Well, I got my new Varitas S-63 digital scale which reads to .02 ( two hundredths) of a grain. All along I did not think that the scale would actually measure any better than my RCBS balance beam set up (and it does not) but, the readout is easier on my eyes vs. tediously watching the balance beam slowly move up as I trickle my charges. Another big factor, as you can see from the pictures is the removal of clutter from my loading bench. As I had indicated on a post on the main forum, the instructions that come with the scale are garbage. In any event, I did get if figured out without resorting to calling the company. So Saturday morning I completely stripped the working area on my bench to start with a clean pallet! The scale now sits on a piece of 1 1/2" clear lexan bullet proof glass (my buddy got it from a bank they were demolishing). It took quite a bit of time making the stand that now holds my powder trickler. Both the scale and the trickler stand have 240 grit sand paper under them (glued to the lexan) to keep them from moving. I then constructed a box to precisely fit over the instrument as a dust shield. So, as far as accuracy? In the photo you can see my RCBS scale now sitting just above the Varitas. I leveled it out and then weighted out a charge of 30 gr. of Varget on the beam scale.....the way I normally do. I then took that pan of powder and transferred it to the new scale and the reading I got was 30.02 or two hundredths of a grain difference??? Pretty darn close! Hopefully it will keep working OK and now I have more room on the bench!
I was noticing a slight bit of "drifting"..........I am talking only a few hundredths of a grain. To give you and idea of what I mean: My pan weights in at 147.09 grains. Once I put it on the scale and zero it, the scale holds that number. If I take the pan off? the scale will show 147.09 but.....from time to time, that may vary to 147.10 or .12 or .07.....its that 100 th. that varies sometimes. If I put the pan back on empty my zero may not be zero, but 0.01 etc. Actually, and I am still trying to rap my head around this, .05 is only 1/2 of a tenth of a grain? Actually very close? So, I called the outfit I got the scale from and talked to a tech and he indicated there can sometimes, be some slight drifting. Humidity is a big factor. If its too dry, there can be some static electricity produced around the plastic housing of the scale. He suggested I wipe the scale exterior with a rag, slightly dampened with rubbing alcohol. I have not gotten to that yet. My beam scale is very sensitive and will duplicate readings on the digital scale. But yes, the digital readout is a nice feature. Like everything else, I have to get used to it and that only comes from continued playing. Like I indicated earlier, the salesman, who is a reloader, told me this S-63 is the one he uses at home for reloading. That one you are looking at is over $400 more!
Post by itneverends22 on Jan 2, 2020 15:27:38 GMT -5
thanks for your reply, I've been wondering about this varitas 63,I still use my rbcs beam scale,but was looking to go digital again. been thru 3 digitals 750 rbcs, gempro250,and a pact, they all were very untrustworthy, and sent them all back! yeah, the 1 I'm looking at is pricey but? i just want a good 1..
Richard we use very sentive scales at work most know have a three side box around them plus over. Some do have slots or a area that we can add to the pan. Found out heating and air conditioning could cause miss measurements
Good looking set up Richard. Heat and air units can definitely cause a good digital scale to drift. Any air flow whatsoever is a problem even with the shields installed to protect the scale. I turn my heat and air units off when weighing powder.
Another thing that can mess with digital scales are florissant lights. I don’t fully understand how but maybe someone here can elaborate on it more. I did install LED lighting around my bench. A little pricey but a good investment.
Finally, a UPS ( uninterrupted power supply) is a good idea on digital scales. They control the current to the scale and keep it constant. They even have a battery backup in case the power goes off.
Geez! Whatever happened to simply weighing a charge on a good old balance beam scale? Hope this is beneficial.
Bkm...no doubt! My RCBS scale pictured can match the digital in weight repeatability. The only advantage is that the read out is easier on older eyes. I also have less clutter. Thanks for the tip on the florescence lighting. I have a double 8 footer overhead!
BTW, I just got a LED shop light to replace the florescence ones! Did not install it yet due to other projects.
Don't throw away the florescent fixture! It can easily be converted to a LED fixture. It's simple, bypass the ballast and direct wire right to the new LED bulb following the bulb manufacturers directions. Some bulbs require the hot and neutral on the same end (on separate pins) where some bulbs require hot on one end and neutral on the other.
I've converted nearly 100 fixtures, ones with 2' bulbs, 4' bulbs and 8' bulbs. I retrofitted some 8' fixtures (4 four foot bulbs each) that were freebies from a local GM plant. They were being pitched in the garbage. Free fixture plus me investing $40 to buy bulbs and I put them in my shop.
Hyperikon is the best company I've found for LED bulbs. (On Amazon.) USA based with a 5 year warranty. I've used well over 100 of their bulbs. 77 of them just in my garage, shop and house.
The best way I've found (other than when free fixtures are available for retrofitting) is go to the "big box store" and buy their cheapo 4' florescent fixture that holds two bulbs. These fixtures cost right around $10. Then get on Amazon and order Hyperikon bulbs. Price per bulb is less than $10 each. So for just under $30, and a small amount of wiring modifications, you have a 4' LED fixture with high quality 5 year warranty bulbs!
Side note, I dated all the LED bulbs with the date they were installed. Many of them are over 5 years old now and still bright as ever. Oh, and anyone throwing away old florescent fixtures. I'll take them!
Oh, I just checked Amazon. The price has dropped significantly on those Hyperikon bulbs since I began buying them. The 4' bulbs (5000 Kelvin, single ended power, 2,140 lumens) are now available for $5.83 each. So recalculate my math on a 4' fixture converted to a LED fixture. The whole thing can be done for less than $25.
Last Edit: Jan 21, 2020 11:11:49 GMT -5 by smokelessk