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Soil probe

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by coolbrze, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. coolbrze

    coolbrze LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 133

    Looking at purchasing a new soil probe for soil samples. What kind do you recommend or not recommend? Thanks!
  2. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

  3. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    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:
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334


    With respect to what kind, that depends on what you are doing with it and what type of soil you typically deal with.
  5. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    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!
  6. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    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.

  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,727

    Last edited: Oct 30, 2009
  8. coolbrze

    coolbrze LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 133

  9. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,150

    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.
  10. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    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.


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