ONBOARD SCALE FINANCING

Nova Scotia’s TruckWeight has announced two financing programs that allow qualifying customers to defray the full cost of its Smart Scale wireless onboard scale for trucks, tractors, and trailers.

In a program aimed at owner-operators, TruckWeight is offering a monthly payment plan for the purchase of Smart Scale, the industry’s only wireless onboard weigh scale. The company says it’s also helping fleets by providing up to $100,000 in unsecured financing in co-operation with Export Development Canada, the country’s export credit agency.

Understanding that cash flow is a concern for truck owners, the company says Smart Scale can generate positive cash flow for customers who normally use an in-ground scale for check-weighing several times a week. The associated fees and out-of-route miles can exceed the monthly payment for Smart Scale, says TruckWeight.

The scale uses sensors to measure temperature and pressure changes in a vehicle’s air suspension and relays this data to a handheld receiver using a low-powered radio transmitter. The sensors produce a weight measurement that’s said to be within 0.3% of the actual gross vehicle weight, or roughly 150 lb. Because it’s wireless, Smart Scale says you can monitor gross and axle weights from up to 500 ft away. Installation typically takes 30 minutes for a standard five-axle tractor-trailer and requires no special tools or skills.

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