2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Made His Own Platform Weigh Scale
He used the bed from a 35-ft. semi trailer as a platform and installed four load cells under it, one at each corner. He paid $50 for a used semi trailer bed, which he cut back to 25 ft. He also widened the bed 1 ft. on each side to a width of 11 ft. A read-out monitor at one corner of the scale is enclosed in a weatherproof metal box.
The platform is covered with 3 by 12 bridge planks, which add strength and spread out the truck's weight across a wider area. Musser used salvaged metal to make a roof over the scales.
"I use it to weigh short semi trailers loaded with corn and soybeans," says Musser, who rents land from several different landlords. "I paid $1,000 for the load cells and spent another $150 for other materials."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Musser, 2361 E. 1950 Ave., Beecher City, Ill. 62414 (ph 618 487-5837).
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