MB-2610 sliding weight scale, beam scale, mechanical precision scale
• Weighing range up to 2610 grams; Readability 0.1 grams
• stable metal construction
• Stabilization through magnetic damping;
• central weight reading; Stainless steel weighing platform; Below-the-balance weighing
• 3 sliding weights on a notched weighing beam
• 3 additional weights for a larger weighing range to be attached
Beam scales are among the oldest scales known to man. The first copies of a version, also known as a sliding weight scale, were found during excavations in Egypt at an age of approx. 3400 years. Roman scales from Pompeii, after having been freed from the remains of the volcanic eruption, still function without any problems today.
The measuring principle of the scale is leverage.
Gravity pulls the object to be weighed down on the short side of the lever. Three weights can be pushed into different positions on the lever. This is where the name sliding weight or pushin weight scale comes from. The further the barrel weight is pushed to the right (away from the pivot point), the greater the leverage. If a 10g weight was placed on the left, a 1g running weight brings the balance beam into the horizontal position if it is 10 times as far from the pivot point as the larger weight.
The precise 0 position is possible with an adjusting screw.
Mechanical scales only have a tiny market position compared to their digital descendants.
The models are only partially suitable for weighing a solid object. With a digital scale, you place the object on the weighing surface and read the calculated weight on the display. With mechanical scales, the running weights have to be pushed back and forth until the bar remains in a horizontal position. Then the position of the individual barrel weights is read and added in the head.
This no longer fits into today's world in which "time has become money". Most of the models are not used for weighing, but are used for educational purposes in school lessons.
To this day, mechanical scales are almost unbeatable for one task, namely when weighing to a known weight.
When dispensing, you have to add something to a digital scale and at the same time keep an eye on the display. So wait until the display has calmed down and is stable, pour in something again, read off the weight again, pour something in again and so on ...
On the MB, slide the sliding weight to the desired position and fill in until the weighing pan lowers. There is no display to watch out for and you will never find out that the batteries are empty exactly when you need the scale most urgently.