18" Ratcheting Cross Handle, Signature Series
AMS Cross Handles are connected to AMS Extensions – which are then connected to AMS Soil Augers and other samplers. AMS 18" Rubber Coated Cross Handles are made of chromoly and are coated with textured rubber. The 18” Rubber Coated Handles are available in 3/4" thread, 5/8” thread, Signature Series, Quick Connect, and Hex Quick Pin connections. 22” Rubber Gripped Powder Coated Cross Handles are only available with a 3/4" threaded connection and are only intended for use with AMS 6” and 7” Soil Augers.
18” Rubber Gripped Ratcheting Cross Handles are available in 3/4" thread, 5/8” thread, Signature Series, Quick Connect, and Hex Quick Pin connections. They are made of durable carbon steel and have an open-gear mechanism that allows for easy cleaning of the gear and cog. Quick Connect and Hex Quick Pin Ratcheting Cross Handles allow for reverse ratcheting. The AMS Hammer Head Cross Handle lets you pound your soil sampling device into the ground with an impact-absorbing hammer. AMS Slide Hammers are also used to pound AMS Soil Probes and Core Samplers into soils and sediments.
Please make sure any AMS samplers you intend to use together share a common connection type.
See Connection Types for more information.
Overall, a very sturdy ratchet handle. I use a bucket auger in VA to evaluate soils for sewage system feasibility. Ratcheting mechanism appears to be somewhat over engineered and is extremely durable. The only negatives I can give and the reason I only give it 4 stars is that it's very heavy adding significant weight to the overall auger and since you have to bang the handle against the ground to empty the auger bucket, it is more susceptible to grit and mud getting into the open ratcheting mechanism. I would like to see AMS bring back the previous style ratcheting handle that had an enclosed mechanism and was much lighter. Over time, the old style ratchet would eventually wear out the mechanism stripping the gears which is why I guess AMS designed this heavier constructed model, but personally for me, I would sacrifice longevity for a lighter, more manageable ratcheting cross handle.