About Kevin Lamberth

Kevin is the VP at Central Carolina Scale and has been providing customers proper weighing equipment for their applications for over twenty years. He often writes about scales and weighing equipment solutions. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinlamberth/

All You Want to Know About a Pallet Scale

In today’s entry we focus on pallet scales and discuss some of the most popular questions that we receive regarding these items. One challenge that sometimes exists with pallet scales is the naming of the actual scale. 

Customers refer to them as everything from pallet scales to floor scales to platform scales to warehouse scales. They are even called freight scales or shipping scales by some customers. And sometimes customers refer to a pallet jack scale as a pallet scale.  So it can be confusing for both the customer and the scale technician!

What is a pallet scale?

A pallet scale is usually defined as a platform scale that is large enough to weigh a standard wooden pallet.  The size is normally 48″ x 48″ approximately.  The capacity is usually 5000 pounds. 

4x4 or 5x5 pallet scale

Are pallet scales accurate?

Yes a pallet scale is accurate. A standard industrial style pallet scale is accurate to within 0.1 of one percent. So if you were to place 5000 pounds on the scale, the weighing instrument would display a reading of +/- 5 pounds from 5000.  This is sometimes related to the question, how accurate is a floor scale?  It basically means the same thing.

How much does a freight scale cost?

A typical “freight scale can cost anywhere from $900 to $2800. That’s a wide range but it often depends on who manufacturers the weight indicator and who manufacturers the scale platform. If you’re using a freight scale to weigh an occasional pallet, a lower priced scale might work fine. However, if you’re weighing heavy totes all day long, we recommend you purchase one of the heavy duty scales that are more expensive.

How do you use a pallet scale?

Normally the way that customers use a pallet scale is by simply driving their forklift to the pallet scale and gently setting the pallet down on the scale platform. The pallet weight will then display on the scale controller.

How do you calibrate a pallet scale?

To calibrate a pallet scale you will need to have at least 10% of the capacity available in test weights, a copy of the digital weight indicator technical manual, and ideally a licensed scale technician.

What type of scales are the most accurate?

The most accurate scales are typically laboratory balances and pharmaceutical grade scales. See our balances section on our website or our Sartorius  & Minebea Intec products.

 

How much does 1 empty pallet weigh?

One empty wooden pallet typically weighs around 45 pounds but that number can vary greatly depending how sturdy the pallet was constructed. This sometimes referred to as how much does a 4 foot pallet weigh? This basically is the same question, just re-worded.

Can you use a regular scale as a shipping scale?

You can use a regular scale as a shipping scale as long as the item you’re weighing is able to be accurately weighed. You really need to define what a “regular scale” actually means. If you’re weighing a box that weighs 20 pounds and your “regular scale” only has a 10 pound capacity, that will not work.  Also if you’re weighing a box that is odd shaped like say an umbrella for example, that could possibly hang over the side of a small “regular scale” and touch the desk. If that happens, your weight of the package won’t be correct.

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What kind of scale do I need to weigh packages?

The scale you need to weigh packages ideally can be interfaced to your shipping software. If that happens, it will make shipping easier for you because the weight will populate automatically right into the software. You also need to look at the capacity and platform dimensions to make sure those match up with what you are consistently weighing. Most standard shipping scales that we offer have a 150 pound capacity and the platform dimensions are around 12″ x 14″.  Other sizes and capacities are available.  Same is true with pallet scales.  4×4 5000 pound is the standard but we have all kinds of freight scales available from 3×3 to 4×6 to 5×7.  

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Can I use any scale for shipping?

You can use just about any scale you want for shipping but it often makes more sense to use the correct scale for your application. If you’re shipping pallets via LTL truck, you need to use a 5×5 pallet scale with 5000 pound capacity. If you’re shipping boxes for UPS or FedEx pickup then you need to use a shipping scale that connects to your shipping software like UPS Worldship for example. You’re also going to have to come up with a reliable way to measure the dimensions of the box or pallet as well.

Which pallet scale do you recommend?

The pallet scale that we recommend for you will vary depending on your weighing application. For example, if you are a metal recycling center and you are using your platform scales on a regular basis and putting large amounts of weight on the scale, then we recommend a heavy duty pallet scale. Rice Lake Roughdeck, B-Tek Clydesdale would be a couple of the better choices.  

We hope this entry about pallet scales and shipping and freight weighing has been helpful. Many times customers contact us and they kind of know what they’re looking for but they just need a slight push in the proper direction.  To discuss your application with us call (919) 776-7737 or fill out the RFQ form on our website.

