50 pound scale reading over 50?

Discussion in 'Fishing Weighing Scales' started by Monsterkat11, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. Monsterkat11

    Monsterkat11 New Member

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    posted this on another forum with zero luck.

    while messing with my scale the other day (50lb capacity) i noticed i could pull more than 50 pounds on it, and it was registering. i think i pulled 73 pounds at most (thats all my fingers could handle :( ) anyway, my question is, will this read over 50 on a fish, and if so, how accurately?
     
  2. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    I think when it reads over 50 it will still be accurate. Mine does the same thing but I never put that much on it to check.
     

  3. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    I have heard of some scales also reading over their "max". I have no clue if it would be accurate. Best bet would be to get with someone and compare weights of various objects over 50 lbs. That is strange though
     
  4. BajaCoop

    BajaCoop Well-Known Member

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    once you get over the capacity you are risking permanatley damaging the scale. Also most any measurement device starts to become inaccurate when you are out of its range.
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Needing a scale (often) that weighs over 50 # would be a good problem to have, if weighing fish caught.:wink:
     
  6. shanelures

    shanelures New Member

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    the flat in my avitar was 51.9 lbs on a 50 lb. scale!! always wondered if i got ripped a few pounds because of this but i have checked it with other scales since and its right on!!
     
  7. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    Mine does the same..thanks for asking..now we sorta know lol
     
  8. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    Mine does the same..thanks for asking, now I know I am not the only one that this has happen too!. :wink: I beleive they should be accurate because its reading a digital total(no needles) to worry about. On mine anyway.
     
  9. GaryF

    GaryF New Member

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    I've tested a 50lb Rapala scale to about 62lbs, and it was still accurate. I'm sure there is a limit there somewhere though where it will start to under report the weight.
     
  10. Monsterkat11

    Monsterkat11 New Member

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    i was joking with my friend because he pulled on his scale and he bent the hook and i said maybe the 50 pound limit is for the hook haha
     
  11. shadowman

    shadowman New Member

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    yea mine does the same thing! i have some weights outside that i put on there and it seemed pretty accurate.
     
  12. Mr. Foster

    Mr. Foster New Member

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    What brand scale was it?
     
  13. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    It should if the fish is wore out good enough and doesnt move around a lot.
     
  14. Monsterkat11

    Monsterkat11 New Member

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    i think mine is the white rapala digital scale
     
  15. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    i'd love to test my scale over 50#'s on a flatty, hope i get to test it out one day!:wink:
     
  16. Colsrob

    Colsrob Active Member

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    Actually, the hook and chain are probably part of the weight factor for the scales to begin with. Along with what others have stated, it probably has no limit on it's digital read-out, but you risk breaking something internally.

    Think about it, the circut board has no idea what #50lbs feels like.:big_smile:
     
  17. mmarcum6

    mmarcum6 New Member

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    The problem with overloading a scale is that at some point the load cell inside the scale can be damaged. Most of these scale automatically re-zero themselves when they are turned on up to the point that the load cell has been deflected out of shape. When that happens the scale can no longer be zeroed accuratly and will start showing the weight incorrectly.
     
  18. jerry9497

    jerry9497 New Member

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    I had one of these as a back up and broke my berkley scale when the fish kicked, so I pulled it out and weighed the fish with it. when it got 10 lbs over (60 lbs) the needle dug into the paper background and hung for a minute and then let go. I called the fish 60 lbs but was probably bigger.
    I have the electro sampson now....I'll let you know if it last.
     

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