Question about which load cells are needed to build a set of race car scales
Q: "I am looking to build a set of race car scales and have come across your site. I want to use load cells made in the USA if possible. I will need a load cell that can handle a maximum of 1000 lbs. What product do you suggest? Thanks. David."
Answer: One of the Safe Home websites is LoadCellsUSA.com. All these load cells are made in the USA. Some parts may be imported, however. I contacted our manufacturer for his input since your request is somewhat complicated.
First, a load cell that can handle a maximum of 1000 lbs. for a race car scale or other vehicle scale is the SSB1K,AmCells SSB Type 1 Klb. Shear Beam Load Cell The SSB-1KLB Type Single-Ended Shear Beam Nickel Plated Load cell is made of Alloy steel. You would need 4 of these units if you are using a single platform.
Next, you would need a junction box and a digital read-out. What is recommended is the AmCells JBSM4 Junction Box for 2 to 4 Load Cells. This is a stainless steel box with summing card, handles 2 to 4 Load cells,meets IP67 standards and has signal trimming. Plus you would need a AmCells DIN3 Digital Weighing Indicator. The DIN3 digital scale indicator features a stainless steel housing, a push button key pad and a bright 1 inch tall LED display. The DIN3 will interface with all strain gauge load cell configurations.
If you plan to use 4 separate platforms, that will require consultation with our manufacturer. LoadCellsUSA.com sells a wide selections of load cells including S Type Single Point Shear Beam , special load cells such as mini and disk. LoadCellsUSA.com also sells accessories.
Thank you for your interesting question.