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Old 10-19-2019, 04:22 PM   #21
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Seriously though, cheap so-and-so that I are, I made one of these for about $22.00 (and used about a thousand dollars worth of tools to do it). It's suitable for tongue weights to 350 pounds. If I get a trailer that has a higher tongue weight requirement all I need do is replace the gauge. Anything up to 3,000 pounds or so would be fine.

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There is a youtube video that shows how to make something similar but instead of needing a thousand dollars worth of tools the body of the scale is made using a hydraulic bottle jack. A drill motor and a thread cutting die are required as is a wrench.
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Old 10-19-2019, 05:09 PM   #22
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There is a youtube video that shows how to make something similar but instead of needing a thousand dollars worth of tools the body of the scale is made using a hydraulic bottle jack. A drill motor and a thread cutting die are required as is a wrench....
I had seen that video before, and it's a clever solution. If I had used a bottle jack I would have gone through the side of the cylinder and I'd still be able to use the jack as a jack. (It would just have slightly less operating range.)

Harbor Freight has a 4-ton bottle jack for $17.99, so by the time I bought the gauge I would have more money into it than mine, but less time spent. Still, it sounds like a fun challenge. Maybe I'll do it just for kicks.

Unless the jack has the correct diameter ram (1-1/8 inches) the readings will have to be converted. Mine is direct reading no matter what gauge I use as long as it's Imperial (not metric).

Of course: I already had the tooling.

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Oh, here's another way, if you already have a porta-power (I do).



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