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sleadhead44
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 109
posted June 11, 2004 09:38 AM  
Anyone use Grain Scales? Is $300 ok price for a set? I have really no other way to scale right now and can't afford the elect. ones right now.

joetaylor
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posted June 11, 2004 11:05 AM  
they work just fine what I do is weigh myself and add that wight to the seat then you can make changes or what ever you need to do but yes that is a good price

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carolinafast
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted June 11, 2004 03:02 PM  
buy'em!!! 300 is good and should help you a ton!!!

racer17j
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posted June 11, 2004 04:14 PM  
I just got to comment on the ol grain scales. Now days we have a set of electronics there nice but I miss having the car setting on the grain scales you could slide under the car look at bar angles\pinion angles they where super accurate they will keep you sharp useing the calculater and it was nice to roll the car or maybe even a engine around some. You can have them all balanced out go home the next day if you had a tire go down you could almost air to the correct psi just by watching the scales come back into balance LOL. I have even scaled a car with one scale and 4 concrete blocks wieghing one wheel at a time shuffling blocks and moveing the scale one wheel at a time man that was a good time but got it done in a time when there was more time than money to buy scales. If them are good scales 300 I think would be will worth it the hardest thing about them would be where to store them when they where not needed but leaving them under the car all the time would not be that bad.

carolinafast
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted June 11, 2004 11:31 PM  
fastow. you sound like you been around awhile,lol....i agree 100%
i know a guy thats been racing for years
and has fielded many winners using the same grain scales for 30 years

zeroracing
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Total posts: 1875
posted June 12, 2004 09:37 AM  
friend of mine runs a new shaw late model and shaw had it on grain scales when we showed up.

Pickel
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posted June 12, 2004 09:57 PM  
Wow! Sounds like everybody agrees, I will give the guy a call and go pick them up.
Thanks everyone!

marple
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 147
posted June 13, 2004 06:40 PM  
fastow...you said you used concrete blocks before.was it pretty accurate that way?did you have the blocks the same heaight as the scale?i had two grain scales given to me and was wondering if that same idea worked.

fastow
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posted June 14, 2004 10:47 PM  
Marple now that you got me thinking about it if i remember right the blocks are like 7 3\4 and the scales I had where 8 inchs so had made up 1\4 shims to go on the blocks to make them the right hieght and on the end of the 1\4 plywood shims I fastened something like 1 inch blocks so the car could not roll off and far as accurate I feel they will definitly get you in the game just do it the same way each time. Another thing I believe is if a guy tells you a certain set up far as wieght and balance is concerned don't beat yourself up to get it just exactly what his numbers are just say if you had 1% more or less cross\left side or rear than someone else use all your info available to you as reference then when you have your car on the scales decide for yourself what best fits your package Just some more opinions Good luck

marple
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posted June 15, 2004 07:24 PM  
sweet...thanks

sleadhead44
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posted June 16, 2004 06:40 AM  
I picked them up, but could use some more weight pieces, anyone know where to get them?

marple
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posted June 16, 2004 06:49 PM  
when i was experimenting i used stell dumbell/barbell weights.i had some 1# 2.5#.seemed like it worked.

fastow
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posted June 16, 2004 10:00 PM  
Sledhead44 where are you located I have three wieght laying here in my shelf 400 lbs 500 lbs and one 550 lbs I would take maybe a 12 pack for them LOL let me know if you happen to be close by or I would even look into shipping them if it don't cost to much. I am located in midwestern Illinos. Let me know.

sleadhead44
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Total posts: 109
posted June 17, 2004 07:54 AM  
Fastow, I am in Holland, MI 49423. The pieces I have now work like 1# weight = 100#.

Marple, thats a good idea too. I will see if I can get a bunch of small weights and try it out.

340duster
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Total posts: 195
posted June 17, 2004 09:59 AM  
I was missing some weights for my grain scale so I made my own and used a super accurate lab type scale to "balance the weights.
I use one scale as well and seven other wooden platforms that are the same height and width as the grain scale. I roll the car on and off the scale and trade a block for the scale at each wheel. This way you don't have to jack up the car which could create errors due to slight binding at any suspension links.
I have tested this method by weighing the car a number of times without changing anything on the car and the weight measurements are very repeatable.
I have been offered more grainscales for free but storing them is a problem as I only have a two bay garage.
If you have four scales make sure you use the same scale at the same wheel each time. As well make sure the scales are all the same height.

racnfool
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 89
posted June 22, 2004 01:17 PM  
Anybody without scales, I know this is not the parts forum but while it is a hot topic,
I have two grain scales in Central Illinois for cheap if they would help anyone out. PM me or if you really want them call me at 217 202 6404 (on my cell) most any time. The phone is the best way, I only check the computer once in a while.
racnfool

    

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