Accurate, Affordable, and Portable

We’ve discussed the Rice Lake RS130 retail scale for years. It’s a nice price computing scale that works really well for almost every basic retail application you can think of. Some of the key features include choice of weighing units including “ounces”. The scale also has internal rechargeable battery and much more.

Now Rice Lake has expanded the product line to include tower displays and a 60 pound maximum capacity. The RS-130 and RS-160 retail scales are the ultimate choice for simple price computing applications. Delivering unmatched convenience and accuracy, the RS-130 and RS-160 provide one-button operation with weight displays in pounds, kilograms or ounces. The RS-130 has a 30-pound capacity and the RS-160 has a 60-pound capacity.

For added convenience, the RS-130 and RS-160 can toggle units of measure and save tare, price and nine direct price lookups. Cash back calculation allows you to quickly provide cash back for applications where a cash register is not present. The scales’ large, stainless steel platters provide ample room for product, and standard in-use covers assure years of trouble-free operation. The RS-130 and RS-160 are powered by an included rechargeable battery, and a low-battery annunciator signals the operator when it’s time to recharge. The RS-130 and RS-160 are NTEP Certified and offer the most accurate, portable and affordable solutions for simple price computing needs.

Rice Lake RS130 has a New Look and New Capacities and Features

For many years customers have used the Rice Lake RS-130 retail price computing scale. The scale featured brand name quality along with a few unique features which set it apart from the other scales that are included in this market. Recently, Rice Lake updated the look of the scale by changing the keypad color from the traditional black to a bright white color. They also added some new versions and capacities to their retail counter-top scale lineup. Below we’ll take a look at some of the changes.

The RS-130 and RS-160 retail scales are the ultimate choice for simple price computing applications. Delivering unmatched convenience and accuracy, the RS-130 and RS-160 provide one-button operation with weight displays in either pounds,kilograms or ounces. The new part numbers and capacities are listed below.

rice lake rs-160 retail scale

167941 …. RS-130 Standard Counter-Top Scale with 30 lb Capacity
30 lb x 0.01 lb
15 kg x 0.005 kg
480 oz x 0.2 oz

168100 …. RS-130 Scale with Pole Display (30 lb Capacity)
30 lb x 0.01 lb
15 kg x 0.005 kg
480 oz x 0.2 oz

167942 …. RS-160 Standard Counter-Top Scale with 60 lb Capacity
60 lb x 0.02 lb
30 kg x 0.01 kg
960 oz x 0.5 oz

168101 …. RS-160 Scale with Pole Display (60 lb Capacity)
60 lb x 0.02 lb
30 kg x 0.01 kg
960 oz x 0.5 oz

rice lake rs-160 scale with tower display

For added convenience, the RS-130 and RS-160 can toggle units of measure and save tare, price and nine direct price lookups. Cash back calculation allows you to quickly provide cash back for applications where a cash register is not present. The scales’ large, stainless steel platters provide ample room for product, and standard in-use covers assure years of trouble free operation.  The RS-130 and RS-160 are NTEP Certified (NTEP CC 04-067) and powered by an included rechargeable battery. A low-battery annunciator signals the operator when it’s time to recharge. The RS-130 and RS-160 offer the most accurate, portable and affordable solutions for simple price computing needs. You can place orders for this item by contacting Central Carolina Scale, an authorized Rice Lake distributor.

Torrey LPC-40L Review

In the entry for today, we wanted to provide you with some insight into the Torrey LPC-40L price computing scale. The scale does price computing functions and is NTEP approved, legal for trade. Now in full disclosure we heavily promoted this scale a few years back and we do still offer this scale to customers who wish to purchase it. However, we are not big fans of the brand.

