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Gouge and Peat Augers

Why selecting the right sampler is important

Gouge auger set

Different types of hand augers are used for peaty soils. The most popular are the gouge augers; long, semi cylindrical chambers which are pushed into the soil, twisted and recovered to display a full and virtually undisturbed profile of your peaty soil. Gouge augers are available in three diameters and three lengths. In common with all hand augers they are available as single models or as two parts which can take extension rods.

Peat sampler set

The other popular sampler is the peat auger; sometimes called a “Russian” sampler or corer. These samplers are inserted in the soil in a closed position down to the desired sampling level and then twisted so that the sample is trapped in the chamber.


Vrijwit Auger

The Vrijwit auger is a stainless steel wedge shaped sampler particularly suitable for taking undisturbed samples from clay, loamy sand and soil that contains a lot of un-decayed material. It is also extremely suitable for taking samples from small, shallow waterways or banks in which a lot of roots and dead organic material is present.

Rectangular samples collected with the Vrijwit auger can be accurately described with the stratification and composition of the soil and the size of the retrieved sample enables sub-sampling for volatiles.

Peat Probes

To determine the depth of peat the Utility Probe is light, strong and is available with 92cm extension rods.