Re: How many of you went back (scales)
I once had two Ohaus 304's, and before that a 10-10. They all went to the flea market ten or twelve years ago, and probably reside in the trash dump as by now the bearings are gone. You don't even have to use one for those bearings to go south. All you gotta do is turn the electricity on in your house or shop. When RCBS came out with their electronic scale I bought one and loved it, but somebody stole it from me. So I bought a Pact (they make the RCBS), and maybe twelve or thirteen years later it's still waiting to crap out. Later I came into a brand new Pact just like the older one, but with the inferred port. Ten years later it's still waiting to crap out. About that same time I bought a small battery powered one from Pact to use at the range. Still waiting to crap out after at least ten years.
I usually use mine under those evil fluorescent lights, and never have a problem. I often use the two bigger Pacts in tandem to do double check max loads. All three of these scales have been checked in a lab, and they are extremely accurate (in the .03 of a grain area at the worst). I've checked my scales more than once with lab grade weights, and they are spot on (the ones the scales come with are no where that good). I have actually went so far as to use these scales with a power conditioner that puts out the correct voltage while filtering the junk in the AC lines. Saw no advantage at my house even though I know there is a ground loop fault in it somewhere.
Now some guys like Mod. T Fords and some don't (nothing prettier than a 27 mod. T). But would you want that Ford with the junky four banger and wing and a prayer gear box? I'll pass; thank you! But alas some folks like the by gone eras. Nobody in industrial use uses one anymore because they are not good enough. A walk into General Electric, Pratt Whitney, or Rolls Royce will show you a complete absence of the old time scales that they used twenty years ago. The Fed won't even except a measurement from one these days, and that ought to tell you something!