Many industries rely on truck scales for daily use. Without them, it would be impossible to run a recycling business, and they’re also used in mining. As such an important tool, truck scales can go through a lot of wear and tear. It’s important to notice the signs early to prevent further damage and cost to your business.
On average, a truck scale should last about 20 years with normal wear and tear. If you don’t know what to look for, you could miss problems with your truck scale that will reduce the lifespan and cost you money in the long run. The good news is that the service managers of Brechbuhler Scale, Inc. are here to help with tips and tricks on how to buy a truck scale and when to replace it.
Before You Buy a Truck Scale
To start, you’ll need to do truck scale research before you buy. Some questions to ask include:
- How often will you use the truck scale?
- What material is it made of?
- What will you be weighing with the truck scale?
- Where are you going to put the truck scale?
- Are you going to galvanize it?
Answering these questions will help you in the long run when buying a truck scale. For example, if you’re going to be weighing hazardous materials, galvanizing your truck scale could increase its lifespan by 5 years by protecting it from rust and corrosion.
Another thing to consider is how high off the ground your truck scale is going to be. Scale Service Managers will tell you that pit scales, or underground scales are easier to clean. This is because debris cannot get underneath them.
When Should I Replace My Truck Scale?
After you’ve found the perfect truck scale for your business, a professional will tell you it should last about 10-20 years. It all depends on how well you take care of it. You’ll need to pay attention to the signs of wear and tear.
If the deck of your truck scale is showing signs of warping, it may be time to replace it. Warping can lead to the deck splitting and separating from the weighbridge. Once it splits, that’ll be a costly repair.
No matter what part of the truck scale you’re dealing with, rust is never good. Mud, debris and moisture can cause rust and shorten the lifespan of your truck scale. Make sure you’re consistently cleaning not only the scale, but around and under it, too. The components of your scale should be jacked and greased at least once a year.
A solid foundation is key to ensuring your truck scale is working properly. If it’s not set properly, the foundation can sink and cause all sorts of issues. Check for cracks, broken pieces and deterioration. Pit foundations should also have a system to pump out any standing water. If you notice problems within the foundation of your truck scale, contact a professional right away.
To sum it up, paying attention to wear and tear on your truck scale is the most important thing you can do to prevent further damage. Not only will you be able to spot problems early, but you can increase the lifespan of the scale, as well. If you think you’ve spotted an issue with your truck scale, contact one of our certified technicians today! Brechbuhler Scales, Inc. is a proud distributor of B-TEK Scales.