Bulldog Cast Head Coupler w/ Wedge Latch - 2-5/16" Ball - Adjustable Channel - 14,000 lbs

Bulldog Cast Head Coupler w/ Wedge Latch - 2-5/16" Ball - Adjustable Channel - 14,000 lbs

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  • 2-5/16 Inch Ball Coupler
  • Coupler Only
  • 14000 lbs GTW
  • Bulldog
  • Trigger Latch
Durable cast coupler features the easy-to-use Wedge Latch for simple, quick hookup and can be used with an adjustable-height bracket for moderate customization. Call 800-298-8924 to order Bulldog adjustable trailer coupler part number BDA256C0317 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Bulldog products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Bulldog Cast Head Coupler w/ Wedge Latch - 2-5/16" Ball - Adjustable Channel - 14,000 lbs. Adjustable Trailer Coupler reviews from real customers.


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Bulldog Adjustable Trailer Coupler - BDA256C0317

Durable cast coupler features the easy-to-use Wedge Latch for simple, quick hookup and can be used with an adjustable-height bracket for moderate customization.


Features:

  • Heavy-duty coupler is ideal for utility, livestock, cargo and construction trailers
  • Wedge-style latch is secure and easy to use
  • Adjustable coupler mounts to weld-on channel bracket (sold separately)
    • Mounting hardware included


Specs:

  • Application: Bulldog 3" wide adjustable channel bracket
  • Ball size: 2-5/16"
  • Length: 9-1/4"
  • Capacity: 14,000 lbs
  • Limited 5-year warranty


A256C0317 Bulldog Adjustable Channel Mount, Wedge-Latch Cast Head Coupler - 14,000 lbs






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Video Transcript for Bulldog Adjustable Trailer Coupler - Coupler Only - BDA256C0317 Review

Today we'll be reviewing part number BDA256C0317. This is the Bulldog Cast Head Coupler with a Wedge Latch. It is designed to work with 2-5/16" hitch balls. The heavy-duty coupler is ideal for utility, livestock, cargo and construction trailers. The wedge-style latch is secure and easy to use. It just has a trigger latch here on the bottom that allows you to disengage from or to engage the hitch ball.

It also has a space here for a coupler pin or a coupler lock. Also when you move it to this position there's a little dived or cutout right there so that way you can reinsert the coupler pin or coupler lock to hold it up in this position as you disconnect or as you connect to the ball. The adjustable coupler mounts to a weld-on channel bracket and that is sold separately with part number BDAC3000300. Mounting hardware is included. You can see that we have the bolts and the locknuts. This is designed to fit the Bulldog adjustable channel bracket.

Here on the bottom you can see that as I lift up on our latch, it moves our wedge up and down. With it in the up position it's going to allow a 2-5/16" hitch ball; it'll fit nicely in there. You release the latch and it's going to hold it securely in place. You can see that when I pull straight out it does not disengage but it does give us the maneuverability that we need. To disconnect, you lift up on the latch and it's going to release the hitch ball.

This coupler is going to give us a gross weight capacity of 14,000 lbs. Let's go over a few measurements. The overall length is going to measure 9-1/4". The distance that we have from the center of 1 hole to the center of the other is going to be 2" and then from the center of this top hole to the top of the coupler is going to measure 7/8". The overall width here on top is going to give us about 2-7/8" and then here on the underside, the channel width is going to give us a measurement of 2-1/4". That's going to do it for today's review of part number BDA256C0317. This is the Bulldog cast head coupler for 2-5/16" hitch balls.

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Customer Reviews

Bulldog Cast Head Coupler w/ Wedge Latch - 2-5/16" Ball - Adjustable Channel - 14,000 lbs - BDA256C0317

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (74 Customer Reviews)

Durable cast coupler features the easy-to-use Wedge Latch for simple, quick hookup and can be used with an adjustable-height bracket for moderate customization.

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Excellent fit, works well as replacement for previous coupler which failed 500063



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Nice heavy duty. Adjustable Coupler fits great. The lever to lock it is the kind I prefer. Its easy to open and close. Thanks, Stephanie. 103076



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This is a substantial ball hitch. I haven't installed it yet since I intend to paint it. The gray paint on it seems to be only a primer and it isn't adhering well to the metal. So I wire-wheeled the paint off. That was a quick job--the gray came off easily. Some lacquer thinner will clean the metal and then the metal primer will adhere well. Then I'll paint it to match the CornPro trailer. This hitch can be locked with a regular lock, or so it appears. I haven't tried it yet to be sure. The ball socket is simply the rough casting, like all the rest of the hitch, so I hope it won't roughen up the ball. Grade 5 bolts with nylon insert nuts were included. The trailer had grade 8 bolts. So I will keep an eye on the wear. I would rather replace worn bolts every few years than have grade 8 bolts wear the softer bolt holes. On a 6,000 GTW trailer, I don't think grade 5 bolts will be sheared off. 663621



