Free-fall corer. Standard set

Sediment samplers
Item number:
$ 7,337.50


The free-fall corer is a sampling tool for fairly undisturbed sampling from the top layer of submerged sediments either or not consolidated.

The free-fall corer consists of a frame with strengthening ribs, falling weight and sampler. Using a hoisting unit (davit) on board of a boat the sampler is lowered in free fall. By its own weight and velocity the apparatus penetrates the submerged soil.

The depth of penetration is partly determined by the composition of the submerged soil. In soils rich of mud, penetration will reach to about 80 cm, in more sandy soils this will be about 30 cm.

After lifting the sampler an immediate rough description of the stratification of the submerged soil is possible due to the transparent tube and also the depth of penetration can be measured. After removing the sample further description regarding the composition, colour, smell and particulars if any, is possible.

Benefits Free fall corer

  • Cable operated; takes samples at any depth
  • Super rapid, no anchoring needed
  • Ball valve at top to prevent loss of sample


  • Needs free fall winch and boat with davit
  • Quite heavy and large
  • Loss of sample in watery or coarse sediments
  • No piston, so compaction of sample probable
  • No control of sampling depth


  • The free-fall corer is applied particularly when sampling with rod operated equipment poses problems because of too great water depth and current velocity.
  • Sampling is done on behalf of environmental research, soil research and geo-hydrological research.

Note: During sampling with the free-fall corer samples are compressed, in some cases this may amount to a factor 2. The problem of  compression can be avoided by using a sediment sampler, type Beeker sampler (04.23.SA).


Free-fall corer. Standard set