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Pine supplies soil analyzers employing XRF technology to trained environmental consultants and geologists to perform field screening tests for priority pollutant metals in soil as specified by EPA Method 6200.

We provide several handheld analyzers to perform site contamination profiles by testing for RCRA metals such as:

  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Lead

These field- portable, x-ray tube based XRF analyzers are manufactured by Thermo Scientific (Niton) and Olympus (Innov-x Systems).


Pine provides a first-class technical support service as well as advice on which product will be best suited to your needs. Our quality management system insures that all equipment is tested and calibrated to manufacturer’s specifications when you receive it. To find out more, please select from the products listed below.


X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analyzers
X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analyzers

Our X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analyzers from top manufactures such as RMD, Thermo Niton and Innov-XRF are capable of undertaking a variety of both industrial and environmental monitoring applications. Whether your job requires the analysis of alloy chemistry, grade ID, metal concentration in soil or screening of electronics and consumer goods we have an analyzer to fit your needs.

To find out more, please click on a product from the list.  At Pine, we specialize in delivering total equipment solutions and providing technical advice on what to rent, and how to use it; the availability of our rental fleet is second to none, and all our equipment is always tested and delivered ready to use.

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AMS Basic Soil Kit
AMS Basic Soil Kit

The AMS Basic Soil Sampling Kit is designed to provide all the items needed for sampling in a convenient carrying case.

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AMS Ekman Dredge
AMS Ekman Dredge
The AMS all stainless steel Ekman dredge is spring-loaded with a messenger that travels down the rope and trips the dredge to close.
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Aquaterr TEMP-350 Digital Soil Moisture and Temperature Meter
Aquaterr TEMP-350 Digital Soil Moisture and Temperature Meter

Aquaterr TEMP-350 Digital Soil Moisture and Temperature Meter Displays both soil moisture percentage and soil temperature °F.

May be used in a variety of soils, and is unaffected by temperature, pH, dissolved salts, or metallic ions. Simply insert probe at least six inches into reasonably soft, moist area and press appropriate test button. Results appear quickly. Rapidly perform multiple tests at various depths and locations. Just wipe off probe after each test. Features 30” stainless steel probe, clay, loam and sand scales printed on meter’s face panel, and soft foam handles. Informative user’s guide and 9V battery included.

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Dexsil PetroFLAG TPH Analyzer System
Dexsil PetroFLAG TPH Analyzer System

Relying on laboratory methods to determine hydrocarbon contamination in soil is both time consuming and expensive. Laboratory methods, such as EPA Method 8015, are very expensive and have turnaround times of one to two weeks. Most samples analyzed by this method limit the results to Gasoline Range Organics (GRO) or Diesel Range Organics (DRO). When limiting the analysis to these two ranges, heavier fractions of hydrocarbons such as fuel oil, motor oil, hydraulic oil, gear oil, transformer oil and greases are "not seen" in the analysis and the soil samples are reported as clean even though these heavier hydrocarbons still exist in the soil.

Method 418.1 was the only broad spectrum "Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon" field test for soil. Although this test is quite accurate for dry soils, the extraction efficiencies for wet soil can be as low 10%. This inability to solvate wet soil samples can lead to false negative results. Method 418.1 also uses a chlorinated solvent (Freon) as its extraction solvent. Freon is environmentally unsafe, and its disposal costs are quite high.

The analyst now has another choice; an environmentally safe, inexpensive, field portable test called PetroFLAG. The PetroFLAG system is a field portable method for the determination of total petroleum hydrocarbons in soil. It is both safe and easy to use. PetroFLAG does not distinguish between aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons, but quantifies all fuels, oils, and greases as total hydrocarbons. Analysis of a 10 gram soil sample is performed using three simple steps: extraction, filtration, and analysis.

