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HammerShell  [Member]
12/4/2009 7:11:18 PM
I am having major problems with my Dillon D-Terminator Scale. When I turn it on it will be at zero for about 30 seconds. Then it magically starts gaining weight. It will go from 0.0 grains to 0.1, then 0.2, then 0.3, then 0.4. Then if I zero it out and use it a couple of times, it will go back to its original setting before it got to 0.4. I then have to re-zero it and start over. And it will jump all over, sometimes gaining weight and sometimes losing it, while I am working with it. It seems to settle down a little better after it has been on for about 30 minutes. Any ideas? Is this something every one of these types of scales do or should I assume this unit is defective and tell Dillon to shove it up their ass?

It is very frusterating trying to weight powder charges accurately with this thing. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Joel
eweloader  [Member]
12/4/2009 9:23:26 PM
Its defective, call Dillon.
H53EXPERT  [Member]
12/6/2009 11:12:22 PM
You aren't using it under or near an air vent are you? Believe it or not, it is sensitive enough to matter. Also, many people say they have to let theirs warm up for a while before using it. I haven't noticed needing to do so, but I have the older model Dillon electronic scale.

Keep in mind Dillon electronics only have a 1 year warranty, so hopefully you bought it new. Not saying they won't take of you otherwise, but that is the stated time frame.
Mike_Mills  [Member]
12/7/2009 2:26:16 AM
There are two or three things to check.

1. Have you left it on for an extended period of time and watched to see if it ever stabilizes? Have you run the calibration routine recently?
2. Does it vary when the heater fan kicks in or when a door is opened? Scales can be affected by wind gusts so small you cannot feel them on your face. Put a cardboard box around it and see if it stabilizes.
3. Does it vary as you move around the bench, perhaps even as you reach out to it? If so, you have a static electricity build up and need to reduce the static generated in the area.
HammerShell  [Member]
12/7/2009 4:59:14 PM
Yes. I have noticed that if I leave it on (plugged in and on) for 30 minutes or longer, my problems are minimal. I had thought about static electricity, but don't appear to have that problem. I know it isn't air because it doesn't matter where I am in my house or at another person's house, it still does this.

I bought it from someone in what appears to be excellent shape, but secondhand. As such, I don't have the manual. Any information on how to calibrate it as I have not done this yet?

Do you know if Dillon requires the original receipt or will they take my word that it is less than a year old and fix or replace it, assuming that calibrating it doesn't work?

Thanks so far for the information.

Regards,

Joel
EWP  [Member]
12/7/2009 5:41:37 PM
To calibrate:

1. Zero the scales with nothing on the platform(wait till they warm up)
2. Press and hold the cal/mode button for 4 seconds until the display reads "50.00" and begins blinking, press the on/off button once and the display should reads "CAL 0" which indicates zero is set.
3. GENTLY place the 50 gram check weight on the platform and wait until "CAL F" is displayed. The scales are now calibrated and ready to use.
Note: If "CAL E" appears instead of "CAL F" an error has occurred during calibration, repeat the process until "CAL E" appears and the scale shows "0.00" when the weight is removed.
Shizzlemah  [Team Member]
12/7/2009 6:54:50 PM
My d-terminator also drifts. If you trickle powder slow enough, the display wont update but the next measurement will be off.

I heard dillon doesn't do their customary warranty on the electronic scales - just offer you a small credit for purchase of another new one.
DanParker  [Team Member]
12/7/2009 7:23:19 PM
Originally Posted By HammerShell:
Yes. I have noticed that if I leave it on (plugged in and on) for 30 minutes or longer, my problems are minimal. I had thought about static electricity, but don't appear to have that problem. I know it isn't air because it doesn't matter where I am in my house or at another person's house, it still does this.

I bought it from someone in what appears to be excellent shape, but secondhand. As such, I don't have the manual. Any information on how to calibrate it as I have not done this yet?

Do you know if Dillon requires the original receipt or will they take my word that it is less than a year old and fix or replace it, assuming that calibrating it doesn't work?

Thanks so far for the information.

Regards,

Joel

Dillon's home page has a link to their manuals right at the top. Two clicks brought me to the D-Terminator manual....

Dillon's D-Terminator Electron Scale Instructions - May 2007

The calibration prodedure begins on page 3.