The Peril of Monopoly: The Dangers of Choosing an Industrial Scale Provider who Basically Only Recommends One Scale Brand

In the world of industry and commerce, precision measurement and weighing accuracy are paramount, making industrial scales and laboratory balances an indispensable tool in many industries. When it comes to selecting a reliable provider for your weighing needs, many local businesses seek convenience by opting for a one-stop-shop that sells scales and offers calibration and service support. And, often folks search for old and familiar scale brand they may have heard of years ago.

However, one mistake that some customers make involves choosing a scale supplier who essentially is only offering one brand of scale 99% of the time. This cozy relationship with a sole brand may appear convenient on the surface, but it comes with a range of potential pitfalls that businesses should be wary of. Do the terms Protected Territories, Limited Competition, and High Prices sound familiar? 

This article explores the perils of such an arrangement and underscores the importance of keeping an open mind when it comes to selecting a local industrial scale provider in your area.

1. Limited Product Options:

Relying on an industrial scale provider who predominantly offers one brand of scales leaves your business with limited options. Each industry has unique requirements, and no single scale brand can cater to the diverse needs of every enterprise. By restricting yourself to just one brand of scales, you risk overlooking better-suited alternatives that might provide more accurate readings, advanced features, or even more cost-effectiveness. Opting to work with a local scale company with a wide array of scale options ensures you can find the perfect match for your business requirements.

2. Bias and Unreliable Recommendations:

The inherent conflict of interest in exclusively recommending one scale brand raises questions about the objectivity and credibility of the provider’s suggestions. Is the recommendation driven by the best interest of the client, or is it motivated by financial gains or meeting sales quotas from promoting a particular brand? A biased recommendation might lead to investing in scales that are not truly suitable for your operations, leading to suboptimal performance, increased maintenance costs, or even safety hazards.

3. Lack of Customization and Product Flexibility:

Industrial operations vary widely, and a one-size-fits-all approach to scales simply won’t suffice. By relying on a local scale provider who predominantly deals with one brand, you may face limitations in customizing the scales to match your specific requirements. Customization could involve factors such as scale capacity, platform size, and specialized features, which are critical to ensuring optimal performance and efficient workflow.

There could be situations where your number one scale brand might be a good choice for the scale platform but the scale controller might be a different brand. Is the scale company willing to use another brand?

4. Inadequate Support and Service:

Calibration and regular maintenance are vital to the accurate functioning of industrial scales. Choosing a local scale sales and service provider that primarily deals with one scale brand may limit your access to reliable service and support. They may lack the expertise to handle other scale brands effectively, resulting in subpar calibration or repairs. In contrast, a diversified local scale provider (like Central Carolina Scale) is more likely to have a skilled team capable of servicing a wide range of scale models efficiently.

5. Competitive Pricing:

Monopoly situations can also sometimes lead to inflated pricing. With limited options and no direct competition, the scale provider may not have any incentives to offer competitive prices. As a result, your business might end up paying more for a scale that could be obtained at a better price elsewhere.

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Final Thoughts:

Choosing an industrial scale provider is a crucial decision that directly impacts the efficiency and accuracy of your operations. While the convenience of an all-in-one provider might be tempting, the dangers of opting for one who predominantly deals with a single brand of scales cannot be ignored. The limited product options, protected territories limiting competition, biased recommendations, and inadequate support could all hamper your business’s growth and success.

Instead, we recommend working with a scale company like ours. At Central Carolina Scale, we have good working relationships with many different scale manufacturers. If a customer approaches us and asks for a product or solution for their weighing, we are going to base our product recommendations off things like past success, proven products, overall value, etc… We typically provide multiple reputable choices to customers to consider.

In our experience, rarely is one scale manufacturer the best choice for everything. Some manufacturer really good truck scales. Some manufacturer easy to use digital weight indicators. In fact, we often provide scale systems to customers that have one brand of scale platform and a different brand of digital weight indicator. Most of the time we do that because we’re trying to provide the customer with the best overall scale equipment for their needs.

Should You Choose an ISO Certified Scale Company?

If you do any research on the internet about scale companies and ISO, then most of the time you will only read about how great the certification is and how that is the only way to go. Well, we are going to provide you with a different point of view on the question, should you choose an ISO certified scale company?

The International Organization for Standardization is an international independent, non-governmental organization with a membership of 168 national standards bodies. Their history can be traced back to 1946. The organization develops and publishes international standards. The purpose of achieving ISO certification is to ensure the safety and quality of the product or service. 

