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Introducing Tanita's first body composition scale that offers the convenience of a built in height rod.  Automatic height data entry makes the measuring process even easier and more accurate.  Features include 440 lb. x 0.2 lb. scale capacity, Height Rod with 3'0" up to 7' capacity, Adult and Athletic modes, "weight only" function, fast thermal printer.  You can prints out results for Fat Mass, Fat Free Mass, Fat %, Total Body Water, BMR and Desirable Ranges automatically, with up to 9 copies.

Professional Sports teams are always looking for the latest way to measure the performance of their players.  Whether it's monitoring off season workouts, or in season health, the TBF-215 is the most convenient method to accurately trend athletes over time.

Buyer beware many claim to be Authorized Tanita® Dealer, but few companies on the internet actually are an Authorized Tanita® Distributor since Tanita Corporation has changed their guidelines for Dealers/Distributors that resulted is many companies getting dropped.  If you don't buy from an Authorized Dealer/Distributor you may be jeopardizing your manufacturer's warranty and product support.  There have been cases of unscrupulous online vendors selling gray market units and we recommend that you call Tanita® to verify who is an authorized and who is not so you don't get possibly ripped off.  Effective February 27, 2006, Tanita® changed their policy and allow pricing online so don't believe any stories that prices can't be displayed online.

Precision Weighing Balances was one of the first companies to market the Tanita® line on the internet.  We are an Authorized Tanita® Distributor.

WARNING: Do not use the Tanita® TBF-215GS body composition analyzer if you wear a pacemaker or other electronic medical device.

Tanita body fat analyzer 215GS

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Tanita body fat analyzer 215GS 440 lb 0.2 lb
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  • KiloGrams
  • RS-232c
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MSRP: $3695.00
YOU PAY $3695.00
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tanita tbf215 scale
Tanita® TBF-215GS
Graduation: 440 lb. x 0.2 lb. / 200 kg. x 0.1 kg.
Platform: 12" x 12.75" x 3"
Adult & Athlete modes
3'  to 7'  height rod 
1% to 75% body fat range
1 kJ unit (1 kcal unit) B.M.R
2.44" x 300" paper
Weight-Only Function
Height rod enters data
440 lb weight capacity 0.2 lb (0.1 kg) weight graduation
150-900 (1 unit) impedance 0.2 lb (0.1 kg) fat mass/fat free mass
0.1% body fat graduation 0.2 lb (0.1 kg) total body water
LCD display Thermal printer and keypad
AC adapter included 51.7 lb (19.3 kg) shipping weight
Single point load cell RS-232 port for computer
3-year limited warranty NEW Goal Setter feature

is intended for "high-end" doctors' offices and wellness centers, this model has a 440 lb capacity, height rod, Goal Setter, adult and athlete modes, "weight-only" function, printer.  RS232 port is standard with the TBF-215 for computer interface.  Purchase the optional windows-based HMS (Health Management Software) for transferring results directly from your TBF-215 to you PC.  It's the perfect solution for a paperless application and for maintaining a database of your patients/clients.

Features include 440 lb. x 0.2 lb. scale capacity, Height Rod with 3'0" up to 7' capacity, Adult and Athletic modes, "weight only" function, fast thermal printer.  Prints out Fat Mass, Fat Free Mass, Fat %, Total Body Water, BMR and Desirable Ranges automatically, with up to 9 copies.

loadcellSingle Point Load Cell
While most other professional scales rely on inexpensive mechanical levers and springs that may wear out quickly, Tanita’s weighing system consists of a “motionless” block of solid metal known as a “Single-Point Load Cell.”  To you, this means better accuracy and durability for years to come. 

What is the difference between professional use scales and consumer scales?
Professional products have a greater weight capacity (up to 440 pounds and the TBF-310GS offers 600 pounds capacity) and are constructed to withstand heavy usage in high volume, multi-user environments such as doctors' offices, fitness centers, wellness centers, and nutrition stores.  Consumer products are designed to be used by individuals and families.  Medical analyzers can compute and printout individual reports and can be interfaced via the standard RS-232 port with computer and using the optional Tanita's Health Management Software.


