Keith Crews Cardinal 139 Years Strong

Since 1977 we have built a strong reputation for excellent installation and service work in the weighing industry. Pioneer has grown on this reputation due to the fact that we pay detailed attention and never instead of cutting corners. 

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3 Service Locations and our Corporate Headquaters

Pioneer Scale has our Corporate Headquarters in the Heart of Benton and three convenient service locations with a large team of licensed technicians serving the Arkansas, Mississippi, Lousiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas and New Mexico areas.

Benton, AR
Grand Prarie, TX

Texarkana, TX
Corporate Headquarters

Keith Crews Cardinal 139 Years Strong

Since 1977 we have built a strong reputation for excellent installation and service work in the weighing industry. Pioneer has grown on this reputation due to the fact that we pay detailed attention and never instead of cutting corners. 

About Us

Keith Crews Cardinal 139 Years Strong

Since 1977 we have built a strong reputation for excellent installation and service work in the weighing industry. Pioneer has grown on this reputation due to the fact that we pay detailed attention and never instead of cutting corners. 

About Us

People-Backed Products

Pioneer Scale is committed to offer good quality products to our customers.  The manufactures we choose to work with have the same ideals and quality requirements that we stand behind.  You will find a variety  of products that are economical and well built to suit your weighing needs.

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Why Buy a Cardinal Guardian Hydraulic Truck Scale

Why Buy a Cardinal Guardian Hydraulic Truck Scale
 

Some years ago I posed the question to the owner of Cardinal Scale, David Perry why he didn't build a truck scale that would last a lifetime of more than 25 years. His response was that no one would be able to afford it or wouldn't pay that much. I believe that Cardinal now builds a scale that is built to last a lifetime.

Reason # 1 - Lifetime Warranty on Load Cells

 
The Cardinal Guardian Truck Scale comes with hydraulic load cells which carry a complete lifetime warranty which is not prorated. This is unheard of in the truck scale industry. This coveres anything that can be imagined that would happen to a load cell. The load cells are constructed of stainless steel and have no wear parts that would need to be replaced as they age.
 

Reason # 2 - Built to last

 
One of the things that most service companies fear is selling equipment that is so cheap that they don't last and you loose a valuable customer because of it. Some years ago Pioneer started doing business with a large chicken processing company in Arkansas and they had another brand of hydraulic scale that was less than 10 years old. The hydraulic cells were in excellent condition but the design of the scale deck was so poorly constructed that the area where the load cells were located had started to decay and rust. This eventually forced the customer to replace the scale because it would not weigh their trucks accurately. We encourage all of our customers to visit the Cardinal factory in Webb City, Mo to see first hand a scale deck being constructed upside down. It is an impressive site watching the robots welding the steel which is mounted on a giant skid or template to insure that it is welded to prescise tolerances. It is easy to see why each hydraulic scale that Cardinal manufactures will be around long after I retire and will more than likely last a generation beyond that. We also have never lost an order after a customer has seen their scale being built. Built to Last!
 

Reason #3 -$5 wire that becomes a $1000 service call

 
With hydraulic scales there are no wires under the scale to be damaged by water, rakes, hoes, claw hammers, shovels, brooms, mice, rabbits, armadillos, skunks, car hoods,vandals, ice, blow torches, pressure washers, steam cleaners, dry rot and many others. All of the problems associated with housekeeping and electronic scales are eliminated with the investment of a hydraulic scale system.
 
 

Reason #4 - Eliminates Ground Potential Problems

 
Most ligtning and drifting problems associated with truck scales come from the fact that the scale has a greater potentiak for ground than most electrical supplies for bulidings. Ground potential problems increase a scale's vulnerability to lightning strikes and eratic weights. With proerly installed hydraulic scale the scale is isolated by non-conductive hydraulic hose at the junction box. Hydraulic oil is also nonconductive completely isolating the scale from the building's power supply.
 

Reason #5 - Simplify

 
During a recent installation I had two young technicians helping me run the hydraulic tubing. And purging the line with hydraulic oil. I explained to them that we needed to know three things when installing hydraulic load cells. 1) The tube must be full of oil. 2) There must not be any air in the tube and 3) there should be enough pressure to make the diaphragm gap 26 thousands. "Just like a straw" one of them said. Yes it is as simple as a drinking straw. 
Simple makes troubleshooting easy.
 
 

Water...what water?

 
We have several customers in the Aggregate industry and cleanup under scale can be troublesome. Usually the only good way to clean from under a truck scale is by using a high pressure water line to "blast" the material from under a scale. This makes everything wet and when wiring and electronics get wet they stop working properly unless it is a perfectly sealed system. What in this world is perfect? Last week we were working at one of these locations where the newer scales are hydraulic while the older sales in use are fully electronic. During a conversation with the manager he stated in the last five years that the hydraulic scales had only one service call total (3 scales) while the electroinic scales were constantly breaking down (over 25 service calls per year on five scales). Same application! Lifetime warranty means no problems!