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Posted 24 April 2018 - 10:10 AM

Hello, all.


We are a fresh, raw sausage manufacturer, and I am looking for a good, small scale that I can use for QA purposes, ie weighing link sizes (as low as 1 oz link, as big as 10 lb bulk), and r&d purposes, ie weighing up spice for sample batches (as low as 0.15 oz in some cases). We are SQF certified, so ideally I am looking for something that is NSF certified, or something I can trace back the calibration. Obviously I don't want to be spending a ton of money on this considering I already have a scale that I can technically get by with, so I need to be able to justify the cost to our tight pocketed Operations Manager.


Does anyone have any recommendations? Anything you folks already use? Right now, the scale I am using is a little larger than I want. It will measure my link, rope, and bulk sausage and full 10 lb cases fine, but some r&d projects seem a little difficult and not as accurate as I would like. I need a more accurate scale that can measure and display smaller measurements, if that makes sense. For example, yesterday I was supposed to weigh out 0.14 oz of ground sage (yes, its as little of an amount as you think it is) and my the lowest my scale goes is 0.2 oz.


Any suggestions would be great.







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Posted 25 April 2018 - 03:14 PM

Adam scales have decent accuracy for the price and there are a lot of different sizes for whatever application. If it can be calibrated in-house with a calibrated weight, I find ebay to be a great source for quality refurbished scales.

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:20 PM

Dear Ricky,

In fact, a part of the argumentation is in your question.

A very precise scale allows your company to save a lot of money. The extra money spent is never wasted.

Good luck with your choice. Invest in a nice and robust scale.

Kind regards,

Gerard Heerkens


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Posted 27 April 2018 - 02:54 PM

The challenge is finding a scale that will weigh items over 10 lbs., but still have the ability to get down to 0.01 lbs.


If I remember correctly, at my previous job we had some Ohaus scales that were capable of that...though I don't know what particular model they were.


I've found that the best lab scales I've used have been Mettler-Toledo and Ohaus...if I were you, I'd start there (though there may be others that are just as good...I'm just not familiar with them).

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