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There are many different types of vehicle weighing systems, each with its own advantages from mobile solutions to permanent and integrated scales.

Weighbridge Truck Scales

The most common type of vehicle weighing system is a weighbridge-style truck scale. There are a handful of North American scale manufacturers who produce the majority of traditional weighbridge truck scales, and most are sold through a network of scale distributors across the country. Rice Lake’s weighbridge truck scale series is the SURVIVOR® Series.

Our design uses more steel within the infrastructure of the scale than most competitive models for a stronger weighbridge. Rice Lake’s G-FORCE™ self-checking mounting system assures accurate weightments without needing bumper bolts or check rods.

Many weighbridge truck scales offer Legal for Trade Certification—a necessity if you plan to sell goods using the scale’s weight readout.

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This truck scale overview will help you understand how to plan for installation and what features your truck scale may need.

If you've decided to invest in a truck scale to determine vehicle load weights at your facility, understanding the basics will help you know what questions to ask a truck scale dealer to ensure you choose the best system for your needs.

What Makes a Truck Scale, a Truck Scale

A truck scale, also called a weighbridge, is a weighing platform that measures the amount of vertical flexing that occurs when a truck drives onto a platform. This analog measurement is called deflection. The truck scale’s electronic components then convert the analog signal into the digital weight readout we are used to seeing.


Truck scales offer many benefits, including the ability to sell product over the scale and ensure over-the-road trucks are within safe legal load limits.

  • Inventory Tracking
  • Shipping and Logistics Compliance
  • Sell Goods by Weight (Legal for Trade)
  • Filling and Dumping Goods
  • Avoid Overload Fines
  • Weight Verification
  • Axle Load Safety


Although each manufacturer has their own unique designs, most conventional weighbridge truck scales incorporate the same basic components, such as foundations, load cell mounting systems and a weighbridge, or the driving surface of the scale. Many manufacturers also offer a variety of accessories including traffic lights, guiderails, automated kiosks and more.


There are many facets of installing a truck scale you need to consider prior to purchasing a scale or finalizing your site design.

Site considerations when planning for the future:

  • Traffic flow entering and exiting the truck scale
  • Room for the truck driver to maneuver on and off the scale
  • Filling and dumping stations
  • Room for regular maintenance and inspections
  • Queue lines and parking space
  • Scale house and peripheral equipment such as traffic lights and kiosks
  • Soil conditions and drainage
  • Room for concrete approaches and foundation
  • Electrical and conduit requirements
  • Future throughput and capacity needs
  • Driver safety


There are many ways of looking at the cost of a truck scale, but the total cost of ownership can help you choose the best investment for your business. By dividing the total cost of the scale plus install and maintenance by the total lifetime of reliable weighments, then dividing by 365, you will find the true daily cost of ownership.

Before purchasing, consider:

  • Years of reliable weighing the scale will endure
  • Upfront initial cost of the scale and installation
  • Cost of regular annual maintenance

Use the formula to the right to determine your total cost per day to own one truck scale brand versus another.

Review this example to see how a truck scale with a lower initial cost could actually cost more to own over its lifetime.

Rice Lake SURVIVOR truck scales are designed to last a generation or more. Meaning, in ideal conditions, you’ll use your SURVIVOR for 25 years.

Use our Total Cost of Ownership calculator to determine your total cost per day to own one truck scale brand compared to another.

You can also look at the price per pound by dividing the cost of the scale by the shipping weight. More structural steel means a more durable weighbridge. The more the scale weighs, the more steel—and more strength—is incorporated.


The most important decision you will make when purchasing a truck scale is choosing a truck scale distributor to help you select, install and maintain the scale. A truck scale is a large investment, and your truck scale dealer should be there every step of the way. When making this decision, ask your respected peers in the industry who they chose to partner with for a truck scale purchase.

Not all have the same qualifications. A Rice Lake authorized distributor can make all the difference. Our authorized distributors employ certified technicians that can troubleshoot, repair, maintain and certify (if needed) your truck scale. They also have ample experience with truck scales from every facet of your industry. You may also want to select a truck scale distributor who has partnered with local construction agencies if your application will require concrete work.

More than anything, you want a local truck scale distributor who will be there for you when you need them; someone who is only a phone call and car ride away. The importance of a qualified, Rice Lake scale distributor and the benefits they can offer you locally are invaluable.

Rice Lake SURVIVORs are not only the Toughest Truck Scales on Earth®, they are the only scale that will last you a generation or more.


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