Soil Testing Equipments

Plastic Limit Test

Plastic Limit Test
Item code: ESTE-1

Moisture contents at which soil has smallest plasticity is called limit. For determination purpose plastic limit is defined as the water content at which a soil will just begin to crumble when rolled in to a thread of 3mm dia.

Specification :

The complete set consists of one each :1. Glass plate 20cm x 15cm having round ends2. Brass or stainless steel rod 3mm dia x 150mm long3. Flexible spatula 15 cm4. Set of 6 moisture containers5. Porcelain basin 150mm dia6. Plastic wash bottle 500ml
Note: Glass Plate size 500 x 500 x 10mm can be supplied at an extra cost.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-1

Shrinkage Limit Set

Shrinkage Limit Set
Item code: ESTE-2 

Shrinkage limit is the maximum water content at which a reduction in water content does not cause an appreciable reduction in volume of the Soil Mass. At shrinkage limit, on further reduction in water, air enters in to the voids of soils and thus keeps the volume constant. The apparatus can be used to determine shrinkage limit and to calculate other shrinkage ratio, shrinkage index and volumetric shrinkage.

Specification :
Set consists of one each :-

1. Porcelain evaporating dish
2. Shrinkage dish
3. Glass cup
4. Perspex plate with three metal prongs
5. Flexible spatula 100mm
6. Glass cylinder
7. 25ml x 1ml, supplied without mercury

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES:

Mercury supplied in bottle of 500 gms. at an extra cost.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-2

Linear Shrinkage Mould

Linear Shrinkage Mould
Item code: ESTE-3

A simple mould which is filled with the soil under test. This is then dried and the resulting decrease os length of the specimen measured is expressed as the linear shrinkage. It is 25mm Dia. x 12.5mm Height x 140mm Length.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-3

Soil Cone Penetrometer

Item code: ESTE-4

For determining the liquid limit of soils. This is specially useful to obtain reliable and accurate results of those soil which have low plasticity index. The percentage moisture contents determined when cone with half angle of 15-30 minutes under a total sliding weight of 148 gm penetrates 25mm gives the liquid limit.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-4

Liquid Limit Device

Liquid Limit Device (with Counter)
Item code: ESTE-6

Casagrande method in mechanical form is known as liquid limit method and has been in use for soil mechanics for a number of decades. The liquid limit data of soils is useful to correlate mechanical properties of soil, such as compressibility and lower shear strength. Liquid limit is the water content at which soil passes from zero strength to an infinite strength, hence the true value of liquid limit cannot be determined. For determination purpose liquid limit is that water content at which a part of soil, cut by a groove of standard dimensions, will flow together for a distance of 1.25cm under an impact of 25 blows in a standard liquid limit apparatus. The soil at the water content has some strength which is about 0.17N/cm. sq. (17gms/sq.cm.) . At this water content soil just passes from liquid state to plastic state. It consists on a brass cup held on an adjustable bracket.
The cup can be adjusted for a fall of 1 cm and can be raised an dropped on a rubber base of standard hardness by cam action. Complete with one Casagrande grooving tool, one ASTM grooving tool and a height gauge block.
Same as ESTE-4 but fitted with a counter to register the number of blows.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-6

Semi Automatic Cone Penetrometer

Semi Automatic Cone Penetrometer
Item code: ESTE-5 

Used to determine the moisture content at which clay soils pass from a plastic to a liquid state. Two Version are available. One the standard one & the other is semi-automatic with timer where the cone is allowed to free fall for a period of 5 seconds including one each of 50 gm. & 100 gm. weight, one penetration cone, preset counter & measuring cup.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-5

Liquid Limit Device

Liquid Limit Device (Motorized)
Item code: ESTE-7

Same as ESTE-4 but fitted with a motor geared down to give approximately 120 rpm. Suitable for operation on 230 V A.C., Single Phase, 50 Cycles.
SPARES :Casagrande grooving tool. ASTM grooving tool, height block, 1cm high.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-7

High Speed Stirrer

High Speed Stirrer
Item code: ESTE-8

This is for mechanical analysis and also other laboratory applications for stirring Speed approximately 4000 R.P.M. under load. A dispersion cup is supported on a rest on the stand of the stirrer and has a removable baffle. For operation on 230V A.C. supplied with dispersion cup or baffle cup.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-8

