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HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball

HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball

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This tool makes it easy to install, remove, and carry your heavy weight distribution head assembly. No need to strain your back or get dirty or oily. It uses leverage to enable better distribution of weight for easy and clean maneuvering. Call 800-298-8924 to order HitchGrip accessories and parts part number 303-HG-712 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all HitchGrip products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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HitchGrip Accessories and Parts - 303-HG-712

  • Weight Distribution Hitch
  • Carrying Tool
  • HitchGrip

This tool makes it easy to install, remove, and carry your heavy weight distribution head assembly. No need to strain your back or get dirty or oily. It uses leverage to enable better distribution of weight for easy and clean maneuvering.


  • Carrying tool allows you to lift, carry, install, and remove your ball mount or weight distribution head assembly with ease
    • Avoid grease and dirt to keep hands clean
  • Glass-filled nylon body and handle evenly distribute the weight of your ball mount
    • Ergonomic design reduces stress and risk of back strain
  • Tungsten carbide tips firmly grip and hold the hitch ball
    • Powder coated, 12-gauge steel plates reinforce carbide tips for added strength
  • Simple, easy-to-use design with no moving parts
    • Position HitchGrip on your hitch ball
    • Lift and slide the ball mount in or out of the receiver
  • Made in the USA


  • Application: ball mounts and weight distribution head assemblies with a 2-5/16" ball
  • Maximum recommended drop: 4-1/4" from bottom of hitch ball (top of hitch head) to top of receiver opening
  • Maximum ball neck diameter: 1-5/16"
  • Lifetime warranty

Note: The HitchGrip cannot fit around a ball neck with a diameter greater than 1-5/16".

HitchGrip Maximum Ball Neck Diameter

Easily Install, Remove, and Carry Your Hitch Head

HitchGrip Carry

The HitchGrip is a simple tool that makes it easy to install, remove, and maneuver your weight distribution head assembly. Dealing with an oversized ball mount or heavy weight distribution head can be a real headache. These assemblies can be heavy, awkward to handle, dirty, and genuinely uncooperative. But with the HitchGrip carrying tool, you can do what is needed with your assembly as quickly, cleanly, and painlessly as possible.

The HitchGrip makes it easy to get a good grip on your head assembly. As a result, you won't drop your expensive, heavy equipment, nor will you strain your back trying to awkwardly carry it. It also allows for proper leverage so that you don't have to wiggle and shake the assembly to install or remove it. This saves time and eliminates frustration. And because you don't actually have to touch your head assembly when you use the HitchGrip, you can avoid getting grease and grime onto your hands. This allows you to go from task to task without needing to clean your hands in between.

How to Use the HitchGrip Carrying Tool

HitchGrip Usage Example

First, position the HitchGrip to the side of your hitch ball with the handle pointing toward the rear of your vehicle. Then tilt the tool downward and slide it onto the ball to engage. Make sure that the HitchGrip is centered over the ball mount or hitch head so that the weight will be evenly distributed. Then lift up on the handle of the HitchGrip so that the carbide tips grip the underside of the ball. Once the tool has a good grip on the ball, you can carry and maneuver your ball mount with ease. When you install your ball mount in your hitch receiver, you can also use the HitchGrip to easily line up the hitch pin holes.

Recommended Clearance for Drop Hitches

If your ball mount or head assembly is in the drop position, the HitchGrip may not work on your setup. In order to ensure a good grip and proper leverage, it is recommended that you have no more than 4-1/4" between the top of the hitch head and the top of your trailer hitch receiver. If there isn't enough space between the tool and the top of the hitch head you may not be able to get your hand securely around the handle.

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Video of HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for HitchGrip Weight Distribution 303-HG-712 Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the hitch grip carrying tool. Now this carrying tool allows you to lift, carry, install, and remove your ball mount or weight distribution head assembly with ease. It also keeps your hands off of your ball mount or weight head assembly, which keeps them clean. You don't have to worry about getting them dirty or greasy anymore by using this tool. When it comes to the construction of the tool, it features that glass-filled nylon body and handle. It's also designed to evenly distribute the weight of your ball mount any time you lift with the tool.Also, the ergonomic design is designed so that it reduces stress and risk of back strain.

The unit features tungsten carbide tips that firmly grip and hold the hitch ball. Then we have the powder coated 12 gauge steel plates, which reinforce the carbide tips, for added strength and durability. Very simple to use. It's easy to use. There's no moving parts.

All you have to do is position the hitch grip on your hitch ball. It is designed to work with a 2 5/16" ball, so please keep that in mind.Now you can lift the unit using the tool, and you can slide the ball mount in or out of your receiver. You can easily move it from the hitch to the garage, or from the garage to the shop. It just makes transporting your ball mount or your weight distribution head assembly a lot easier. Now on heavier items like my weight distribution head assembly, it's a lot heavier than my ball mount.

So on something like this, I can definitely do it with one hand, but it's a lot more comfortable if I go ahead and bring in the other, and move it around that way. So it's easy to use, very comfortable to use.It makes the unit, your ball mount or your weight distribution head assembly feel a lot lighter than it actually is. This product is made in the USA. It's covered with a lifetime warranty. Again, it is designed for ball mounts and weight distribution head assemblies that have a 2 5/16" hitch ball.

