Accuweigh ’s Adelaide branch recently supplied the necessary components and technical advice to allow a vineyard owner to manufacture his own portable axle scales to cater for his requirements.
The vineyard owner owns three different vineyards located 2-3 km apart and required portable axle scales that could be easily moved using a tractor.
Due to recently enacted Chain Of Responsibility Legislation, senders, carriers and receivers of goods transported by road can all be held responsible for overloaded trucks. To minimise implication under this legislation, wineries can reject deliveries of grapes from overloaded trucks so it is important for the growers to ensure legal truck loads when delivering grapes for processing.
Vineyard owner, David Hender, from Langhorne Creek in South Australia fabricated the portable axle scales to enable him to weigh every load of grapes before they were loaded into trucks for transport to the wineries. Accuweigh’s Tom Armour provided technical assistance and the necessary weighing components for the portable scales such as load cells, junction box and the digital weight indicator.
The end result was portable axle scales fitted with a towing hitch at the front and with removable wheels at the rear for mobility. Ramps are attached to the frame of the axle scales to provide easy access for the grape gondolas and the ramps fold up for transport.
These portable axle scales are for non-trade use and only used as a guide to axle loadings and approximate truck weights.