PROS
The LPC-40L scale is a great deal and affordably priced. The scale is built very well and has a rugged enclosure. The display is visible to both the scale operator and the customer. The display has a bright green backlight which makes it very easy to read, however the display can be a little hard to read without the backlight. The power is provided by standard 110VAC power and/or the internal rechargeable battery. Generally speaking the LPC has been fairly reliable. Over the years we have sold several scales that were also the lowest priced in the marketplace and they were constantly needing parts and always received terrible reviews by customers. However, the LPC40L has been fairly popular with customers and typically if something does break on the scale, it is usually something that can be repaired or replaced fairly easily.

CONS
In our experiences, the LPC-40L typically has the following parts failures: keypads, battery, power issues. When we have one of these scales come in for repair, it is usually either a battery or keypad issue. Every so often it will be something to do with the power, either the AC adapter or the plug where the power adapter plugs in has come loose. Now the repair costs for something like that can range anywhere from around $25 to $100 including the labor. So if the repair is around $100 you have to decide if it’s worth repairing the scale or just spending a little more money and buying a new scale. The weighing platter is a little awkward and high compared to most similar scales. This is fairly common on all Torrey counter top scales. If you need to weigh items in a different unit other than pounds, it can be tricky to change the weight units. Continue reading

Time To Get Your Market Scale Out and Make Sure It’s Working

This month is a wonderful time to take out your old faithful digital scale and give it a good work out. Plug it in and make sure it powers up and charges if it has a battery. It might even be a good idea to order a spare battery to prepare for the spring.

Make sure all the buttons on the keypad work. This is especially important if you type in prices per pound using the number keys. Make sure the displays work on both front and back so that you and your customer are not “in the dark”.

Finally, take a look at the selection of Brecknell PC series scales currently available this winter from the sales team over at Central Carolina Scale. You may find a deal too good to pass on. Plus, you can always use a good backup unit or add a second scale to your produce stand so that your customers are able to purchase produce from you as fast as ever.

We’ve mentioned it before but we will say it again… the highest quality at the lowest price is the Brecknell product line. When you see the brand Brecknell you know it’s a name you can trust. What will surprise you is the remarkably affordable price. With the PC series, Brecknell Scale has taken weighing technology to a new level to offer an unbeatable package to farmers market vendors to candy shop retailers everywhere. The scale, available from Central Carolina Scale in Sanford, NC is constructed of ABS plastic with adjustable leveling feet and built in leveling bubble. The backlight is programmable for power saving.

The scale displays weight in kilograms, pounds and ounces. From 30 pounds to 60 pounds in a choice of resolutions to meet your needs – with NTEP CoC #11-116 Class III legal for trade approvals to suit the state inspector. This scale even shows weight and prices in ounces and kilgrams too. The PC30 has a 480 ounce capacity with readability of 0.2 oz. The PC60 scale has a 960 oz capacity and readability of 0.5 ounces. The scale operates on standard AC power or the built in rechargeable battery which has a standard operating time of approximately 70 hours without backlight or about 35 hours with backlight.

Brecknell Price Computing Scale Overview

We’ll include the video version of this overview as well but today we wanted to take a quick look at the Brecknell PC-30 and PC-60 price computing scales. If you’re interested in a basic, no frills, simple to use, not many bells and whistles retail scale, then the PC series might be just what you’re looking for. This scale is really easy to use, accurate, reliable and features brand name quality.

We want to take a quick look at the Brecknell price computing scale which is available in two different capacities – thirty-pound or sixty-pound and this is what we would call our basic price computing scale which has the price computing function. It also displays weight in lb, kilogram or ounces. The scale features built-in rechargeable battery. Basic price computing function is pretty easy. Just place your item(s) on the scale and enter the price per pound that you want to charge your customer. The scale will then compute the total costs that your customer owes you.

PLU or Price Look Ups are an easy way to program popular items in your scale for quicker recall. Let’s say that you sell a lot of strawberries. You could program strawberries into your PLU number 1 button at $3.99 per pound. Now when someone brings a bucket of strawberries to the scale, place an empty bucket on the scale, press Tare and then press PLU button number 1.

