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Ford Viscosity Cups

Article No. 13634

Ford Dip Cup #5

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Ford Standard Dip Cups (with No. 3, 4, and 5 orifices)

  • Mathematical formulas developed for the Gardco Standard No. 3, 4 & 5 Ford Dip Viscosity Cups, relating efflux time in seconds to viscosity in centistokes, defines cup flow characteristics with respect to standard oils traceable to U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. The resulting formulas have been solved for each tenth of a second within the recommended range.
  • Red Anodized handle for easy identification
  • Great for lab and field use
  • Compatible with ASTM D1200
  • ±3% Production Tolerance for cup No. 3, ±2% Production Tolerance for cup No. 4, ±3% Production Tolerance for cup No. 5
  • Cup No. 3 range extends from 29 to 251 centistokes, Cup No. 4 range extends from 34 to 441 centistokes, Cup No. 5 range extends from 77 to 1413 centistokes

This cup has the same capacity as the Standard Laboratory type Ford Viscosity Cup designed for use with a stand. However, this new cup is fitted with a red anodized aluminum handle and the drip ring at the top of the cup has been eliminated.

Technical Attributes

  • Cup Model
    Ford Dip Cup
  • Cup No.
  • Data
    Ford Standard Dip Cups
    Ford Dip Cup NumberStandard OilApproximate Centistoke ValueEfflux Time In Secs.
    To find the exact efflux time in seconds, substitute the centistoke value of the oil from the bottle label in the conversion table furnished with the cup. Read from the table the applicable efflux time in seconds or use the formula on the reverse side of the table.

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ISO Dip Cup

The physical dimensions of the new ISO Dip viscosity cups have been chosen to provide just one half of the efflux time in seconds of the Gardco Standard ISO cups of the same number and orifice. The inverted cone bottom shape of the cup terminating in the removable stainless-steel orifice is retained to insure a sharp end point and best possible comparable accuracy. For the first time a dip cup has been developed primarily for field use which is a direct counterpart of the cup used in the laboratory. Gardco is pleased to have made this contribution and to introduce the ISO Mini Dip Cup series along with the new Gardco Standard ISO series. The Gardco Dip series has all of the advantages listed for the Standard series except it does not have a drip ring at the top of the cup & a handle is attached for support. The Dip cup capacity is one-half that of the Standard cup.

DIN Mini Dip Cup Construction
DIN Mini Dip Cup Construction

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It is helpful, and results will be more consistent, if all viscosity determinations are made in a room that is free from drafts or quick temperature change, and is within ±3°C (±5°F) of the viscosity measuring temperature of 25°C.

Ford Dip Cups

The Gardco Mini Dip Cups should have the same care as the Gardco Standard Series as they are produced to the same close tolerance.  The use of the dip cup, however, is somewhat different:

  1. Adjust the temperature of the material to be measured, if necessary.  Lower the cup into the material so that the cup rim is submerged.  Place a thermometer into the cup as it is immersed and determine the temperature of the confined sample.  Remove thermometer.  Quickly raise the cup from the material, high enough to easily observe the efflux stream and at the same time, start the timer.  Closely observe the efflux stream and stop the timer at the first break in the stream, one to two inches below the orifice.
  2. Record the cup used (ex., Gardco Mini Dip #4), the measured temperature and the efflux time.  If the efflux time is immediately converted to Gardco Standard Cup time by multiplying by two, it should be so noted.
  3. Promptly clean the cup with close attention to the orifice.


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