ASTM D4648; BS 1377
Main features
  • Rapid way of determining the shear strength in soft soils
  • Easy to use
  • Manual Unit can easily be updated to a motorized version
  • Two calibrated springs provided
  • Supplied with 12.7mm x 12.7mm vane
General description

The Laboratory Vane Apparatus is used to determine the shear strength in soft soils of undisturbed or remolded samples.

The hand operated frame has a 200mm diameter base plate capable of accepting standard specimen molds and sample tubes. Scales indicate the load application and any vane deflection.

It is also available with a motorizing attachments that can be fitted to automate the test process and provide better accuracy.

If purchased with the machine, the motorizing attachment will be fitted and tested. Alternatively, the motorizing attachment can be purchased at a later date and easily fitted at the customer site.

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Technical specifications

Ordering info

SL 0124 Manual Laboratory Vane Apparatus

SL 0125 Motorized Laboratory Vane Apparatus


SL 0124-1 Vane 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm

SL 0124-2 Vane 12.7 mm x 19 mm

SL 0124-3 Vane 12.7 mm x 25.4 mm

SL 0124-4 Attachment to hold a sample tube of 38 mm or 100 mm dia