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Diane57
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New Scale - 2009/01/17 07:35 Well I'm in the market for a new scale. Anyone have an idea of a good one. I make soap on a small scale, so I dont want to break the bank for a new one, but at the same time I want one that works for longer than a week.
What about postal scales? Can they be used for soap making?

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Denise
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Re:New Scale - 2009/01/17 09:46 Look for the features you want. My first scale which I have just replaced after 5 years (and a lot of abuse!) was flat, so I had to measure my oils for soap in to the clear plastic bowl that came with it and then dump it into the soap pot - the soap pot would have covered the read-out. So my new scale is slanted where the read out is and wow! what a time saver! You will also want the tare feature so you won't have to do the math every time you add an ingredient. Lastly make sure you don't shortchange yourself on the weight capacity. You might want to do bigger batches some day. I would also think that the smaller the batch the more precise you need to be with your measurements, so a really cheap kitchen scale probably won't be adequate. I like the removable stainless steel tray - easier to keep clean. I don't know anything about postal scales - are they less expensive? They are very precise so if you've seen a good price on one, grab it! Just my 2c! Denise
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Re:New Scale - 2009/01/17 10:00 I purchased a postal scale at Sam's club and it lasted about 6 years. It had tare and worked well. However if I had too much weight on it, it just stopped. Not so hot if you're making a large batch.
A friend suggested I go on line and check out Old Will Knott Scales. I ordered one and have been very happy. It can weigh accurately for larger batches and it has tare.
Won't hurt to check it out.
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Re:New Scale - 2009/01/17 11:12 I second Nancy's opinion! My scale is on that site. It's http://www.oldwillknottscales.com
It's under "Soapmaking Scales" the KD7000. Only thing is, I paid nearly double for it - DANG! You can't go wrong with this scale for only $44. I highly recommend it. Denise
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Re:New Scale - 2009/01/17 11:25 I have a small postal scale (which I had before I started making soap). I only make small batches too, but it hold up to 3 pounds, which is ok for me because I never have more than 3 pounds of one type oil at a time. It has the tare feature and it weighs in ounces and grams. It's been great for me!
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Diane57
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Re:New Scale - 2009/01/17 18:43 I checked out the scales and the KD7000 is a nice one for the money. And I like that you can use it for postage as well. I think the postage scale I looked at was around the same price but it didnt have all the nice features as this one.
Thanks for the input you guys.

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