Why do I need to enter different modes for different people?  Isn't fat just fat?

Answer:  The "Mode" choice refers to "Adult", "Athlete" and "Wrestler" modes.  Any body composition method relies on prediction equations to garner the best results.  These equations are based on very specific population studies, and correlated to the "gold standards" of body composition testing (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) and Hydrostatic Weighing.)  Research has shown that the more population specific an equation is, the smaller error ratio. 

For example, athletic individuals have more muscle structure and water in their bodies than sedentary adults.  Similarly, men generally have more of a developed muscle structure than females.  Therefore, separate studies must be conducted, and corresponding separate equations must be developed to ensure the best possible results.  Tanita's hallmark has been maintaining the simplicity of population groups (Adult, Athlete & Wrestler), while at the same time, maintaining a high level of accuracy.


 Adult Mode 
For adults aged 18 and older who have moderately active to inactive lifestyles.

Athlete Mode 
Special calibration for very fit adults. 

Tanita's "athlete" is someone who gets about 10 hours a week of intense physical activity (this can be exercise, work or leisure related).  "Athletes" also have a resting heart rate of about 60 beats per minute or less. 

The mode includes people who have been very fit for years, but currently exercise less than 10 hours per week. 

It does not include "enthusiastic beginners" who recently started making a real commitment to exercising 10 hours per week, but whose bodies have not yet changed enough to qualify for the Athlete mode. 

Wrestler Mode 
Special mode for wrestlers, available on the TBF-300W.

Nearly all wrestlers 'cut weight" at one time or another.  Some do so with little if any risk to their health, while others put themselves at much higher risk by reducing their muscle mass, fat mass and hydration levels to dangerously low levels.  Due to health risks and lack of guidelines necessary to help coaches monitor each athlete's weight loss, the NCAA established recommendation.

The 1996 ACSM Position Stand "Weight Loss in Wrestlers," as adopted by the NCAA, recommends the following minimum body fat percentages: 5% for Collegiate Athletes and 7% for High School Athletes.

Athletes whose body fat percent falls below these standards may not be permitted to wrestle.  Since individual state wrestling associations may have standards that differ from the NCAA, we recommend you check with your association for their specific guidelines.

When activated, wrestler mode calculates the "Minimum Wrestling Weight" at a predetermined body fat percentage.  These results can be printed out. 

Goal Setter:
A powerful educational and motivational tool that helps focus weight management efforts on reducing unhealthy fat instead of just weight.  Goal Setter feature to calculate the fat mass that should be lost or gained to achieve a pre-selected target body fat percentage.  Simply enter a target body fat percentage and the Goal Setter feature will instantly quantify the exact amount of fat mass that must be gained or lost to reach the specified goal.  By helping to set realistic goals, build enthusiasm and increase compliance, the in-depth body composition information on the printouts provides professionals with a powerful tool to guide weigh management programs.  There is simply no better way to incorporate such important health-related information and guidance for physicians, coaches and professional trainers. 

Weight Only:
You can use any of the Professional Composition Analyzers as a regular scale to determine your weight only.  The TBF-Series also offers the ability to automatically subtract a chosen amount for the weight of clothes.  Simply enter the weight by pressing the [0] - [9] keys.  Clothes weight can be entered by 0.1kg / 0.2 lb increments for the TBF-300W, TBF-410GS and TBF-215GS and by 0.2kg / 0.5 lb increments for the TBF-310GS

The Body Fat readings on all models may not be as absolutely accurate for individuals with extremely low body fat, like some professional athletes or body-builders.  But, even in these cases, the measurements can still be used effectively to track body-fat trends since the accuracy is consistent from measurement to measurement

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