Shipping and transportation businesses use different types of truck scales for different weighing needs. If you are not interested in buying new weighing equipment, you can opt for high-quality, used truck scales. However, you need to make sure that you are investing in the right scales.
Here are 6 must-know tips for buying used truck scales.
- Inspect theScale
Get the scale inspected. The 5-point equipment inspection includes:
- Thorough inspection of the truck scale
- Verify the scale were cleaned using 210 psi compressor
- Check the surge protection as this protects load cells and weighing equipment from power surges
- Check if the jack and grease suspension links are clean
- Conduct a load cell verification (millivolt & resistance readings)
At the completion of the inspection, you will get a written report with the results of the visual inspection.
- EvaluateTotal Ownership Cost
The equation of Total Ownership Cost is
Total Ownership Cost = (Purchase Cost + Ownership Costs) – Resale Value
The ownership costs include maintenance and repairs, delivery, insurance, etc.
Evaluating the total ownership costs will help you understand how the investment fits within your financial situation. It will also give you criteria for evaluating the truck scale.
- Buy at the Right Time
It is common for companies to be interested in buying used truck scales in the 1st and 4th quarter of the year. Due to high demand, the prices during these quarters are the highest.
Buying in the 2nd quarter is ideal as this is when the scales tend to have the lowest prices.
- Get Proper Paperwork andWarranty
Ensure to ask for proof of ownership when you buy the used truck scale from the registered owner. This will assure you that the purchased scale is not stolen. Take a receipt or other documented proof of purchase. You can use them as evidenceto pursue refunds or legal recourse, in case the equipment has problems after the purchase.
Seek a warranty as well to cover sudden maintenance or repair expenses.
- Consider Technology of the Scale
If you are not familiar with the technology of the scales, the learning curve could be high. Trying to familiarize yourself with such technology may slow down productivity.
However, newer technology may have excellent features that enable you to work faster. It is critical to buy a truck scale that has a good mix of familiarity and innovation.
- Do the Research
Learn about the previous owner who put up the used truck scales for sale. Do a background check and learn about their reputation. Buy the scales from reputed owners only.
Once you are convinced the owner has a good reputation, focus on the scale’s history – how it was used, how repair and maintenance of truck scales were conducted and its telematics. Learning about the scale’s history provides you with the assurance that you are investing in a good product.
A thorough truck scale inspection will ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises. It will also ensure that you are putting your money in a good quality product that will work efficiently.
Kevin Hill heads the marketing efforts at Quality Scales Unlimited in Byron, CA. Besides his day job, he loves to write about the different types of scales and their importance in various industries. He also writes about how to care for and get optimized performance from different scales in different situations. He enjoys spending time with family and going on camping trips.