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Broken Scale - MyWeight or Oxo

fldhkybnva Feb 7, 2013 09:11 AM

My beloved scale has broken and I need a new one ASAP. I am currently undecided between the MyWeigh KD8000 and the OXO with the pull out display. Any opinions either way?

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  1. kaleokahu RE: fldhkybnva Feb 7, 2013 09:30 AM

    Hi, f...:

    Between those two, I like the KD8000.

    Not liking digital/electronic stuff, I'd be happier with an analog mechanical scale like this: http://www.pennscale.com/products/bak...

    I've had two digitals, one a $40 cheapie for the kitchen, and a $$$ lab-grade for the winery. The load cells on both died. Now I use a 150-year-old Roberval bascule balance scale ($75 on eBay) and some cool brass weights.


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      fldhkybnva RE: kaleokahu Feb 7, 2013 09:36 AM

      Yea, I'm on the lookout for a digital scale and use it for nearly everything from baking to cooking to weighing packages if that changes anyone's recommendations.

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        kengk RE: fldhkybnva Feb 7, 2013 09:42 AM

        I could not do without my digital scale. I inherited my cheap one from my mother ten years ago and it refuses to go away.

        It says "Good Cook" on the label and probably came from WalMart.

        The one thing that I do not like is that it needs a higher weight limit. If I'm weighing out flower for bread I can't put my heavy mixing bowl on it and have to use another container.

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      treb RE: fldhkybnva Feb 7, 2013 09:55 AM

      I have the oxo, I like it alot and it has a nice readable display.

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        ellabee RE: fldhkybnva Feb 9, 2013 08:17 AM

        I'm a fan of the OXO. Skinny enough to fit in a drawer at the prep area, big readable display, and the pull-out feature is very handy with big plates or bowls of ingredients. Also the removable stainless-covered platform is easy to clean.

        I have the 11 lb version, there's a 5 lb max version for less if that's all you'll need. Edited to add: Just noticed that you'll use it for weighing packages, too, so you'd want the 11 lb max version. And the pull-out display will come in handy for that.

        1. grampart RE: fldhkybnva Feb 9, 2013 08:35 AM

          I've bought MyWeigh scales for myself and family members from this place and have been totally satisfied with the product, price, and service each time. http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/buy...

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            rasputina RE: fldhkybnva Feb 9, 2013 01:23 PM

            MyWeigh KD8000 absolutely. I have the scale and it's great. It also has bakers percentages

            1. Antilope RE: fldhkybnva Feb 9, 2013 08:00 PM

              To test a digital scale without a calibration weight
              To test a digital scale if you don't have a special calibration weight you can use coins: (Make sure to use new, shiny coins. Worn coins will weigh less).

              A U.S. nickel (5-cent coin for non-Americans) weighs exactly 5.00 grams and a U.S. cent (since 1983) weighs exactly 2.50 grams.

              U.S. Cents 1981 and before weigh 3.11 grams. (In 1982 solid bronze U.S. cents were replaced with copper plated zinc U.S. cents. In 1982 both metal types of U.S. cents were made.)

              Canadian coins are lighter. A Canadian 5-cent coin weighs 3.95 grams since 2000. A Canadian 1-cent coin weights 2.35 grams since 2000. Before 2000 coin weights changed several times due to changes in metal content.

              If you live in another country, check out your government mint web site or coin collectors web sites for gram weights of your local coins.

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                fldhkybnva RE: Antilope Feb 9, 2013 11:28 PM

                Wow this is ingenious, love it.

              2. fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2013 10:30 AM

                Thanks for the advice. I finally purchased the KD8000 which should arrive in a few days and assume it'll be a great buy.

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                  fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Apr 24, 2013 03:45 PM

                  This scale is fantastic! It's a bit heftier than I imagined it would be but that's fine. The only thing I can't seem to figure out are the reusable covers. There seems to be a permanent plastic cover attached which can be removed but why the additional covers as well.

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