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best place to chain up for shock loads

ie. stump pulling.

Where the best place (in terms of not damaging the truck) to attach a chain to, around a hitch ball?, the receiver cross tube?, the front hooks?
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Hitch ball on a good strong mount.
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Not the front tow hooks or yours will look like mine. The rear hitch is your best bet

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Dang, how'd you do that???
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ie. stump pulling.

Where the best place (in terms of not damaging the truck) to attach a chain to, around a hitch ball?, the receiver cross tube?, the front hooks?
Just FYI.......I was doing this one time, when the chain broke. The broken chain link went through my rear diff cover like a bullet!!!!!!! I have often thought about..."What if it had come through the rear window!!!!!!
YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But it is your truck and your time!
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Yea don't be dumb about it. Chains are very dangerous if not used properly. Don't give it all slack then take off like a mad man. Short, solid jerks are best for stump removal.
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Always lay a blanket or old coat on the chain or strap, ideally about 1/2 between you and what you are pulling.

If the chain or strap breaks it will just lay down.
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do you guys recommend going around the receiver cross tube or using a ball mount/pintle type hook?
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If you have a pintle then that would be ok, otherwise I would go around the receiver on both sides of the ball/pintle to spread the load out.
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An empty ball mount with a 3/4" screw pin clevis works well too.

I would go around the ball. It is made to handle the load and spread it to the receiver. Applying force anywhere else is going against the engineering design.
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I wouldn't wrap the chain around my hitch. As soon as you go to yank the chain will bind into the receiver and scratch bend and dent the crap out of it. If you really must use a heavy duty pintal hitch and do short almost no slack jerks, better yet buy a 40k tow strap thats what I have when I pull smaller trees and scrubs out. I use a 1/2" six foot long chain around the tree/shrub then a 20T shackle thats hooked between the chain and strap loop and the other loop of the strap directly to the receiver pin. I also use a old heavy dickies jacket layed on the strap just incase something breaks

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Buyers Receiver Mounted Tow Eye, 12,000 GTW - Tractor Supply Co.

Plus 40k# strap with sewn eyes, that way the only connection that's not fabric wrapped through a sewn eye is the forged eye in the receiver
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Hang on just a second here, were recommending this guy go out and get big heavy duty stuff, and for all we know the stump is only a sapling.


To the OP, what kind of stump, how big, what kind of ground, what prep work has been done, and what equipment do you already have?
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I recommended a rubber band that only shoots hunks of metal away from my truck, I think that's pretty much what I'll call a "universal application".

Putting a strap around a 2" chrome ball is like an adult Red Ryder bb gun when the shank shears off.
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Backhoe works best!!!!!!! If it is a big enough to worry about breakage!!!!
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