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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012, 1:16pm
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012, 1:41pm
Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
 

Netphilosopher Said:

Guys, guys - we're only talking the difference of a lb or two of coffee...

:^D

Posted August 23, 2012 link

Or 4-5 lbs if we're buying greens and roasting.

Unless it's Gesha.
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012, 9:05am
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GVDub Said:

Let's check back in in 20 years, okay? Then we can compare ongoing scale costs over that period. .

Posted August 23, 2012 link

How about every 5 years instead. 20 years could be pushing it on my end.

 
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Posted Sat Aug 25, 2012, 3:24pm
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JVBorella Said:

I've got 3 of these: Click Here (www.ebay.com)

2 in use everyday & a spare just in case one of the others ever breaks. Paid $5.00-$7.50 including shipping which takes about 10 days from China. They are accurate & can be recalibrated if you have weights. Having paid $25-$30 for supposedly better quality scales in the past which ended up in the trash within a year or so these are the only scales I'll buy for my coffeebar.

Posted August 21, 2012 link

I had the same, but it died after 2 years of light use. The zero started drifting and it became useless. Just another data point on reliability.

I bought this one to replace it (as recommended by Mark Prince).

Click Here (www.amazon.com)
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Posted Sun Aug 26, 2012, 6:57pm
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Lots of unhappy users in the Amazon reviews of the Chinese "American Weigh". I've had several $25-$30 scales that turned to crap in a few months so I'll stick with the $5 wonders. Based on my experience paying 4-5 times more doesn't necessarily get you a better quality scale.

 
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Posted Sun Aug 26, 2012, 7:08pm
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JVBorella Said:

Lots of unhappy users in the Amazon reviews of the Chinese "American Weigh". I've had several $25-$30 scales that turned to crap in a few months so I'll stick with the $5 wonders. Based on my experience paying 4-5 times more doesn't necessarily get you a better quality scale.

Posted August 26, 2012 link

I've got the american weigh 650 and it has 4/5 stars with 44 reviews. Skimmed through and most seem to be between 4-5 stars some with 100+ reviews, and a few I saw around 3.5 stars. I'd say that's pretty damn good for the amount for the amount of reviews each one has. Mine came calibrated perfect and haven't had to re-calibrate frequently like some others, still measures to exactly .1 grams.
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Posted Sun Aug 26, 2012, 7:10pm
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CMIN Said:

I've got the american weigh 650 and it has 4/5 stars with 44 reviews. Skimmed through and most seem to be between 4-5 stars some with 100+ reviews, and a few I saw around 3.5 stars. I'd say that's pretty damn good for the amount for the amount of reviews each one has. Mine came calibrated perfect and haven't had to re-calibrate frequently like some others, still measures to exactly .1 grams.

Posted August 26, 2012 link

Was only like 10 bucks on Prime I think? It is small though, but I like that on the counter, I use the top for it any way to zero out and hold the beans.
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 6:29pm
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CMIN Said:

I've got the american weigh 650 and it has 4/5 stars with 44 reviews. Skimmed through and most seem to be between 4-5 stars some with 100+ reviews, and a few I saw around 3.5 stars. I'd say that's pretty damn good for the amount for the amount of reviews each one has. Mine came calibrated perfect and haven't had to re-calibrate frequently like some others, still measures to exactly .1 grams.

Posted August 26, 2012 link

Actually 14 of the reviews are 3 stars or less & 5 were 1 star. Par for the course. Some are going to hate it because it's "junk" while others think it's the best thing since sliced bread. If it's $10 w/Prime rest assured that's a $6-$7 scale as Amazon definitely factors in the shipping cost on the low end stuff. Personally I prefer the button layout on the scale I linked which also arrived properly calibrated.

 
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Posted Tue Aug 28, 2012, 6:13pm
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I prefer the slightly larger size of the sc-2kg version. It has the advantage of being large enough to weigh the coffee along with the portfilter (which is great if you dose directly into the PF). Also, since it's larger and can take 2kg, it doubles nicely as a kitchen scale for meat. The plastic cover also keeps the buttons clean when not in use and has edges to avoid beans rolling away when reversed as a bean tray.

Also works great with the Pharos since you can stick the whole scale and tray under it to collect grounds during the whacking stage then pour right into the PF.

One downside though. It shuts off automatically after only 1 minute.
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Posted Sat Jan 11, 2014, 12:29am
Subject: Re: Digital scale recommendation
 

Its hard to find a good scale with many features in $20 because companies are using modern technology in new scales that is more expensive.But you can contact with any local company in your area to get low price scale in your area or try on ebay and amazon.
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