Repairing vs. Replacing: When to Buy a New Scale

Repairing vs. Replacing: When to Buy a New Scale

Having new equipment that operates perfectly all of the time without any glitches creates an ideal working scenario for increased production and less down time. On the flip side, purchasing new equipment can be an expensive investment when the equipment you have seems to work fine. Considering both sides of the issue, which one is better—repairing or replacing? It’s often hard to know. Asking the right questions, you’ll find the answer. 

When choosing whether to repair your current scale or replace it, ask yourself the following three questions:

How old is the equipment?

Does your scale measure up to today’s innovative designs? Scales are now modern and digital with screens and Bluetooth technology, as well as internet connections and special software to communicate data and reports. These advancements provide an outlet to the future for quality control, efficiency, and cost savings. Older scales simply can’t compete with this level of technology that provides custom programming and other benefits. 

The older your scales become, the harder it is to find replacement parts, too. It could be in your best interest to replace a scale in this scenario.

Is my scale still accurate?

It’s important for scales to always be accurate to remain in line with industry standards. This is one of the reasons scales are routinely serviced to maintain correct readings. However, when the weighing and measurement features of the equipment decline, there’s a chance of them becoming inaccurate, which can cost you in the long run. Underselling products affect your bottom line, while unintentionally overselling materials could cause legal trouble.

How much will the repair cost?

No matter which option you choose, cost will be a factor to repair or replace a scale. To begin the decision-making process, have a licensed team assess your current scale to see if any repairs need to be made and what the final bill will be. If the overall cost exceeds the replacement cost, buying a new scale is the obvious choice. 

If the repair cost is more than half the cost of a new scale, the right call may be to replace a scale. Once further decline sets in, you’re likely to face major repairs down the road. Simple things like mud underneath a truck scale can cause the equipment to rust, creating destructive holes in the structure, which can be a safety hazard.

Playing It Safe With Your Equipment

Whether your scale is new or old, safety should always be a priority. If you are considering replacing a scale or would like to service the one you have, contact our team of experts to help you start the process.