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Gram Scale - How Much To Spend?

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Hi guys,

 

I've been reading the site for a while and have finally started working on balsa cranks.  I want to start experimenting with different internal weighting and need to step up and get a scale. 

 

My question I'm hoping everyone can help me with is, How much do you need to spend to get a dependable scale? 

 

I see them from $10 up to more than I can afford.   I'd hate to buy one and have inacurate weights though. 

 

Recommendations?

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A friend of mine let me use his and it worked really well. He got his from Midway USA. You want to make sure you get the calibration weights with it. You can check to see if the scale is starting so slide the weights a little. Once you recalibrate the scale you will be back in the money again. I think they need to be 50 grams or more, the cheap 10 gram weights will not recalibrate the scale. You should not have to spend more than 30 from what I have seen.

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I think I paid about $25 for my last one, on Ebay.  Its max is about 8 oz.  Almost all digital scales are made in China so buying one from a U.S. company is no guarantee of better quality IMO.  My first scale was a Digiweigh brand and lasted for 6-7 years before it crapped out.  I don't have a calibration weight but ballast I weighed on my first scale weighs the same on my new one, accurate to 1/100th oz.  So in my experience so far, the digital scales stay pretty accurate.  Playing devil's advocate, as long as your scale stays constant, it doesn't really matter if it is accurate to a standard weight.  What matters to me is the weights of hardware and the finished crankbait compared to weights I got on earlier batches that worked (or didn't).  One detail, the pad on many digital scales is too small for many crankbaits when you weigh them with treble hooks installed.  So a scale with a larger plastic cover and a Tare Weight function is desirable.  You can zero the scale with the cover on the pad, then fit a larger crankbait on the scale to weigh it.

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I have a MyWeigh i1200 that's worked perfectly for 8 or 10 years now.  Price is higher than I remember at about $100 from saveonscales.com.  If you don't need super accuracy no reason to pay for it.  This i1200 is rated to 1200 grams with 0.1 gram precision.  It came with a 1 kg calibration weight.  They have models with lower total rating that cost less.  The i500 has a 500 gram capacity (1.1 pounds) and 0.1g precision for about $60.  0.1 grams is only a couple of drops of water so plenty of precision for lures and components.  If you need to weigh small parts (hooks, swivels, etc.) you can weigh 10 or 20 at a time to get down to 0.01 gram accuracy.  One thing I like is the large, flat top so you can easily weigh parts, etc. that stick out way past the edges.  Think a lot about what you want to be able to use the scale for.  I use mine to measure food items, lures and components, RTV/catalyst, even my POP/water mixtures up to a couple of pounds of POP.  If you think you only need precision down to about 1gram, you can go with a postal scale.  Those tend to be less expensive and have higher capacity.  I've got one of those that's good to about 30 lbs.  The ultra-precise scales used for reloading top out in the 100 gram range.  That's only around 4 oz...not enough capacity for things like RTV or POP for lure making.

 

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I purchase my on line I believe it was aroun 24.00 dollars. You may want to stop at Office Depot I saw one there one day, this way you can see it in person

 

Gino

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Thanks for all the input everyone. This is great news that most of you are happy with reasonable priced scales.

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Show-off..........LOL just kidding. Nice bait by the way!

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I was trying to post a link to harbor freight scale. It's $11.99 and works good for me

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If you can find an old lab scale, that would be best.  The more decimal places the better.  Mine goes 1 decimal place which is great for weigh finished products and ballast weights.  However, it is not accurate enough when weighing "filler" materials for adding to resin.  I'm better at eye-balling my filler amounts than actually weighing them, but a lab scale would be awesome.

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I purchased a scale at Ebay that weighs in thousandths of an ounce or tenths of a gram. It has been more than sufficient for building lures and only cost a little over $20. Measuring in grams is what I use the most and is necessary for figuring ballast weight when using the Archimedes principle of water displacement.

 

Ben

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