Weight Wrangler: The Mobile Livestock Scale for Your Needs



Cardinal Scale’s mobile Weight Wrangler group animal scales provide a self-contained NTEP legal-for-trade weighing system that can be used on any firm surface with up to a 5% grade.

The livestock scales include an integral air pump to easily lift and lower the trailer’s air bag suspension. Models come in 18-ft-long tandem axle or 13-ft-long single axle sizes. The X-lug rubberized component deck and steel cattle pen enclosure with dual gates are all suspended at four points within a mobile base frame.

The Weight Wrangler can weigh groups of cattle up to 15-20 head at a time (20,000 lb. capacity). The scale includes a weight indicator, ticket printer, USB port, battery, self-adjusting electric brakes, and adjustable hitch height. Solar panels are optional.

LSM series scales include high-quality X-lug flooring standards, which is the livestock industry-standard rubber floor for cattle handling. There is allocated open spacing between X-lug floorboards, which allows for easy wash out of scale after use.

Other mobile and livestock scales on the market use a corrugated metal floor with a covered rubber mat, allowing livestock sewage to be trapped which leads to extensive rust damage.

Ideal for the ranching industry, the durable steel cattle pens are UV-protected with baked-on industrial tan powder paint for long-lasting endurance in the elements.

The LSM’s 15” trailer tires with semi-grade airbag suspension provide smooth towing and handling during transportation. The load cell junction box with additional condensation protection is located inside the battery box for easy access.

Three heavy-duty panels and bows are placed on 18-ft models, and Cardinal Scale’s panel construction is the heaviest in the industry for mobile and portable livestock scales.

A cattle blind for the mobile weighing center ensures that the operator doesn’t upset livestock while operating the scale during the weight transaction. The weatherproof mobile weighing center indicator and printer are mounted to the exterior of the livestock pen.

Extra storage is available in the indicator/printer cabinet for spare ticket rolls or EDI reader wands.

The mobile weighing center calculates shrink loss for livestock groups and displays current headcount, gross weight, and average weight. It also displays previous and total headcount, gross weight, and average weight.

The inclinometer eliminates the need to recalibrate the scale after transport. The self-contained scale provides legal-for-trade weights in multiple locations with up to a 5% tilt angle (maximum allowed by NTEP) in any direction.

Tail lights and reflectors come standard with Cardinal Scale’s LSM series, while competitors only offer this as an optional add-on. Tail lights on the LSM are hard-wired inside the battery box, so there’s no plug to work loose.

Also, the tail light wiring is run inside the lower frame, so this makes for a faster setup. On competitors’ scales, the user has to remove the external lights and wiring before they can start using the scale.

Cardinal Scale’s weight indicators feature StableSENSE® digital filtering that filters the weight signal to produce a stable weight display in spite of motion on the scale platform due to animal movement. The Weight Wrangler arrives fully assembled which ensures a quick start-up so the scale is ready for work as soon as it’s delivered.


  • High-Quality X-Lug Composite Flooring for Livestock Stability and Assurance Included Standard
  • 3 Heavy-Duty Panels and Bows on 18-ft Models. Cardinal Scale’s Panel Construction is the Heaviest in the Mobile Cattle Scale Industry
  • Available in 13-ft-long Single Axle or 18-ft-long Tandem Axle Sizes
  • StableSENSE® Digital Filtering Compensates for Animal Movement While Weighing to Provide Accurate Weights
  • Calculates Shrink Loss for Livestock Groups
  • Mobile Weighing Center Displays Head Count, Gross Weight, and Average Weight
  • Transactions Stored on USB Drive May be Summarized for Printing
  • Can Be Used on Any Firm Surface With up to a 5% Grade
  • Completely Self-Contained Mobile Animal Weighing
  • Self-Adjusting Electric Brakes Provide Ease of Maintenance
  • Semi-Grade Airbag Suspension Provides Smooth Towing and Handling During Transportation
  • High Under-Frame Clearance
  • Includes USB Port to Store Transactions
  • Includes Weight Indicator, Ticket Printer, and Battery
  • NTEP Legal for Trade for Commercial Transactions
  • Weigh Groups of Cattle up to 15-20 Head at a Time (20,000-lb Capacity)
  • Enclosed Scale Includes Two Cattle Gates
  • Durable Steel Cattle Pens with UV-Protected Baked-On Tan Powder Paint
  • Heavy-Duty Bumper Plates (1/2” thick)
  • Tail Lights and Reflectors Included Standard
  • Load Cell Junction Box with Additional Condensation Protection is Located Inside Battery Box for Ease of Adjustment
  • Adjustable Hitch Height Included Standard
  • Dual Gate Latch (optional)
  • Cattle Blind so the Operator Doesn’t Upset Livestock While Operating the Scale During the Weight Transaction
  • 12-Volt Battery Pack Included (recharged by towing vehicle)
  • Optional Solar Panel
  • Scale Comes Fully Assembled and Ready for Weighing Use



Capacity: Model LSM1513-MWC225P: 15,000 lb. x 5 lb. / Model LSM2018-MWC225P: 20,000 lb. x 5 lb.

