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#1 donkey12



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Posted 19 September 2012 - 09:33 PM

I have an rcbs 505 scale that on occasion gives me problems. As I am trickling powder the scale stops moving as if I was not adding powder. I continue to add powder and then all the sudden it moves. When I remove the powder and then set it back on scale it now is reading alot higher than previous reading. I use a dust cover when not in use. Does this happen to just me? Any ideas? Thanks



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Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:31 AM

Make sure that there is nothing under your basket.
That happened to me once, unclutered my bench, and
everything was fine.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 06:54 AM

I have scale problems to , but mine reads one of you fat guys needs to step off the scale !

Sorry couldn't resist :-( .

I have a friend who reloads all the time and I have seen him use compressed air to blow off his scales many times .

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:21 AM

Yes, pretty much most, if not all, balance beam scales will do that. Just give the the bar (beam) a slight tap whenever it seems "stuck" and you should be back in business.

I still like my balance beam scale over my digital electronic one. Perhaps it is just me, as most folks seem to like the electronic ones better... but hey, I'm old (fashion) too! lol

Good Luck

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:33 AM

am new here, but have reloaded since I was eight yrs old in the early 60s.
Found with mechanical scales, a scale will build up static charge.
This charge can be released by washing in Dawn, or Joy, or other types of dishwashing liquid.
I use very hot water to avoid and bare metal rusting. The heated up metal parts will dry before they have a chance to rust.
Allow to air dry, do not wipe, or air blow the parts dry, this will only build a static charge back up.
Hope this helps the sticking of the scale.
let me know if this works.


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:21 PM

My balance beam scale used to do that. I found that the V blades had small flats on them and some rust. I took a diamond sharpening lap and held the angle and sharpened and removed the rust. Cleaned out the agate bearings and it's been fine for many years since.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

next time it "sticks" use a flashlight and visually inspect all parts of the beab, weights the bar between the magnets. it may be touching somewhere.

I use both e- scale and balance beam. i use the balance as a double check every 10 or so loads.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:16 PM

Yep kind of like Edward, i used bounce fabric softener sheet and wiped all the little parts down worked for me.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:54 PM

Yep, you can do the same on your powder measurer, a few rubs with a bounce & it takes care of the static.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:49 AM

make sure you are level in both directions.

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