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Old 26 September 2015, 14:09   #1
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Pressed trailer coupling or cast?

I've just changed the coupling and the new one is pressed

Am I being snobby or is this a cheaper and less strong option.

I'm assured its up to the job but I could do with a bit of reassurance
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Old 26 September 2015, 14:27   #2
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Well it's presumably rated for the job you need but it's clear from the prices that cast ones have a higher perceived value.
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Yep. Correctly rated but why is cast perceived as better?
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Having had a pressed coupling "spread" on the 50mm ball , causing the dinghy and trailer to part from the car only to be held by the cable.

Luckily this happened just after we had left the M5 motorway (2 minutes) and were in a slow moving traffic queue.

You pays your money and all that.
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Cast for me don't like the stamped out type
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I've had both over the years, I have had a cast head crack & fail. The pressed ones do look flimsy, but I've never had one fail. Despite the failure of the cast one in the past, I actually prefer cast over pressed, there's something reassuring about that solid lump of metal. Probably irrational considering my previous experience. Theoretically cast will be brittle, whereas pressed will be ductile & "stronger". This probably accounts for the difference in appearance, cast needs to be chunkier & massively constructed to allow for the brittle nature of the metal.


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