I was searching for silent dock hardware and came across HitcHinge.ca. Right away I loved the fact that it was a local company that was close to our cottage. The design looked solid and I was about to do the docks for this season and did not want to deal with the cold water, pins and then the noise of the dock for the season.
I emailed HitcHinge and got a response right away and was lucky enough that our local Home Hardware had some in stock. I headed to the store and bought 6 HH to replace all hardware on our dock.
Once I got the product I could tell it was well thought out and had care and time spent to build each unit. Each unit is light due to the material but solidly built, all the welds looks very good (not an easy task with aluminium).
I was able to use my existing bolts and hardware for most of the install. Once I had the plates installed it was an easy task to mount the hitch to the hinge. Before this would involve me using a bunch of rope and determination to balance the docks to get the pins in, in this case I just had to lift the docks onto the hinge and bolt it down.
They have been installed for about a week now and the best part is no noise, we just hear the water hitting the dock.
Redstone Lake Haliburton.
I am so pleased to tell you how impressed I am with your hitch hinge product. I have just completed the build and launch of my new 12 x 24 ft floating dock and 16 ft ramp. I have attached both ends of the ramp with your hitch hinge and was amazed with the ease at which I could connect my ramp. For the past 20+ years I have struggled spring and fall with alignment of the hinge holes to insert or remove pivot rods. I have devised a process where I can install and remove the dock as a 1 man job but always struggle with the hinges. This time I simply sat the hinge on the pin at the doc end. Then positioned the ramp and lifted it into place sitting on the pin. No panic trying to align holes and insert pins while holding the ramp.
I had 10 people on the dock while I completed the task of tightening the locks and they were impressed with the whole system. I think we will see more of your hitch hinges around the lake by next spring.
Thanks for the great product.
Just installed a set today on a dock rebuild. Great product. Works perfectly and easy to install the dock without having to line everything up, and have someone hold things in place while pins or screws are attached.
What a great system. I’ve got my ramps halfway done!!
It just keeps growing & growing!
I decided to leave the old pin system when putting my docks in, as it was way too difficult! The amount of times I'd lose a pin in the water was crazy. I heard about the HitcHinge & ordered a few right away! Thanks to Gary & RuthAnne for installing the docks, so happy about it all! My docks are now silent & extremely easy to put in each year. Thank you so much Dock HitcHinge !!
If you haven't heard of them, you should definitely check them out!
The HitcHinge is easily worth the extra cost over using a traditional pin hinge.
Our dock has a large ramp that connects a fixed dock on shore with a floating dock. For years, this used traditional pin hinge, and it was a nightmare to install. Previously, it took 5 people, two to hold the ramp on the moving floating dock, two to stabilize each side on the fixed dock, and one to reach under and put in the pin into the holes that were never aligned properly. I was really afraid someone would get hurt as this heavy dock could easily pinch a hand.
We rebuilt the ramp using the HitcHinge and the problem is solved. Two people simply lift the ramp onto the fixed dock, tighten the bolts, and we are done. Even better, the ramp (and whole dock) is more stable, and the gap between the fixed dock and ramp is gone as we could build the decking to overlap the hinge. No more feet falling into the gap.
Worth every penny in my opinion, and I highly recommend it.