Grain Size Analysis

Grain Size Analysis (Pipette Method)
Item code: ESTE-9

This is for the determination of the sub sieve particle distribution in a soil sample by mechanical analysis. An analysis of this kind expresses quantity the proportions by weight of the various sizes of particles present in the soil. It is recommended as a standard procedure to use dispersion agent to avoid flocculation. The apparatus consists of a sliding panel which moves up and down by means of a screw allowing Anderson pipette fixed to it to be raised or lowered vertically. A sedimentation tube is held by a laboratory clamp provided on the stand below the pipette. The depth of immersion is measured by a scale graduated in mm at the side of the sliding panel. Supplied complete with Anderson pipette 10ml. At the side capacity made from glass, and a sedimentation tube also of glass of 500ml capacity and 50nos. Test form pads. ACCESSORIES & SPARES :1) Sedimentation Pipette (Anderson pipette) 25ml.2) Sedimentation tube 100ml3) Sedimentation pipette 10ml4) Sedimentation tube 500ml5) Test forms pad of 50

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  • Item Code: ESTE-9

Particle Size Sedimentation

particle size sedimentation
Item code: ESTE-10

Particle size analysis of soils: hydrometer method
This equipment is used to determine the quantitative size distribution of very fine particle in soils such as clay and silt. The complete set comprises:

1. Sedimentation cylinder, 1000 ml capacity (6 pieces) with rubber bungs.
2. Soil hydrometer, 151h, range 0. 995 to 1. 038 g/ml with div. 0. 001
3. Glass tank, dimensions: 600x300x380 mm
4. Heater complete with thermostat, circulation unit. 230v single phase 50hz 1000w
5. Glass thermometer, range 0 50° c. , sub-div. 0. 5° C.
6. Beaker, borosilicate glass, 250 ml capacity
7. Sodium hexametaphosphate, 1000 g
8. High speed stirrer, 4000 R. P. M, complete with baffle cup, for dispersing soil particles in water.

Additional Information:
  • Item Code: ESTE-10

Soil Hydrometer

Soil Hydrometer
Item code: ESTE-11

Used for grain size analysis of soils where more than 10% of the material will pass through 75 microns B.S. sieve. Manufactured from clear transparent glass having uniform clarity throughout the upper end on which density scale is engraved. The scale range is 0.995 to 1.030 0 density (gms./cc) at 27oC smallest division on the scale is 0.0005.
NOTE : Hydrometer for other liquids also available.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-11

Sand Equivalent Test Set

Sand Equivalent Test Set
Item code: ESTE-12

Used to determine the relevant proportions of clay-like or Plastic fines and dust in granular soils & fine aggregate Consists of:1. Acrylic graduated cylinder (4 nos.)2. Rubber stopper for cylinder (4 nos.)3. Graduated Steel rule 450 mm4. Funnel 100 mm plastic5. Aspirator bottle 5 lts plastic with rubber cock6. Stand for the aspirator bottle with siphon assembly7. Irrgation tube with stop pinch cock & weighted foot assembly
OPTIONAL : Stock solution can be supplied at an extra cost

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  • Item Code: ESTE-12

Motorized Sand Equivalent Shaker Set

Motorised Sand Equivalent Shaker Set
Item code: ESTE-13 

The unit provides a constant uniform shaking with automatic cycle test. Oscillating excursion is 200 mm at 175 strokes / minute rate. Complete with timer that automatically stops the shaker at the end of the test. Power Supply 230 V A.C. 50Hz.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-13

Plummet Balance

Plummet Balance
Item code: ESTE-14

Conventionally particle size distribution analysis is carried out using pipette and hydrometer methods. Whereas in hydrometer method it is possible to determine particle sizes in the range 75microns, the method involves computation and it is time consuming. The pipette method can be used for determining only the percentage of specific sizes less than 0.02, 0.006 and 0.002mm as a percentage of total soil sample. The plummet balance method to determine sub sieve particle size for the entire range is very rapid and only manipulation of height of the balance, so that plummet sinks to the right depth is required. The percentage of soil in suspension is directly indicated by a pointer over a graduated scale. A vertical rod is mounted on a sturdy base having leveling screws. A pointer with steel pivots turns is jewel bearing an moves over a graduated scale. Scale graduations are market 0-100% x 2% To the other end of the pointer a plummet is hanged.
Rack and pinion arrangement is provided on the vertical rod for adjusting the height. Supplied with a chart showing relationship between “K” and temperature of suspension of soils of varying specific gravity from 2.4 to 2.8 to help in solving stroke's equation. Supplied complete with one Perspex plummet one measuring jar and one rider weight for zero adjustment and rider weight for adjusting the pointer to 100%.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-14

