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There are many different weighbridges available that you can buy.

And if you’re planning on purchasing one, your choice will depend on different factors like cost, space available, the conditions of your ground, whether you want a portable option, how often you’ll use it and what it’s intended for.

But, if you are going to use the weighbridge for trade purposes, you will need to be aware of the legal requirements and take these into consideration before buying.

Generally, weighbridges can be divided into two categories: above ground or in-ground.

Then, in-ground weighbridges can be split further into semi-pit weighbridges and fully in-ground weighbridges.

With that in mind, here are brief overviews of each type of weighbridge.


1. Above Ground Weighbridges

Above ground weighbridges are the most commonly used as they require the least amount of site preparation.

But, they do take up a lot of space and need the most surface area than any other weighbridge option.

With this weighbridge, entry and exit ramps must be 5 metres in length at a minimum, and the “empty space” along both sides of the deck must be at least 1 metre.

Generally, above ground weighbridges can be constructed with single, twin or multi-deck configurations, but this depends on how long the vehicles that will be weighed are.


2. Semi-pit Weighbridges

Semi-pit weighbridges are at ground level and are available in both standard and custom configurations, that can be multi-deck, twin deck or single deck depending on your operations’ needs.

Positively, no ramps are required, making them a cost-effective option, but civil works like excavation, drainage pipes or sumps, are necessary.

To put it simply, semi-pit weighbridges have walls on each side that act as retaining walls, and these need to be positioned at least a metre away from the side of the deck.


3. Custom Semi-pit Weighbridges

Custom semi-pit weighbridges are generally installed where there are site limitations.

For instance, width constraints where there are buildings or bypass roads adjacent to one, or both, sides of the weighbridge.

Basically, this weighbridge’s design is a variation of a typical semi-pit weighbridge, but modifications are made to accommodate the site limitations.

For example, if the width of one side wall is decreased, and where the access to some load cells is restricted, holes are created in the deck to facilitate servicing and maintenance.


4. Fully In-ground Weighbridges

Weighbridges that are installed fully in-ground are ideal for sites where they are limited on space.

Simply, the weighing surface is completely level with the ground and to get access to the load cells is through holes in the deck, or on the side of the deck.

In addition, they’re great for shared weighing and traffic areas where vehicles that are loaded by forklifts are weighed.

However, this type of weighbridge requires substantial preparation, excavation and reinforcing, which unfortunately makes them the most expensive option.

Because these are classified as confined spaces, specialist intervention for maintenance and servicing is required, which again reinforces why these are pricier than the others.


5. Multiple Deck Weighbridges

Multiple deck weighbridges can be made to be above ground, semi-put or fully in-ground.

And so, rather than being a specific type of weighbridge, these are more just a variation of a design.

Regarding the number and the length of the decks, this will depend on your own requirements and can be constructed accordingly.

Plus, with multiple deck weighbridges, both individual axles or axle groups can be weighed simultaneously which makes them perfect for use in stations where the core function is to record axle breakdown weights.


6. Portable Weighbridges

Portable weighbridges are a cost-effective option for both trade and non-trade operations.

Not to mention those sites that will only be used for a short while; typically less than two years.

Essentially, these types of weighbridges are designed similarly to above-ground weighbridges where rectangular concrete slabs are used for the load bearing locations.

Plus, they include a removable frame that acts as a solid support base for the load cells and deck.

Furthermore, this deck can be made entirely from steel, which is lightweight and ideal for moving around to different sites.

But, a combination of steel and concrete can be available; if the portable weighbridge is intended for trade purposes, concrete walls have to be constructed.


Final Thoughts

Buying a weighbridge is a big investment.

And, with so many different factors to consider, it’s important you choose the right one that’s fit for your business.

All in all, no matter what type of weighbridge you decide to buy, you must adhere to laws and regulations to avoid overloading, otherwise you risk hefty fines and penalties.


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