Shor-Line scales ship out with factory calibration that should let you hit the ground weighing when you set it up. But as the scale gets moved and subjected to day-in-day-out wear, it will need to be recalibrated.
Think of recalibration like changing the oil in your car—doing it regularly makes everything work better. Test your scale with a known weight every few months, and recalibrate if it is more than 2% off.
If you purchased a Shor-Line scale since 2011, follow the directions for the current scale model. We use the same scale software in all of our scale products (K9-W8, Blue-Line, Mobile Animal Lift Table with Scale, Rotational Lift Table with Scale, Mark IV Exam Table and Animal Lift tables).
Testing the Scale
Place an object with a known weight on your scale. The easiest choice is to keep two 10-lb. dumbbells in the facility. They make it easy to calibrate and to do tests on the load cells should you ever need that. And, you can double check the accuracy at 20 pounds and 10 pounds.
If the weight displayed is more than 2% off the known weight, then you should recalibrate the scale.
Get Started with Calibration
Calibration only takes a few minutes by following these simple steps. You can print out a PDF of the steps here or view a video showing how it is done.
To perform calibration, you must have a known weight for Option 1. Shor-Line recommends two 10-lb. dumbbells, as listed earlier. Option 2 does not need a known weight but is not as accurate.
NOTE: If the Scale displays an error code or continues to display incorrect weight, please call Shor-Line’s Technical Support Department at 800-444-1579, option 5, for additional assistance or complete a Technical Support Form for help.
Video Help for Calibration
Let our troubleshooting videos help you train new team members on regular scale maintenance. Scale calibration is the most common task. Ideally, you will check calibration regularly.
Save time by watching the videos and know during regular working hours you can get Technical Support Department at 800-444-1579, option 5, or by completing a Technical Support Form.
Find your obsolete unit below
These are scales still in service but essentially obsolete. They have two load cells instead of the improved 4 load cell model we sell today. (It weighs four-pawed patients better!) The manuals can help you troubleshoot and calibrate these scales. But think about updating. For help or updating prices, please call Shor-Line’s Technical Support Department at 800-444-1579, option 5, during normal business hours.
We sold this scale from about 2001 to 2011. Some of these are more than 30 years old, so it may be time for a new scale. Click on the headline to download the manual for calibration instructions and troubleshooting.
This popular scale was sold from about 1997 to 2001. Click on the headline to download the manual for calibration instructions.
This scale is a true antique, dating 1986-1992. Click on the headline to download the manual for calibration instructions. It may be time to replace your scale.
This scale is the oldest model we still get calls on, dating 1980-1985. Click on the headline to download the manual for calibration instructions. It may be time to replace your scale.