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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 →
As the title suggests this article is going to focus on one topic. What is the best farmers market scale? This can be a tough choice since there are many good choices in the market place. Often the same brands and models rise to the top year after year.
I decided to do some research and look at past sales and how reliable certain scales have been over the past year. After doing that, the conclusion that I have come to is simple. If you are looking for a durable product that is going to last you for many years, the ideal Continue reading →
Designed from the ground up as a portable retail scale with a small footprint and battery power, the RA combines a bright, backlit LCD display on front and back of the housing with a 7.9 X 11.4 inch stainless steel pan. The RA can be powered by 6 “D” cell batteries for up to 60 hours continuous use, or using the included AC powerpack. To conserve power the RA has a battery-saving low-power sleep feature. NTEP 3,000d certified, the RA offers 2 models in either 15 or 30 lb capacities. Great for use in farmer’s markets, delis, bakeries and other retail locations where space is a premium.
For use with larger packages or for use in delis, grocery and convenience stores, the OHAUS RE price computing scale features a large 9.5 x 13.5 inch weighing pan made from thick stainless steel to stand-up to years of use. Available in both a regular form factor as well as with a 16.7 inch tall column for the display, the RE line quickly displays weights on its large backlit LED display. All RE models can be powered by 6 “D” cell batteries for up to 60 hours continuous use with a easily visible battery status indicator, or using the included AC powerpack. To conserve power the RA has a battery-saving low-power sleep feature. The RE is available in two 30 lb models – one with the column – as well as a 60 lb model without column. The Prepack Pricing mode is a key feature for stores who price-out larger runs of items, especially for smaller stores and delis.
If you use a price computing scale, many times you may need to “tare” off the weight of a container, box, bucket, etc… Quite often, it is as simple as placing the empty container on the scale platform and pressing the “Tare” button. By pressing the “Tare” Button, you have taken the weight of the container out of the equation and you are now weighing in the “Net” mode. Place your items in the container, enter the price per pound and you’re all set. This is what they call Manual (Pushbutton) Tare. You place an empty container on the pan, then press “Tare”. The Weight display will show a net value of “0.00”, and the NET annunciator will turn on. Remove the container, and the negative value displayed will be equivalent to the Tare weight. Continue reading →
Retail business is fast changing, highly competitive, and needs outstanding solutions. Ohaus Retail products were developed by experienced Retail experts who understand your needs. Ohaus Retail product portfolio offers a complete range of products for every. The products provide the best price performance ratio in the market, ready to support businesses in many different segments:
– Vegetable and grocery stores
– Farmer’s markets
– Grocery stores
– Chocolate and Candy shops
– Coffee and tea specialty shops (coffee, tea, confectionery)
– Bakery and pastry shops
– In store self-service locations
– Convenience stores
– Contract food service
Farmer’s Markets across the country have come to love the Ohaus RE series digital price computing scale with 30 pound max capacity. Ohaus RE15US Price Computing Scales are an attractive and low profile scale that meets most weighing needs for the cost conscious retailer. The Ohaus precision load cell gives superior reliability and complete accuracy with every use. Battery power makes the RE15US 30 lb. scale highly versatile and portable. Application areas include mobile businesses, fruits & vegetables, meats & cheese, delicatessens, confectionary, coffee & tea, portion control, and many more! The Ohaus RE15US is easy to install, easy to operate, easy to clean and requires minimum maintenance…everything you want in a retail price computing scale with 30 pound capacity. The Ohaus RE15US legal for trade scale is the ideal choice for almost all vegetable, fruit or seafood weighing applications, perfect for weighing produce like — strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes or even chocolate! Continue reading →