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Scaling After Loading, And Why You Should Do It

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Tractor Man's Comment
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I scale everything +- 30000. For balance if nothing else. Swift requires anything 30000 and up to be scaled going into CA. That 40 foot kingpin law can be a B!+@# sometimes!

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PackRat's Comment
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One thing I've learned is do not trust the shipper's scale. I got loaded with scrap paper at a place in Maryland and scaled it on exit from the plant ON THEIR "CERTIFIED" SCALE.....77,298 total. Went to the delivery in Virginia and was required to scale upon entry to the plant.....81,406 total. No CAT Scales along my route. "Driver Beware".

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

Cat Scales:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

Rainy D.'s Comment
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One thing I've learned is do not trust the shipper's scale. I got loaded with scrap paper at a place in Maryland and scaled it on exit from the plant ON THEIR "CERTIFIED" SCALE.....77,298 total. Went to the delivery in Virginia and was required to scale upon entry to the plant.....81,406 total. No CAT Scales along my route. "Driver Beware".

Not only that but fuel changes. Some truckers say to go in empty but that makes no sense to me. If I go in on low fuel, scale legal the fill up....I'm not legal anymore.

So I go in full of fuel and if I can get legal full then I won't have issues.

This happened to a friend. He didn't pay attention to his fuel... Got a heavy meat load...filled up...and scaled over one both the total weight and axle.weight. it's bad enough when one axle.is over...but total weight??? That sucks.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

Cat Scales:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

miracleofmagick's Comment
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Most companies do pay, even if they didn't, I would rather pay $11 to make sure in legal than get a much higher ticket.

CRST policy is to scale anything over 27,500. They pay for the scale too.

Fire Marshal Bill's Comment
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I use to scale anything over 28k lbs when I was with KLLM and Werner.

Now since I work ports I don't scale as much because we have licensing permits for 98.5k lbs. The other company I worked for were permitted for 105.5k lbs. I agree with everyone; never trust anyone whose not responsible for your license.

That's leaves only you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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I am on a sugar load. BOL says 37k lbs. I scaled at 77k gross. I have had this trailer for a few days now. Empty I am around 33k gross. Needless to say the BOL is off by about 7k lbs.

Errol V.'s Comment
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The only weight that needs to be accurate is your total wt., and the axles < their limits. Beyond that, the accuracy of the BOL isn't all that important.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Up until now my BOLs have been fairly accurate. Within 1k lbs. This is the first time it has been way off the mark. I knew something wasn't right within a few minutes of pulling out of the shipper , so I headed to the nearest scale.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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True, but I believe his point was to not trust the weights listed on the bol for that very reason.

The only weight that needs to be accurate is your total wt., and the axles < their limits. Beyond that, the accuracy of the BOL isn't all that important.

Errol V.'s Comment
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True, but I believe his point was to not trust the weights listed on the bol for that very reason.

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The only weight that needs to be accurate is your total wt., and the axles < their limits. Beyond that, the accuracy of the BOL isn't all that important.

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Precisely. That's how this topic has gotten to the pages, so far.

I've been to many places that have in/out scaling of loads. The numbers may not be right, but if they are simply getting the load weight, the scales are close enough for that.

But at the same shipper , you need an accurate weight if your load is over 30,000.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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