There is certainly an argument to be made for the benefit of a scale manufacturer (or any manufacturer) to have quality guidelines and to be ISO compliant. In this situation, it likely makes really good sense. In fact, most of our top scale manufacturers that we offer are ISO 9001. It is a good thing for companies with a lot of employees or companies that build things to a consistent quality level. It’s essentially all about documenting your process and training your staff to follow that process so you produce a consistent product.

However, for a small scale service company with less than ten employees…. does it really make sense to spend thousands of dollars just to have an independent group “approve” or “accredit” how you’ve been successfully operating your business for over forty years?  

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BENEFITS FOR A SCALE COMPANY TO BE ISO CERTIFIED

The ISO certification for scale companies is referred to as ISO/IEC 17025. In order to earn ISO 17025 certification, an industrial scale company must survive an accreditation process from a certified third-party organization that is often expensive and time consuming. And, that’s just the approval, the scale company will also be evaluated every few years in order to renew their certification.

If a scale company has earned ISO 17025 certification they can then boast about their ability to provide high quality precise testing and calibration results and how they can follow a quality management system. 

Some of the external organizations that provide this certification to scale companies are the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and the Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation (PJLA). The process of becoming ISO certified takes time and costs money and of course there is a renewal process that we mentioned earlier which also costs money.  

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BUT I HAVE TO USE A CERTAIN TYPE OF SCALE COMPANY….

One area that is often misunderstood is what customers require or don’t require. Often a customer will be under the impression they can only use a ISO 17025 certified scale company, as specified by their internal quality manual. 

The fact is that scale companies are not required to have ISO 17025 accreditation. There are some folks who will argue that the ISO accreditation provides extra credibility to the scale company and that having an ISO 17025 certificate of calibration displays superior quality control, as opposed to getting a non-ISO 17025 certified calibration of your scale.  You’re also likely to pay a higher hourly rate for this type of scale service as well, even though the scale company is using the same test weights as any other legitimate scale company.

NEGATIVES FOR A SCALE COMPANY TO BE ISO CERTIFIED

So you could almost compare three different categories: (1) ISO scale companies, (2) scale companies who achieved ISO and didn’t renew (but still employ some of the positives w/o the recurring fees) and (3) those that are truly non-ISO scale companies.

But for simplicity, let’s take a moment to truly compare an ISO certified scale company versus a non-ISO scale company.

The following are important points to remember. You can also argue that a scale company, whether ISO or not, is using: the same Class F weights. Those same test weights are tested at the state lab each year (traceability to NIST) for both scale companies. Both scale companies have licensed scale technicians. Both scale companies are documenting the results of the scale check online using Pass / Fail calibration software with tolerances, etc…. So, we have to ask the question…. What exactly are you paying extra $$$ for?

Let’s put this in table form just to make sure you see and understand this.

  ISO Scale Co. Non-ISO Scale Co.
Weights NIST CLASS F NIST CLASS F
Wts Certified? State Lab Yearly (traceable) State Lab Yearly (traceable)
Technicians State Licensed State Licensed
Cal Software Pass/Fail w/ Tolerances Pass/Fail w/ Tolerances
Hourly Charges Typically ~ 25-50% higher Typically ~ 25-50% lower

So, once again we have to ask the question…. What exactly are you paying higher hourly rates for?    Continue reading

Looking for the Price on a 60×11 Truck Scale for Weighing Tanker Trucks

Today we’re going to go in depth and actually put together a truck scale quote for weighing a tanker truck. So we recently received a request from a customer regarding a truck scale. The customer was looking for the price on a 60×11 truck scale for weighing tanker trucks and asked for a quote for an above ground truck scale with at least 100,000 lb. capacity, 60 foot long and 11 foot wide, which they say is just enough for one tanker truck.

Ok, then let’s get that priced out for you. Now, as we always try to mention with these truck scale quotes and scale terminology blog posts, please be aware that these are just estimates and they are not exact figures and pricing is subject to change. We’re simply giving you an idea of what kind of pricing to expect based on current year numbers. And it’s quite possible to possibly get some pricing breaks or discounts depending on when you are reading this and/or looking to order.

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Truck Scale Foundation

Ok, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a look at the costs. You’ll need to get your concrete foundation poured. The most cost effective way to do that is probably to have your own contractor pour the concrete costs for foundations can vary, but it might be somewhere between $18,000 to $28,000.