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Parts were just what we ordered, and service was even better! Everything arrived even faster than I expected. Thanks! 501783



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Great Quality and fast shipping! Much appreciated! 450310



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Holds up great, been using almost daily hauling my Bobcat e42 excavator 312151



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It was exactly what I was looking for. Great service and quick shipping. 275004



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I like the quality. It works so much better than the cheap coupler the trailer came with! 272283



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Nice hitch easy to find the exact one I needed 271188



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Fast shipping... Excellent product, very stout! 270889



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As always, exactly what I wanted and within the specified time frame. No complaints. 234014



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Great service as always. Bought this product before and been happy with it. 157484



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I replaced the clam shell coupler on my Big Tex dump trailer with this one and I really like it. So much easier to use. 150435



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You have excellence service. I needed a ball hitch for a trailer I had bought and when I ordered it, it was delivered two days later. Wow! What service! You also have really good prices to and a very good selection to choose from. Thanks every so much for everything. Al 109447



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Very well constructed, easy install and should last forever! 95156



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The casting of the hitch s excellent. The closure mechanism appears to be sturdy and parts can be replaced when warn. A better quality paint should be used because it"s all chipped and will be removed and re primed. 73829



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Excellent product. The locking mechanism is smooth and easy to operate. Easy to install. Very well built. 72224



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A Hoss of a coupler! Definitely gets the job done! 49425



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Exact replacement for my damaged trailer. You're web site was very easy to use. 47094



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Excellent website, Fast Shipping!! Will do bussiness with again! 42158



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Everything was great but I would suggest that it show prices also in CAD on the site! 464364



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


As always, I'm very happy with my purchase. Fast shipping, getting exactly what I ordered. They always keep me up to date on my orders. Will continue to use them 196689



- BDA2565C0317
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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


eTrailer was great to work with. Product Shipped way quicker than expected and there was no issues. I will definitely be going back to them in the future. 148905



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Have used you site for a while now and am always pleased with the purchases I make. we are a contracting company Iam the person that keeps are equipment serviced and maintained . So any trailer and equipment needs etrailer is our go to now . This was a great replacement came out prompt and exact replacement for the damaged trailer receiver ALWAYS FAST AND WELL MADE PRODUCTS 646510



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Very timely delivery of exceptional product. Etrailer is on my "to do business with". 644753



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


This will work perfect and I will keep working with etrailer for all of the necessary parts that I am desperate for They always have the best items to choose from 619271



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Great 575864



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Impressed with the quality of this coupler, fulfilled my needs exactly. REALLY impressed with the fast service, had my order in 2 days. Thanks for the great service 565817



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


fast shipping, received all product as ordered in good shape. 557178



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Great price, quality product & fast ship. What more can a person ask for 556914



- BDA2005C0317
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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Very nice heavy duty 556072



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


GREAT COMPANY TO DO BUSINESS WITH,EVERYTHING WAS JUST AS LISTED GOOD PRICE ,GREAT SHIPPING !! 505246



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


As always, I have nothing but praise for eTrailer and their products. I love the BullDog hitches and use them on all of my trailers (I have quite a few) and I would definitely recommend them. 474830



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Thank you Sandy, you told me it would be delivered Fri and it was 461037



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Excellent transaction, fast shipping, great price. 456752



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Should be perfect for what i'm doing. However, don't forget to buy a pin for the latch because it doesn't come with one. Also, the channel is 11.75 long if that helps 448229



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Exactly what I wanted at a great price 439023



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Quality steel, good stuff 367951



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Quality steel, good stuff 369736



- BDA2005C0317
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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


happy with the hitch i ordered, shipped on time and received in great shape 364475



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Received the order, just what I wanted, quick delivery, thanks, 323793



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Perfect match again thanks George 316137



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Great product! Perfect for a trailer that is used by multiple tow vehicles. Very robust. 314248



- BDA2005C0317
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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Exactly what I was looking for. Adjustable, heavy duty and built to last. 306030



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Yes we were pleased with your product 298079



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Great product and easy to install. As always, great service and fast shipping at a great price!! 282742



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Great service. Arrived on time. And nobody can beat your prices. Thanks john 266904



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Used this to replace the stock coupler on a new trailer. It is just what was needed. Good experience and good follow-up from the seller. 250080



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Great service from etrailer and great hitch. Don't count on the primer holding up long so paint asap. 241885



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Review from a similar Bulldog Wedge Latch in Adjustable Trailer Coupler