Overall Dimensions: Model LSM1513-MWC225P: 13 ft. L x 7 ft. 4 in. W x 8 ft. 2 in. H / Model LSM2018-MWC225P: 18 ft. 5 in. L x 7 ft. 4 in. W x 8 ft. 2 in. H

Includes: 225 weight indicator, CTP-1 ticket printer, and 12-volt battery

Port: USB for transaction storage on a portable USB drive

Tilt Angle: Up to 5% in any direction (maximum allowed by NTEP)

Paint: UV-protected, baked-on tan powder paint

Flooring: X-lug high-quality rubberized non-slip composite flooring with predefined floor plank seams in the scale deck prohibit debris from compiling underneath

Digital Filtering: StableSENSE® digital filtering filters the weight signal to produce a stable weight display in spite of motion on the scale platform due to animal movement

Country of Origin: USA

NTEP Certificate of Conformance: Certificate number 16-042 (legal for trade)

Accuracy Class: III / IIIL

Options: Collector Panel Mount Bow (qty. 1), Horse Risers, Dual Latch Gate, and Solar Panels

Power Requirements: 12V automotive-type battery (battery included)

Deck Height: 6 inches when in weigh mode for easy step-in

Indicator Livestock Functions: Shrink loss, current headcount, gross weight, average weight, and previous and total headcount, gross weight, and average weight

Inclinometer: Included with scale and detects scale angle to determine if the angle is out of acceptable tolerance for weighing (blanks out if out of NTEP tolerance - up to 5% tilt angle)

Indicator Display: 240 x 64 pixels (5 in. W x 1.33 in. H / 127 mm. W x 34 mm. H) monochrome graphics LCD with white LED backlight and visible in direct sunlight

Keypad: 60-key color-coded keypad with QWERTY keys, plus four soft keys and 13 function keys

Air Pump: Integral air pump to lift and lower trailer air bag suspension

Load Cells: NTEP stainless steel model ZX-10000 tension load cells

Gates: Two swing gates included

Printer: Cardinal Scale model CTP-1 dot matrix ticket printer included in mobile weigh center for NTEP legal-for-trade ticket printing of transactions

Brakes: Electric brakes (4)

Shipping Weights: LSM2018-MWC225P: 6,000 lb.; LSM1513-MWC225P: 4,200 lb.

Speed Limit: 35 mph (classified as a farm implement)

Harvester Livestock Scales



Ideal for stockyards, feed lots, and private farms, Cardinal’s fully-electronic Harvester livestock scales feature pre-cast concrete decks and include livestock pens and two-end swing gates with easy-close latches (arrives factory assembled). The diamond pattern concrete deck provides sure footing for livestock. The 0.8-inch-high gap between the concrete deck and steel livestock pen allows space for easy washout cleaning and is not visible to cattle from above. The NTEP legal-for-trade LSC series farm scale utilizes Cardinal’s 20,000-lb model SB stainless steel shear beam load cells which feature superior welded waterproof seals and protection against caustic, corrosive environments. Available in 12.5, 25, or 30 ton overall capacities. Sizes up to 52.5 ft long x 10 ft wide.


  • Agricultural Products
  • Etched Diamond Pattern Concrete Deck Provides Hoof-gripping Traction for Livestock
  • Four Hinge Points on Each Gate
  • High-Tensile-Strength Concrete Decks
  • Livestock Pens and Gates Included
  • NTEP Legal for Trade
  • Optional Dual Latches
  • Optional Horse Risers
  • Pre-cast Solid Concrete Deck
  • Rodent Protection is Standard
  • Stainless Steel Load Cells
  • Up to 30-Ton Weighing Capacity



Platform Width: 10 ft.

Platform Length: 17.5 ft., 35 ft., or 52.5 ft.

Overall Capacity: 12.5 tons, 25 tons, or 30 tons

Concentrated Load Capacity: 12.5 tons

Load Cells: Cardinal model SB 20,000-lb stainless steel shear beam

Clearance Height: 81 in (from top of concrete deck to bottom of top bar)

Gate and Cattle Pen Height: 66.5 in

Construction: Pre-cast concrete deck and mild steel livestock pens