View Full Version : Soil probe

10-29-2009, 08:51 PM
Looking at purchasing a new soil probe for soil samples. What kind do you recommend or not recommend? Thanks!

10-29-2009, 08:56 PM
I use this one:


Forestry Suppliers is a great company to deal with. Their soil test kits are the bomb.

10-29-2009, 09:21 PM
Try Gemplers.com, they will probably have FS' price beat by quite a bit. I just use the SS one, about 18", maybe 24", I don't have it in front of me to measure. Main thing is to keep it clean, so it ejects the core easily.:waving:

10-30-2009, 08:15 AM

With respect to what kind, that depends on what you are doing with it and what type of soil you typically deal with.

10-30-2009, 09:56 AM
kiril, yeah, you have joined our ranks again, have nto seen you in a long while. i have taken samples with my sod plugger many of times. takes like a 2.5 in round core by maybe 3-4 in depth. we happen to have it and it works great so just in case you needed something else to look at!

Dreams To Designs
10-30-2009, 10:10 AM
AM Leonard has a good selection of probes, and if you call and speak with nancy Rudy, you'll get a great price. A long probe works for those that don't like to bend and the step is a great feature for hard or difficult to penetrate soils.


10-30-2009, 10:57 AM
Don't use my soil probe much. I just use a small trowel shovel. Quick. Easy. It also works fine for checking the soil for grubs. I am using the German made "Wolf" brand from Lesco. The cheap ones do not hold up for long.

11-12-2009, 08:23 PM
Here are the two that I'm considering:


http://www.ams-samplers.com/ItemGroup.cfm?CNum=24&CatCNum=7 (5/8" Threaded, Stainless Steel, Regular Soil Probe - 401.13 7/8" x 21" SST Soil Probe with Cross Handle)

Is a threaded/replaceable tip a good idea, we don't do but a dozen soil samples/year. What do you think about these two soil probe?

11-12-2009, 09:44 PM
I love to pull plugs to show prospects that their turf has only an inch or so of root depth or that their current irrigation system is not doing the job that they think it is.

Nothing like having the proof in hand to convince them it's time for a change.

Dreams To Designs
11-13-2009, 10:31 AM
I prefer the stainless steel and a long handle as it allows more force if needed and I don't have to bend over to take a sample.


11-13-2009, 05:50 PM
I would go with the AMS, It has been great for me.

11-13-2009, 09:37 PM
i would get one made out good SS and a foot step that sure helps
Charles Cue