A Simple Device to Measure Sod Strength

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Richard L. ParishProfessor of agricultural engineering, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, Louisiana AgriculturalExperiment Station, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

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A simple, inexpensive device to measure the linear tear strength (tensile strength) of a strip of turfgrass sod was constructed for use in a research program. The device was fabricated from readily available components. A standard torque wrench served as the force-measuring device, providing torque readings that were converted readily to linear force measurements. The device worked very effectively.

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