If you are in an industry that deals with heavy machinery it is likely you have come across crane scales. This piece of equipment will provide you with the ideal solution for weighing heavy loads and machinery.

This article aims to give you an overview of what this piece of equipment is, the difference between the two different versions, how you can use the equipment, the safety measures to take whilst using, and the benefits of purchasing one. 

If by the end of this article you have any questions on if this is the right piece of equipment for you, please contact an experienced member of the LES team who we will be more than happy to help guide you through your options.

What are Crane scales?

They are heavy-duty scales used for the suspension of large or heavy items.

This weighing item can be the ideal solution for identical applications to a standard scale, however, it could be where a hoists crane is being used and readings for heavier items are required for the task at hand. 

What is the difference between hanging scales and crane scales?

The main difference between these two variations is their specific capacity and cost.

Hanging scales are used for lighter weighing tasks and tend to be less expensive.

The latter are more equipped to deal with heavier weighing tasks and are more costly.

You may be asking yourself something along the lines of "which version do I need for this specific application?"

Well, the answer depends on your weighing requirements. If your industry falls under warehouses, shipping, loading docks then you will need crane scales. Any other type of industry will most likely need hanging scales.

How to use Crane Scales

You will find that each different version will have a different capacity that goes up to 20,000kg and have all been safety tested and give the most precision readings.

To use this piece of equipment, you can follow these simple steps:

1) The object you want to weight must have a secure handle or a place to be attached in order for the object to be lifted.

2) Before lifting the object you should ensure the object is flat and the scale is set at 0.

3) Using the hook on the scale connect the object securely so that your object can be weighed.

4) Lift your object using the crane controls.

5) Once you have finished weighing your object make a note of the recorded number and allow your crane scale to turn off automatically.

If you require any further information about how to use the version you purchase, or are considering purchasing, please contact a member of the LES team who will happily help guide you.

If we take a look at the example products below you can see they vary in capacities to suit your particular needs.



  • Up to 20,000kg capacity
  • IP54 Rated
  • Aluminium housing 



  • Up to 5000kg capacity
  • Full function push-button control
  • Large LCD display
  • Overload counter



  • 0.5 up to 25 tonnes -
  • Optional radio remote display with radio or infra-red transmission (please call)
  • Accuracy of 0.1%

Safety measures

This piece of equipment is used to help you carry heavy-duty material which, as you might have guessed, brings additional safety measures for you to consider.

Therefore, you want to avoid any accidents both regarding personal injury any cost to damaged goods.

To avoid breaking the scales never go over their maximum load limit and please make sure you have your weighing goods inspected regularly to check for any malfunctions or inaccurate readings.

How Can They Benefit Your Company?

  • Using this equipment means you can weigh heavy objects that otherwise would be awkward to weigh.
  • Additionally, because they are suspended this allows more floor space within your industry.
  • You may need accurate measurements. The product has 0.1% accuracy meaning you will be able to have an accurate reading of how much your object weights.
  • You may want a safer workspace. With this product, you do not need to transport objects to weigh.

If you want to get a more detailed description of the benefits this measuring equipment can bring to your business, you can read the article 'What are the benefits of using crane scales? Here's everything you need to know' where we reveal all. 

Things to consider when you're buying one

There are clearly quite a few benefits to purchasing this handy piece of equipment. Before purchasing your ideal version, you need to think about a few factors.

  • You need to know the average load weight of the objects you want to be weighing. Scales vary in their capacities so keep in mind the maximum weight should never be exceeded because this can cause injury or even damage to your workplace.
  • Make sure the model you choose matches your required specifications so check out the tables under our product descriptions for further details.
  • Try and ensure everything you purchase is in accordance with one another and collaborates.
  • Pick a version of this weighing equipment that is easy to use since this will only make you and your worker's job easier. You want scales that are easy to read and have a high accuracy reading.
  • Precision and accuracy are the most important feature since this is why you are using the product.
  • Also, consider your work environment and where you will be using the equipment. Some models work better in certain temperatures or conditions so make sure to check the specification for further details.

Does your company need one?

You now have a good understanding of what this piece of equipment does, how it works, safety measures, and the benefits it can bring to your company.

If you are in an industry that often weighs heavier objects then a crane scale may be the best suitable solution for your business.

You can always contact an experienced member of the LES team to see how this product can help your business do more or help you find a product that will fit your requirements.