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Powerfab Sight Gauge Repair on Alan's digger

Many towable diggers are fitted with sight gauges to show the oil level in the hydraulic tank. These often get broken or start to leak.

Alan has recently repaired the one on his Powerfab digger and has kindly provided the information and pictures for this page.

Sight gauge

The original sight level had a broken glass so Alan could only fill up the tank level with the bottom of the gauge.

Sight gauge Powerfab digger

Here's the new gauge fitted.

Sight gauge

Here Alan has filled up the tank to the correct level.

Alan got his Oil level indicator online from Phoenix Hydraulic & Electrical Peterborough.

Sight gauge

Alan's Powerfab is now back in action. He is working in a restricted space and has removed 100 wheel barrows of soil at this point. The Powerfab fills the barrow with just two bucketfuls.

Alternative Repair Method if no sight glass is available

If you have a broken or leaking sight gauge and you can't get one anywhere or are in a hurry there is another way to keep your digger working, just do away with it. If you blank the holes in the tank off so they are oil tight then you can keep working the digger. You can easily make a dip stick for level checking and make some marks on it based on the position of the existing site gauge.