Nice heavy duty 235362


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  • Recommended Coupler Lock for Bulldog Cast Head Coupler
  • Thanks for the photo of your coupler! It looks like it is a Bulldog Cast Head Coupler with Wedge Latch, 2-5/16 inch Ball # BDA256C0317. I spoke with my contact at Bulldog about a coupler lock for your trailer. He said that because of the shape of the # BDA256C0317 coupler, a lock that secures inside the coupler where the ball fits is not ideal. He suggested using a traditional coupler lock that secures the coupler at the latch. I really like the Bulldog Adjustable Coupler Lock #...
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  • Is There A 2-5/16 Inch Trailer Coupler With A 25,000 Lbs. Capacity That Fits A 3 Inch Channel
  • The Bulldog Trailer Coupler, # BDA256C0317, is made to use with the Bulldog 3-Position Adjustable Channel Bracket, # BDAC3000300. This bracket has a inside width of 3 inches. Keep in mind that manufacturing tolerances allow for this bracket to be slightly wider or narrower. The only coupler I have with 25,000 lbs capacity is the flat mount Bulldog Cast Head Coupler, # BD4425000317. The highest rated height adjustable channel coupler I have is the Demco model # DM07678-95 rated for...
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  • Replacement Pin for Bulldog Coupler Lock and Replacement Bulldog Adjustable Coupler
  • If you are looking for just the pin portion of coupler lock # BD580410 I am afraid that it is not available by itself. If you need an actual adjustable coupler then there are several Bulldog adjustable couplers available. We have the following and maybe you can identify the one you need: # BDA256C0317 (14k, 2-5/16 inch ball) # BDA200C0317 (8k, 2 inch ball) # BD028390 (7k, 2 inch ball) # BD028657 (15k, 2-5/16 inch ball) The first two have a wedge latch. The second two are the...
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  • Do Mounting Bolts in a Channel Coupler Need to be Tight
  • When mounting a cast head coupler like Bulldog # BDA256C0317 to its mounting channel you will want to torque the mounting bolts to the specification indicated by the manufacturer in the instructions. The torque spec will vary from coupler to coupler. You do not want the head to be loose in the mounting channel; the design of such couplers relies on a firm grip of the coupler head inside the channel to allow it to deliver its rated performance. I have included a link to our range of cast...
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  • Dimensions of the Bulldog Cast Head Coupler w/ Wedge Latch # BDA256C0317
  • The Bulldog Cast Head Coupler w/ Wedge Latch, part # BDA256C0317, is for a 2-5/16 inch hitch ball. I went out to the warehouse and measured the Bulldog coupler. The two bolts are 5/8 inch bolts and the distance between the upper and lower bolt holes, center-to-center, is 2 inches. The bolt holes do measure 7/8 inch from the center of the bolt holes to the back of the coupler. The width of the coupler actually measured with a digital caliper was 2.843 inches, which is 2-27/32 inches....
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  • Recommended Coupler Locks for Bulldog Cast Head Coupler # BDA256C0317
  • I pulled one of the Bulldog # BDA256C0317 couplers off the shelf, and tested it with various coupler locks. Other than the deadbolt style locks like the # RC6SS that pass through the latch, I found three locks that would work pretty well for you. The fit of the Blaylock EZ Lock # BLTL-33 was a bit loose, but once the locking bar was slid into place, I was unable to remove the lock by hand, although a pry bar might get it off. The Master Lock Universal Trailer Coupler Lock, # 379DAT...
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  • Will An Adjustable Trailer Coupler Help With Clearance On A Horse Trailer With Weight Distribution
  • If you use the Bulldog Adjustable Trailer Coupler, # BDA256C0317, with the Bulldog Adjustable Channel Bracket, # BDAC3000300, it is adjustable and can raise the coupler height, which could keep the trailer from being level with the vehicle. This will cause problems when hooking up and turning with your weight distribution system. With the coupler being higher it will not allow the spring bars to work properly and distribute the load evenly to the vehicle and the trailer. So the weight distribution...
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  • Adjustable Bracket And Coupler Recommendation For 7000 Lb Trailer
  • We do carry some replacement parts for couplers, however we do not carry replacement parts that would work for the coupler you have provided pictures of. We do have some options for you to consider. For an adjustable channel coupler, I recommend the Bulldog Cast Head Coupler, part # BDA256C0317. This coupler has fits a 2-5/16 inch ball. The channel I would recommend for this coupler is the Bulldog 5-Position Adjustable Channel Bracket for Cast Head Couplers, part # BDAC5000300. This...
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  • What is the Tongue Weight Capacity of Bulldog Cast Head Channel Mount Coupler
  • The tongue weight capacity of this coupler is 1,400 pounds.
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  • What Size Channel Does Bulldog Cast Head Adjustable Channel Coupler Fit
  • The Bulldog Cast Head Coupler with Wedge Latch is made to fit the Bulldog 3-Position Adjustable Channel Bracket part # BDAC3000300. The inside width of this bracket is 2.81 inches or 2-13/16 inches.
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  • Will Bulldog Coupler # BDA256C0317 Fit Demco Actuator DM8102222
  • Yes, the Bulldog Coupler part # BDA256C0317 will fit the channel of the Demco actuator part # DM8102222. The channel of the actuator is the same standard 3 inch channel that the coupler is designed to fit.
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