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A Postal or Kitchen Scale
Posted by HOmainline on Thursday, December 07, 2017 5:59 PM

I'm looking for a postal or kitchen scale that accurately weighs (to within, say, a half oz.) items as light as our HO scale rolling stock and costs less than $40 or so.  Is a digital or mechanical scale any more accurate than the other?

What's been your experience with them?  Recommendations, reliable brands and sources for purchase other than Amazon appreciated.

Thanks!

 

 

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Posted by RR_Mel on Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:25 PM

 

I bought a Dymo M5.  It has Tare, selectable kg/lb and a hold.  I’ve been using it for about 6 or 7 years and has been very reliable.  It has a relatively large weighing area, 5½” x 6”.

 

It will measure from 0.1 ounces to 5 pounds.  

 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:28 PM

I bought a digital Sunbeam brand kitchen scale for less than $10.00 al WalMart about ten years ago. It weighs 0 to 32 ounces in 1/4 ounce increments.

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This is plenty good enough for weighting train cars.

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Posted by dknelson on Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:37 PM

I am pleased with the Salter digital scale presumably meant for kitchen purposes.  If I was in a scale larger than HO I'd probably want something physically larger and more robust.  Probably got it at Target or WalMart.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Thursday, December 07, 2017 7:58 PM

Harbor freight, coupons on line.  Doubles as my postal scale up to 11 pounds. 

https://www.harborfreight.com/digital-scale-95364.html

Good enough for model railroading, mixing rocket fuel, maybe not.

 
 

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Posted by mlehman on Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:11 PM

If you're price conscious, it's hard to beat waht the Chinese have to offer. I've seen a variety of digi-scales from them that weigh a max of between 500g and 3 kg, with accuracies from 0.1 to 0.01g and all cost in the $10 range. I picked up a 500 gram capacity scale with an accuracy of about 0.01g for $12.

Often, the scale table or platform is too short for model railroaders, but a few quick slices on some black foamcore and you can glue up a platform  that you can zero out.

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:13 PM

I bought a digital postal scale. 

It weighs from .1 oz all the way up to 20.0 lbs. 

It can run off of a single 9V battery, or a wall wart plug.

It does all my train stuff, and any "bay" shipping needs.

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Posted by richg1998 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:23 PM

A few years ago I was shopping local and found one at Amazon for about ten dollars.

Many products they sell show the specs and reviews. Two days I had it. No driving all around looking in stores.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:24 PM

I use the postal scale, wife has one for her business.  I use it for Ebay selling, and car weight.  It's give a digital reading, in decimals.

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Posted by HOmainline on Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:26 PM

Ricky,

What is a wall wart plug?  Where did you buy yours?

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Posted by BigDaddy on Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:31 PM

Wall Wart's is the name for the little transformers that plug into the wall and then plug into your phone charger, NCE power cab, computer or what ever.  They come in varying voltages

 

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Posted by HOmainline on Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:35 PM

Ah!  Being blissfully content without - and unemcumbered by - such electronic devices, a wall wart would be of no use to me.   Big Smile

Thanks for the education!

 

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Posted by peahrens on Thursday, December 07, 2017 9:06 PM

I bought a 5 lb digital postal scale on Amazon several years ago for $16.  I looked it up and the same one is not available.  There are lots to choose from.  Suggest read the reviews (remember a 3 star average means lots of bad opinions), look at the features and you won't go wrong.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=postal+scale

EDIT: I take it back, this one looks like it.

https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Shipping-Mailing-Postal-Batteries/dp/B0076BXEVI/ref=sr_1_21?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1512702175&sr=1-21&keywords=postal+scale

I would guess that one with a very high weight capacity might be less accurate or precise at relatively low weights.

 

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 9:43 PM

HOmainline

Ricky,

What is a wall wart plug?  Where did you buy yours?

 

Wall wart, as answered, is a plug in transformer. (Mine is 9V, just like the battery.)

I got it from the same "bay" that I occasionally sell stuff on. (Just waited for one nobody else seemed to be after, and got it cheap.)

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Posted by Daywhitemtns on Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:47 PM

I use a Pelouze Dymo Model K5 postal scale. It has a 4.5" x 4" platform and is a mechanical radial dial type. It measures in .5 oz increments up to 5 lbs. It's perfect for all HO scale weight measurements. I've had mine for several years and it still works perfectly. The current model is available from Amazon, for one, for $50. Worth it, in my opinion, for its longevity.

