|Item Weight||4.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||8 x 6.5 x 5.8 inches|
|Item model number||LM1000|
|Manufacturer Part Number||LM1000|
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Sherline LM 1000 - Trailer Tongue Weight Scale - 1000LB
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The scale uses a simple hydraulic principle to convert pressure into a reading in pounds on the gage. No delicate electronics, no batteries, and only one moving part. It is available with gages reading to 1000 lb, 2000 lb, or 5000 lb for 5th wheel trailers that typically carry a larger percentage of the overall weight on the gooseneck. Stop guessing and start towing safely. Reasonably priced for individual trailer owners. Great for travel clubs and trailer dealers too. The scale is machined from solid billet steel and aluminum. It has a 3.25" body diameter and is about 4.5" high without the included screw-on hitch extension. (6.75" with extension installed.) Actual weight is 4.4 lb. Gage diameter is 2.75".
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I took mine to the gym. Added 45 pound weights, total of four. One weight the needle barely moved. Two weights register ~ 70 pounds. Three weights ~ 100 pounds. Four weights ~ 125 pounds. I did not want to stack more weights for fear it would topple. With four weights it should have registered 180 pounds ~ +/- 5 pounds not 55 pounds. Not impressed. I hope it is more accurate at center scale but I have no way of checking. This was supposed to eliminate the guessing or using the truck scales but it hasn't.
The gauges can be changed out to accommodate heavier or lighter loads. My ideal tongue weight is 500 lbs. so I opted for the 0 to 1,000 lb. range gauge.
If, like me, you have a hard time deciding between the 1000 and 2000lb model, it was nice to learn in the manual that only the gauge is different between the two. You can attach any suitable gauge (1/4" NPT I think) to get a different weight range.
In part you want to stay within the recommendation of your vehicle manufacturer but more importantly it has a great impact on the stability of the rig.
This particular one works extremely well. I own a tow hauler so the cargo varies greatly but being able to know the tongue weight and redistribute the load accordingly helps a lot and generally makes for a much more pleasant towing experience.
There is one fairly substantive area in which it needs improvement though. The screw-in spindle that goes up into the tongue cavity is too short. It needs to be about 1/2" longer in order to reach all the way up into the trailer tongue that I have and I'm sure there are others with the same issue. At the spindle's current length, the trailer tongue flange bottoms out on the scale rim before the spindle touches the top of the tongue cavity. The only way the spindle can be used on my trailer is if I stick something up into the tongue cavity to make it less deep. Otherwise, I can only use this scale at the jack foot. I tried to put a piece of wood across the tongue opening, but there is just enough of a protrusion from the trailer frame at the back end of the tongue cavity that the wood doesn't sit perfectly level and flat across the opening. As a result, the wood didn't sit flat across the top of the scale, either. This is a great tool and a great concept, it just needs a slightly longer spindle for me to be able to use it at the most accurate place to weigh, which is at the tongue itself.
UPDATE: Stoopid me, I later realized I can just unscrew the spindle a few turns to increase its effective length. Doing so, I can now lower the trailer tongue onto ONLY the tip of the spindle, with about 1/8" to spare between the tongue flange and the scale's rim. I trust the readings a bit more now, however the fact that I can get slightly different weight measurements each time proves that this is not a "dead-on accurate" device. Your readings can easily vary by +/- 50 lbs each time, so this is not recommended to use if you need to know an exact weight.
It also came with a booklet describing all the different aspects of towing and how to balance a load etc.