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BUYING FLOOR SCALES ONLINE
Many businesses or companies have a need for some type of industrial floor scale. It could be to weigh pallets that are going to be shipped out to their customers or maybe to weigh pallets that are shipped to them to make sure they were not overcharged. Now in this example you would not need a 5' x 7' floor scale or even a 6' x 6' pallet weigher. Typically a standard 4 x 4 floor scale would be just fine. You could go with a 5' x 5' floor scale or 5000 lb floor scale just to be safe. There are other examples where a company might use a floor scale. What about trying to count large amounts of parts for inventory? You could do that by hand or you could use something like a counting scale calibrated to a 36" x 36" 2K floor scale. If you were to use something small like 2' x 2' floor scales you need to be careful because there is not much room to actually weigh the products.
Many customers think that if they choose a 2000 lb floor scale online or perhaps a lower capacity 1000 pound floor scale, that it will cost them less money out pocket. This is actually not true for the most part. Online, the standard floor scale size is a 4x4 with 5000 pound capacity. Any deviation from that, smaller or larger is likely to cost more money. Many customers do not realize that when they are looking for scales on the internet. So unless the extra capacity is going to hurt your accuracy, you are better off going with the standard size that you see on the world wide web.
A couple of American Made platforms to keep in mind are the Pennsylvania 6600 and the Cardinal Rugged Weigh floor scale. They are built tough and let's face it, it's nice to buy American Made if possible. Just remember when it comes to prices, you are not going to get an American Made floor scale online for a super low price like these floor scales imported from China. The quality of platform scales from China vary greatly depending on who actually is producing them. We've seen some that are pretty good and we've seen some decks that were really poorly constructed and very inconsistent when it comes to load cell mounts and quality of the steel used in the construction of the actual product.
Make sure you don't base your entire floor scale buying decision on price alone. These days there will always be a cheaper product just one click away on the internet. It doesn't matter if you're talking about a 10,000 pound floor scale or a HD TV. There is more to a product than just its price. Since we are in the sales and service end of the scale business, we are in a unique position since we get to hear from customers looking for the amazon floor scales and we have certainly seen a few of them which have been sent in for repair. The models that we have seen have a few things in common. It doesn't matter if we're talking about a floor scale 5000 lb or floor scale 500 lbs, most of the auction floor scales we have seen in person have a very large deckplate compared to the actual supported deck. In other words, a 5x5 floor scale might be 59" x 59" if we measure just the top deckplate. Some of that is due to the fact that the Chinese use the metric system when constructing the scales. However, if you measure below the deckplate and measure the actual supported part of the deck, it is often a full inch less than the deckplate. This is one way to lower the overall cost.
Another problem area that we have seen with an auction site 3' x 3' floor scale is the maker of the products uses proprietary components which are very difficult to find in the U.S. This is not a big deal until the 5000 lb floor scale breaks and you need a part quickly and realize that you are going to have to wait 12 weeks for the part or pay a large amount of money to expedite the part or change out all four load cells or possibly just buy a new 5,000 pound floor scale. Now this is not something we have seen everyday but we have seen some of this and it is something to think about.
reading all this it might sound confusing but the main idea of the
article is to do your research online before making a purchase. Do
not just buy a floor scale because it is the lowest price or "on
sale". Our company has been selling floor scales for over thirty
years and you can certainly get a good deal when you buy from us.
There is nothing wrong with getting a good deal on a floor scale.
The problem is, you don't want to settle for a subpar product in order
to get that good deal. We really like some of the mid range products
for a lot of applications. Items like the Digi Summit 3000 and the
Salter Brecknell DCSB floor scales are a very nice blend of performance
versus value. The vertex of platforms is probably the Roughdeck, however
the Summit 3000 floor scale and the B-Tek 4 Square floor scale are
very well built too.
For more information or to place an order, call (919) 776-7737