A weighbridge is often needed for any type of transport company, warehouse, production facility, or business that needs to know the exact weight of trucks as they enter or leave the yard. They may be weighed to ensure they are not over a legal limit or are putting excess weight on the truck’s axles, or the price of certain items in the truck may be figured by weight.

No matter the use, it’s good to invest in quality weighbridges so you can handle this weighing on your own rather than having trucks stop at public weigh stations while on the road. Note a few factors to consider:

1. Material

Often a built-in weighbridge can be made with a concrete or steel deck. The steel may be more expensive but it may also be stronger, not just against the weight of heavy trucks but also against vibration. Excess vibration may tend to cause concrete to eventually crumble and break away. 

Remember that weighbridges are exposed to vibration from the truck engines but also from production facilities. If you want to install a weighbridge in the yard of a manufacturing or production facility, you may do well to invest in steel. A warehouse may not cause much excess vibration but the heavy equipment and machinery used in production facilities may eventually break down concrete weighbridges.

2. Configurations

A weighbridge may work for the entire truck length or by axle. You’ll need to choose according to the reason for weighing trucks. If it’s to ensure they’re not over a legal limit, this limit is often dictated according to the axles of a truck. However, if trucks are weighed to charge for loads such as with cement mixers or liquid tanks, you would do well to invest in one that simply weighs the entire truck at once.

3. Portable versus built-in

Portable weighbridges can be useful when a truck needs to be weighed after each deliver or pickup. This can be necessary if a truck unloads their cargo at various customers or jobsites throughout the day. That liquid tank transport truck may need to unload only a part of their cargo at one customer or jobsite, and very often weighing the truck as it’s being unloaded is the easiest way to determine the amount being emptied. When choosing weighbridges, note if having portable scales can make it easier to ensure your trucks are picking up or dropping off proper load amounts, and opt for these rather than built-in scales.