buying vs. renting truck scale

Buying vs. Renting Truck Scales from ISC

Is it better to buy or rent a truck scale from ISC? That’s a question many of our customers must ask themselves in order to get the best deal for their organizations. While cost is certainly a factor in buying vs. renting truck scales, it should not be the only consideration. It’s important to evaluate your company’s current situation and capabilities as well as your future plans before a decision is made. 

At ISC, we understand that investing in a new scale for your company can be a difficult and costly decision. We’ve been helping customers navigate these tough choices since 1956! As experts in truck scales, please allow us to “weigh in” on the advantages of buying vs. renting a truck scale. 

Buying vs. Renting a Truck Scale

The first thing to consider before buying or renting a truck scale is how long you may need to use it. Are you going to use the scale for a long period of time, or is it just needed for a particular job? If the scale is currently only needed for a specific job, are you likely to take on similar jobs in the future? If you plan to use a truck scale over a long period of time, purchasing the scale may be the best solution for your organization.

However, with so many scale rental options available from ISC, renting a truck scale is the more cost-efficient option for many jobs, including shorter-term projects, offsite projects, seasonal projects, and more. Depending on your needs, it may be more efficient to rent a scale because you simply won’t need it for an extended period of time.

Increasing Truck Scale Capacity

If you already have one or more truck scales currently in use, a situation may arise when you must increase your capacity for weighing. This may be a temporary occurrence during the busy holiday shopping season or due to a bumper crop at your farm. Renting a scale is an excellent way to meet such temporary or seasonal demands. However, some increases in capacity become permanent, such as when your organization scores a new contract or a competitor ceases operations. In this case, it may be more economical to buy an additional scale, instead.

If you suddenly need to weigh items that exceed your current scales’ capacity, renting a scale with a higher capacity can help you fill a short-term need without paying for equipment that may not be needed in the future. If you foresee the need to continue weighing such items in the future, it may once again be advantageous to buy vs. rent.

Examining Your Truck Scale Budget

While considering your potential needs years into the future is the ideal way to make a smart decision on buying vs. renting a truck scale, you may not always have this luxury. When a scale at your facility needs to be replaced unexpectedly and purchasing a new truck scale is not part of your current budget, your options may be limited in the short term. Renting a truck scale instead may be the more realistic option than a large, upfront capital expenditure.

Fortunately, ISC can help in these situations. If you only need a short-term fix, we offer many truck-scale rental options to suit your needs. But if a long-term solution is what your organization needs to consider, ISC offers commercial credit applications that can help you acquire a new truck scale quickly without paying for it all up front. No matter your current financial situation, ISC is here to help!

Contact the Truck Scale Experts

Whether you’d like to buy a new truck scale, rent a truck scale, or aren’t sure, contact the experts at ISC today. Our friendly, seasoned truck scale technicians are standing by to provide a free consultation on your needs now and in the future. We can help make sure that your organization has the tools you need to avoid costly downtime.

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