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Soil Probes

Soil Probes

AMS soil probes are the most basic soil sampling tool for agronomists, geologists, agricultural consultants, farmers and other soil scientists.

 

Like all AMS sampling equipment, AMS soil probes are robust and easy to use. Most are used to collect small diameter samples at or near the ground surface. They allow you to provide a quick soil profile or description, and to determine soil moisture content. Samples may also be collected directly into a liner with some models to allow for later chemical analysis of the soil sample.

 

All AMS probes cut a core sample slightly smaller than the inner diameter of the probe body to allow for easy removal of the core from the cylinder. They are made of nickel-plated or unplated chrome molybdenum type 4130, or are all stainless steel. All probes also feature a heat-treated tip, and replaceable tip options are available.

  • Mini Soil Probe Kits
    Mini Soil Probe Kits
    Offer you a small compact solution for your soil sampling needs. All of the components in these kits are interchangeable and fit inside of a small compact aluminum carrying case (sold separately). The soil probes in these kits measure 1” – dia. X 14” length w/ 12” long sample slot and are constructed of thick (.109w) chromoly steel and have been nickel plated for corrosion resistance. All soil probes have a chamfered plug welded in at the top of the slot. The augers measure 1.250” – dia. X 14” long and are constructed using high carbon steel and a precise heat treating process.   These augers may be used to pre-bore holes in compacted soil conditions. The extension rods in each kit are 7/8” –dia. X 1ft. chromoly steel with 5/8” male/fem threaded connections. Longer extensions are available. The cross handles are powder coated chromoly and measure 1” –dia. X 10” long and have been fitted with rubber grips for operator comfort. Different tips are available for a variety of soil conditions. Choose from (standard, oversized, clay, mud & serrated) tips.
  • 1" X 14" Replaceable Tip Probe W/12" Sample Slot
    1" X 14" Replaceable Tip Probe W/12" Sample Slot
    This mini soil probe measures 1” – dia. X 14” length w/ 12” long sample slot and is constructed of thick (.109w) chromoly steel and has been nickel plated for corrosion resistance. The soil probe has a chamfered plug welded in at the top of the slot. The cross handle is powder coated chromoly and measures 1” –dia. X 10” long and has rubber grips for operator comfort. The tip is replaceable and the soil probe includes one standard tip and a spanner wrench. Different tips are available for a variety of soil conditions. Choose from (standard, oversized, clay, mud & serrated) tips. Extensions, Slide Hammers & Hammer-able Cross handles are all compatible with this soil probe.
  • EZ Eject Soil Probe
    EZ Eject Soil Probe
    The AMS EZ Eject Soil Probe is not recommended for sticky soil conditions. This unique soil probe ejects soil samples quickly & efficiently. Each probe has its own internal piston with side handle. This built-in hand plunger allows you to eject the entire soil sample from the slot and even through the tip of the probe. Twist the side handle clockwise to lock the piston in place. For a full 12” core, the piston should be locked in place at the top of the slot. For depth specific samples, the piston may be locked in place anywhere inside the slot. Twist the handle counter-clockwise to loosen the piston and eject your core. This probe is available in 7/8” OD & 1-1/8” diameters. The 7/8” probe will collect a ¾” x 12” soil core while the 1-1/8” probe will collect a 1” x 12” soil core. The heat treated tip has been redesigned for easier insertion & extraction from the soil. With an overall length of 34.5”, each probe is constructed of 4130 chrome molybdenum steel and has been nickel plated for corrosion resistance. The handle is welded in place and includes rubber grips for operator comfort.
  • EZ Kleen Soil Probe
    EZ Kleen Soil Probe
    AMS EZ Kleen Soil Probes have been designed facilitate easy soil core extraction. Unlike standard slotted soil probes; the easy clean has a specialized heat treated tip designed to reduce friction as the soil enters the probe body. The sample slot has also been moved closer to the tip which allows soil to be ejected with ease. “No more clogging at the tip of the soil probe!” This soil probe is constructed of 4130 chrome molybdenum steel and has been nickel plated for corrosion resistance. Available in 7/8” & 1-1/8” diameters. The 7/8” probe will collect a ¾” x 12” soil core while the 1-1/8” probe will collect a 1” x 12” soil core. The overall length of this soil probe is 33”. Soil ejectors and soil ejector scoops are a great accessory for these probes. Each EZ Kleen Soil Probe includes the probe body & a comfortably-gripped cross handle.
  • Regular Step Soil Probes
    Regular Step Soil Probes