Marsh Cone

Marsh Cone
Item code: ESTE-15

This cone is used to find out viscosity of bentonite slurry and similar material. The marsh cone is 6 inch in diameter at the top and 12 inch long, and tapers to join a tube 2 inch long and 3/16 inch inside dia. The capacity of the funnel is 1500cc. Time in seconds required to flow out 1000cc of slurry from cone is measured as funnel viscosity of the material.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-15

Mud Balance

Mud Balance
Item code: ESTE-16

Designed to find out specific gravities of semi liquids like mud and other liquids having densities in the range 0.8 to 2.5. It has a stainless steel bam calibrated specific gravities from 0.8 to 2.5. A stainless steel cup with lid and overflow vent is fitted on one side of the beam. A counter weights with cursor slides over the graduated scale. The beam has a knife-edge at centre which rests in a fulcrum fitted in the stand. Leveling screws and spirit level are fitted to the stand.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-16

Standard Compaction Test

Standard Compaction Test
Item code: ESTE-17

The apparatus consists one each of compaction mould steel, 100 mm I.D. x 127.3mm height x 1000 cc. volume, complete with collar and base plate. Compaction Rammer is 2.6 kgs in weight x 310mm controlled fall.
NOTE : Instead of steel moulds gunmetal moulds are also available.

Additional Information:
  • Item Code: ESTE-17

Heavy Compaction Test

Heavy Compaction Test
Item code: ESTE-18

The apparatus consists one each of compaction mould steel, 152.4mmI.D. x 116.4mm height x 2124 cc. volume, complete with collar and base plate Compaction Rammer is 4.5 kgs. in weight x 18” controlled fall. Face of the rammer is 2”

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  • Item Code: ESTE-18

Heavy Compaction Test

Heavy Compaction Test
Item code: ESTE-19

Instrument consists one each of compaction mould steel 150 mm I.D. x 127.3mm height volume 2250cc. Complete with collar and base plate Compaction Rammer is 4.89 kgs. in weight x 450 mm controlled fall.
NOTE : Instead of steel moulds, gunmetal mould are also available.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-19

Semi-Automatic Compactor

Semi-Automatic Compactor
Item code: ESTE-20

Now a days almost every soil laboratory conducts compaction and penetration tests on soils. In both standard and heavy compaction tests the operator has to count the number of blows of the rammer on each layer of soil during compaction. A mechanically cum electrically operated semi-automatic compactor is therefore deviced to eliminate hand compaction process. Which also considerably saves time with the Rammers provided two stroke lengths, available, the compactor can be used for normal compaction/heavy compaction as well as C.B.R compaction.
Specification :It is a motor driven mechanical compactor useful for soil compaction into 100mm or 150mm diameter moulds. Two sets of Rammers are provided, one of 2.6 kg and arranged for 310mm drop and other 4.89kg and arranged for 450mm drop. For compaction soil into 150mm dia moulds, 100mm face dia Rammers having weight 2.6kg and 4.89kg are used. Where as for 100mm dia moulds they are of 50mm dia. The rammer assembly is provided with a ratchet and pawl arrangement to lift it from the top of the soil layer.
When the rammer reaches the required height the pawl release the rammer which falls freely on soil surface. The release mechanism is operated by an arm moving up and down which is connected to a reduction gear coupled to the motor through another arm. An automatic blow counter fitted to the compactor is used to set the number of blows. The base plate of the specimen mould is to be fitted to the rotating base plate of the instrument which marks 1/5” revolution per stroke. The equipment is suitable for operation on 230 Volts, 50 cycles, Single Phase, A.C. Supply moulds are to be ordered separately.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-20

Universal-Automatic Compactor

Universal-Automatic Compactor
Item code: ESTE-21

It is a motor driven mechanical compactor useful for soil compaction into 100mm to 102 mm & 150mm to 152.4 mm diameter moulds. Two sets of Rammers are provided, one of 2.5 kg and arranged for 300 mm & 305 mm drop and other 4.5 kg and arranged for 450 mm & 457 mm drop. The rammer assembly is provided with a ratchet and pawl arrangement to lift it from the top of the soil layer. When the rammer reaches the required height the pawl release the rammer which falls freely on soil surface. The release mechanism is operated by an arm moving up and down which is connected to a reduction gear coupled to the motor through another arm. An automatic blow counter fitted to the compactor is used to set the number of blows. The base plate of the specimen mould is to be fitted to the rotating base plate of the instrument which marks 1/5” revolution per stroke. The equipment is suitable for operation on 230 V, 50 Cycles, Single Phase, A.C. supply moulds are to be ordered separately.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-21

