There are a number of costs that factor into the overall process of aircraft jack proof load testing such as shipping, down time, etc. But how much does the testing service itself actually cost? That depends on whether you’re working with the original jack manufacturer or a third party service provider.
THE COST OF WORKING WITH A MANUFACTURER
The typical jack manufacturer charge for proof load testing an axle jack is around $250 per jack and The typical cost for the manufacturer to test a tripod jack is about $375 per jack.
While those numbers are not going to break the bank; it adds up if you have multiple jacks that need to be tested or if testing shows there are repairs that need to be done.
THE COST OF WORKING WITH A THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDER
A third party testing facility can provide the same level of quality testing, if not more, and typically charges 25-30% less than the manufacturer whether the jack is being shipped to the third party or tested on site, but you do need to consider the cost of the technician traveling to you.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR TECHNICIAN TRAVEL COSTS
While there are some very attractive savings for on-site testing services, you must carefully consider the cost of technician travel before you make your decision as these costs can be highly variable.
For example: If your facility is in New Jersey and your on-site testing provider is traveling from Ohio the technicians would typically be driving to your location, so the only travel costs you would need to consider would include fuel, hotel, and per diem costs for the technician. If this is the case you stand to benefit significantly with on-site services even if you have only a couple jacks that need to be tested.
If your facility is located in California and you were still using an Ohio based service provider you would need to cover travel costs including the cost of the flight, rental car, hotel, per diem, and shipping of the proof load testing fixture if applicable (the tool the technicians would use for testing).
If this is your situation, consider the number of jacks you have that need attention. If you only have one or two jacks, this may not be the best option for you. But of you have a larger number, you may still find on-site testing to be the most cost effective way to go with the added benefit that your jacks wouldn’t be out of service for weeks to months.
For example: If you have 10 tripod jacks – even if we are being highly conservative in shipping and service costs, it will cost (at $500 each way for shipping) $10,000 for shipping. Again this is being very conservative. Services would be $3,750.00 for all ten jacks. Then consider the down time, the hassle of shipping and liquid handling, and the potential that repairs will be needed.
When you look at it like that and then consider that a calibration service technician can take care of all ten jacks in about a day and all you need to pay for is those travel costs, the latter may be the best choice for you.