Postal Scale For Racquet customizing

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  1. Bobo96

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    I want to match my racquets because Wilson's quality control is honestly ridiculous!!! So I guess I need a postal scale and a balance board, I need it to be extremely accurate and inexpensive would be nice. Could anyone tell me a model that they have experience with, and that is good for customizing racquets?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. liehssahmster

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    I have a My Weigh 7001 scale. Cheap, accurate and reliable. The downside is that it only measures to 1 gram. That's fine for my needs, but if you want to do serious, professional customizing, you will probably want something that measures to 0.1 grams.
     
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  3. Bobo96

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    thanks! Do you know where I can get one? Do your racquets feel identical for the most part? I'm not sure if I'd be able to do professional customizing even if I had a perfect scale :)
     
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  4. struggle

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    I also have one that only goes to nearest gram, no tenths.

    I got mine at office max or depot.

    I find within 1 gram is good enough for me, with a balance board. I have a production balance board but a round pencil or dowel rod and a tape measure will work (you can actually "make" one easy if you want).

    Tenths would be nicer, but may even get more tedious. If i could find one cheap enough with tenths i'd get it.

    Maker sure the scale has a decent size "plate" or tray to hold a racket, not one of the little pocket models i'd say....to make it easier.

    edit: i think i have the older version of this:

    http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/651730/Brecknell-Electronic-Office-Scale-11-Lb/
     
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  5. sovertennis

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    Bought a scale in W-mrt that my wife uses for baking. Weighs to closest ounce. Inexpensive. Works great w/o a balance board.
     
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  6. Chotobaka

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    Prices are really low these days on high quality bench scales. The scale I have, AMW 1000, is now under $18.00 on Amazon with Prime shipping. Its capacity is 1000g to .1g, it is full feature and comes with 10 year warranty. I paid more for mine a few years ago in a package that included the AC adapter and 1000g weight for calibration purposes -- I've used neither.
     
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  7. struggle

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    this sounds good. may look into one my dang self.
     
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  8. RogueFLIP

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    Yeah postal scales are pretty cheap. I got one from Staples, grams and ounces, max 5 lbs, measures out to .00....

    Real handy when it came to matching weights of rackets.
     
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  9. Chotobaka

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    I find it pretty much ideal for tennis racquets. I only wish I had bought mine at the current Amazon price. No need for the AC adapter since the 9v battery life is exceptional. I did use the calibration weight one time (when it first arrived) but I do not think there is any relevance for tennis purposes. I've used mine for 3-4 years without a hitch.

    http://www.awscales.com/compact-bench-scales/60-amw-1000-digital-bench-scale
     
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  10. struggle

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    just ordered one. looks better than my brecknell scale. thx for the heads up.
    also ordered two of those old school yellow tennis ball savers (to get the free shipping.........hahahaha), never really tried them but they get good reviews and will pay off if they work as advertised/reviewed. Often when just having a hit or hitting with the GF new balls are unwarranted, but dead balls hurt my elbow/arm/shoulder.
     
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  11. slice bh compliment

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    To the nearest ounce. This must be the one they use at wilson!
     
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    You might also try a jewelry scale. They measure by 0.1g and even cheap ones can be accurate to within 0.2g.

    Depending on how sensitive you are, even a 0.5g difference between rackets can feel like a big difference, depending on where it's located.
     
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  13. MAX PLY

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    Or you can have TW match your frames. They have done a great job for me for many years.
     
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  14. struggle

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    i suppose that works if you already know exactly what you want and are ordering several frames at once.

    matching frames isn't hard and it's kinda like changing your own oil. if you want to make sure it's done right you like to see it done/do it yourself.
     
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  15. TripleB

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    Has g/kg/lbs/ounces and works perfectly (what I use): http://www.amazon.com/EatSmart-Prec...&qid=1391717672&sr=8-1&keywords=kitchen+scale

    I only measure balance just to get some idea of it...doesn't have to be exact. So I use two yardsticks...I turn one on it's side and balance the racquet on it...measure from the butt end of the racquet to where it's balanced with the other yardstick.

    But to be honest...once I have my racquets matched by Paul Reed at T-W I don't even worry about it...they are always perfect!!!

    TripleB
     
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  16. red rook

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    Chotobaka thank you for the recommendation. Scale works great. Also compared it to readings with a $2000 dollar scale at work and it had the same readings.
     
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  17. beernutz

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    I have used this $20 one from Harbor Freight for over a year for many different tasks including racquet customization. It works great and has held up despite regular use. Watch for one of their many sales and you can get it even cheaper like I did.

    http://t.harborfreight.com/digital-scale-95364.html
     
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  18. morten

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    A swingweight measure device is more important imo
     
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  19. Shroud

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    Bought 2 of those. Great scales.

    Though I recently replaced them with something that had more accuracy to a fraction of a gram.
     
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  20. Chotobaka

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    You are welcome -- glad you are happy with it.
     
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  21. Chotobaka

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    Short of owning an RDC for $5,000 or so, how do you plant on calculating swing weight without a scale?
     
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  22. morten

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    Not easy, you should just try and borrow one for ten minutes atleast
     
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  23. Chotobaka

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    Sorry I replied and should have followed my initial instinct to ignore your post. You are dead from the neck up.
     
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  24. morten

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    .........?
     
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  25. sovertennis

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    Good catch. Meant to write "gram".
     
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  26. Bdarb

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    you can get a digital scale off amazon for like 15 bucks. I have one, it measures up to 500 grams to the nearest hundreth of a gram. My father thought I was a drug dealer but I just keep it near my stringer, doesn't look as shifty lol.
     
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  27. slice bh compliment

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    ^like my friend jake the snake, when he would bring his triple beam balance to the courts.
     
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    Yeah, this scale is nice. Seems accurate and is quite sensitive. I've gotten different measurements at different times of day, temps etc (.3-.4 or so) but they have ALL been consistent when measuring four rackets.
     
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    I think the fact he was 'jake the snake' makes him sound like more of a drug dealer. Though triple beams look pretty odd outside of a classroom ill give you that ha
     
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  30. dman72

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    A friend of mine who smokes weed saw my scale sitting out in my basement...he was like "oh, man, is there something you need to tell me? Didn't know you were getting into that business..."

    The cheap one from staples works fine unless you're ridiculously finicky. Showed me yesterday that my new Dunlop Bio 400T is only 4 grams lighter than my POG OS.....
     
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    This made me laugh quite heartily!

    The AMW-1000's bigger brother, the AMW-2000 may be an even better deal. Same 0.1g resolution but with an upper threshold of 2kg, it can do double duty as your postal scale for ~$25.

    The 0.1 g resolution is actually important when you're customizing because you want to be able to measure the weight of the lead tape and/or handle insert material before you add it to the racquet. These weights will probably be in the neighborhood of 2.0g at a time.

    Regarding the swingweight, yes this is more important than static weight for perceived feel of the racquet, but a calculated method is as good as an RDC as long as you are consistently using the same method and getting repeatable results. Tradeoff being you can't compare with official published swingweight specs done on an RDC.
     
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