When buying a floor scale, what is most important to you?
Is it the cost? Is it the durability of the scale, how long it will last you? Is it the accuracy that is most important?
If you’re like most operators, all of the above are crucial when choosing the right floor scale. A solid floor scale is reliable, accurate, dependable, resilient, and cost-effective. Of course, choosing between all of the floor scale models can be challenging, given just how many there are out there.
Here are helpful floor scale buying tips that can help you select the appropriate scale for your environment, whatever it may be.
Determine Size and Shape
Weighing rectangular pallets is different from weighing odd-sized goods and products. Weight also plays a role. So, the first step is to determine the typical sizes and shapes of the items you will be weighing on a regular basis to determine what kind of floor scale you need.
Some floor scales are more adept at particularly types of products and items than others. Choose a floor scale that fits what you’re trying to weigh.
Evaluate Maintenance Costs
The initial purchase price of a floor scale is one of the less important concerns, because a floor scale is a piece of equipment that you should expect to have around for years. A cheaper floor scale may cost less to purchase, but it may cost more to maintain and repair over the years than a more expensive version.
When looking at floor scales, take into consideration how much you’ll need to spend to maintain and repair if should something happen. Feel free to ask vendors that question. You’ll find that many are not built to last, and require maintenance on an ongoing basis to maintain their efficiency. These aren’t the scales you want.
Durability Is Key
Closely related to maintenance costs is durability. A proper floor scale should have an extensive lifetime of service, and should withstand a high rate of use with heavy loads.
Ask your vendor how long you can expect each scale to last under normal and even above normal conditions. How resilient are they? What special features of construction make them more resistant to wear and tear? What materials are they made of?
All of these are valid questions that can shine some light as to how well the scale will hold up. The longer the scale lasts, the less money you’ll spend in the long run maintaining your capability to weigh your items.
Putting It All Together
When buying floor scales, follow these tips, and don’t be afraid to quiz your vendors. Only purchase a scale that meets all of your key buying criteria. Remember: you’re buying a piece of equipment that you want to not only last, but to be accurate and effective, too.
Contact us for more information on purchasing floor scales that work best for your operation.