What scale do you like and why
Last Post 11 Jan 2018 08:13 AM by Thomas Wentling. 13 Replies.
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Thomas WentlingUser is Offline
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23 Dec 2017 07:21 AM

    I am going to buy a scale and with so many out there, I was wondering what others might suggest and why. I am looking for the pro's and con's of your model. Of coarse, like everybody else in the world, price is a consideration. I would like it to be portable and the style that opens so the screen and scale are protected. I guess like a pocket scale.  .o1 gram accuracy is a must. Thanks!

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    23 Dec 2017 03:56 PM

    The only sugestion I would have is find one that uses grams and grains .

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    24 Dec 2017 09:49 AM
    I use an old school balance beam scale that is used for ammunition reloading.
    It graduates into grains which is easily converted into grams.
    No AC power, dead batteries, or knowing if it is calibrated correctly.

    Old School...yep thats me

    Bill
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    24 Dec 2017 02:05 PM
    Hey Bill, Do you have to fiddle around a lot to set the scale up? I am guessing you have weights that adjust or reset the scale with? With the auto scales, they come with a weight for calibration and can easily zero out the weight of the pan. How do you do that on a balance scale? Thanks
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    25 Dec 2017 12:46 PM

    Thomas,

    I have a Triton T2. I like it and the price is not bad. You will have to buy two 100g. calibration weights though to do a calibration check.  They do not come with the scale.

    Check it out at www.goldfeverprospecting.com .  Amazon might have it as well.

    The only con I have is that if you have a very small amount of flour gold it is not heavy enough for the scale to weigh. I do have a vial with 0.03  grams of gold in it.

    Scott

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    25 Dec 2017 02:57 PM

    Thomas,

    The powder scale I have (balance beam) doesn't have check weights.   You set it up and adjust the scale so with the empty pan it zeroes out.  That's it.  It has weights that move along the balance beam that are not removable from the beam.

    I also have a digital electronic powder scale that I could use to weigh gold, but I do not use it any more.  This one is battery operated and shuts itself off if you aren't quick enough to keep it busy.  That is irritating to say the least.  Plus it needs to be acclimated to the temperature of the room you're using it in.  Otherwise weights may not be repeatable.

     

    Hope some of this helps.

     

    Wayne

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    26 Dec 2017 09:21 AM
    Thomas,

    No weights as Wayne explained.
    I do not take the scale into the field, it is set up and stays home
    Set up with the empty cup, sometimes a little adjustment on the adjustment screw to zero, done.
    Simple, straight forward, no fuss no muss.

    Bill
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    27 Dec 2017 09:19 AM
    Wayne... what increments are on the scale? I see the electronic ones measure down to .01 grams. I am guessing yours does grains. It that even more accurate?
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    29 Dec 2017 11:40 AM
    Thomas,
    Yes, grains down to tenths of a grain.

    There are 7000 grains in a regular pound (not Troy weight). There are 454 grams in a pound.

    Wayne
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    29 Dec 2017 03:14 PM
    I looked at beam scales today. They had a +/- 1 grain. That could be as much as 0.0647989 grams. I didn't see any that would measure down to the tenths. I guess that's why they call it shopping instead of buying. This thread has not had very many responses. There is a huge choice of scales out there. I wonder how most are weighing their gold.
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    29 Dec 2017 10:15 PM

    Thomas,

    I bought my powder scale I think at a sporting goods store where they sell reloading equipment.  They should have beam scales that measure to 1/10th of a grain.

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    31 Dec 2017 01:13 PM
    I made the leap. I bought a beam scale. It was around $100. it measures down to 1/10th of a grain which is even more accurate then the .01 that electronic scales measure. Now all I have to do is find an ounce and I will be Happy. Come on 2018!
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    09 Jan 2018 05:31 AM
    Thomas, I think you made a good choice. My RCBS reloading scale is pretty fool proof and easy to set up and level out. Doesn't take up much room even taking camping or in the field.
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    11 Jan 2018 08:13 AM
    I went with a Redding Model #2. I liked the magnetic dampening and the stainless steel seat. I agree that set up is easy and you never have to worry if it is working right or about electronics.
    Thanks everybody for your input.


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