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Posted by dbduck on Friday, December 08, 2017 8:39 AM

What I use, I have had it for a number of years. Weighs in ounces & 10ths, pounds & ounces + 10ths , & grams

 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Glass-Digital-Kitchen-Scale/49883592

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Posted by Lone Wolf and Santa Fe on Friday, December 08, 2017 12:25 PM

This is the one I got for free from Stamps dot com when I signed up for an account over ten years ago. It still works. It's great for shipping small items like locomotives or rolling stock. It automatically adjusts the tare every time you turn it on so you can add a larger platform if you need too. Uses a 9 volt battery. Max weight is 5 lbs. in 0.1 oz. increments. Not suitable for very light items like gemstones but works for model railroad stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/5lb-Electronic-Shipping-Postal-Scale/dp/B004HMVZVU/ref=sr_1_16?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1512756648&sr=1-16&keywords=postal+scale

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Posted by HOmainline on Friday, December 08, 2017 5:35 PM

All,

Thanks to everyone for your leads and recommendations. I'm going scale hunting this weekend.

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Posted by kasskaboose on Saturday, December 09, 2017 12:10 AM

Call me cheap, but I use an older type kitchen scale. I don't recall the brand but it came with a bowl.  It's perfect for calculating the weights of cars.  I don't get the rationale for running cars under NMRA weight standards.

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Posted by cedarwoodron on Saturday, December 09, 2017 9:22 AM

Ditto on BigDaddy's Harbor Freight suggestion or try Walmart in the kitchenware aisles. The Harbor Freight scale shown is a duplicate of other brands. I use mine frequently when building or rebuilding rolling stock kits. If you are substituting metal wheels for the cheesy plastic ones, weight all materials (with the metal wheels) unassembled first and get a true initial weight, then calculate the NMRA suggested weight using the 1/2 Oz times the linear measure of the car plus the 1 Oz to get the optimal revised NMRA weight.

I use 1 oz, 1/2 oz and 1/4 oz fish line weights  (or roofing lead  fixtures cut and flattened into sheets) from Home Depot, which can be cut in to smaller amounts as needed. I always paint the weights if they are leaded for safety.

The inexpensive scales do the job well.

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Posted by dbduck on Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:35 AM
so, tell us Did you find a scale ?
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Posted by HOmainline on Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:05 PM

Dave,

 What model of Salter scale do you have?

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Posted by HOmainline on Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:08 PM

Ricky,

What make and model do you have?

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Posted by HOmainline on Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:33 PM

DB,

Oh, I've found plenty.  Haven't bought one yet though!   Smile

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Posted by dinwitty on Sunday, December 10, 2017 7:15 PM
I went to a resale shop and found a simple mechanical kitchen scale, maybe 2-3 bucks. Our club had 1 ounce for every 10 feet of car. Minimum at least.
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Posted by riogrande5761 on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:12 AM

HOmainline

Ah!  Being blissfully content without - and unemcumbered by - such electronic devices, a wall wart would be of no use to me.   Big Smile

Thanks for the education! 

They are useful it you don't want to buy/use batteries.  Do you have a modem?  It probably has a wall wart.  Do you have a Wireless router?  Wall wart.  Tons of things have them so transformer isn't in the device itself.  I'd guess you have some around the house for various thing but I could be wrong.

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Posted by jjdamnit on Monday, December 11, 2017 11:42 AM

Hello all,

I found a Taylor brand digital scale (model 3837W9) at WalMart for about $20.00.

The range is 0 to 6.6 pounds in 0.1 oz increments (0 to 3 kg in 1 g increments). It is both standard (ounces) and metric.

It also includes a tare function.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by HOmainline on Monday, December 11, 2017 5:34 PM
Batteries are cool with me.

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Posted by joe323 on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:08 AM

Never needed a digital scale.  I picked up a diet scale from a rummage sale for a buck.  Says Lean Line on it and is sufficient for the SIW.

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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:23 AM

joe323
Never needed a digital scale. I picked up a diet scale from a rummage sale for a buck. Says Lean Line on it and is sufficient for the SIW.

I agree.

I have a plastic kitchen scale with a bowl top.  Works great.  I check it with fishing weights, but it has never needed adjusting.  For weighting cars it's fine.

Paul

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