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Hand Augers

Single and Extendable Augers


Augers are available in single units or a tailored set can be made using auger heads, handles and extension rods to suit your specific soil sampling requirements. Ideal for soil mapping; suitability reviews; root, fertilisation, clay and paleontological research – all with minimal disturbance.


  • A variety of Auger heads available for different soil types
  • Will take samples in the toughest of soils
  • Fast and easy to use
  • Will cut through bricks and withstand stones
  • Virtually undisturbed profile for analysis
  • Made from non-toxic high tensile strength steel
  • Easy to clean and very strong
  • Supplied in various lengths and diameters
  • Available in sets or individually depending on budget/need.
  • Available with a range of ergonomic handles to help you drill more comfortably
  • Not suitable for sludges and sediments.

Specifications: Single and Extendable Augers

The different Auger Heads

*From left to right:
Clay Auger Clay soils are very cohesive. Therefore the blades of the clay auger can be narrow, having the advantage that they meet with little resistance.
Edelman Combination Auger The combination auger type gets a reasonably good hold of sandy material while clayey material can be fairly easily removed from the auger body.
Sand Auger Sandy soils are not cohesive. To keep the sample inside the auger, this type has broad blades.
Coarse Sand Coarse sand soils and extremely dry sand soils have little or no cohesion at all. The blades of this auger are extended with extra wings, thus forming an almost closed auger.
Riverside auger
This design is very suitable for augerings in hard, stiff soils, mixed with fine gravel both above and below the ground water level. The very sharp extremities of the auger bits point at an angle downwards. This design makes the auger go through the soil easily.
Stony soil auger
For soils with a large gravel content. The auger body for stony soils consists of a heavy steel strip, vaulted all along, which is bent double by forging. The pointed cutting bits of the strip are bent outward, thus creating a hole some-what wider than the average body diameter. The stony soil auger is used when the Riverside auger is not yielding adequate results in coarse gravel soils.
  • Carrying bag
  • Extension rods
  • Handles.

Videos, Manuals & Downloads

Edelman Auger Heads (01.16 set)


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Soil Sampling - Hand Augers Comprehensive Hand Auger Set

Comprehensive hand auger set for drilling above water table to depth of 5 meters

Standard Hand Auger Set

Standard Hand Auger set can be used for augerings in heterogeneous soils with several different auger types to cope with a variety of soils to depth of 7 meters.

Bailer Boring Hand Auger Set

Hand-operated bailer boring set for drilling above and below water table. Standard set to achieve depth of 7 meters.

Ergonomic Auger Set

Ergonomic auger set is for those who hand auger extensively as the handle is designed so that the operator works with a good posture to minimise strains on shoulders, back, arms and wrists.

Soil Augering

Simple and efficient – don't ignore the usefulness of these hand tools

It's easy to be seduced by mechanical devices but we've found that a sample will often be retrieved more quickly and with less effort with the right hand auger if you remember the important principles: sample per layer, never mix your soil horizons and be sure to avoid the contamination of deeper layers. These tools are ideal for all types of soil research, for wind farms, for crop research and development, agronomy, mineral exploration and crop diversity. They are the tools for basic soil research around renewable energy and the low carbon sector.

The auger, in its many guises, is both simple and extremely efficient. This technology is not new: augers have been around for half a century but still have an indispensable role in environmental research both above and below the water table. So whether you need an 'Edelman' type of hand auger that is easy to use, surprisingly effective, quick, light and cheap or a gouge or liner sampler for undisturbed samples, or perhaps a percussive window or windowless sampler, Van Walt can help you decide and ensure you have what you need.

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