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Concrete Test Hammers

SilverSchmidt Concrete Test Hammer: EN12504-2 (European Standard), JGJ/T 23-2001 (Chinese Standard), ASTM C 805 (North American Standard)

The Silver Schmidt OS8200 is as accurate, reliable, and versatile as ever - and now, connected, thanks to its optical measurement technology delivering Q-value measurements, paired with digital productivity features and user-friendly mobile apps.

The classic Original Schmidt hammer is the basis of every major rebound hammer testing standard worldwide. There are various models with different impact energies to cover a wide range of applications. They have a proven durability and quality compared with low cost copies.

Schmidt Concrete Test Hammer



Original Schmidt Concrete Test Hammer

Type N Schmidt Test Hammer
is designed for testing concrete items 4” (100 mm) or more in thickness, or concrete with a maximum particle size less than or equal to 1.25” (32 mm). Type N hammer is also used for the testing of massive rock. Impact energy is 1.6 ft-lbs (2.207 Nm). Units have 1,450 psi to 18,150 psi (10 to 70 N/mm2) compressive strength. Testing Standards for N: ASTM C 805, D5873; BS 1881: Part 202

Type L Schmidt Test Hammer operates with significant lower impact energy, making this hammer the ideal option for testing thin walled items with a thickness between 2” and 4” (50 to 100 mm) or for testing small components. The Type L is suitable for testing cast stone components which are sensitive to impact. In rock mechanics, the Type L hammers are commonly used for classification testing of rock cores and brittle rock. Testing Standards for L: ASTM D5873; ISRM Suggested Method for Rebound Index of Rock Cores

Traditional Hammers vs. SilverSchmidt

The classical hammers suffer from the following insufficiencies:
  1. The rebound value is dependent on the impact direction.
  2. The rebound value is affected by internal friction.
  3. Limited tightness of sealing causes premature loss of accuracy.
The unique design and high quality construction of the SilverSchmidt address all of these issues and makes rebound hammer testing quicker and more accurate than ever before.
SilverSchmidt Concrete Test Hammer


  • ST - Standard Model. Software provided for performing firmware upgrades and selecting presets only.
  • PC - Extended Memory Usage. Custom curves. Download to PC. Full Hammerlink Software functionality.
  • N-Type - Standard Impact Energy. The test object should have a minute thickness of 100 mm and be firmly fixed in the structure.
  • L-Type - Low Impact Energy. Suitable for brittle objects or structures less than 100 mm thick.

Ergonomics: The SilverSchmidt body lies very comfortably in the hand. The display is highly readable under any conditions.

Robustness: A two-layer seal prevents dust and dirt from penetrating to the interior of the instrument.
Impact direction independence: The forward and the rebound velocity of the hammer mass are both measured in close proximity to the point of impact. The rebound value requires no angular correction.

Measurement accuracy and repeatability: The new measurement principle and the design of the mechanics enable the SilverSchmidt to ouperform its predecessors.

Objective evaluation: A larger number of measurement points can be easily collected by the instrument and automatically evaluated according to statistical criteria.

PC connection: The application “Hammerlink” allows all data to be uploaded via USB. Firmware upgrades are also possible over this connection.

Improved Performance: Two factors contribute to the improved performance of the SilverSchmidt over its predecessors: Velocity based detection of the rebound quotient. The lightweight hybrid design of the impact plunger is made from aerospace alloy, matched to the elastic properties of the concrete and equipped with a hardened steel cap.

Intuitive User Interface: The language independent user interface is simple to use and provides all of the functionality necessary for a rapid assessment of the structure. An inclination sensor allows the user to navigate from left to right within the menu. By depressing the single push-button (SELECT), the particular function is activated. The menu structure is simple, similar to the interface of a mobile phone. Practically every command can be activated either directly or via no more than 2 consecutive steps.

Data Acquisition and Processing: Pre-programmed statistical methods in-line with all of the major standards allows an error-free, rapid determination of the rebound value. Summary views in Hammerlink make uniformity testing a simple matter. Reduced dispersion and direct conversion to compressive strength based on validated curves, regional curves or user defined curves bring improved accuracy to compressive strength estimates.

