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Guide to Hanging Scales

Hanging scales, also known as a crane scale or suspension scale, is a suspended weighing device used in demanding industrial environments. Generally speaking, hanging scales are used to weigh objects suspended in the air. A crane scale does the same thing, but typically is used for heavy-duty weighing applications.

What are hanging scales used for?

Hanging scales are used in a wide variety of industrial applications and environments. From weighing small bags of produce and fertiliser to weighing large crates in warehouses, factories and shipyards, farmers use hand-held hanging scales to measure fertiliser for crops, and to weigh bags of animal feed.

Crane scales are used in heavy-duty, industrial applications, such as weighing pallets, sacks and crates in warehouses and factories.

High-capacity crane scales often are used in outdoor environments such as construction sites to lift and weigh heavy steel alloy bars, or at shipping ports to weigh oversized containers before loading for transport overseas.

Do hanging scales comply with Safe Working Load guidelines?

Industrial equipment should be used safely and responsibly. It should be kept within the maximum capacity guidelines. This helps prevent injury or damage to people or equipment.

Keeping a safe working environment requires following certain guidelines. If you don’t follow these guidelines, you could cause damage to your scale, products, or machinery, which could result in personal injury or compensation claims.

What is the maximum amount that can be weighed with a hanging scale?

Hanging scales can provide the high weight capacities needed to weigh large containers, crates and pallets. We stock a wide range of industrial crane scales which offer a maximum capacity of 20,000kg.

Choose the best hanging scale for your needs

Weight capacity

When you’re looking for a scale, the first consideration is total weight capacity. We recommend choosing a hanging scale with a maximum capacity slightly over the heaviest weight of items you expect to measure.


Take into consideration the type of products you plan to weigh. For example, if you need to weigh shipping containers at a port or on a dock, you’ll want to use a hanging scale with significant protection against water.

Hanging scales are also well-suited to measuring heavy loads. If you need to weigh heavy loads at a port or dock, you will need a hanging scale with high capacities. To weigh heavy loads, you will also need a hanging scale with high accuracy.


Depending on the model and type of scale, the features will vary. Hanging scales generally are equipped with remote control operation for additional safety. Most scales offer a peak hold function that allows you to easily record a weight value.

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