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KMIAA

Scales

I have two digital scales, a my weigh KD 8000 and a Escali Model Pana V63.  My hubby asked me to weigh some linguine.  He likes to divide it since we are the only two in the household.  I weighed the amount on the Escali, and then on the KD 8000.  There was a difference in the ounces.  One weighed at 8.1 ounces, and then the other scale weighed 8.5 ounces.  I was surprised.  I do use the batteries instead of the adapter.  Has anyone heard of such a discrepancy between 2 scales?  This is the first time I ever weighed anything using two different scales. 

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Doc.Dough

I have a 100g calibration weight which I use to check my scales occasionally, and I have never had a disagreement as large as you note. Occasionally my mg scale will weigh the cal wt at 99.998 gm. You should check to see if it is a bias or a scale factor error. It might be as simple as you zeroed one of the scales with something on it just before weighing you linguini.

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gerhard

Is it possible to remove the scale's weighing platform, sometimes you get stuff under there and it will affect performance.

Gerhard

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KMIAA

Thanks to all who replied.

I never heard of a calibration weight.  I'll have to try and find out where I can purchase one.  I can't remember now if I tared or if I juist removed the inguine.  I'll have to be more careful.

Yes, I can remove the weighing platforms.  I'll check and make sure there is nothing under the scales. 

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jcking

If calibration is an option; In the USA a stick of butter is 4oz or 113g ( + 1g for the wrapper). This weight is government regulated and accurate. If calibration is not applicable weigh multiple sticks and use as a reference.

Jim

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Doc.Dough

I weighed 44 (post 1982) US pennies and they came in at 3.955 oz which corresponds to the stated weight of 2.5g each + an average of 53mg of accumulated crud and corrosion.

 

KMIAA's picture
KMIAA

Thanks for all the tips!  Will definitely keep this post handy.  You guys are the best!!

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MichaelH

For those of you wanting accurate scales, I own 2 that I can recommend. The first is a Salter 6055 that I have had for about 15 years. It is accurate to 1 gram (per my testing) and has a capacity of 5000 grams. This model is still sold and is about $36 on Amazon with free shipping. It is easy to clean and the weigh plate is at least 50% larger than similiarly priced scales, making it easy to use.

The second is a Fast Weigh MS-500 I bought this year whose capacity is .1g to 500g. It is accurate (per my testing) to .1 g. It is listed on Amazon for $6.99 with free shipping.