I don't think I can rely to much on the lee scale...


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Josh45
August 20, 2011, 05:55 PM
Yup, I don't think I can. Where I usually have it, It would stay zeroed without a problem. Now for some reason it keeps moving up and down quite a bit and takes for ever to get it to zero. Once it does....It will move again.

I thought I had it right where I wanted it and weighed a charge. Showed just where it needed to be but gut feeling said weigh it again. What do you know? It was way off. I'm starting to hate this thing. :banghead: :fire:

So, I placed an order for the RCBS 5-0-5 scale. Read plenty of times it's a better scale and zeroes out much faster. Hopefully, That is what my experience will be.

Side Note: For a powder dispenser, How is the Little Dandy compared to the PPM? Or should I just save and get the Uniflow?

Any suggestions for that would be great. Also, Still looking for a electric scale. Dad wants one just for a backup. :p

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heydawg
August 20, 2011, 06:04 PM
If the scale is defective, send it back. For the price of one way postage, you will save much vs the RCBS scale. I have used the Lee scale extensively without any problems at all. There are two magnets to dampen it. Sometimes these accumulate bits of things like steel wool or misc metal bits that obstruct the free flow of the counterbalance. Check to make sure its clean. Also, the fulcrum of the scale can slide to and fro slightly which causes the counterweight to rub against the magnets on the left side. Adjust the beam by pulling it slightly towards you.

Your spring might be loose or too tight. In any case, that is not worth correcting. Send it back for repair. It is a very good scale. I would caution against the electronic scales. They are fast, but that is in no way reflects their consistency or reliability. They need to constantly be checked for zero and can drift over time. You can spend $20 on the Lee and get a good scale. To get equivalent performance from a digital scale will cost 10-15 times as much.

Josh45
August 20, 2011, 06:12 PM
I had sent it to Lee before. This is a new scale. It was recalibrated and sent back. Im thinking I should just move it else where and use it as a back up. The order for the RCBS scale is already in since a few hours ago. This scale was reliable to me but I guess after seeing so much play with it, I wasn't so sure.

I had removed the beam and pan and cleaned it as much as possible and it still does the same thing.

That is also why Im not crazy about the electronic scales. To much drift in and easliy obtain static. I'm gonna tinker with it some more but will end up using the 5-0-5 sclae when it gets here.

jcwit
August 20, 2011, 06:38 PM
Do you have it where is even the slightest air movement? This will make it read wrong.

The Lee Scale is one of the few items Lee makes that I do not like, but only because its so light weight and with my shaking hands its hard for me to use. Other than that it does weigh accurately.

ranger335v
August 20, 2011, 06:59 PM
I find the same as jcwit, I hate the thing for being so light but that's all, the Safety Scale actually works great; highly sensitive and accurate.

When any scale moves around it's due to external causes, usually air currents, and my old 1010 isn't immune to that. Nor is my single flaky digital scale that DOES wander around on it's own.

Put it back "where (you) usually have it."

Josh45
August 20, 2011, 08:34 PM
Put it back "where (you) usually have it."

it is where I usually have it when it was doing this. How ever, I did find out the problem. Where it is sitting on top of my bench, There is a weak spot in the floor and stepping on it makes the beam go crazy.

So, I zeroed it and moved away it was fine. I tossed a charge of 11.0 grains of 2400 powder and it staying zero as long as I am not near the weakened area. So...I might have a RCBS scale for no reason.... :banghead:

Spend a few more minutes and figure it out. I would have saved some money and got my self a powder dispenser rather. :banghead: :cuss:

FLORIDA KEVIN
August 20, 2011, 09:08 PM
I use a 1 inch thick slab of granite countertop to set up my scale on , turn off any fans , air conditioners , or open windows !you really can weigh your signiture with this scale !I dont think you can get a better one !Kevin

Old Shooter
August 20, 2011, 09:13 PM
Might want to see about getting that floor fixed while you're at it.

Josh45
August 20, 2011, 09:34 PM
Might want to see about getting that floor fixed while you're at it.

Have to. It is in the basement. Its actually not very sturdy. It was fine for some months but I think its going under soon. The landlord had put this set up in here. Im thinking about moving it in the room that no one sleeps in....

Until then...

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