Potters & Sculptors - Making Rock from Mud
Thankfully, my triple beam is still going strong, but I purchased a wonderful digital scale from Amazon that has a 75 lb wt capacity and I use it when shipping my pottery. It was only $26.99. I work for the Postal Service and my home digital scale was spot on, to the ounce, when I took a couple of my large boxes in to work just to double-check the weights. I love this scale. If my triple beam took a dive, I wouldn't hesitate to use this one for my glazes. Here's the link, if you decide to take a look.
I would use a small capacity 1/10 gram increment digital scale to measure weights smaller than 1000 grams. For 1000 and up the 1/10 gram increments are not significant, so a large capacity scale with 1 gram increments is more appropriate.
Following are a few scales I believe to be useful for potters:
For those who are non-digitally inclined here is the old standby Ohaus, famed for reliability and durability.
And finally here is a low cost clone of the Ohaus.
My Taylor with glass top died after 5 months. Actually it still works when the on off button decides it wants too. Unfortunately, that is only every few days. I really liked it until it died, I think the weakness is the buttons are not membrane covered so easy for clay and dust to get into it.
Thanks for the info, I found out from Ohaus that my magnets were bad and repairing it cost as much as a new one. I'm one of those people with to much magnetism in their body so I probably killed it. I have bought 4 digital scales U.S. Balance 150gX0.01g, U.S. Balance 1000X0.1g for mixing up glaze tests. An American Weigh Scales 3000gX0.1 and a Soehnle 5000X1g for larger batches of glaze they both have bowls. The AWS is really nice it has a hinged cover so when not in use it keeps the dust out. I'm still having problems with my magnetism if I work with the scales too long the numbers move up and down when I get my hand close. So I work in short sessions now. Denice
Hi Denise, it is very strange to read that you have a personal affect on your scales. It made me think of the incident that I had recently with my scales numbers jumping up and down randomly, until I worked out what was happening. Occasionally, I go out into the studio when my children are asleep at night and take my baby monitor with me so that I can hear if they wake up. I would place the monitor on a shelf within close proximity to my digital scales until I realised that the interference from the monitor was definately causing my scales to bounce up and down in numbers when measuring. At first, I was changing batteries, tapping the scales and even thinking of buying a new one. So glad I worked out what it was. lol
I've been looking at amazon for a large capacity digital scale for glaze batches and shipping. This tempered glass top model from Ozeri is very tempting. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MSZBSI
We have two cheap scales which get a lot of abuse. They're accurate and can be re-calibrated with a weight.
The first cost $9 and measures in 0.1 grams up to one kilo especially for colorant oxides and small glaze batches.
The second scale costs $25 and measures in 1.0 grams with a 12 pound weight limit.
Your choice looks better than our 1.0 gram up to 12 pound scale.
It measures in 1.0 grams up to 12 pounds, has a larger weighing area - getting the readout away from the container, and has fewer openings to collect powders.
The round version of this scale we bought a couple of years ago collects dust in the recessed read-out and does not like to get any water or glaze splashed on it. You need to pull the batteries until the scale is dry. I now have people using mL volumetric containers for measuring out water.