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Old 09-16-2012, 09:21 AM   #1
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Default scales: mechanical vs digital

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maybe not the best place to post this (?) but as i would like to think of myself as a bhm, i thought it might be appropriate.

mechanical scales or digital ones? which are the most accurate?

reason being, i weigh about 150kg on the mechanical and 140kg on the digital. same time of day, same flooring, literally swappong one for the other, so no errors there.

ok, small weight i know compared to some guys on here, but not too small at 5'3" ?

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Old 09-16-2012, 11:54 AM   #2
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They both have their flaws. The mechanical ones sometimes need to be recalibrated like musical instruments need to be tuned (the one at my doctor's office is clearly off) and the digital ones....well....my friends and I have taken to calling mine (which also has a voice read-out) HAL because it's so unpredictable and becoming increasingly erratic, not unlike the computer in Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey. In fact, mine is kept in the same place and I can weigh myself, step off, and weigh myself 30 seconds later and there's been a 20 lb. difference so it depends. On a lot.

The only scale I ever had the worked really well was rated for heavy-duty items and was rated postal accurate. It was rather expensive, electronic and could be purchased from LivingXL. It's called the Siltec and you can buy one that holds up to 500 or 1000 lbs (and converts to kgs as well).
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:57 AM   #3
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Each type of scale has its own type of limitations. An old school doctor's office balance beam scale is the most accurate type of scale. A spring balance scale is accurate to a few percent, remember each percent is +/- 4 lbs at 400, and may not give exactly the same reading twice. A digital scale has the highest theoretical accuracy, but may not read at all or may give ridiculous readings if the subject is not able to stand perfectly still. I'm 5'7"-ish, weigh 459 lbs, am being monitored for CHF, am 57 years old, and fall in the category of people who are unable to stand perfectly still on the small platform of a bathroom scale.

The Taylor works for me because the numbers "bounce around" near my actual weight and can be mentally averaged into a fairly accurate result. This scale also projects its readings on the wall where they're not obscured by my huge belly.
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They both have their flaws. The mechanical ones sometimes need to be recalibrated like musical instruments need to be tuned (the one at my doctor's office is clearly off) and the digital ones....well....my friends and I have taken to calling mine (which also has a voice read-out) HAL because it's so unpredictable and becoming increasingly erratic, not unlike the computer in Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey. In fact, mine is kept in the same place and I can weigh myself, step off, and weigh myself 30 seconds later and there's been a 20 lb. difference so it depends. On a lot.

The only scale I ever had the worked really well was rated for heavy-duty items and was rated postal accurate. It was rather expensive, electronic and could be purchased from LivingXL. It's called the Siltec and you can buy one that holds up to 500 or 1000 lbs (and converts to kgs as well)
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Thanks I was actually wondering that. Its hard for me to find a scale that works well at my size. I really don't want to get back over 500 lbs again but I'm not 100% sure I can stop it.
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Thanks I was actually wondering that. Its hard for me to find a scale that works well at my size. I really don't want to get back over 500 lbs again but I'm not 100% sure I can stop it.
The Siltec has a large base so it's super-fat-friendly and the digital readout isn't on the scale itself, but rather on a cord so you can either hang it on a wall or nearby table. Also, the reading was extremely fast, even if I moved as opposed to the digital one I have now, which can give me a delayed and inaccurate reading if I even breathe.

I bought the Siltec years ago when I was considering WLS and I first consulted with the surgeon who had one at his clinic. Unfortunately, I left it behind when I left the ex.
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I love my digital glass scale. It has a personal setting that keeps track of BMI and the individuals stats... HOLLA!!!

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I can't see anything south of the equator so I have a high-capacity talking scale.

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