That's going to do it for today's look at the hitch grip carrying tool.

Customer Reviews

HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball - 303-HG-712

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (144 Customer Reviews)

This tool makes it easy to install, remove, and carry your heavy weight distribution head assembly. No need to strain your back or get dirty or oily. It uses leverage to enable better distribution of weight for easy and clean maneuvering.

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This thing is handy as a pocket on a shirt, it allows installing and removing my W/D hitch without bending . 620061

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I have that tool and makes it ease to lift ball and hitch . 641986

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This is the greatest tool ever. My slug is very large and has grease on the ball with this tool you can pick up your slug with one hand and slide it into the receiver. It is money well spent. A regular customer marty h. 635208

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I’m glad I bought this. It helps me avoid, to a large degree, of physically handling my large heavy hitch assembly and ball with its grease and oblong shape. It’s a little slippery to engage it initially but it’s worth it. 635191

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Works just as advertised. Trying to handle the hitch without this tool is a struggle. This makes it real easy... 565126

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I received my Hitchgrip a couple of days ago and tried it out this afternoon. Very happy-Hitchgrip works exactly as described. Make no mistake, it doesn't cause a 50# hitch-head assembly to weigh any less-it's still heavy as all-get-out. However, managing the weight is now very easy: carrying, attaching it to my truck, and removing it-all much better now. Recommend for anyone looking to make "hitching up" a better experience. Oh, and the purchasing process through eTrailer.com was the best-as always! 595507

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Very handy to carry the ball without having to grab the whole thing. This is really helpful for the weight distribution I have, it's heavy (see photo). The other advantage is if you need to swap out your draw bar/ball and don't feel like, this helps. Thanks to George for the updates! 494082

Its still great! Helps my back and keeps my hands clean.
Dave S - 04/14/2019


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I just received it yesturday and tried it on lifting my receiver hitch and it seems to make so that it is level to carry it but don't know if it will let me slide all the way into the back of my truck. 633471

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Very good service, personnel is friendly, and helpful. 460716

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Very handy product, greatly improves handling the insertion and removal of the hitch. This could be improved on with a means of securing the hitch ball with more than 2 point of contact to eliminate possibility of dropping. 635204

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Although it takes some getting used to in order to "grab" the ball correctly, it makes the job of moving a weight distribution hitch much easier. 635594

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This item is well worth the minimal investment. It certainly saves getting your back "out of whack " when engaging or disengaging a 40 lb. hitch ball assembly. Very convenient when moving the assembly from place to place in my garage or in the bed of my truck. You cannot go wrong with e-trailer. I have purchased several items from them and have always been well satisfied. 643913

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One of the handiest tools I have purchased since I started pulling a camper. My hands stay much cleaner even when working with my weight distribution hitch that has greasy parts. I can take the hitch out of the receiver or put it back in much easier than before I purchased the Hitch Grip. Highly recommended if you don't leave the same hitch in your receiver all the time. 633434

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Looks like a good product, but unfortunately it won't work for me. I ordered it along with a Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight distribution hitch. Unfortunately when my Airstream dealer installed the hitch on my 2017 Ford F250 I found there is too much of a drop between the stinger and the ball mount for my hand to fit when using this carrying tool. I'll have to return it and come up with some other way to lift the 58lb weight of the BO hitch head bolted to the 2½ stinger. 462533

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worked perfect worth every penny for someone with only 1 hand to be independent! 387365

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This tool looks sturdy and well made. I believe that some more design thought should have gone into this product however. Like a movable jaw that grips the ball tighter as more upward force is applied so as to not knock the hitch from the tool and onto your foot or leg. Seems like it is too easy to slide the tool off of the ball laterally. My thoughts. 391841

Great product and a real back saver. Keeps hands & clothes clean as well. A real bargain .
Wayne W - 06/13/2018


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Does a good Job 614287

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A good product just not as easy to carry the weight as I hoped. 635426

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Worked great, and made inserting hitch easier & safer. Unfortunately a new truck requiring a 12" drop changed the layout of my hitch, and I can no longer use this. The handle now hits the drop bar. 559070

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Very handy tool! I have a Husky centerline and the WD head weighs 75lbs, the hitchgrip makes it much easier to move that beast around 565651

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This is a great product. I highly recommend it to anyone that does not want to strain or mess up their hands trying to carry their hitch. This tool makes it a breeze and without the accidental touching of the grease on the ball hitch. Definitely worth the good price! 510236

Kevin v - 05/22/2019


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This tool does exactly what it is supposed to do. Glad to have it, my back is happy too. 595426

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This is in my top 5 tools to ever purchase. This holder makes it so easy to carry that heavy hitch to the truck and use it to insert into the receiver. Absolutely the most valuable tool for my rv. This hitch weighs approximately 80 lbs, with the tool it is much easier to handle and not drop on my foot. 590641

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I'm 70 and out of shape. The weight distribution hitch is very heavy and hard to take on and off because of the weight. This handle doesn't look like much but it works great. It involved a lot of bending, pulling, and 2 handed body-hugging to get it on and off. Slip this over the ball and just lift with one hand. Makes an unmanagable hitch very easy to manage. It is well built and shows no wear. I won't be without one as long as I have one of these hitches. 615431

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