Understanding Truck Scale Project Costs

Understanding Truck Scale Project Costs

When planning a new truck scale project, costs should be on the forefront of your mind. This is the only way to make sure the project construction and outfitting fits within your budget. A failure to plan ahead at this stage can result in cost and budget overruns later.

Not every truck scale project is the same. There will be different costs for different locations and purposes, and each location could use widely different scale systems.

However, analysis of projects can result in budget patterns that stay fairly consistent across projects.

Your typical truck scale project cost will usually look like this:

  • 35% of the cost will be for your weighbridge
  • 20% of the cost will be for your load cell system
  • 20% of the cost will be for your foundation
  • 15% of the cost will be for your delivery and installation
  • 10% of the cost will be for your terminal and software

Again, these percentages can vary, but that’s what you can expect to pay on average.

Those figures, though, are just for the initial cost, which is only one type of cost you’ll need to consider. You’ll also need to consider total cost of ownership.

Cost of Ownership

Purchase price is only one factor. How much your truck scale system components will cost in the long run, over the lifespan of your site, is the other, and is arguably the more important of the two.

Your decision to purchase one scale over the other should come down to the net value you’re going to get from that scale. Net value is strongly affected by downtime and repair/replacement cost. The more robust the system, the higher your net value will be, all other things considered equal.

So, when you look at total cost of ownership, and costs to own every component in your system, the ongoing costs actually break down as follows:

  • 76% of the cost will be for your load cell system
  • 10% of the cost will be for your terminal
  • 5% of the cost will be for your weighbridge
  • 4% of the cost will be for your software
  • 5% of the cost will be for accessories

The weighbridge component costs the most to purchase, but it’s a relatively low-maintenance component. The load cell is the second-most expensive component and makes up for the vast bulk of your ongoing costs.

What does this mean? When planning for a truck scale project, make finding reliable, durable, and cost-effective truck scales your biggest priority.

Acme Scale is California’s leading provider of truck scales. Contact us for more information on finding the right scale for your project.