2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10, Page #95
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He Made His Own Platform Weigh Scale
"Having my own on-farm platform scales has saved me a lot of time hauling grain to town," says Mark Musser, Beecher City, Ill.
  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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2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10