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Offline vincentoc13

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digital scales
« on: October 07, 2012, 03:19:43 PM »
what kind of digital scale do your guys reccomend for dough or do you prefer analog?


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Re: digital scales
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2012, 04:19:08 PM »
Digital. Cheap.  They are all pretty much the same - as long as they work.  I bought my first one online from amazon, and it was a dud. >:(  Bought my second one from a local store for $10, and made sure to keep the receipt.  So far so good.  :chef:
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2012, 10:20:02 PM »
I agree with Brian about the cheap/digital aspect, but I would recommend seeking out a scale that goes to at least 11 lb. and gives you increments at low as 1g.  It also helps if the display can either be detached or protrudes enough that wide pans don't cover it and make it hard to read.

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2012, 04:07:18 AM »
This is my scale.. My-Weigh-KD-8000  $37
Great scale and it does Bakers Percentages too if you ever decide to go that way.
It's a bit on the large size, but if you have the counter space, you can't go wrong.
Very easy to operate. Large display. And it even has a flip top cover over the
buttons to keep them clean. Automatic shut off too. Highly recommended.

and... 30 year warranty!  So what does that tell you about the quality?

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2012, 07:05:56 AM »
Jeez, Pete, that's "overkill" on the scale...  I'm surprised you have this, given your reaction to the toaster oven suggestion. It looks like a commercial model!  17lb capacity, whoa!
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Re: digital scales
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2012, 12:02:26 PM »
Thanks everyone!!  This site always come through

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2012, 12:36:18 PM »
I think that if you have a larger scale with 1g or higher resolution, that you also need a smaller, more accurate scale for yeast. 0.5g of IDY or ADY could make a difference, especially for smaller batches of dough.

I use a big scale that is actually a shipping scale for flour and water, and a smaller scale with a 0.1g resolution for yeast, salt, sugar, etc.
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Re: digital scales
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2012, 12:56:19 PM »
I think that if you have a larger scale with 1g or higher resolution, that you also need a smaller, more accurate scale for yeast. 0.5g of IDY or ADY could make a difference, especially for smaller batches of dough.

I use a big scale that is actually a shipping scale for flour and water, and a smaller scale with a 0.1g resolution for yeast, salt, sugar, etc.

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2012, 12:58:00 PM »
I use this one and have been very happy with it. 2kg capacity. 0.1g resolution, $24.

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2012, 01:04:36 PM »
This is the small scale that I use. $8.43! For such a cheap scale it is surprisingly accurate. I have checked it with calibration weights for accuracy and repeatability and it is dead on.

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2012, 01:14:15 PM »
Jeez, Pete, that's "overkill" on the scale...  I'm surprised you have this, given your reaction to the toaster oven suggestion. It looks like a commercial model!  17lb capacity, whoa!


Well, I do a lot of gardening and measuring items in the 5 to 12 pound range so I do make use of the large capacity. Plus it's an item less than $50. So that was an easy decision.

On the other hand, I've purchased only 2 toaster ovens over the past 24 years at a total cost of about $140, and spending over $200 for a new Toaster oven that had more features than I actually needed seemed like overkill. So I probably need to find a unit in between the 2 extremes.

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2012, 04:55:09 PM »
I have the Oxo stainless scale and it's a pretty good one. You can remove the stainless part and wash it up then snap it back on. The only thing is that it measures ounces in fractions instead of decimals. That can make it pretty aggravating when trying to get specific amounts of flour.

Does anyone have any recommendations for scales that measure really really small amount? Like .001 grams and such? I would kinda like to try to get that exact on some stuff just for the fun of it. I've seen some that are really cheap, like $9, but I'm afraid that it might be a case of, "You get what you pay for."
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Re: digital scales
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2012, 11:52:58 AM »
I bought the very cheap .001 resolution from ebay and it works fine. You can only weigh small amounts on it, and I now more commonly use teaspoons that measure from 1/8 to 1/64th., for yeast, and my regular scale for everything else.

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2012, 09:06:00 PM »
I paid about $25 for the scale I have now and it annoys the %$# out of me because it has an auto shutoff and always turns off in the middle of measuring ingredients. Anyone know of an accurate scale that that doesn't shut off automatically?

