I once owned a 60 ton press and a 6000 pound hydraulic load cell. The load cell looks like a machined steel hockey puck with a hydraulic gauge threaded into one side. The gauge is calibrated in pounds, as in pounds on the load cell, *not* pounds per square inch. Do I know the piston diameter or can get to it to measure it? Nope. Anyway, when I was bringing up the big press, I thought I'd ease it down on the load cell. Inch, inch, inch (still nothing) one more teeny bump and the load cell gauge is dead. Tonight for grins I put in a 2000 psi gauge I had lying around and stuck the thing in my bench vise. It certainly still works, it's just the gauge that broke.
If I had a nice calibrated 1000 pound weight I could figure out the piston diameter, then I could figure out what psi rating gauge to get and how to calibrate its dial. But I don't. Calls for an inspired idea, just exactly what this NG is good for. Anyone feeling smart tonight?
Grant Erwin Kirkland, Washington