One question that we are asked often is backlight display options. The Brecknell PC30 and PC60 have three different backlight choices. You can have the backlight display “auto” which basically means that the back-lite will display when something is added to the scale platter. You can turn the backlight off totally which will help to increase battery life. Or, you can have the backlight on all the time.

Do You Have Anymore Mettler Toledo 8433 Scales?

We were just recently asked if we know anybody who had anymore of those Mettler Toledo™ 8433 price computing scales? This scale has been discontinued for probably ten years by now. But it doesn’t really surprise us that folks are looking for this scale. The 8433 was actually a really good scale for the money. We still see a few of these out in the field to this day. Those customers sure got their money’s worth on that purchase.

So you might be asking what takes the 8433 scales place? Well, originally it was the Tiger II. Then the factory started offering both a 30 lb and 60 lb capacity, called the Model XRT-2710 or XRT-3710. Then it was the RE15 or RE30 from Ohaus. Now today, the replacement would be the Aviator 7000.

We were fairly familiar with all these scales mentioned above. They all worked pretty well and we still see each of these at farmers markets or produce stands all the time. Of course, as the years go by each replacement model seems to have less substance to it and more plastic construction. And, the AC adapters are smaller and extremely light weight compared to some of the older adapters that literally weighed several pounds by themselves.

We wrote recently about the Aviator 7000 which is the 2014 “version” of the old 8433 scale. The Aviator 7000 is a really nice scale and has quite a few features the 8433 could only dream about.  Based on our evaluation of the scale, we would definitely recommend it as a good choice for most customers looking for a reliable retail scale that is going to be accurate and power up when you need it most.

Ohaus Aviator 7000 Scale Overview & Review

As we often do on this site, we like to take a look at a scale and let you know what we like and what we don’t like. The video linked below basically sums up our feelings regarding the Ohaus Aviator 7000 price computing scale. This scale is actually the latest in a long line of successful retail scales from Ohaus.  This scale is very impressive and has just about all the high quality features that you could ask for in an affordable package. The dual range capacity is a great feature. The battery choices that are available make the scale quite versatile. How many of you out there have either misplaced or temporarily misplaced an AC adapter? Well, with the Aviator 7000 there is actually a compartment in the bottom of the scale to store your AC adapter when not in use. The scale also has built in cavities on each side which makes carrying the scale much easier. If you need to connect to a point of sale, this unit actually has that capability. We were also impressed with the accumulation function and the customer change function which were easy to use and could save you from calculating your customer’s change using a calculator.

To be fair, we did have a couple of areas we felt were lacking. First, as we mentioned the scale connects to POS systems but yet the scale doesn’t display weight in ounces.  And, the factory added a fourth line of information to the weight display. This fourth line is to display tare weights. This is nice to see, especially on the operator side of the unit, but on the customer’s side of the display, the information can start to clump together and be somewhat overwhelming. Overall we were very impressed with the Ohaus Aviator 7000 retail scale and feel it would be a great choice for almost anyone out there looking for a high quality digital scale for the markets.

Ohaus Aviator 7000 Operating Instructions For Basic Use and Tare Functions

In today’s entry we’re going to provide some very basic operating instructions for the new Ohaus Aviator 7000 retail scale. Of course, once you receive your scale you can immediately use your scale for weighing and selling. Check with your local state weights and measures for the correct procedures for your particular state.

1. Place the item on the scale.
2. Enter the unit price. (enter the unit price as usual without the decimal point, but with all the decimal places)

The price to pay is displayed.

3. Remove the item from the scale.

All displays return to 0.

Using Tare
You fill containers with your products or customers bring their own
container. The tare function makes sure that only the goods are entered
and paid. If you know the weight of your containers, you can enter the tare weight
via the keyboard. So you do not have to tare the empty container.

Taring an empty container
1. Place the empty container on the scale.
2. Press the Tare key.
The weight display is reset to 0.000 and the NET symbol appears.
The tare weight is displayed in the bottom line of the display.
3. Fill the container with the goods to be weighed.
4. Carry out pricing as described above.
5. Remove the container from the scale.
All displays return to 0.

