• Abrasion and Washability Testers

Abrasion and Washability Testers

S/NZS 1580.459.1, ASTM D 2486, ASTM D 3450, ASTM D 4213, ASTM D 4488...

  • Interchangeable Tools
  • 10 - 300mm (0.4 - 11.8”), 10 to 65 cycles per minute, cycles from 1 - 32,760
  • All stations can be tested wet or dry

These robust, reliable and extremely versatile machines have been designed to test the abrasion resistance, washability and brushability of a variety of materials such as paints, lacquers, inks, coatings, leather, wood, plastics, printed material, fabrics, etc.

  • Made from anodised aluminium making it durable and robust
  • All stations can be tested wet or dry
  • The durable and robust design is stable under test allowing repeatable results, even at the fastest stroke speeds
  • Rapid tool change
  • Test up to 4 samples simultaneously
  • Multi-lingual digital display
  • User adjustable stroke length from 10 to 300mm (0.4 to 11.8”)
  • Speed Cycles can be adjusted from 10 to 65 cycles per minute or set to the ISO Standard of 37 cycles /min
  • Wide range of tools available, for testing flat and curved samples
  • Available with or without an integrated liquid dosing pump

Meeting Standards

  • With the wide range of tools available many Standards can be tested in one unit
  • All units can be used in accordance with ASTM, DIN, EN and ISO Standards
  • Easily adjustable to customers unique applications using the special tools
  • Washability and abrasion testing on flat and curved samples up to 13mm (0.51”) thick

Interchangeable Tools

  • All tools are interchangeable with the rapid tool change system, making the unit ideal for use in accordance with a wide range of Standards
    Abrasion Test

User Adjustable

  • Stroke length can be quickly and easily changed by the user to meet their specific requirements between 10 - 300mm (0.4 - 11.8”)
  • Speed of carriage can be adjusted between 10 and 65 cycles per minute
  • Cycle counter can be pre-set for a defined number of cycles from 1 - 32,760

Wet and Dry

  • All stations can be tested wet or dry
  • Versions are available with or without an internal liquid pump
  • Samples can be tested under wet or dry conditions


  • With the ability to test up to 4 different characteristics simultaneously, significant time can be saved
  • With it’s rapid tool change system setting up tests is fast and easy
  • Easy sample placement allows quick change between tests


AS/NZS 1580.459.1, ASTM D 2486, ASTM D 3450, ASTM D 4213, ASTM D 4488, ASTM D 4828, ASTM F 1319, DIN 53778-2:1983, EN 12956, EN 13523-11, EN 233/C3.2-A, EN 233/C3.2-B, EN 233/C3.2-C, EN 60730-1-A, GME 60269, ISO 105-X12, ISO 11998, JIS K 5600-5-11, PSA D45 1010, ASTM D1792 - 06,  ASTM D3206 - 08, ASTM D6279 - 03(2007), FTMS Method 536/6701

These standard have been superseded but are still recognised in some industries:

ECCA T11, ASTM D2198 -02, MIL-C-3004, MIL-C-46057, MIL-E-11237, MIL-STD-1334B, MIL-P-15422C, FTMS 141, Method 6141, FTMS 141, Method 6142, Federal Specification P-D-220D, P-R-1760, P-W-155C, TT-P-26C(1), TT-P-29K, TT-P-30E(1), TT-P-47G, TT-E-505B, TT-E-506K(1), TT-E-509C, TT-C-535B(2), TT-C-555B(1)

Elcometer 1720 Tools

The Elcometer 1720 can perform tests according to many standards and test methods simply by changing abrasive tools. The tools are not supplied as standard with the new Elcometer 1720 and must be ordered separately. Samples can be tested by a combination of methods to dry and wet conditions.

Part Number Description Certificate


Elcometer 1720 Abrasion Tester, 2 Station (110 - 240V)



Elcometer 1720 Abrasion Tester, 4 Station (110 - 240V)

K1720M302 Elcometer 1720 Abrasion & Washability Tester, 2 Station (110 - 240V) ο
K1720M304 Elcometer 1720 Abrasion & Washability Tester, 4 Station (110 - 240V) ο
Dimensions 550 x 460 x 320mm (21.7 x 18.1 x 12.6”)  
Weight 2 Station: 31.5kg (70lb), 4 Station: 33kg (73lb)  
Packing List Elcometer 1720, 250μm (10mil) metal strip for ASTM D2486 Standard, sample drip tray, 1 x glass sheet (2 station), 2 x glass sheet (4 station), 1 x specimen holding frame (2 station), 2 x specimen holding frame (4 station), set of 3 tools for instrument set up, 3 x mains leads (UK, EUR and US) and operating instructions. Elcometer 1720  part  numbers K1720M302 and K1720M304 also include a liquid dosing bottle, liquid delivery pipe and 2 liquid drain pipes. Tools are supplied separately. 

 ο Optional Calibration Certificate available