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    I am wanting to purchase a scale for weighing freight/passenger cars. This will be for HO scale items. Naturally I want something fairly accurate but not something that will break the bank. This will be used for hobby purpose only and not for weighing packages for shipping and such. I need some suggestions on what others are using or can recommend. Thanks....John

    GULF COAST & WESTERN


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    I got tired of dealing with low-end scales a couple of years ago and bought an Ohaus triple beam balance, just like I used to use in chem and physics labs. I use it for food, freight cars, mixing stuff, whatever. Can be had for about $120 if you don't need to weigh more than 1 kg (2.2 lb.) Not for everyone, though, as it reads in grams.
    James

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    • #3
      I have used a 'pelouze scale' very successfully for many years. Not only for cars, but for postage as well, and for weighing out mixes for rubber molds, where you need a good 10-1 ratio. It is very accurate, and is digital. It can weigh up to 5 pounds. This particular model may not be available now, newer ones have come out, but I got mine at Office max or Office Depot I think. About 20 bucks or so.


      Tony Burgess

      Exploring the unknown requires tolerating uncertainty.~ Brian Greene

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      • #4
        I went into Walmart, found and bought an electronic digital scale for under $20.00. It is very accurate and can be zeroed out every time it is used, if desired. It is large enough to handle the weight of light packages for shipping. It works wonderfully for weighing my HO freight and passenger cars. I'm sorry I don't remember "off the top of my head" who is the manufacturer and I'm too lazy right now to go down to the basement to determine this! My guess is that my scale is probably obsolete now, although it is maybe a little more than a year since I bought it. That seems to be the way of all things electronic, today! Brought to market one day, obsoleted and thrown in the trash the next!

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        • #5
          Harbor Freight is where mine came from. I think it was in the $20.00 range. While you're there, take a look at some of the items you'd find in the Micro Mark catalog for a small fraction of the price.

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          • #6
            quote:


            Originally posted by Nelson458


            I have used a 'pelouze scale' very successfully for many years. Not only for cars, but for postage as well, and for weighing out mixes for rubber molds, where you need a good 10-1 ratio. It is very accurate, and is digital. It can weigh up to 5 pounds. This particular model may not be available now, newer ones have come out, but I got mine at Office max or Office Depot I think. About 20 bucks or so.




            Ditto, I have the exact scale. It sits right in front of my computer monitor as I type this.

            When building a car kit I put all the pieces/parts on the scale and add tire weights to the pile until I get the weight needed. I then have everything I need to get started on construction. I place the weights as discretely as possible within the car.
            Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

            Cedar Swamp
            SW of Manistique, MI

            Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022

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            • #7
              IF your other half likes to cook, or bake in particular, obtain a high quality kitchen scale. For the few times you will use it to determine car weight, the money will be much better spent. Just zero the scale with a sheet of paper on it and then use the scale as needed for your cars. Who knows, you may end up with a couple more coffee cakes to munch on those cold February days while at working at the hobby.
              -- KP --

              Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by hon3_rr


                IF your other half likes to cook, or bake in particular, obtain a high quality kitchen scale.



                Yup! Just what I use not for weighing cars, but for when I'm measuring out for making RTV molds:


                In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.

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                • #9
                  Thanks to all for the replies. With the info provided I ended up ordering an Ozeri brand scale, model #ZK14S. Looks similar to the Salter unit. It has an approx 8.2 inch x 6 inch footprint at 1.8 inches tall. Tare feature; reads up to 11 pounds in ounces (0.05 increments ) or grams in 1 gram increments; made of stainless steel. Costs only $12.14 at Home Depot. I had to order one to be picked up at my nearest Home Depot. I found another seller on E-bay with price at $17.12 with free 3 day shipping. Maybe this info will help others looking for an inexpensive scale. By the way, this scale had a five star rating with only a few four stars included and nothing less. Thanks again to all for pointing me in the right direction.

                  GULF COAST & WESTERN

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                  • #10
                    At least you were able to weigh several options before deciding.....
                    Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                    Cedar Swamp
                    SW of Manistique, MI

                    Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022

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