Originally Posted by k corbin
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.