JMC Soil Samplers

JMC Soil Samplers
1992 Hunter Avenue, Newton, 50208, Iowa, United States
Phone: 641-792-8285
Fax: 641-792-1361


PN001(CA22) JMC Backsaver Handle with Sampling Tube


9.25 lbs
Our price


JMC Backsaver Handle with Special Cleaner

Don't risk serious injury to your back, hands, or wrists. Pull samples easily with our JMC Backsaver Handle. Fitted with an 18 inch JMC Sampling Tube, this handle allows you to gather soil samples down to 46 inches. No bending over - handgrip stays at waist level throughout the sampling procedure.

Picture above shows the JMC Backsaver Handle with an 18 inch Dry Sampling Tube. The included JMC Special Cleaner rests inside the leather pouch (also included) hanging from the technician’s belt.

How the JMC Backsaver Handle Works

Simply step down on the footpedal to plant your sampling tube. Then, bend your knees, grab the handgrip (now near waist level), and straighten your legs to lift the sampler out of the ground. Remove your sample with the JMC Special Cleaner and you are ready to sample again.

Insert the tube into the same hole in the ground. Step lightly on the footpedal to release the sliding rod inside the handle. Let 8 to 12 inches of the rod slide out of the handle. Then step down hard on the footpedal to lock the rod and drive the sampling tube further into the ground. When the tube is full (You can track depth by looking at the holes in the side of the Backsaver Handle), grab the handgrips and straighten your legs to lift the tube from the ground as you did before. When the handgrip gets too high, step lightly on the foot pedal and slide some of the rod back into the handle. Continue lifting the handgrips and adjusting the handle’s height as needed until the tube comes out of the ground. After cleaning the tube, either reenter the same hole for a deeper sample or move to a new site.

Our JMC Backsaver Handle fits a variety of soil sampling tubes. Each tube features a self-sharpening tip that pulls consistently good cores and outlasts common replaceable tips eight to one.

We have 4 kinds of tubes for this option.
Here are the first three:

  Wet Sampling Tubes.
Work best in soft, moist soils.
Core diameter is 0.688 inches.
  Dry Sampling Tubes.
Work best in hard, dry soils.
Core diameter is 0.75 inches.
(If you just want one tube, get one of these,)
  Ag Consultant's Sampling Tube
Same tip design as the Dry Tubes.
Core diameter is 0.56 inches.
Photo: JMC Wet and Dry Sampling Tubes
Pictured Above: Wet and Dry JMC Sampling Tubes.


  • All tubes feature hardened cutting tips, DOM high strength steel, and a protective electroless nickel-plated finish.
  • Handle also compatible with the JMC Large Diameter Sampling Tubes.
  • JMC Special Cleaner rapidly removes soil core and prepares tube for next sample.
  • Footpedal offers extra leverage for penetrating hard ground.
  • Strong, lightweight, nickel-plated, steel tubing protects against rust and wear.
  • Optional Rod Extensions may be added for more depth capability.

The fourth kind of tube we referred to earlier is our JMC Zero Contamination Tube. The JMC Zero Contamination Tube gathers undisturbed soil samples encased in removeable PETG Copolyester liners.

  • Tube isolates sample from surrounding soil while being lifted out of the ground.
  • Vinyl caps seal sample inside liner during transit to your lab.
  • Samples measure 0.8 inches in diameter.
  • Tubes available in 12 or 18 inch lengths.
  • Strong, lightweight, nickel-plated steel tubing resists rust and wear.
  • Extra liners available. (Order from related product list below.)
  • Stainless Steel liners also available. (Order from related product list below.)
    Included with the JMC Zero Contamination Tube:
  • 1 – JMC Zero Contamination Sampling Tube
  • 15 – PETG Copolyester Liners
  • 15 – Black vinyl caps
  • 15 – Red vinyl caps
  • 1 – Pull pin (quickest method for unloading samples)
  • 1 – Straight pin (for sampling deeper than length of tube with extensions)
Photo: JMC Zero Contamination Tube and Liner