We get this question all the time! How much does a certified truck scale cost? New or used? Well, in today’s entry we are going to give you a rough idea of how much a truck scale costs. Now in our example we will be looking at new truck scales. Please keep in mind these numbers are 2014 numbers. As for used scales, generally if you’re looking for things like a used 70 footer watch out for things like too much rust and excessive wear on the under side of the deck. And let’s face it when you’re talking about a truck scale, it’s an item that is going to be outdoors in the elements and if it has decent traffic counts, it could go through a lot of wear and tear and in most cases a used truck scale will have little or no warranty. Just some things to consider when you’re looking at a used scale.
Now, let’s take a look at a new truck scale. Generally, in 2014 you can expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000 to $50,000 for a typical 70 foot x 11 foot brand name truck scale. This price will include the key accessories like the Digital Weight Indicator, Ticket Printer, Remote Display and basic installation & calibration charges. However, the concrete foundation that the scale sits on is not included in that price. In fact, if you’re looking to save some money, you might consider doing the concrete foundation (or having it done on your end) as opposed to having a scale company do it. Other costs would be things like renting a crane to unload the truck scale and freight costs to get the scale from the factory to your location. The freight costs can easily be over $2000.
We hope this will give you a better idea of what kind of costs are involved in buying a truck scale. One thing we didn’t mention was the planning stage. Before you ever purchase the scale, it’s always a good idea to contact a scale company in your area and get their input and recommendations first. This can save you a lot of headaches down the road when it comes to things like where to put the scale, dealing with surfaces like asphalt or concrete, wireless versus wired solutions, traditional load cells versus hydraulic truck scales. If you’re in North Carolina, the dealer to contact is Central Carolina Scale, located in Sanford, NC. Central Carolina Scale offers the best selection of truck scale brands in the industry with names like Avery Weigh-Tronix, B-Tek, Cardinal Scale, Emery Winslow, Rice Lake, and Thurman.