Technical Data

SilverSchmidt Concrete Test Hammer Technical Data
Mechanical Data Type N Type L
Impact Energy: 2.207 Nm (1.63 lb ft) 0.735 Nm (0.54 lb ft)
Concrete Compressive Strength Range: 10-100 N/mm2 (1450-14500 psi)
Hammer Mass: 135 g
Spring Extension: 2.95” (75 mm)
Dimensions of Housing: 2.16” x 2.16” x 9.84” (55 x 55 x 255 mm)
Weight: 1.3 lb (570 g)
Memory Data
Max. No. of Impacts in Series: 90
Memory Capacity: Dependent on length of test series
Example >400 series with 10 values per series
Example >200 series with 20 values per series
Electrical Data
Display: 17 x 71 pixel, graphic
Battery Life: >5000 impacts between changes
Charger Connection: USB type B (4 V, 100 mA)
Environmental Conditions
Operating Temperature: 32 to 122°F (0 to 50°C)
Storage Temperature: 14 to 158°F (-10 to 70°C)

Instructions for Use

To operate the concrete test hammer first place the impact plunger against test surface and apply pressure until plunger disappears; the hammer will release.

The scale pointer reading gives rebound value in percent of the forward movement of the hammer mass.

Concrete Test Hammer Diagram

SilverSchmidt Applications

  • Fresh concrete strength estimation
  • Normal concrete strength estimation
  • High strength concrete strength estimation
  • Concrete uniformity testing
  • Custom correlation to compressive strength
  • Low strength (<5 Mpa) concrete testing
  • In-situ rock testing on massive rock (Type N)
  • Concrete testing on thin (less than 100 mm thick) samples (Type L)
  • Rock testing on cores according to ASTM D5873 (Type L)
  • Hardness testing of paper rolls (Type L)
  • Compressive strength estimation; concrete: 10 to 70 N/mm2/ 1450 to 10152 psi (Type N)
  • Screening of concrete to identify coring locations (Type N)
  • Uniformity testing of concrete (Type N)
  • Paper: Type L

SilverSchmidt Software

The Windows based software Hammerlink unlocks the full capabilities of the SilverSchmidt, making it an even more powerful instrument for structural assessment (SilverSchmidt PC version only).
  • Extended memory usage
  • Rapid uniformity assessment with the summary view
  • Sorting of data
  • User-defined conversion curves (polynomial and exponential)
  • User-defined statistical methods
  • Highlighting of mean, median and outliers
  • Carbonation correction
  • Print outs
  • Export to third party software
Hammerlink Software System Requirements: Windows 10, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, USB-connector. An internet connection is necessary for automatic Hammerlink software updates and for SilverSchmidt firmware updates (using PqUpgrade), if available. PDF Reader is required to show the “Help Manual”.
SilverSchmidt Concrete Test Hammer Data Analysis

Concrete Test Hammer Video


Prices subject to change    Prices listed in US dollars for domestic shipments within US, Canada, & Mexico only    Export orders require quotations - click here for a quote     For more info call us 1-800-762-2478 or 954-946-9454.
Item Number Item Prices

Original Schmidt Concrete Test Hammer - Test hammer, carrying case, grinding stone and operating instructions, (certificate included with HA-832003)

SilverSchmidt Hammer - Test Hammer, battery charger with USB cable, chalk, documentation, data carrier with software, carrying strap, grinding stone, carrying bag

Original Schmidt Concrete Test Hammer
HA-832001 Schmidt Concrete Test Hammer (Type N) (psi scale) $1,005.00
HA-832003 Schmidt Concrete Test Hammer (Type N) (metric scale) 1,005.00
HA-834211 Schmidt Concrete Test Hammer (Type L) (metric scale) 1,345.00
Silver Schmidt Concrete Test Hammer
HA-835203 SilverSchmidt ST Type N $1,916.00
HA-835205 SilverSchmidt ST Type L 1,916.00
HA-835213 SilverSchmidt PC Type N 2,436.00
HA-835215 SilverSchmidt PC Type L 2,436.00
Standard Warranty: • Electrical portion of the instrument: 24 months • Mechanical portion of the instrument: 6 months
Extended warranty: When acquiring a SilverSchmidt, max. 3 additional years of warranty coverage can be purchased (for the elctronic portion of the instrument). The additional warranty must be requested at time of purchase or within 90 days of purchase.


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