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#1 Gestin

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 05:47 PM

Hi guys, new to Retro racing here. Looking for a good scale to have in my pitbox for weighing parts and RTR cars to know I am abiding by the IRRA retro weight rules.

I would like a compact portable model that is accurate to at least 0.1 grams.

Is there a staple model out there that everyone relies on and is happy with?

Please share your thoughts.

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 06:09 PM

Harbor Freight has good inexpensive model
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Posted 19 February 2016 - 06:17 PM

http://www.3riversar...rain-scale.html

 

Archery scale is what I use.


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Posted 19 February 2016 - 06:28 PM

Any inexpensive scale should do but make sure the weighing surface is above the rest of the scale face so you can put the complete car on it.


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Posted 19 February 2016 - 06:32 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys. I'll check up on the Harbor Freight and 3river. Good point slot atone on the weighing clearance. Thanks again!
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Posted 19 February 2016 - 07:29 PM

Any inexpensive scale should do but make sure the weighing surface is above the rest of the scale face so you can put the complete car on it.

 

Also good to have - two blocks, one rests on the scale and supports the rear tires, the other supports the guide at the same height as the rear tires. This will let you determine the percent of the weight on the rear wheels. (Use the "tare" function to take the weight of the support out of the measure.)


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Posted 19 February 2016 - 08:22 PM

This is the 200g model bit of course they have others.

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http://www.awscales....al-pocket-scale


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Posted 19 February 2016 - 08:23 PM

Put the block under the scale and you don't need to consider it's weight.


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Posted 19 February 2016 - 09:52 PM

Thanks Dennis. The AWS site has quite a variety.

Thanks again for everyone's feedback. Very helpful.
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Posted 20 February 2016 - 12:02 AM

AWS is where I purchase all of my scales ;-)

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 08:56 AM

This is the one I use.  I have had two of the Harbor freight units, and both had accuracy and longevity issues, plus I found the weighing platform to be a little small for some retro cars.  This one is a little larger, but still very easily stored in a pit box. Hyper accurate down to .01 grams and can easily be calibrated with certified scale test weights. I 've had this one for a couple of years now and it has held up well.

 

http://www.amazon.co...ailpage_o04_s00


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Posted 20 February 2016 - 09:06 AM

Here is a nice scale with a nice case. They have pretty much anything you would need scale related.

 

http://www.oldwillkn...ton-t2-300.html


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 08:09 PM

Gentlemen,
With your help, my scale arrived today. There were many excellent candidates suggested. I ended up settling on the American Weigh Scales SM-501. It's exactly what I had in mind.

Many thanks to everyone for your advice. Much appreciated!

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 10:35 PM

quick calibration check...a dollar bill should weigh 1.0 g, a nickel should weigh 5.0 g


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 11:11 PM

Spot on with the Nickel and 0.01 off with the dollar bill. Not bad! Thx!

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