What to look for in Truck Scales?

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A new truck scale translates is a huge investment for the owner. It is a complex component, which is why a great deal of thought is required before purchasing one. However, the work doesn’t end once it has been purchased. In fact, that is where the real complexities start because the installation part is just as difficult and it proves to be quite a problem if something goes wrong during installation. This is especially true for those people who are new to this process. For such people, it can prove to be a real problem and they need to be extra careful when purchasing truck scales.

Truck scales don’t come cheap and there are quite a few things that one has to consider when purchasing these truck scales. The first thing to consider is the configuration of the weighbridge. The configuration can vary depending on the use that the scale is intended for and according to the preference of the customer. You need to pick out the correct configuration which suits you so that you don’t have to worry about it too often.

There are a number of components which make up a weighbridge and these affect its configurations to a great deal.


The most common configurations of a weighbridge include the axle scale, full length scale, and multi-axle scale. If this configuration is considered then the truck scale only weighs a single axle and only the tires of the axle group are supported as opposed to accommodating the entire truck. These scales serve to verify that the axle loads do not go over the legal limits.

Full-length scales configuration have a number of modules associated with it, which are placed in an end to end manner. Full-length scales serve to weigh the entire vehicle. These types of scales can prove to be a little challenging for some people, however, this configuration allows most vehicles to meet the requirements placed in most commercial areas.

The last kind of configuration that you get is of multi-axle scale and it serves to account for the weight of the vehicle along with the axle group. In contrast with full-length scales, multi-axle scales are able to manage the weights of the truck along with the weight of the axles simultaneously. This configuration comes at a higher cost and it is acceptable for commercial use. The higher price is mainly due to the additional components present in this configuration which are lacking in the other two.

Foundation Style

Apart from the consideration for configuration, you also have to account for the foundation style of the scale. There are two options in this regard, one is pit-style, and the other is above ground. Foundations favoring pit-style have a requirement for excavation at the site of the scale. This will translate into minimal space being used by the scale. Also, it will not require any ramps to and from the scale. With the pit-style foundation, a drainage system needs to be installed because debris and water will accumulate as the scale is in the ground.

On the other hand, above the ground foundation requires ramps moving to and from the scales, this in turn will take up more space and this space prevents debris from collecting.

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