I've been reloading for about 2 yrs IIRC.
I've read many scales are dampened so they don't take as long to settle as the Lee. I read others are easier to read, too.
The Lee really doesn't take that long to settle. Just a few seconds. At least mine does. Compare it to my old Bonanza balance beam, which will literally teeter-totter for 30 seconds.
A lot of the time it takes to use the Lee Safety scale is in the technique. As for reading a vernier scale... it seems to be a dying art.
I have made scoops calibrated to my favorite loads. Consistency in my scooping technique equals consistency in weight, which means that I usually don't need to weigh every charge. I weigh every 10th charge when loading pistol and my charges are usually spot on.
I’m not trying for ebabler of the month but, I will point out that sometimes having a variety of tools can be a part of the hobby. Maybe try out a 505 or 10-10 if you find one in fair condition cheap enough and do a thorough fixer-upper job on it. If you like it better, cool. If not add it to your stash as a backup. If you really hate it, just post it on the FS/FT forum. It won’t last long.I do use and make custom scoops, setting them up using the Lee scale.
I use them for the really small charges and small batches. I enjoy using scoops but it's a bit slow.
I also use the scale to set up and verify multiple drums for my Lee drum.
Perhaps there really isn't a benefit for me with a different scale.
Of the beam different beam scales that I have owned accuracy was not an issue with any of them.
Just about anything. The little Lee isn’t a bad scale, just not the easiest to use.
Gave my Lee balance beam scale away. I recall that making corrections with the fine adjustment slider, and the major adjustments round ball bumped the device excessively. It was easy to knock the beam off the base. And that included removing and reattaching the pan. The pan is hooked to the balance beam, it was too easy to jar the beam and knock the adjustments.
Y’all are talking me into a Lee Safety scale.I too started with the Lee setup. Ten yrs later and thousands and thousands of reloads later still have them., Got used to the Lee scale pretty quickly. When the poise stop pin wore out and wouldn't hold i went to a Hornady 5O5