i have a precision scale i use formixing glazes, but have long looked for a decent scale for measuring pounds of plaster or glaze materials for big batches. For plaster I have been using a regular old fashioned bathroom scale, which is adequate, but the 5 gallon bucket covers the numbers!
Digital bathroom scalescan be problematic for the same reason. Even if they have a readout that is not obscured,many of them shut off after a few seconds, so adding material while the bucket is sitting on the scale is frustrating. You have to lift the bucket and set it down again each time more material is added. And with some of them you cannot tare the scale, i.e. compensate for the weight of the bucket.
this hasn't been a huge priority,( as i am use to my sad old scale where i have to lift the bucket to see the numbers). I've been hoping to run a cross either a fine old metal scale with a balance beam style weight indicator (the old doctor office variety ) or a cast off from UPS or something. haven't found that yet but last week i was tickled to find this scale at a second hand store for $5 ,(a lot by second hand store standards, i know! )
not only can the bucket sit comfortable on it without hiding the numbers, but I can tare the scale (adjust for weight of the bucket ), AND the numbers are big enough to read while standing... woo hoo!
sometimes the small things make for a great day!