When deciding that you need a bridge tipper, another factor to consider is the construction material. There are completely metallic and mixed bridge scales (steel/concrete). Both solutions must offer the same guarantees in terms of performance when weighing, as they must be built according to the same design specifications. There are, however, some differences that could make a product more advantageous for you.
The metal bridge-tipper has a steel tread surface and the mixed one has a steel structure and a concrete slab inside the structure. Both can be installed in just one day, in the case of the mixed, if it is already concreted at the factory. On the other hand, if you choose to mix the concrete on-site, you will have to wait up to about a month until the concrete has dried. Metallics are undoubtedly the most portable due to their much lower weight, making their transportation more economical. In addition, even at the time of assembly, bear in mind that you need special means for the assembly of a mixed concrete bridge-tipper.
Another important factor to consider is the type of installation for your bridge tipper. Traditionally, there are two types of mounting: built-in or on the ground.
As the name implies, a built-in bridge-tipper presupposes the excavation of a pit, according to the civil work plan provided by your supplier. In the end, the bridge-tipper is level with the ground around it. In addition to the depth indicated in the civil work plan for the support massifs of the support points of your bridge tipper, you can consider giving it greater depth to facilitate cleaning operations, since the maintenance operations on the Barbal bridge tippers ® are carried out from the top. On the other hand, the lack of space for ramps and for the necessary manoeuvres for the truck to enter and exit the bridge tipper safely can be reasons to choose this type of installation.
Bridge scales installed on the ground offer another type of advantage. Provided that you have the necessary space, the bridge scales installed on the ground, with the sides visible, allow easier access to the bottom of the same for cleaning and maintenance operations. Another advantage is the elimination of rainwater evacuation routes. In addition, there are safety issues for access to the pit of a bridge tipper. Being the same on the ground, these issues are much simpler to deal with. In addition, rodents are less likely to be housed under a bridge tipper installed on the ground, which is one of the main causes of breakdowns in bridge tippers, especially if your bridge tipper does not have protective wiring. anti rodent.
Some suppliers, such as Barbal ®, also offer metallic civil works, which make the bridge tipper easily transportable. These structures dispense with the need to carry out a civil work with foundations, just having a concrete slab, or even compacted soil. Find out about the type of installation best suited to your needs and what repercussions there will be on your activity.