The PetroFLAG system is completely field portable. Everything needed to perform ten soil tests can be conveniently carried to the job site in a briefcase size carrying case. The PetroFLAG meter is a light-weight, rugged hand-held unit powered by a 9-volt alkaline battery. The meter is menu driven for ease of use and utilizes an EEPROM memory system. Fifteen response factors are built into the analyzer depending on the analyte of interest. Response factors correlate to fuels ranging from weathered gasoline to heavy crude oil. The results are shown in ppm on an LCD display screen.

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FieldScout Direct Soil EC Meter
FieldScout Direct Soil EC Meter

This instrument has been specifically designed for direct measurement of salts in soil media as well as water or nutrient solutions.  The salinity of the soil solution, irrigation water or fertilizer solution is an important parameter affecting the root zone environment. Any of these factors can have a significant effect on plant growth and physiology.  The easiest way to monitor salinity is by measuring the electrical conductivity (EC). EC is strongly correlated to the salinity of the soil solution. EC measurement is also affected by temperature and, to a lesser degree, by soil moisture content.  Use this portable EC meter and probe to measure salinity in greenhouse soil media right on the spot without tedious soil sampling and preparation. Greenhouse production managers can compare readings from plant to plant and fine-tune their fertility program because measurements can be made directly in a plug tray cell without cannibalizing the seedlings. Turf managers can monitor for high salt levels on golf course greens and determine when to flush (leach) salts before turf quality declines.  The meter comes with the Field Scout Soil/Water EC probe. This single, stainless steel probe has a specially designed conical tip. It can measure liquid EC (water or nutrient solutions) or in-situ soil salinity. The probe automatically compensates for temperature.

Pine also offers the 24" probe for this unit.

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Fluke 1625 Advanced Soil Conductivity Meter
Fluke 1625 Advanced Soil Conductivity Meter

The Fluke 1625 is the advanced earth ground tester that performs all four types of earth ground tests and includes features that give quicker and more accurate readings.

 

Testing Methods

  • 3- and 4-Pole Fall of Potential – standard earth ground testing using two ground stakes
  • Selective testing – without disconnecting ground rods, a technician can measure ground resistance using a combination of stakes and a clamp.
  • Stakeless testing – innovative solution using only clamps, instead of ground stakes, to measure earth ground loop resistance

The Fluke 1625 offers these advanced features

  • Automatic Frequency Control (AFC) – identifies existing interference and chooses a measurement frequency to minimize its effect, providing a more accurate earth ground value.
  • R* measurement – calculates earth ground impedance at 55 Hz to more accurately reflect the earth ground resistance that a fault-to-earth ground would see.
  • Adjustable limits – for quick test result verification.
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Hanna Direct Soil EC Tester - HI98331
Hanna Direct Soil EC Tester - HI98331

The Soil Test™ Direct Soil EC Tester - HI98331 is a rugged and reliable pocket-sized tester that offers quick and accurate readings. The Soil Test™ Direct Soil EC Tester - HI98331 features a stainless steel penetration probe for direct measurement of conductivity in soils. With a compact size, single button operation, and automatic calibration, Soil Test is an excellent choice for taking direct conductivity measurements in soil.

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OHAUS Portable Digital Balances
OHAUS Portable Digital Balances

OHAUS units are lightweight, portable and compact balances perfectly suited for use in laboratory, industrial, education and home use applications.  The large weighing platform can accomodate larger samples and can also be removed for easy cleaning.  Radio frequency protection gives the ability to deliver stable results even when used in areas in which radio waves may be emitted.  Each balance can be operated via battery or standard AC adapter. 

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Oil in Soil Kit
Oil in Soil Kit

The OIL-IN-SOIL™ field screening test kit is an inexpensive, simple and rapid qualitative sampling test for identifying the presence of hydrocarbons including LNAPLs and DNAPLs in soil. The OIL-IN-SOIL™ test kit is a visually enhanced version of the old Soil-Water Shake Test for the presence of oils and petroleum products. Users add soil to a line on the label, add water to another line on the label and shake the jar to release the dyes. The Kit comes in 3 colors: One kit uses the original SUDAN IV which colors the hydrocarbon red. The OIL-IN-SOIL™ Kits also comes in a Royal Blue color called OIL-IN-SOIL™RB . A colored ring or spots indicates the presence of oil or petroleum at above 2,500 ppm.TPH). A Styrofoam ball turning pink or light blue, depending on the dye used will indicate hydrocarbon down to 500 ppm. Many DNAPLs will give indications below 10 ppm because of their ability to penetrate the styrene use din the jar.

