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Taber Oscillating Abrasion Tester

Article No. 10095

Taber 6160 Oscillating Abrasion Tester

The TABER® Oscillating Abrasion Tester - Model 6160 is best known as an "oscillating sand tester", is used to measure the relative resistance or susceptibility of a material to surface abrasion and scratching caused by an oscillating abrasive media. 

$6,374.00 excl. taxes & shipping cost


  • The new design of the Oscillating Abrasion Tester allows for increased operating stability
  • The speed range has remained 100-200 cycles per minute but the range of stroke lengths have increased
  • Adjustable range from 0.25 - 6.0 inches (6.5 - 152.5mm)
  • Applications of the Bayer Test include transparent materials and coatings.
  • Described in ASTM F735 (Standard Test Method for Abrasion Resistance of Transparent Plastics and Coatings Using the Oscillating Sand Method), the oscillating sand tester is used to measure the relative abrasion resistance of a material to surface abrasion and / or marring. 
  • The primary application of the Oscillating Sand Abrasion Tester is for transparent materials and coatings utilized in windows and lenses, but it might also be used to evaluate organic paints & coatings, plastics, metals and other materials.


ASTM F735 (International test method for Aerospace and Aircraft)


Rigid specimens that are 100mm square and less than 12.5mm in thickness are mounted in a holder located in the bottom of a sand tray so the surface is flush within 1mm. The tray is filled to a uniform depth (e.g 12.5mm) with a standardized abrasive media such as quartz silica or alumina. A scotch-yoke drive system reciprocates the tray in a back-and-forth (to-and-fro) motion which causes the entire mass of the abrasive media to shift significantly within the tray. The oscillating movement of the abrasive media results in a random pattern of scratches which simulates normal everyday wear.

Test parameters can be altered with Taber's Oscillating Sand Abrasion Tester, and allow the operator to select the operating stroke length (6.5 to 150 mm) and speed (variable from 100 - 200 cycles per minute). ASTM F735 specifies the sand tray travels a distance of 100mm at a speed of 300 strokes per minute (150 cycles per minute).

Using a custom specimen holder (not supplied), materials of various shapes may also be tested. To generate useful data, it is important to recognize that the amount and force of abrasive media that contacts the specimen surface will change based on the curvature of the part. Specimens with a severe contour may inhibit the movement of the abrasive media during the test.

Delivery Content

Abrasion Tester, Specimen tray with square specimen holder, 6/9 silica abrasive media (50 lb), Spirit bubble level, Specimen spacers (set of 8), Specimen removal tool, 6 inch rule, Power cords, Mounting hardware, Operating instructions


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