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Re: To weigh or not to weigh

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09-12-2012 06:22:48

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Do they even use those portable scales anymore? I doubt if they are even legal unless someone from the weights and measures department is following along to calibrate and certify that portable scale everytime it is re-located.

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09-18-2012 09:41:14

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 Re: To weigh or not to weigh in reply to rustyfarmall, 09-12-2012 06:22:48  
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Yup, still use them. They are certified twice a year IIRC. Very, very expensive items too, hydraulically activated. You reset the zero each time you set them up. They're accurate to within a few pounds operated properly.

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BDT in Minnesota

09-14-2012 10:49:35

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 Re: To weigh or not to weigh in reply to rustyfarmall, 09-12-2012 06:22:48  
On one trip, I was South of Watertown,SD; and went over portables.. I got the OK to go wave, but being there were no trucks behind me, I parked off to the side and walked back to check out the portable readings.. The Troopers and I compaired the portable readings to a Cat scale reading that was taken the evening before in Grand Forks,ND... Used a calculation of one pound per mile for fuel consumed; The Cat Scale and the DOT portable readings matched ...The trailer Axel weight readings were the same. If you ever do question the portables; request an escort to a certified scale....

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Ralph Bauer

09-14-2012 07:08:56

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 Re: To weigh or not to weigh in reply to rustyfarmall, 09-12-2012 06:22:48  
OHP still uses them, got a friend in the "Tahoe" division (vehicle for DOT troopers)lol
Ralph in OK.

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09-12-2012 17:07:50

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I believe that here in NH there are only four scale houses but then there are many pull outs built specifically for the DOT to go and set up their portables.

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09-12-2012 17:47:26

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 Re: To weigh or not to weigh in reply to showcrop, 09-12-2012 17:07:50  
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Same here in Michigan they are building more and more turn outs that have the correct cement pad to properly weight a truck with the portable scales....

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