We are investigating getting a scale and setting it up. Have looked at several websites...expensive! Was just wondering if there is a good source for reliable "Load Bars" and the Digital read-out unit that we could contact? We would be constructing our own platform to put on load bars as well as 4 sides to the scale to contain the cattle in.
I feel we can do better than the $1,500 to $2,000 some of these systems are selling for (load bars & digital unit)!
If anyone is "allowed" on this board to post supplier's websites, please post. If not, please either E-mail or PM me with the information.
I'm still checking on scales too. I bought a ELK RIVER chute and am planning on installing them under there. The chute is set up for Tru-Test Scales but I probably could use some other kind. See any good sites, let me know. Thanks!!!
do very many on here use the old type scales... it is basically a box that hold the animal and has scales built in.. the kind where you slide the indicator along the bar until it raises the end of the bar?
how good/accurate are they?
it looks to me like there is not much that could go wrong with them, but i am interested to see what some of you have to say about them.
do digital scales hold up good? i have been told that if they get wet at all they go haywire, and you have to get the dealer out to fix them??? i have been told that cows urinating on them as they are being weighed can cause them to go out? anybody else had this experience??
Tru-Test scales here. Powder River XL chute, with preg check area, and then before that is our floating scale bin. The powder river floating scale bin was setup to use the Tru-Test HD1010 heavy duty load bars. They each have approx. 10' cord attached which have screw cap covers when not connected to the scale. Tru-Test Scale model 700, simple and clean works off 12v car battery, and captures a steady reading rather quick. The load bars are made very heavy duty and take the outside elements. The digital scale itself just has a screw knob on each side, so it just goes back inside very easily. I do not see any problems due to wet etc..
The vet has digital scales under they squeeze. They don't work 3/4 of the time. I don't know what brand they are though. It is probably due to the fact that nobody there knows how to work them I guess. It's disapointing when I take in a heifer I want a weight on and all I can get is an eye-shot estimation.
What do you guys think of the platform scales with load bars under them. I could install them in the alley right before the chute. I can see where it would be nice to pull them out when you are not using them, but then again I am a little concerned if I have a jumpy animal to weigh. No way to squeze them down.
I built a platform for ours and located it in the alley before the chute. I need to be able to weigh horses and sheep. Right now we just use pipes front and back to hold the cows in. Project list includes slide gates before and after the scale. Works for us.