Height Measuring Stick

Discussion in 'Heavy Haul Trucking Forum' started by mtgmaker, May 7, 2015.

  1. mtgmaker

    mtgmaker Light Load Member

    Feb 13, 2014
    Jacksonville, FL
    Guys what is a good place to buy a height measuring stick without emptying out the bank account?
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  3. Slay

    Slay Light Load Member

    Jan 7, 2015
    Make one out of thick wall pvc pipe. Two ten foot pieces, one union and a 90 degree elbow. No glue needed.Use 1 inch diameter or greater so it will not flex.
  4. mc8541ss

    mc8541ss Road Train Member

    Sep 22, 2007
    Lower Alabama
    U.S. cargo control. . Com
  5. 315wheelbase

    315wheelbase Heavy Load Member

    Oct 26, 2014
    found one on the net for $150 a few years ago,,most only go 15ft,, I used to measure off the deck then measured the deck to ground
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  6. icsheeple

    icsheeple Trailing the Herd

    Nov 1, 2013
    Kansas City, KS
  7. 281ric

    281ric Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    ive seen some pilot cars use a surveyor measuring stick
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  8. Heavy Hammer

    Heavy Hammer Road Train Member

    May 1, 2013
    In purgatory
    How much high stuff do you do?
    How much does it cost to be wrong and hit a bridge?
    I paid >$300 for mine! it's a high quality survey one that has a tape in the sight that let's me measure fractions up to 25'. I do a lot of high loads, so to me it was dirt cheap.
    If you do lots of high work, it's a valuable and wise investment to buy a good one. Look for a survey supply outfit for one of the high end units. The T/A at Walcott, IA. has some lower end very usable ones for about $150 if I recall.
    Last edited: May 8, 2015
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  9. catalinaflyer

    catalinaflyer Road Train Member

    Oct 23, 2008
    Wichita, KS
    If your measuring up to 15' then I recommend this http://www.amazon.com/Quick-Click-H...8&qid=1431607266&sr=8-2&keywords=height+stick

    Over 15' and this is about your only option http://www.amazon.com/26-ft-Sokkia-...bs_263_15?ie=UTF8&refRID=08S03NJGZ7K2WN6VAAZH
    And you'll need to either buy a blade kit for it or get a piece of 4' aluminum angle and make a blade.

    I have both and prefer the smaller one most of the time. I personally would not recommend making your own especially if your going to be using it often or hauling high value loads. I don't know about anyone else but the last thing I want to do is try to explain to an insurance lawyer how accurate my home made piece of pipe is when facing a several million dollar claim.
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  10. passingthru69

    passingthru69 Road Train Member

    Yep, one inch off can cost you a bunch of money
  11. macavoy

    macavoy Road Train Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Houston, Tx
    Do y'all really just go full speed through bridges / underpasses where your within 2 inches? I don't got enough balls to trust a sign that's been up for years when you factor in spring thaw shifts.

    I would 100% trust a homemade tape measure stick because I'd rather trust something I've set up and made and know is right because I don't trust other people to secure my load.

    Its about trusting yourself and respecting that with open deck freight you are responsible for securing your freight, its my children's future on the line.
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