60×11 Truck Scale Freight

Freight to ship your scale from the manufacturer to you is likely somewhere around $3000. Keep in mind, freight will vary depending on where the scale ships from and where it’s shipping to. Also, you will need to have a crane to offload the scale. You can supply that crane to cut costs if needed. Continue reading

Comparing Truck Scale Quotes from Different Scale Manufacturers

When it comes to purchasing a truck scale for your business, it’s essential to compare truck scale quotes from different scale manufacturers to find the best overall product for your needs. However, comparing truck scale quotes can be a daunting task, especially if you are not familiar with how truck scales work and terminology in the truck scale marketplace. Here are some tips on how to compare truck scale quotes from different manufacturers effectively.

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  1. Determine your Weighing Needs

Before you start comparing truck scale quotes, you need to determine your scale needs. Every truck scale manufacturer is going to hype whatever advantages they have. Some will emphasize their heavy duty construction. Others will emphasize their technology. Make sure you determine what features are important to you. 

What size and type of semi-trucks will you be weighing? (Weighbridge length)  How many trucks will you be weighing daily? (Standard vs. Heavy Duty Weighbridge)  What type of environment will the scale be in? (Standard vs. Galvanized) What kind of truck scale accuracy do you need?  Answering these questions will help you narrow down your search and find the right type of scale for your business.

  1. Compare Popular Features

Once you have determined some of your scale needs, you can start comparing the features of the different truck scales. Some of the features to consider include the load cell types, standard duty versus heavy duty weighbridges, concrete decks vs. steel decks, type of scale display, and any connectivity needs you may have. You should also consider the warranty and support offered by the scale manufacturer and your local scale company.

  1. Compare Truck Scale Prices

Price is, of course, a crucial factor when comparing truck scale quotes. However, it’s essential to remember that the cheapest option is usually not always be the best option. You should also consider the quality and reputation of the scale and the support offered by the manufacturer and the local scale company. It’s also important to ask about any additional costs, such as scale installation, freight charges, crane fees, and foundation and site prep.

4. Read Customer References & Reviews

In many cases, a scale company or manufacturer can provide you with the contact info for various happy customers who like the truck scale they have purchased. Reading customer reviews and discussing scale purchases with previous customers can be an excellent way to get an idea of the quality of the product and the level of customer service offered. 

  1. Consider the Long-Term Costs

When comparing truck scale quotes, it’s essential to consider the long-term costs. While a cheaper scale may seem like a better option in the short term, it may end up costing you more in the long run due to maintenance, repair, down time, or replacement costs. Look for a scale that is durable and requires minimal maintenance to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money. An example might include hydraulic truck scales. Sure, they cost more money up front but do you actually save money over time compared to a traditional truck scale?  If you deal with a lot of lightening issues, then you might come out ahead with one of these scales. 

6. Consider the Manufacturer’s Reputation

When comparing truck scale quotes, it’s important to consider the reputation of the scale manufacturer as well. Look for a truck scale manufacturer with a track record of producing high-quality scales and providing excellent customer service. A reputable scale manufacturer will be more likely to stand behind their product and offer support if any issues arise. You also want to make sure that all three parties… (you, your local scale company and your scale manufacturer) have adequate stock levels of replacement scale parts on hand for fast truck scale repair if necessary. This is especially true for technologies like hydraulic and digital where many of the components are single source or proprietary.  

Comparing truck scale quotes from different scale manufacturers can be a time consuming and challenging task, but it’s essential to ensure that you are getting the best product for your business. Remember to take your time, consider all the factors, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Our sales staff is only a RFQ form, an email, or phone call away.  A good truck scale is an investment in your business, and it’s worth taking the time to make the right decision.

How Much Do Floor Scales Cost?

This is a fairly popular question. How much does a floor scale cost?  Potential customers may swap the phrase pallet scale or platform scales etc… but the question is basically the same. 

Floor Scale Prices

Floor Scales are typically designed to weigh a pallet. Therefore, they’re usually in the 3’x3′ to 5’x5′ range.  You often see pallet scales near a loading dock or in a warehouse. They’re often used to weigh pallets before and after shipping. The maximum weighing capacities for these warehouse scales is usually around 10,000 pounds.

There are larger floor sales available in all kinds of sizes like 5×7, 4×6 etc… with 20,000 lb capacity for example.  But these need to be quoted for current prices.  For this article we will mainly focus on the standard 4×4 5000 lb floor scale.

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Floor Scale Categories

We like to sort our floor scales into four different categories. The categories are based on quality and many years of selling and working on industrial floor scales.