    AMS Regular Step Soil Probes provide an easy way to recover shallow soil samples into a slotted probe body in one simple step.   This probe is similar to the AMS regular soil probe, but it comes with a built-in step that allows for additional pressure to help drive the sampler body into the ground. These nickel-plated, rust-resistant step probes are designed to be used without liners and are available in one-piece and two-piece models. Both models include the slotted probe body, a built in step, and a 10" comfortably gripped cross handle; the cross handles on the two-piece soil probe models are detachable with a 5/8" threaded connection.   Both the one and two-piece regular step soil probes are made of heavy-wall type 4130 chrome molybdenum steel, and have hardened tips. The samplers are 7/8" OD x 5/8" ID with a 12" slot. They cut a soil core that is about 12" long. The heavy duty material and sturdy design prevent the probe body from bending or twisting out of shape.   AMS also offers an adjustable footstep that can be attached to a regular soil probe as an alternative to these models with built-in steps.
  • Regular Soil Probes
    Regular Soil Probes
    AMS Regular Soil Probes feature a window slot in the cylinder of the probe for easy sample recovery.   These probes are used without a liner and are available in two diameters and three lengths. Unplated, or rust-resistant nickel-plated or stainless steel models are available. All AMS probes are made of a sturdy design that prevents the probe from bending or twisting out of shape. Regular soil probes also include a removable, corrosion-resistant 10" cross-handle with comfortable grips.   AMS also offers the Regular Soil Probe with a replaceable tip option.
  • Gator Probe
    Gator Probe
    The AMS Gator Probe was designed with operator comfort & efficiency in mind.  This one of a kind soil probe offers the benefits of a “closed end” soil probe, but the hinged jaw quickly transforms the unit into an “Open Ended” soil probe providing easy access to the entire soil core.  Outfitted with a side footpeg allows the user to easily step the probe into the ground. The gator probe is ideal for composite sampling or field extraction of representative cores for subsequent analysis by a soil lab.  The overall length of this probe is 42” with a sample recovery length of 12”.  The ID of the tip when closed is approx. 9/16” while the OD of the probe is 1”.  This soil probe is constructed of a heavy .109w DOM Steel for extra strength.  The entire unit has been finished with nickel plating for added rust resistance.  The 10” handle is fitted with rubber grips for operator comfort. 
  • Replaceable Tip Regular Soil Probe
    Replaceable Tip Regular Soil Probe
    The AMS Replaceable Tip Soil Probe is rugged, durable, and economical.   The replaceable tip probe comes with an AMS regular coring tip, but can also accommodate other AMS probe tips. It is made of a heavy 4130 alloy steel, chrome plated, and fitted with a removable, heat treated tip for durability and ease of replacement. The probes includes a 10" comfortably-gripped cross handle, and are compatible with AMS 5/8" Threaded Slide Hammers and extensions for deeper sampling in tough areas.   If using the replaceable tip soil probe for environmental sampling, be sure to decontaminate the probe body and tip between the collection of soil samples.
  • Soil Recovery Probes
    Soil Recovery Probes
    AMS soil recovery probes do not have a slotted window in the body and can be used with liners.   AMS soil recovery probes include the probe body, top cap, 10" comfortably-gripped cross handle, a plastic liner, and two plastic end caps. Note:   Soil recovery probes feature the exclusive AMS "Reach and Grab" system. The specially threaded top cap allows the liner to protrude from the top of the soil probe body. This system allows you to easily remove the liner without disturbing the sample. Note: liners for soil recovery probes are 1/8" smaller in diameter than the diameter of the probe cylinder, and are also 1 3/4" longer than the specified length of the sampler.   NOTE: 7/8" probes take a 3/4" liner. 1 1/8" probes take a 1" liner.    
  • Replaceable Tip Soil Recovery Probes
    Replaceable Tip Soil Recovery Probes
    AMS Replaceable Tip Soil Recovery Probes are used with liners, and feature a tip that can be replaced after heavy use. The probe may also be used with option AMS soil probe tips for application in varying soil conditions.   Replaceable tip soil recovery probes include the probe body, top cap, 10" comfortably-gripped cross handle, a plastic liner, two plastic end caps, a replaceable coring tip, and a spanner wrench. The 1 1/4" diameter soil probes are available in either a 12" or 24" lengths.   These soil probes also feature the exclusive AMS "Reach and Grab" system – which consists of a specially threaded top cap that allows the liner to protrude from the top of the soil probe body. This system allows you to easily remove the liner from the soil probe body without disturbing the sample. Note: liners for these probes are also 1 3/4" longer than the specified length of the sampler.    
  • Dual-Purpose Soil Recovery Probes
    Dual-Purpose Soil Recovery Probes
