I would be grateful for your & the others advice on a
reliable transportable scale. ..... Are there reliable, hardy
pocket scales available for under $50.?
There are a couple mfgrs of small, accurate, portable scales,
Tanita & Dendretics, that I am familiar with. Tanita makes a 6
1/2 x 3x 1/2 in scales that weigh in gm (100) or dwt (64).
Dendretics makes scales (5 1/4 3 1/4 x 1 3/16in) that weigh in
carats (0-50 & 0-100). They have a new one out that weighs in
cts, oz troy, grai ns & grams. All the Dendretics come with wind
screens & a weight to calibrat e the scale.
If you're going to be weighing stones, the Dendritics is the
only way to go; the accuracy of the Tanita isn't good enough when
you're paying over $100/ct for a stone.
The Tanita is priced from about $110, Dendritcs from $335.
Small balances, the kind with 2 pans & lots of little weights
are availab le for under $50.