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Pocket penetrometer recommendations

Pocket penetrometer recommendations

Pocket penetrometer recommendations

I am in need of a pocket penetrometer for quick, field-based estimates of UCS (for mainly 2-level residential structures).

I have several Gilson brand test equipment for concrete testing so I went to their website to get some product range for penetrometers.

I have two choices from Gilson: the first for $55 and the second is $310.

Any experience with either one? Price a good indicator of quality/accuracy?

RE: Pocket penetrometer recommendations

I recall there was a thread on this topic not long ago. Here it is: http://www.eng-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=412563

Hopefully that thread contains the information you are looking for.

RE: Pocket penetrometer recommendations

I'd get the cheap one. It's just for an index value. I see no value in thinking the expensive one is more precise.


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RE: Pocket penetrometer recommendations

Thanks LRJ - I did not know there was a "Soil Testimg Engineering" sub-forum. Perfect.

fattdad - I am 'cheap' so the lowest price one works for me.

RE: Pocket penetrometer recommendations

Agree with the others, go with the cheaper version.

Mike Lambert

RE: Pocket penetrometer recommendations

Same here..I have the cheap one as shown. Got it from Soiltest many years ago.

RE: Pocket penetrometer recommendations

OG says "ditto". Keep in mind that all sorts of things can affect the readings such as side disturbance of split spoon samples, small gravel, etc. The higher the number read the less the accuracy.

RE: Pocket penetrometer recommendations

Thank you all. Going to purchase what all you "rock stars" recommend. Really appreciate your opinions.

RE: Pocket penetrometer recommendations

Ingenuity, I am not part of the above "rock stars" but as Ron, I am still using a pocket penetrometer from Soiltest that I got from the father's of one of my mentors. It is almost a 30+ years old pocket penetrometer but for preliminary investigations/data it is still good...

RE: Pocket penetrometer recommendations

Okiryu - 30 + years is an amazing service life. Thanks for your comment.

RE: Pocket penetrometer recommendations

I prefer the Humboldt version - with the tire-gauge design because it is a bit easier to read, $55 plus shipping, although the Gilson unit works fine.


Now if you really want to get confused, take two hand penetrometers (Gilson or Humboldt or both) and push them together, point-to-point, and explain to me how there is so much variability between identical units that should be reading essentially identically.

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