Lure Making Tips
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Posted 23 January 2004 - 01:28 PM
Hi there, I didn't buy one yet but I was told they have a nice 5 lb. scale that weights in ounces and in grams at Walmart for around $30.00.
This is what I am going to look into the next time I get to town. It would be in the gadgets section where they have knives and things like that. Check it out and let me know what you think. Ken Schmitz Mylures
Posted 23 January 2004 - 02:06 PM
You can try here: http://www.scalesgalore.com/
Here is a model under $100.00 http://www.scalesgal....htm#toploading
And here are sme kitchen models:
To be honest, a $30.00 walmart scale may be good enough for what you want to do. If is precise enough... go for it
The particular scale I use, was bought for duability and accuracy over time. Monthly, I pass about 300 lures, epoxy cups, lead, etc. acoss it. It and its twin (i have two) have held up very well. you can find the acculab scales starting at about $129.00.
Posted 23 January 2004 - 02:07 PM
Regarding the scale, I know you are using it to help determine crank-bait weights. My questions is do you determine the weight using ratio proportion.....that is the weight to be added is based upon a proportion of the weight of the lure? This is then used as a constant to determine the weight needed in other lures.
Posted 23 January 2004 - 02:32 PM
To be honest, this is my method for weighting new lures. I weight them, float them, find center of gravity with an RC Airplane prop balancer, and distribute the weight in drilled holes.
When the lure is completed, I try them in the water. I have been known to drill into weight on a finished lure to remove or drill into wood to add weight. After a new lure is completed.... I can duplicate that on additional builds. Take into consideration (personality)..... each wood pieces density, etc
may make that lure work a little different. Thats individual lure "Personality"
Posted 23 January 2004 - 02:33 PM
Save your money on the wal-mart scale. I bought one and it reads by grams every 2 grams or by ounces every 1/8 oz. It may be what you are looking for but it still leaves a little guess work.
Posted 23 January 2004 - 02:38 PM
you are right... If you are looking for more accuracy... you will need to spend more. My scale measure 4 places to the right of the decimal. These are small baits, and small weight increments can make a difference.
Just my opinion.... I am not indicating that everyone should spend a ton on a scale.
Posted 23 January 2004 - 02:46 PM
Do you use the rs 232 computer interface? Or is that just something that is there if you want to use it. Spending the $$ is not the issue, but why would I want the scale hooked to my computer?
Posted 23 January 2004 - 02:50 PM
WHAT!!!!! Something else I can hook to my computer!!!!! OH BOY!!!
Naw friend! In a laboratory setting, that could be used for generating reports and such. Dont think its much useful for lure makin. I dont use that feature.
I tell yah! A accurate scale is GREAT for weighing equal parts of epoxy. I never have mishaps due to improper amount mixing.
Posted 23 January 2004 - 09:39 PM
I found this scale at http://balance.balances.com/scales/844
$120.00 if you take only the scale. I went ahead and got the ac adapter and the cal weight also. i2600 with AC & Cal Weights $165.95 + $14.95 for shipping. Life time warranty. :
I tried to find one for under a $100.00, but after looking at them I thought I was just waisting my money.
Posted 24 January 2004 - 01:47 PM
So Chip, I have found the center of gravity before on my lures by spinning them on a table. Once you have this, I don't follow you on your idea for weighting. Are you then trying to keep an equal amount of weight on either side of the the fulcrom? And if so, how does this effect the idea of trying to keep a somewhat "nosedown" disposition on the lure? Thank you again.
Posted 24 January 2004 - 11:05 PM
You are thinking correct. I find the center point by balancing the lure. I then shift the weights stlightly forward of center so the bait is only slightly forward to get the action and dive going on first crank. Getting the balance point helps to position the weight just forward of center.
Posted 24 January 2004 - 11:50 PM
Gotcha, thanks Chip, a wealth of information you are.