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Old 01-18-2018, 09:58 PM   #1
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Hitch scale at princess auto

Princess auto has this hitch scale on sale for January for 22.99 item 8686024
Amazon example is here
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077FHP1W7...iglink20295-20
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Old 01-19-2018, 09:44 AM   #2
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Princess auto has this hitch scale on sale for January for 22.99 item 8686024
Amazon example is here
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077FHP1W7...iglink20295-20
It would be interesting to verify this scale against a Sherline or two. If itís any where near accurate ( which it probably is) a few reference marks on the tube which agreed with the Sherline readings would make it a very economical solution for those who test their tongue weights regularly. As we previously discussed, the $20 Harbor Freight Torque wrenches do an acceptable job without breaking the bank. A person would have to devise a safe support setup to use the scale (which is true with any scale). Worth a try I guess.
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Old 01-19-2018, 12:01 PM   #3
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This is an Australian product, note the use of the word caravan in the description. It looks interesting, one question is, what weight measurement is being used? Pounds or grams? Their Australian site says kilograms, the Amazon photo looks like it may have two scales on the device, but it is too grainy to determine what they are.

Nice price, even with shipping. However, shipping takes 3-5 weeks.
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I will buy one and bring it to the May Rally if others want to check their weight. Just bring your own blocks so the trailer does not roll.
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:48 PM   #5
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I will buy one and bring it to the May Rally if others want to check their weight. Just bring your own blocks so the trailer does not roll.
For those of us in the the States the price and shipping are in Canadian dollars. I ordered one. If it gets here before the Highlands Hammock meet I'll bring it with my Sherline. This won't be damaged if it tips over so I'll keep it with the trailer.
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Nice price, even with shipping. However, shipping takes 3-5 weeks.
I did not look at the price at Princess Auto, that is quite the deal. I was seeing it on Amazon where it was more than twice the price. The Amazon shipping was apparently from Australia, not sure about Princess.
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I had the privilege of watching Frederick Simson weigh many trailers at the Oregon Gathering. He's a professional at his job. What you'll find is very important, is to weigh the tongue at hitch height. For some that's not level! First Frederick would measure the tongue while hitched, chock then unhitch the trailer. Then using the tongue jack, raise or lower the trailer to within about 1/8 inch of measured height. He'd use the Sherline where the tongue jack barely skimmed the surface of the road. He said that was in case something went south and the trailer fell it wouldn't hurt anything.
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The Princess Auto scale is their Power Fist brand, not from Australia. I have several of their tools and they may not be top end but seem to do the job. I would expect this scale to be within their stated 10% accuracy. Its regular price is $35 Canadian.

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I did not look at the price at Princess Auto, that is quite the deal. I was seeing it on Amazon where it was more than twice the price. The Amazon shipping was apparently from Australia, not sure about Princess.
Princess Auto ships from Canada. Shipping looks high until you figure both the item and shipping are in Canadian dollars. For around $34 U.S. + bank fee I decided it was a good deal.
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It looks interesting, one question is, what weight measurement is being used? Pounds or grams? Their Australian site says kilograms, the Amazon photo looks like it may have two scales on the device, but it is too grainy to determine what they are.
The scale is labeled in pounds on the left side and kilograms on the right - markings are at 10 kg increments while numbers are at multiples of 50 kg and the pound equivalents. That's visible but fuzzy in the Amazon listing but clearer in the Princess Auto listing.

I had a look at this scale during a previous sale. It is 51 cm or 20 inches long with no load on it. The 250 kg range of the marked scale is 65 mm long (I took a photo of the scale with tape measure beside it), so the device will compress by 26 mm / 100 kg, or 0.46"/ 100 lb (or 3.85 kg/mm, 215 lb/in).

That means that if your tongue weight is 500 pounds (227 kg), it will compress to 17.7" or 55 cm. You can just read the tape measure in the photo for any weight, and subtract that from the unloaded length. If that's not the normal (towing) height for your tongue, the reading will be wrong... so I suggest that if this device would be too short at your tongue weight, it would be best to use it with a spacer (block of wood, plastic blocks used under jacks, whatever) so that at the target tongue weight the trailer sits at the right level. If the device is too long, it just won't produce the right reading, because tongue weight depends on height, especially with unequalized tandem axles.
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