    AMS Dual-Purpose Soil Recovery Probes can be used with or without liners!   AMS dual-purpose soil recovery probes include the slotted soil probe body, top cap, 10" cross handle, a plastic liner, and 2 plastic end caps. The probe body has a window slot that allows for direct observation of the soil samples after the soil samples have been collect either directly into the soil probe body or into a plastic liner. These probes also feature the AMS "Reach and Grab" system that consists of a specially threaded top cap which allows the plastic liner to protrude from the top of the probe cylinder. This system makes it easy to remove the liner from the soil probe body without disturbing the sample.   The liners used with AMS Dual Purpose Soil Recovery Probes are 1/8" diameter smaller than the soil probe diameter and 1 3/4" longer than the specified length of the sampler.
  • Dual-Purpose Replaceable-Tip Soil Recovery Probes
    Dual-Purpose Replaceable-Tip Soil Recovery Probes
    AMS Dual-Purpose Replaceable-Tip Soil Recovery Probes can be used with or without liners, and allow for the tip of the soil probe to be replaced after heavy use, or used with optional AMS tips for better results in various soil lithologies!   AMS Dual-Purpose Replaceable-Tip Soil Recovery Probes include a slotted probe body, top cap, 10" comfortably gripped cross handle, a replaceable coring tip, spanner wrench, plastic liner, and two plastic end caps. The window slot in the cylinder allows you to see the contained soil samples after they are collected either directly into the probe body or into a plastic liner. And, the replaceable coring tip can be easily removed and replaced after it becomes worn.   Dual purpose soil recovery probes also feature the AMS "Reach and Grab" system – which consists of a specially threaded top cap which allows the plastic liner to protrude from the top of the body. This system makes it easy to remove the liner from the probe body without disturbing the sample.   The liners used with AMS dual purpose replaceable tip soil recovery probes are 1/8" diameter smaller than the soil probe diameter and 1 3/4" longer than the specified length of the sampler.
  • Sand Sludge Sediment Probe
    Sand Sludge Sediment Probe
    The NEW AMS Replaceable Tip Sand/Loose Sediment Soil Probe is ideal for obtaining unconsolidated soil samples in a 1” x 24” poly liner.   The soil probe is equipped with a 1” core catcher which ensures full sample recovery in the proper soil conditions. Probe includes 1” x 24” Probe body, 10” comfortably gripped cross handle, replaceable tip, 1” core catcher, 1” x 24” plastic liner, and two 1” plastic end caps and a spanner wrench.
  • Open End Soil Probes
    Open End Soil Probes
    Open End Soil Probes allow you to take shallow samples and are primarily used in agricultural applications.   The AMS open end soil probe collects a 1" diameter sample that is about 15" long. The probe is made of nickel-plated, 4130 chrome molybdenum steel. The slot in the cylinder is cut all the way through the end of the probe to facilitate emptying of the soil sample.   The open end soil probe includes the probe body and a comfortably-gripped cross handle.
  • Turf Profiler
    Turf Profiler
    Collect a replaceable wedge of your sample in one easy step!   The AMS Turf Profiler lets you collect a replaceable wedge-shaped soil sample to assess moisture content, root structure, pest presence or chemical composition for your grass, greens and turf. This all stainless steel, one-piece, grass and turf soil profiler collects a soil sample that is 3 1/2" wide, 1" thick, and up to 7" deep, and it has a detachable plate face plate. It is ideal for obtaining quick, easy examination of the root structure and soil stratification of turf grass. The soil sample can also be easily replaced or properly prepared for later analysis.   AMS also has a variety of soil probes with replaceable tips, and built-in or removable handles and step attachments.
  • Turf Probe
    Turf Probe
    Minimize damage to turf with the small diameter turf probe.   The AMS Turf Probe has been designed to collect a 1/2" x 7" soil sample from grass and turf. The small diameter helps you minimize damage to your greens, and the slot of the turf probe allows for easy visual inspection, emptying and cleaning. The one-piece probe is made of nickel-plated carbon steel and has a built-in, corrosion resistant, 10" rubber-gripped cross handle. The sturdy design resists bending and twisting. The heat-treated, oversized tip cuts a soil core that is slightly smaller than the inside diameter of the turf probe to minimize sidewall friction, and the top of the slot is closed to prevent turf, grass, or soil from being trapped or compacted in the upper section of the probe body.   AMS also has a variety of soil probes with replaceable tips, and built-in or removable handles and step attachments.
  • Soil Compaction Tester
    Soil Compaction Tester
    Get the best crop yield by measuring the extent and depth of subsurface compaction.   Features: 24” stainless steel rod with adjustable shock collar to prevent damage to gauge during transport or storage Easy to read, color-coated, stainless steel dial that is liquid filled to reduce shock Durable molded housing with rubber grip handles Large and small tip included with convenient storage in tester housing Hanger hole with nail included for easy storage on wall or above workbench   Specifications: Penetration Depth ~ Up to 24” in 3” increments Green Testing Range (0-200 psi) ~ Good growing conditions Yellow Testing Range (200-300 psi) ~ Fair growing conditions Red Testing Range (300 psi and above) ~ Poor growing conditions Two Tips Included ~ {½” tip for firm soil} ~ {¾” tip for soft soil}   Why Test Soil Compaction? Increase yield by increasing root and plant development Increase the effectiveness of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides Reduce time and fuel cost by reducing power needed to till a field Increase soil water retention
