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Elcometer 1720 Abrasion and Washability Tester

These robust, reliable and extremely versatile machines have been designed for testing the washability, brushability and resistance of a wide range of materials including paint, 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


Abrasion Testing Equipment 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
Abrasion and Washability Test 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
Washability Tester 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 
Abrasion Resistance Test Economic
  • 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



Elcometer 1720  Abrasion and Washability Tester
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Technical Specification

Part Number Description


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

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



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, ECCA T11, 

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 D2198 -02, ASTM D3206 - 08, ASTM D6279 - 03(2007), MIL-C-3004, MIL-C-46057, MIL-E-11237, MIL-STD-1334B, MIL-P-15422C,

FTMS 141, Method 6141, FTMS 141, Method 6142, FTMS Method 536/6701, 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)

Standards in grey have been superseded but are still recognised in some industries.






The Elcometer 1720 can undertake tests according to a wide range of different Standards and Test Methods by simply changing the abrasive tools. Samples can be tested in a combination of both wet and dry methods.



tool 2 Tool 1: Wild Boar Brush
Wild boar hair brush and stainless steel brush holder. Total weight: 250g (8.82oz)
Part Number: KT001720P003
STANDARDS: DIN 53778-2:1983
tool 1 Tool 2: Nylon Brush
Nylon bristle brush, stainless steel brush holder and 177g (6.2oz) mass. Total weight: 454g (16.01oz)
Part Number: KT001720P030
tool 3 Tool 3: Sponge  
Sponge and stainless steel brush holder, 337g (11.9oz).  Total weight: 508g (17.92oz) 
Part Number:  KT001720P005
tool 4    Tool 4: Sponge  
Sponge and stainless steel brush holder,  337g (11.9oz)  and 250g (8.8oz) mass to bring gross weight to 750g.  Total weight: 750g (26.45oz) 
Part Number: KT001720P073
tool 5 Tool 5: Sponge / Abrasive 
Sponge & stainless steel holder abrasive pads - top and bottom &  76g (2.7oz) mass.  Total weight:  232g (8.12oz) 
Part Number: KT001720P029
tool 6 Tool 6: Abrasive  
Aluminium holder,  abrasive pads (x5). Total weight: 135g (4.76oz) 
Part Number: KT001720P036
tool 7 Tool 7:  Universal Material Clamp 
Stainless steel holder allowing users to fix their own test sample or abrasive material. Ideal for abrasion and wear of labels, textiles, ink etc. 
Part Number: KT001720P207
tool 8 Tool 8:  Linear Abrader  “Crockmeter” 
This tool is ideal for testing abrasion on both curved and flat surfaces and for testing colour fastness of fabrics. Supplied with a removable stainless steel rod, test felt, textile fixing ring and a set of additional masses - 2x100g (3.5oz), 1x200g (7oz), 1x500g (17.6oz). Total weight  (excluding masses):  200g (7oz) 
Part Number: KT001720P074
STANDARDS: ASTM F1319, ISO 105-X12, PSA D45 1010
tool 9 Tool 9: Linear Abrader 
For testing the resistance to abrasion of automotive components, includes a felt disc of 10mm (0.4”) diameter and 10mm (0.4”) thick working under a mass of 400g (14.1oz).  Total weight:  400g (14.11oz) 
Part Number: KT001720P075
tool 9a Tool 9A: Linear Abrader 
As Tool 9 but with 16mm (0.63”) diameter felt wool disc. Total weight: 820g (28.9oz) 
Part Number:  KT001720P075-1
tool 9b Tool 9B: Linear Abrader  
Felt holder for 16mm (0.63”) diameter felt wool disc working under a mass of 900g (31.7oz). Total weight: 900g (31.74oz) 
Part Number: KT001720P075-2
STANDARDS: EN 13523-11, ECCA  T11
tool 10 Tool 10: Curved Sample Tool 
Height adjustable with an elbow joint for curved samples, this tool is ideal for testing abrasion resistance of both coatings and inks. Supplied with  felt disc, rod for masses, 1x50g (1.75oz), 1x100g (3.5oz), 2x200g (7oz) and 2x500g (17.5oz) mass. 
Part Number:  KT001720N003
Additional Accessories  
  Part Number Description
  KT001720P004 Wild Boar Brush for Tool 1
  KT001720P009 Nylon Brush for Tool 2
  KT001720P006 Sponge (5) for Tools 3 & 4
  KT001720P141 Sponge / Abrasive (5) for Tool 5
  KT001720P037 Abrasive Pads (10) for Tool 6
  KT001720P064 Abrasive Pads (100) for Tool 6
  KT001720P051 Abrasive G 120 Sheets (4), for Tools 1 & 2
  KT001720P008 25m Abrasive Roll for Tool 7
  KT001720P062 Felt Disks (2) for Tool 10
  KT001720N009 Non-Abrasive Scrub Medium - SC1
  KT001720N002 Abrasive Scrub Medium - SC2
  KT001720P016 50g Mass (To fit tools 1 - 8, 10)
  KT001720P017 100g Mass (To fit tools 1 - 8, 10)
  KT001720P018 200g Mass (To fit tools 1 - 8, 10)
  KT001720P031 227g Mass (To fit tools 1 - 8, 10)
  KT001720P019 500g Mass (To fit tools 1 - 8, 10)
  KT001720P214 Glass Plate, 478 x 165mm
  KT001720P012 ASTM Test Foil 250um (10mils)
  KT001720P013 10m replacement Channel Gasket
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