Proctor Needles

Proctor Needles (Spring Type)
Item code: ESTE-22

The instrument consists of a needle attached to a spring loaded plunger, the stem of which is calibrated to read 0 to 40 kg division. Long stem is graduated at every 12.5mm to read depth of penetration and for use with needles of larger areas. The small penetration stem is also graduation in 12.5mm division and is used with needles of smaller areas. Needle points one each of 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.5 and 6.0 sq Cm. And one tommy pin is supplied. Complete as above in a wooden carrying case.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-22

Proctor Needles

Proctor Needles (Hydraulic Type)
Item code: ESTE-23

Specification :

Comprises hydraulic proctor needle system complete with a pressure gauge fixed at easily readable angle reading 0-70 kg x 2 kg. A set of needle points consisting one each 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.5 and 6.0 sq. cm. and a wooden carrying case.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-23

Pocket Penetrometer

Pocket Penetrometer
Item code: ESTE-24

This instrument is used to estimate approximate unconfined compressive strength and the estimation to shear strength of soil Cohesive soils can also be classified in terms of consistency using this Penetrometer. This is a handy and convenient instrument.

Specification :

It consists of a light weight barrel assembly with a polished and ground steel loading piston plunger. A direct reading scale is engraved on the piston barrel and indicates load in kg. / sq. cm. A maximum load indicator ring is provided on the penetration plunger. The calibrated spring is heat treated and plated for rust resistance. The barrel diameter is 20mm and the length 150mm. Supplied with carrying case.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-24

VICKSBERG Penetrometer

VICKSBERG Penetrometer (Proving Ring Type)
Item code: ESTE-25

This is fork determining the bearing capacity of sub grades or for compaction control. It also used for rapidly of soils in shallow exploration work.
Specification :
Consists of a study handle under. Which is fixed a sensitive proving ring. An extension piece is fixed to the bottom of the proving ring and carries a detachable penetration cone at its tip. Proving ring capacity 100 kg (1kn) and 0.002mm dial gauge provided indicates the penetration load applied.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-25

Speedy Moisture Meter

Speedy Moisture Meter (D2 Large)
Item code: ESTE-26 

The unit consists of a pressure vessel with clamp for sealing cap, capacity is 20 gms. Rubber sealing gasket, pressure gauge calibrated in percentage moisture content 0-25% x 0.25% on the wet weight basis, an electronic balance for weighing sample, a scoop for measuring carbide reagent, a bottle of reagent, one cleaning brush and a set of 4 steel balls for thorough mixing . Complete in highly polished wooden carrying case with handle.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-26

Infrared Moisture Meter

Infrared Moisture Meter
Item code: ESTE-28

It is a fast , accurate method to derive direct moisture % in a sample by Loss on Heating Method. Heating arrangement consists of a 250 watt heating lamp with a solid state power stat to control rate of drying and also temperature.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-28

Rapid Moisture Meter

Rapid Moisture Meter
Item code: ESTE-27

The unit consists of a pressure vessel with clamp for sealing cap, capacity is 6 gms. Rubber sealing gasket, pressure gauge calibrated in percentage moisture content 0-50% x 0.50% on the wet weight basis, a counter poised balance for weighing sample, a scoop for measuring carbide reagent, a bottle of reagent, one cleaning brush and a set of 4 steel balls for thorough mixing . Complete in highly polished wooden carrying case with handle.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-27

Permeability Apparatus

Permeability Apparatus Falling Head Permeability
Item code: ESTE-29

The apparatus is used for the laboratory determination of permeability of soil using a constant or a variable head. This test is recommended for soils with co-effcient permeability in the range of 0 10-3 to 10-7 cm/sec. The maximum particle size of the soil which can be tested in the mould is 10mm.

Specification :

The equipment comprises one each : Gun metal mould, 100mm I.D. x 127.3mm high x 1000ml Volume. Gun metal mould extension collar, 100mm dia x 60mm high for the above mould. Gun metal drainage base plate with a recess for a porous stone.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-29

Universal Permeability Apparatus

Universal Permeability
Item code: ESTE-30

Same as ESTE-29 but instead of a set of three glass stand pipes a stand with nine glass tubes of 6mm, 10mm, 20mm, 25mm, 40mm, 50mm, 60mm, 70mm, 75mm, bore tube is provided with over flow arrangement for constant head tests. The remaining tubes are used for falling head test.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-30

Sand Pouring Cylinder

Sand Pouring Cylinder
Item code: ESTE-31

This apparatus is used for the in place determination of the dry density of compact, line and medium grained soils and for layers not exceeding 50cm thickness. The complete apparatus consists one each of Small sand pouring cylinder, 3 litre capacity fitted with conical funnel and shutter. Cylinder calibrating container, internal dia 10cm and internal depth 15cm dia hole in the centre.
Accessories:Metal tray, 30cm square and 4cm deep without hole. Test forms pad of 50.
Note:Sand pouring cylinder medium and large as per IS 2720 (P-XXVIII) also available.