  • Turf Soil Moisture Meters
    Turf Soil Moisture Meters
    Turf Soil Moisture Meters provide instantaneous readings of root zone soil moisture. They are based on proven time-domain measurement technology. These portable units accurately measure soil moisture across the full range of soil moisture conditions. Select from the 4.8 or 8-inch (12 or 20-cm) probe rods to suit your desired depth measurement.   TDR 300 Meters connect to any GPS receiver with serial output.* It is equipped with internal data logger and RS-232 port, and can record 3,250 measurements (1,350 with added GPS/DGPS options). You can configure and download meter with the included software. It is also compatible with SpecMaps online web-mapping application. This model also has two volumetric water content modes; one for standard soils and one for higher clay soils. In volumetric water content (VWC) mode, the meter converts a measured electrical signal into percent soil moisture content using an equation valid over a wide range of mineral soils. In irrigation mode, the meter displays a relative water content (RWC) on a scale of 0 to 100 corresponding to a user-defined upper and lower soil moisture reference level. Water deficit, the amount of water needed to bring the soil moisture content up to the upper reference level, is also calculated and displayed. The reference levels are easily programmed into the meter with the accompanying software. Create up to 2 management sites based on your soil types and crop needs. Use the raw reading mode (measurement period in microseconds) to do soil-specific calibrations.   The TDR 100 provides instantaneous readings of root zone soil moisture, and is ideal for measuring containers. The probe block comes with a 5-foot (1.5m) cable. This unique model combines a compact handheld display connected to a sophisticated soil water sensing probe. It is designed for easy transportation without data logging capability or geo-referenced measurements.   The TDR 300 Turf Soil Moisture Meter Kit includes the TDR 300 meter, an AMS Turf Probe, two 4.8in SST Rods, two 8.0in SST Rods, and a soft-sided carrying case.   TDR Rods are sold separately.   *GPS interface requires two cables. The GPS/DGPS cable (item 2950CV5) is available from Spectrum. A PC serial interface cable supplied by the manufacturer of the GPS receiver is also required.
  • Brown Moisture Probe
    Brown Moisture Probe
    The AMS Brown Moisture Probe is a modified tile probe used primarily by agricultureal scientists and farmers to survey soil to depths of about 3-ft for the purpose of determining the depth of soil moisture storage following irrigation.   The probe offers visual confirmation of soil moisture conditions, and this data is used to help determine crop yield goals, planting decisions, irrigation water and fertilizer application rates.   The brown moisture soil probe has a modified auger tip and depth markings a 1', 2', and 3' from the tip. The probe is pushed into the soil vertically by hand. It will easily penetrate saturated soils, but not dry soils. The resistance rises as soil moisture content falls. At the end of the push the soil moisture probe is withdrawn. A small soil sample will be trapped in the modified auger flights for visual confirmation of the soil's moisture condition. The probe is made from carbon steel and is 43" long with a built-in 10" comfortably gripped cross handle.
  • Tile Probes
    Tile Probes
    Ideal for locating buried pipes, underground tanks or utility lines. AMS tile probes are available in two types of material: 1) high carbon stress relieved 3/8" steel rod or 2) 5/8" fiberglass.   The steel tile probes are available as a one-piece or two-piece unit with a 10" comfortably gripped cross handle (2-piece crosshandle is detachable), and an oversized ball tip for sensitivity and easy soil penetration.   The 48" fiberglass tile probe features a built-in 9" fiberglass comfortably gripped cross handle and a 5/8" diameter pointed steel tip. The fiberglass shaft provides some protection from electric shock, should an electric cable be penetrated accidentally.
  • Extendible Tile Probes
    Extendible Tile Probes
    Probe up to 20' with extensions! AMS extendible tile probes are made from high carbon stress relieved steel and are not plated. Designed for probing depths of 12' or more, they may also be used to prepare holes for insertion of small diameter soil or or gas vapor probes. At deeper depths, use an AMS slide hammer or compact slide hammer. Tile Probe Complete Includes: Base extension (3' or 4' option), tip, hammer adapter, 10" comfortably gripped cross handle.   For more information about the AMS extendible tile probe, please view: Extendible Tile Probe Technical Data Sheet