouldnt fit,i used a sawzall.About 10 seconds and it was off.
     
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    I had that happen to me with a Masterlock brand pin. I took it to a welding shop and for a beer he cut it off with a torch.

    I now remove the drawbar whenever I don't need it. No more rusty locks for this kid......
     
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    I had this happen on an old TV. I used a die grinder with a cut off wheel. I would think an angle grinder would be to large, but the die grinder fit just fine. A dremel with a cut off wheel would work as well. I've used a dremel to cut bearing races, you'll go through a few discs but it will get the job done.
     
  15. Hacksaw

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    Put the drawbar in place and use a regular hitch pin without a lock...after about 3 months there will be no danger of it being stolen as it will be rusted in place.Must be the Minnesota Nice thing but I have never had nor heard of anyone I know having a drawbar stolen out of the receiver,the only ones I know of that were stolen were stolen from the toolbox and the back of the truck. I'd go with a sawzall with a good blade.
     
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    We just use a regular hitch pin. Whenever we're not towing the camper I remove the hitch. This way it won't get rusted into the receiver. Also I don't like leaving it on because it seems whenever I do more often than not I'm banging my shins on the thing.
     
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    Must be something with that brand. That is what I have on there. A Master lock pin lock. I had the coupler lock too but that gave me problems the first time I used it and I tossed it in the trash can and bought a long shanked pad lock for the coupler.

    Once I get this stupid lock taken care of the next fun will be getting the draw bar off. It has been in there for almost 3 years now. I tried to pull it off last year and I know it is stuck in there good. Been spraying it almost daily with penetrating oil. Right now I am thinks Oak tree and logging chain. [:D] [:D]
     
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    If the toothy part of the key is in there.... have you tried simple craming in a large flathead screw driver and wrenching on it?
     
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    I had one get stuck on my old truck. I "threw it in for free" when I sold the truck a few years ago. There was no way it was coming off!
     
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    Just make sure it is your oak tree and there is no one any within 3x the length of your chain. I saw a former neighbor hook up to the streetlight pole and give it hell...,it is amazing how funny a GMC van looks when crushed into a V from a fallen light pole :).Totaled Van-$6000, Light pole and associated electrical work $4000, fine for destruction of city property with court costs $1000. Look on his wife's face PRICELESS! all that for a $25 drawbar!
     

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