How to use The Salter Timeless Mechanical Kitchen Scale - A Step-by-step guide

Posted by Team Salter on 8th Jul 2024

Mastering Your Kitchen with the Salter Timeless Mechanical Kitchen Scale: A Simple Guide

Ever stared at a recipe filled with grams and ounces, wishing you had a trusty kitchen scale? Well, fret no more! The Salter Timeless Mechanical Kitchen Scale is here to be your hero in the kitchen. This easy-to-use, classic design is perfect for bakers and cooks of all levels.

Salter Timeless Mechanical Kitchen scales in 3 colours

In this guide, we'll walk you through setting up and using your Salter Timeless Mechanical Kitchen Scale like a pro.

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Attaching the Bowl:

  1. Detach the platform: Gently pinch the sides of the platform support and push it through the gap at the base of the scale.
  2. Secure the bowl bracket: Unscrew the two screws from the platform bracket. Place the bowl support on top, aligning the indented parts with the holes in the bracket. Screw them back into place.
  3. Set the scale to zero: Place the empty bowl provided onto the scale. Check the pointer - it should be at the zero mark. If not, slowly turn the knob located on top of the scale anticlockwise until it is.

Salter Timeless Mechanical Scale with bowl attatched

Tips for Accurate Measurements:

  • To ensure the mechanism settles properly, give the ball on the scale a gentle tap after adjusting the zero point.
  • For the most accurate results, always add your ingredients to the center of the bowl.


This classic scale is completely mechanical, so no batteries are required! Simply follow these steps, and you'll be ready to measure all your favorite recipe ingredients with confidence.

Happy Baking (and Cooking)!

Salter timless mechanical scale being used with granola

Why Choose a Mechanical Kitchen Scale?

While digital scales might seem like the modern marvel, there are many reasons to love the Salter Timeless Mechanical Kitchen Scale's classic design. Here's a look at some of the benefits of using a mechanical scale:

  • Battery-Free Forever: No more scrambling for batteries or worrying about a dying mid-recipe! The Salter Timeless Kitchen Scale is powered by good old-fashioned mechanics, so you can weigh your ingredients worry-free.
  • Simple and Easy to Use: With no complex buttons or displays to navigate, mechanical scales are perfect for anyone who wants a straightforward approach to measuring. Just set it to zero and weigh away!
  • Built to Last: The sturdy design of mechanical scales makes them resistant to everyday wear and tear. Plus, with fewer parts to malfunction, they're generally known for their long lifespans.
  • Classic Look and Feel: The Salter Timeless Mechanical Kitchen Scale brings a touch of vintage charm to your kitchen counter.

Did you know?

The Salter Timeless Mechanical Kitchen Scale isn't just a handy kitchen tool; it's a continuation of a long and fascinating history. The story starts with Richard Salter, a British spring maker way back in the 1770s. Tired of the old weighing methods, he revolutionized things with the spring scale. This clever invention, an early ancestor of your Salter Timeless Scale, used a spring to measure weight, ditching the need for cumbersome counterweights.

The Salter company itself is steeped in history, dating back to the 1760s! Originally focused on spring-making, they quickly saw the potential of Richard Salter's invention and began producing these innovative spring scales.

Over the centuries, Salter has become a household name synonymous with precision and quality. Their dedication to reliable, well-made products is why the Salter Timeless Mechanical Kitchen Scale continues to be a beloved choice for home cooks today.

Find out more about Salter Kitchen scales on the Salter online shop