Additional Information:
  • Item Code: ESTE-31

Sand Pouring Cylinder

Sand Pouring Cylinder
Item code: ESTE-32

This apparatus is as per the BS standard for 100 mm, 150 mm, 200 mm dia cylinders.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-32

Sand Density Cone Apparatus

Sand Density Cone Apparatus
Item code: ESTE-33

Used to determine the in-situ density of fine grained compacted soil. The test consist in digging a hole into the ground and then collect, dry and weight the sampled soil. The hole is then filled with dry sand from the cone container. The apparatus consist of a double metal cone, one plastic 5 lts jar & a metal tray with centre hole. Size of the cone is 6½” (165.1mm)NOTE :On request 12” (305 mm) Sand Density Cone Apparatus is also supplied at an extra cost.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-33

Core Cutter

Core Cutter
Item code: ESTE-34

This is used for determination of in situ dry density of natural or compacted fine grained soil, free from aggregates. A cylindrical cutter is used to extract a sample of the soil with the help of a dolly and rammer. From the weight, density and the moisture, and dry density of the soil is ready calculated. It consists one each of: cylindrical core cutter mode of steel, 127.3mm. Long and 100mm internal diameter. Steel dolly, 25mm high with a lip to enable it to be located on top of the core cutter, rammer with detachable steel rod.
Spare, optional extra and accessories:-
1. Cylindrical core cutter 100mm i.d. x 175mm long
2. Dolly
3. Test form pad of 50.

Additional Information:
  • Item Code: ESTE-34

Pycnometers

Pycnometers
Item code: ESTE-35

Useful to determine specific gravity of clays, sand and gravel of size smaller than 10mm.SPECIFICATION :Comprises a 1 kg. glass jar with brass cone. Locking ring and rubber seal.
SPARE : Rubber seal.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-35

Density Bottle

Density Bottle (_GAY-LUSSAC Type)
Item code: ESTE-36

For determining the particle density (specific gravity) of sand, fine aggregate & filler. Capacity 25ml, 50ml, 100ml, 250ml, 500ml & 1000ml.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-36

Particle Density by Gas Jar Method

Particle Density by Gas Jar Method (End-Over-End Shaker)
Item code: ESTE-37

This method applies for soil containing upto 10% of particles retained on 37.5 mm sieve. The equipment is used to rotate two gas jars at approx. 50 R.P.M..Glass Jar is 1 litre in capacity with rubber bung.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-37

Relative Density Test

Relative Density Test
Item code: ESTE-38

The equipment is used for the determination of the relative density of cohesion less free draining soils and meets the essential requirements.
Specification :The equipment consists one each of: Vibratory table, with a cushioned steel vibrating decks about 75cm x 75cm. It has a frequency of approximately 3600 vibratory table, minute under a 11.5kg load. Amplitude is variable in between 0.65mm in step of 0.05 to 0.25mm, 0.25 to 0.45 mm and 0.45 to 0.65mm. Suitable for operations on 415V, Three Phase supply. Cylindrical metal unit weight mould, 3000ml. Capacity.Guide sleeve with clamp assembly. Surcharges base plate for mould. Handle for surcharge base plate. Surcharge weight. The total weight together with surcharge base plate and handle is equipment to 140 kg. /sq. cm. For mould. Cylindrical metal unit weight mould 15000 ml. capacity. (Total weight together with the above mould & surcharge weight is equivalent to 140 kg./sq. cm) dial gauge 0.01mm x 50mm travel. Extension piece 25mm for dial gauge.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-38

Soil Testing Kit

Soil Testing Kit

Item code: ESTE-39

A very useful kit to determine on the spot soil pH value. This is a compact kit easy to carry on site. CONSISTS OF :12 thick walled test tubes with rubber bungs.1 tube Cleaning brush.1 bottle of Barium Sulphate (100gm)1 bottle of Soil indicator (100gm)1 bottle of Distilled water (500gm)1 Spatula.1 Colour chart, range 4.0 to 8.0 ph in 0.5 ph steps.Complete with carrying case.

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  • Item Code: ESTE-39

Water Testing Kit

Water testing kit

Item code: ESTE-40

i) Acidity testing kit.
ii) Chloride test kit.
iii) Hardness test kit.
iv) Soil colour chart.

Additional Information:
  • Item Code: ESTE-40
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