Application:
The OIL-IN-SOIL™ field screening test kits are useful tools for reducing the cost of Phase I and Phase II site assessments, by reducing the time and costs associated with delineating the perimeter, depth and direction of spills in soil. They are also often used with core samples to identify organic substances.

Environmental Benefits:
Rapid delineation of hydrocarbons and DNAPL spill boundaries in soil, results in more rapid removal of contaminants from the environment. The OIL-IN-SOIL™ kit uses a deminimus quantity of Sudan IV which is encapsulated in a soluble cube – thus decreasing the hazards to the test user from airborne particulate Sudan IV and overcoming the problems associated with disposal of larger quantities of a mutagenic dye. We have recently switched to a new manufacturer whose dye is non mutagenic.

Performance:
The OIL-IN-SOIL™ kits provide an inexpensive, consistent tool for the detection of hydrocarbons (+- 500 ppm TPH) in soil. They are easy to use and require minimal training – thus reducing the need for ongoing expensive technical support on site. The OIL-IN-SOIL™ kits have been sold commercially for several years and are used for Phase I and Phase II site assessments by most major environmental companies and several utility companies throughout the USA .

 

Simple as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Add soil to the first line on the label.
  2. Add water to second line on the label.
  3. Close and shake the jar to release the dyes and observe the color change.
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Ponar 'Grab' Sampler (Petite and Standard)
Ponar 'Grab' Sampler (Petite and Standard)

The Ponar Samplers, or ‘Grab Samplers’, are widely used in fresh and salt water for taking sediment samples from hard bottoms such as sand, gravel, consolidated marl or clay. This sturdy dredge is available in two sizes – Petite Ponar for shallow samples and easy handling, or the Standard Ponar for bigger jobs that require extra weight.

Petite Ponar Sampler:

Constructed from stainless steel, this bethic sampler gives a whole new meaning to the word “petite.” At just 6.8kg, the Petite Ponar Sampler can easily be carried by one person in the field and can be depolyed without the use of a winch or crane recommended for larger samplers.

Standard Ponar Sampler:

The Standard Ponar is deliberately heavy device for biting deep into the bottom and has proven success at invertebrate recovery.  When the scoops strike the bottom, their tapered cutting edges penetrate well with very little sample disturbance.  Removable screens on top of each scoop allow water to flow through as  - Stait descends.  Constructed of 316 Stainless Steel and weighing 34kg when full, it is recommended that a crane and winch is used for deployment due to working weight.

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Soil Augers
Soil Augers

Pine offers a large variety of augers for your soil needs.  These are commonly used for obtaining soil samples at or near the surface, and for boring to depths where samples may be obtained with a soil sampler or soil core sampler.  We stock all the auger styles, diameters, and connection styles you need (standard, sand, clay/mud, quick connect, threaded and pin connect).  

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Wildco Stainless Steel Hand Corer
Wildco Stainless Steel Hand Corer

Wherever you can wade, float or find a dock, you can use the Wildco® hand corer! Here is a low-cost, foolproof sampler especially intended for shallow coring in fresh, salt or brackish waters. Use is simplicity itself: merely push it into bottom sediments using handles on the head assembly. After the corer penetrates the bottom, twist or pull it free to retrieve your sample. In deeper water, you can attach a 5 - 15 foot long extension handle to the head. In deeper water yet, you can drop it by attaching a line to a clevis located on the head assembly between the handles. The hand corer works by creating a partial vacuum which holds the sample in place and helps prevent washout. As the tube is pulled up, the polyurethane flutter valve on the head assembly tightly seals the upper end of the sampler. As long as the bottom end of the tube is 2-3" (50-75 cm) under water, the corers will hold.

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