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The Dual Mass DCP—The Best in Soil Testing Equipment

Our motto, "Gem of the Trade ... the Best Tools Made", is no idle claim. When it comes to operation and durability, Salem Tool’s Dual Mass Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (DCP) ranks consistently high in terms of customer satisfaction. Shop here for Quick Connect DCP, a Threaded DCP Model, dual mass replacement parts, DCP extension kits, DCP cone tips and all your Dual Mass DCP needs.

Dynamic Cone Penetrometer Description

Our Army Corps of Engineers Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (DCP) consists of a steel extension shaft assembly with a 60 degree hardened cone tip attached to one end. The cone tip is driven into the pavement or sub grade by means of a sliding dual mass hammer. The diameter at the base of the cone is 20 millimeters. The diameter of the cone is 8 millimeters larger than that of the extension shaft assembly to ensure that the resistance to penetration is excerpted on the cone.


The DCP is driven into the soil by dropping either the 8 kg or 4.6 kg sliding hammer from a height of 575 millimeters. The 8 kg hammer is converted to a 4.6 kg hammer by removing the hexagonal set screw and removing the outer sleeve from the dual mass hammer. This procedure can be accomplished during a test, since the outer sleeve is designed to slide over the DCP handle.

The cone penetration caused by one blow of the 8 kg hammer is essentially twice that caused by one blow of the 4.6 kg hammer. As a result, the 4.6 kg hammer is more suitable for use and yields better test results in weaker soils having CRB of 10% or less. It can also be used for evaluating soils in foundations for residential structures which require bearing value of 2000 PSF (approximate CBR of 6%). The 8 kg hammer is preferable for high-strength soils, which it penetrates more quickly than the 4.6 kg hammer. However, the 4.6 kg hammer can be used on soils up to CBR 80%.

Features Our Customers Love

  • Our exclusive easy-grip hammer A finger perch machined into the back side of the hammer flange provides easy non-slip lifting when performing a test.
  • Exclusive coupling system Ensures long life and accurate test results by creating a tight joint every time, so no energy is diffused when the hammer strikes the anvil.
  • Strict adherence to all original design specificationsIncluding the overall weight of the unit set forth by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and ASTM D-6951-03.

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