Buying a second hand weighbridge

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Thinking of buying a used bridge, it's not as easy as it looks, read on to escape a few pitfalls
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Weighbridge, with excellent deck plates removed to find rotten girders ! But it looked good from the top !
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Things you should know !

Thinking of buying a used weighbridge ? seen one on ebay for a few hundred quid? maybe even a few grand ! Well, usually if it seems to good to be true, it usually is !
Concrete weighbridge, now they are all generally 20 plus years old, and as with steel, concrete does degenerate, also some of the Avery ones have inherent structural problems, where the concrete structure breaks around the load cell mount. When it comes time to remove these bridges , they are heavy 30 tonne heavy ! you will need two 50t cranes to lift out a one piece deck, the two and three piece ones are just as heavy, but one 50t crane will do it, now bear in mind the cranes will be needed to off load too ! and then again to site the bridge if the foundations haven't been done and ready ! 
Steel deck bridges, are generally easier to move. usually one or two piece decks, check for rust and rot, give the girders a tap with the hammer, if its a dull thud you hear then there is not much life left in the steel . Check the deck plate for splits and cracks, a 20mm deck plate can wear paper thin !
Load cells, check the manufacture and availability of these as there are a few about that are no longer available, and certain manufacturers are damn expensive !
Weight indicator, again check its a current model, and beware some manufactures password there indicators so no one else can calibrate or service them !
Now when it comes to moving your bridge, be aware that you may need a movement order to legally allow you to move them as some are a "wide load"
All weighbridges that are to be used for trade, MUST be EC verified, even if this has been done at its previous location, once moved it must be done again ! This involves the hire of a weighbridge test unit with calibrated weights, and either a trading standards officer or a company who can self verify the equipment, this test is fairly stringent, so the installation needs to be good !

This is just a brief overview of a few things to consider, and to save "us" the agony of hearing "i've just brought a bridge off ebay" From my experience alone, a few people we have dealt with have ended up paying more to get there second hand bridge in and running, than to have brought new in the first instance !! One customer was told his bridge had six new load cells fitted and was a bargain at £2k, he employed us to remove it, we got to site to find it was an old mechanical lever work bridge with one load cell and was "scrap" 

give us a call on 07780940757 our advice is free.. Dave

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