Keyboard Tare
1. Input the known tare value and press the Tare key.
The input tare value is displayed in the bottom line of the display and the PT cursor is lit.
The weight display shows the negative tare value.
2. Place the item with container or wrapping material onto the scale.
3. Carry out pricing as described above.
4. Remove the item with container or wrapping material from the scale.
All displays return to 0.

NEW PRODUCT!! Detecto DM15 Scale With 240 Ounce Capacity

This is no joke! The Detecto DM15 is the ideal choice for retail frozen yogurt, ice cream, coffee beans, nuts, and candy stores. The Detecto DM15 price computing scale features a unique 240 ounce capacity by 0.1 ounce accuracy (15 lb x 0.005 lb). The DM15 scale offers up to 99 easy-to-add PLUs for fast reference (14 direct quick keys and 85 indirect PLUs) and displays Weight, Unit Price, and Total Price on the front and rear backlit LCDs (up to six 0.5-in/13-mm high digits) for both the operator and customer to view simultaneously. The retail price computing scale offers a dual power source of rechargeable battery pack and 110/120VAC 50/60 Hz adapter (included). Auto Shut-off, Sleep, and Backlight Off modes extend the retail scale’s battery life. The NTEP legal-for-trade scale’s Pre-Pack key saves time by retaining the Unit Price and Tare for repetitive price computing, making the operator’s job even faster. Features adjustable feet and bubble level.

The particulars you may be interested in are as follows. The scale model number is DM15. The capacity is 240 oz or 15 lb. Readability is 0.1 oz or 0.005 lbs. The display is 0.5-in/13-mm high, 7-segment LCD digits with backlight. The digits are listed as 6 digits each for Weight, Unit Price, and Total Price. Of course everyone wants to know the power options which are 12 VDC 1.0A rechargeable battery pack (included) or AC adapter 110/120 VAC 50/60 Hz (included). The battery operation is listed as 120 working hours of continuous use without backlight turned on / 60 hours with backlight turned on. If you utilize the memory functions they are PLU: Up to 99 Price Look Ups (14 direct quick keys and 85 indirect). The tare capability is 100% of full scale capacity. You will want to use the scale in an environment with an operating temperature of 14 to 104 degrees F. The weighing platform is stainless steel. Finally, the scale is NTEP approved Class III with certificate of conformance number 13-058. Continue reading

NEW PRODUCT! Ohaus Aviator 7000 Retail Scale

Over the years the Ohaus line of retail price computing scales has been a pretty solid choice for customers looking for a reliable, high quality scale. Of course the predecessor of the Ohaus RE15US and RE30US was the old XRT series scales. And of course before that we had the Tiger II scale. And finally before that it was the 8433 scale. All of those were nice scales that were fairly simple to use and they just worked. In fact, if you look closely, you’ll still see an old 8433 still in action at some small farmers market. Recently, we received word that Ohaus was going to be upgrading their retail scale lineup and replacing the RE and RA series.  Below is a summary of the new scale and a link on where to purchase the new scale.

The Ohaus Aviator 7000 retail scale has been conceived to offer optimum quality versus price in order to guarantee the robustness, operating speed and accuracy you need, whatever your retail environment. The Light-Touch layer keyboard is setting standards thanks to its fast operation, easy cleaning and cost efficiency, while the large 4-line LCD including separate tare line makes daily tasks simple. For secure and easy transportation the Aviator 7000 includes practical design features such as Ergo grips and integrated cable storage. In addition it offers POS protocol support. Overall the Aviator 7000 offers you a complete package of features rarely seen on an entry level price-computing scale – ensuring that it stands out from the crowd.

Key Features and Benefits of the Aviator 7000
Two Model Options and Several Weighing Ranges
Aviator® 7000 is available as a compact or tower model. Both models are available in the following dual weighing ranges: 15 x 0.005 lb / 30 x 0.01 lb and 30 x 0.01 lb / 60 x 0.02 lb. Continue reading