Industrial Quality

The first category is the top of the line Industrial Floor scale.  For example, a B-Tek Clydesdale or Rice Lake Roughdeck would fall into that category. You won’t find a lightweight import floor scale in this category. A 4×4 5000 pound capacity scale in this category is probably going to cost somewhere around $2700 to $3600. These scales are typically built tougher with more steel and a thicker top deck plate. And these high quality 4×4 scales usually weigh anywhere from 30 to 90 pounds more than lesser, often imported, 4×4 floor scales.

The second category is slightly below the top group. These are scales that are a little lighter or not quite as industrial “tough” as the first category. These are still really good scales though. We might place the Digi Summit 3000 in this group along with the Pennsylvania 6600, and the B-Tek 4 Square.  A 4×4 5000 pound capacity scale in this group is likely going to be somewhere between $1400 and $2500

Affordable Floor Scales

The third category is the light industrial floor scale. In this group, we would likely include the Inscale 7620 and Weighsouth floor scale, for example.  A 4×4 5000 pound capacity scale in this group is likely going be somewhere around $1000 to $1400. These are typically imported scales that are lighter weight but supported by our domestic suppliers. Continue reading

How to Choose the Right Industrial Floor Scale for Your Business

Industrial floor scales are an essential tool for many businesses that require accurate and reliable weight measurements. These heavy duty scales are designed to withstand the  demands of industrial environments and are commonly used in manufacturing, shipping and receiving, and warehouse operations.

However, with a variety of options available in the market, choosing the right industrial floor scale for your business can be a daunting task. In this article, we’ll discuss some key factors to consider when choosing an industrial floor scale to ensure that you make the right choice for your business needs.

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Capacity and Accuracy

One of the most critical factors to consider when choosing an industrial floor scale is its maximum capacity and accuracy. The capacity of a platform scale refers to the maximum weight it can measure, while accuracy refers to how precise the measurements are. It is important to choose a warehouse scale with a capacity that meets your specific needs. If you are weighing heavy equipment or pallets, you will need a scale with a higher capacity. In addition, the scale’s accuracy should be sufficient for your application. Some common floor scale capacities include: 2500 x 0.5 lb, 5000 x 1 lb, 10,000 x 2 lb, & 20,000 x 5 lb

Platform Sizes and Material

Another crucial factor to consider is the platform size and platform material of the scale deck. The platform size should be large enough to accommodate the items you will be weighing, and the material should be ideal for the application. Common platform materials for industrial floor scales include painted steel or stainless steel. For standard industrial weighing, most customers choose painted steel. However, for food processing or washdown applications, stainless steel is often utilized. Popular platform sizes include: 3×3, 4×4, 5×5, and 5×7.

Environment and Hazards

When choosing an industrial floor scale, you need to consider the environment and hazards that your scale will be exposed to. If your business operates in a hazardous environment, such as a chemical plant or refinery, you will need to choose a scale that is suitable for use in such environments. The scale should be made from materials that can withstand the hazards, and it should be equipped with safety features, such as explosion-proof components and anti-skid platforms, to prevent accidents.

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Connectivity and Data Management

In today’s digital age, many industrial scales come equipped with advanced connectivity features and data management capabilities. These features can help you to streamline your business operations and improve productivity. For instance, scales with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity can send data or store data on a usb drive allowing you to track and analyze weight measurements. Label printers can also be configured to print things like time and date along with weight data.

Overall Value

Finally, when choosing an industrial floor scale, you need to consider your budget and how you plan to use the scale. As we have discussed before here in our learning center and on our YouTube channel, floor scales are available in light industrial design or industrial design.  The difference is often not noticeable to the eye. But, a deeper look at the specs will often show the key differences.

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While it may be tempting to choose a low-cost scale from China, it may not be the best long-term investment for your business. Cheaper scales usually have less durability, and they may need to be repaired or replaced more frequently, leading to additional costs in the long run. On the other hand, investing in a high-quality industrial floor scale may have a higher initial cost, but it can provide a better ROI in the long run by providing more accurate and reliable weight measurements and lasting much longer.

Choosing the right industrial floor scale for your business requires careful consideration of your specific needs and requirements. You may be fine purchasing one of our lower cost floor scales. On the other hand, in your particular industry, you may be best served by purchasing one of our toughest floor scales available.

