(cheap) scales set-up?

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(cheap) scales set-up?

Post by pdubdo » Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:05 pm

Bought a scales kit off amazon for $170 and built a wooden platform for it. Good news is it's accurate and crazy cheap compared to traditional scales. Bad news is that it has to be on a flat surface to work. My baseline plan is to pour a 3" thick concrete pad in the alleyway leading up to my headgate. Anyone have a better idea? My working pens are pretty bare-bones in the middle of my pasture. I didn't really want slippery concrete issues, but might be price I pay for buying cheap scales.



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Re: (cheap) scales set-up?

Post by bird dog » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:18 pm

Set the load cells on cross ties buried where only a couple inches are showing above the dirt line. I guess you know your platform will have to support the full weight of the animal without binding on the sides or bowing and touching the ground don't you?

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Re: (cheap) scales set-up?

Post by pdubdo » Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:32 am

That’s a good option to consider-thanks. And it’s mostly for weaning weights. We have put 600 pounds of people on it so far and it weighs accurately. I’m sure I will try it on one of my 1300 lb mommas though and we’ll see what happens!

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