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2012, 10:12:04 PM »
My escali small round guy $25 amazon just went down after weight 1000's of dough balls and countless buckets of flour water ... I can say that was a Great scale !I think I dropped it ?  I think I would go again with that one anytime,  but I just purchased the above  for the next victim touch more capacity now that I am doing dome larger batches. I do use a smaller pocket scale for the yeast .01 hundredths on that baby  ;)
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Re: digital scales
« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2012, 01:11:06 AM »
I got a $5 power adapter with my My-Weigh-KD-8000. You can choose an auto turn-off time, or disable it entirely. I also use a Harbor Freight 1kg x 0.1g pocket scale for salt, yeast, and spices, and for a travel scale.
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Re: digital scales
« Reply #16 on: December 25, 2012, 09:58:41 PM »
This is my scale.. My-Weigh-KD-8000  $37
Great scale and it does Bakers Percentages too if you ever decide to go that way.
It's a bit on the large size, but if you have the counter space, you can't go wrong.
Very easy to operate. Large display. And it even has a flip top cover over the
buttons to keep them clean. Automatic shut off too. Highly recommended.

and... 30 year warranty!  So what does that tell you about the quality?

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I have this same scale and it is fantastic.


And for all the light weights I use this and it is great too.
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Re: digital scales
« Reply #17 on: December 26, 2012, 07:01:18 AM »
This is my scale.. My-Weigh-KD-8000  $37
Great scale and it does Bakers Percentages too if you ever decide to go that way.
It's a bit on the large size, but if you have the counter space, you can't go wrong.
Very easy to operate. Large display. And it even has a flip top cover over the
buttons to keep them clean. Automatic shut off too. Highly recommended.

and... 30 year warranty!  So what does that tell you about the quality?

---pete---


http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001NE0FU2/?tag=pizzamaking-20

I have the next model down from this, the 7000,  it is a little cheaper.  I have had it for at least 5 years and it is still going strong
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Re: digital scales
« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2012, 11:24:13 AM »
I use this one and have been very happy with it. 2kg capacity. 0.1g resolution, $24.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OIRSSU/?tag=pizzamaking-20



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Re: digital scales
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2012, 06:09:18 AM »
Edit: Vincent and all. I am butting into this thread instead of making a new one, as I thought it might be along with the OP thread. I am not sure if that is proper etiquette. If not, I'll start a new thread :S

I am undecided, I might not, but I am thinking about getting a TOR REY scale. I have seen on some photos that Norma is using one of those with a foot pedal and I like it.

  Tor Rey scale ►

What I am thinking here is the benefit of an American scale with the ability to weigh in pounds and ounces as well as kilos and grams, which I can't find in Europe, making American recipes much easier to follow.

Any thoughts appreciated :)

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2012, 09:13:43 AM »
Mike,

I do have the Tor Ray scale and it works fine, but it doesn’t weigh in grams.  It also doesn’t let me weigh 10 lbs.  If I have a dough formulation that calls for 11 lbs. of flour, or more, then I have to weigh the flour in two containers.  I also need to take my smaller Taylor digital scale if I want to weigh something in grams at market and also need to take my AWS-100 to market if I want to weigh anything that is really small in grams or ounces.  Usually I don’t have to take my others scales to market if I just want to weigh ingredients for dough, but I wanted to let any members know that the Tor Ray scale doesn’t weigh in grams.

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #21 on: December 28, 2012, 09:55:28 AM »
I'll chime in on the KD 8000... a great value & works well. Got mine from Brick Oven baking supply.

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2012, 05:56:36 PM »
Thank you Norma for your answer. It seems as if the model I found - though similar in design - does measure in kilos and grams as well, where 5 kilos and 10 lb are the maximums. Are you otherwise happy with your scale? The KD8000 seem also very handy as some suggest, and does 8 kg and g, 17 lb and oz.

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2012, 06:24:25 PM »

Are you otherwise happy with your scale?

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Mike,

I am happy with the TOR REY scale, but wasn’t happy with the WEBstaurant Store.  My TOR REY scale stopped working and I contacted the WEBstaurant Store.  They wouldn’t do anything for me and told me to throw the scale out because the technicians at TOR REY in Texas are of no help in fixing those scales.  :o  I did call TOR REY in Texas then and they did get my problems resolved with my scale by sending me a used adapter after I spoke to them a few times.  TOR REY couldn’t even send me a new adapter because the WEBstaurant store wouldn’t even receive it for me to try.  I do like the WEBstaurant for other products, but the scale was a pain when the WEBstaurant store wouldn‘t do anything to help me get the scale fixed.

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Re: digital scales
« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2013, 05:51:42 PM »
I thought I'd resurect this thread from the past.  I've been giving some thought to whether I need a better or more capable scale for the small ingredients like yeast and salt, oil, etc..

This is my (wife's) scale that I'm currently using.  Good for flour and water, but not the small stuff.

I do have a digital and a couple balance beam scales capable of measuring grains or grams, made for meauring gunpowder for reloading ammunition.  I'm just wondering if this is overkill or if getting these down to this level of accuracy is really beneficial?



 

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