One of the first steps we recommend is contacting your trusted scale provider to discuss your needs and what you are looking to accomplish. You can reach our sales department by calling (919) 776-7737 or clicking the RFQ button on our website.  By taking into account all the things we have mentioned above, you can make an informed decision that will help you improve your business operations, increase efficiency, and achieve your business goals.

Top Rated Price Computing Scales (Legal for Trade) for the Farmers Market in 2024

It’s almost spring time and it’s a time when everyone starts thinking about the farmer’s market. Can’t you almost taste the fresh strawberries? But, if you’re selling your fresh fruits and vegetables to customers, then you should use a legal for trade price computing scale. Updated for 2024.

Which produce scale should I buy?

Well, we have a couple of suggestions! Chances are you’ve seen one or maybe both of these top rated commercial scales at the farmers market before. Our top two choices for best price computing scales for the farmers market feature: rechargeable battery power, displays on the front and back, and both are legal for trade.

The Rice Lake RS130 and RS160 line of retail scales is one of our top picks for best price computing scales. The RS-130 and RS-160 produce scales are the ultimate choice for simple price computing applications, delivering unmatched convenience and accuracy. The RS series provide one button operation with weight displays and either pounds kilograms or ounces. These scales also allow you to enter a dollar amount and the scale will assist you with calculating the correct change. These scales are available in your choice of either a 30lb or 60lb capacity and with or without the tower display.

Best Price Computing Scales on the Market Today

We feel the the CAS S2000 Junior commercial scale is the top price computing scale. The CAS S2000 JR. farmers market scale features dual range capacities, the ability to weigh in pounds, kilograms or ounces and you can easily print out a basic label with the optional label printer. The S-2000 Junior is our top pick for 2023. If you’re looking for a legal for trade price computing scale that has great features and reliability.

 

Well there you have it. Our top rated farmers market scales for 2023. These commercial scales have a great track record of accurate and reliable weighing. Wondering why the S2000 Junior beat out the RS130? The answer is overall value, warranty, dual range capacities, and the ability to connect a label printer.

We based our ratings on our own opinion of the products, past sales, repeat sales from repeat customers, and overall reliability.  

Be sure to contact our sales department (919) 776-7737 to discuss the current prices for these legal for trade scales and current availability. 

What Does 5000 x 1 Mean? Scale Capacity x Readability

We’re going to discuss something that many folks wonder about the first couple of times they are tasked with buying scales.

What Does it Mean when you see 5000 x 1 on a Scale?

If you’ve done any research at all online for scales, you’ve probably seen something written like 5000 x 1, or perhaps you’ve requested a quote and seen that number written. Either way, you may be wondering what these mean. 5000 x 1 lb, or it could be 60 x 0.02lb or it may have been 3000 g by 0.01g. 120,000 x 20 lb, 500 x 0.1 lb etc….

600 x 0.1 LB

 

 

But what exactly does that mean? It’s actually pretty simple.

In the case of 5000 x 1 lb, this means that the total weighing capacity of the scale is 5000 pounds and the scale increases or decreases in weight by 1 lb increments from zero all the way to 5000 lb.

Some people refer to the 1 lb in this example as the readability or the graduation size. In the 60 x 0.02 lb example, it would be as follows, 60 lb is the capacity and 0.02 lb is the graduation size that the scale increases or decreases by from zero all the way to 60 lb. Continue reading

Truck Scale Manufacturers You Need to Consider

A truck scale is a rather large purchase for many businesses. In many cases, whether you choose a 70×11 legal for trade truck scale, or portable truck scales, or portable axle scales… Once these items are purchased and installed on a concrete foundation, it’s likely going to cost over $100,000 when it’s all said and done.

So, anytime that you invest that kind of money into a new truck scale, you would like to know as much as possible about the items and the companies who build the items. So, in today’s article we’re not going to answer questions like how much does a set of truck scales cost or how long should a truck scale last?  We’ve already answered those questions. Instead, we’re going to look at some of the top vehicle weighing scale factories in the U.S.

Who are the Top Truck Scale Manufacturers?

As we’ve established, truck scales are a relatively expensive purchase for most companies. So, you want to make sure that you make a smart buying decision.

We’ll discuss this later in more detail, but it’s also important to rely on your peers and your trusted local scale company too. For example, maybe you think that you have found the right scale, but it turns out that it actually has a load cell issue. Perhaps, it’s becoming difficult to source load cells for that scale or perhaps it’s something else.

More on the local scale company influence later….

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So, who are the best truck scale builders? In our opinion, the following scale manufacturers are the top companies in the business. And, this applies to all you fans of used truck scales too. Continue reading