Ground test equipment specialists

Mitton Instruments specialises in manufacturing ground grid test equipment. Our equipment has been developed after many years of practical investigation and testing.

Our specialist equipment is designed for ease of use and understanding, robustness and above all, to work in the demanding environment of high voltage transmission and distribution systems.

ground grid test equipment


The ET1000 is a versatile 4-terminal ground tester suitable for the measurement of soil resistivity, ground electrode or grid resistance, conductor/joint resistance and primary plant bonding resistance.

The ET1000 is especially suited to soil resistivity measurements due to its multi-function, high resolution, high noise rejection and high voltage output feature (which is used to overcome high current electrode contact resistance in sandy or stony soils).

  • Range: 5 µΩ – 19.99 kΩ
  • Input impedance: 2 MΩ/220 kΩ
  • Output current: 65 mA/10 mA at 48 Vp/400 Vp
  • Micro-ohms: 1A output
  • Battery life approx 12 hrs
  • Test mode reversing dc
  • Dimensions: 270 x 240 x 125 mm
  • Weight: 1 kg

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Single Wire Earth Return Systems tester.

The ST1000 is designed to measure the earth electrode resistance of Single Wire Earth Return Systems. It uses the SWER transformer (isolation or distribution) load currents to provide the measurement signals and accepts two CT inputs and one voltage input.

Testing can be carried out with the SWER in service and no disconnection of earth electrodes is required.

  • Range: 10 mΩ – 1,999 Ω
  • Input voltage: 0 – 300 Vrms
  • Current inputs voltage range 3 Vrms
  • SLA battery
  • Dimensions: 270 x 240 x 125 mm
  • Weight: 1 kg

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M1000 Micro-Ohmmeter

The M1000 micro-ohmmeter is 4-terminal instrument designed primarily for switchyard use and features portability and high noise rejection.

Measurement of plant bonding and grounding conductor integrity can be carried out without de-energising the equipment. Low test current allows the use of long test cables to reach equipment.

  • Range: 0 µΩ – 200 Ω
  • Test current: 1 A max
  • Li-ion battery
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • Dimensions: 270 mm x 240 mm x 125 mm

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The Ultrahound is a highly directional and sensitive partial discharge/arc and corona detector. Electric discharges in air emit broad spectrum noise and using ultrasonic techniques the source of any discharge can be traced.

Electric discharging of outdoor power line components can cause radio and TV frequency interference or indicate possible future failure of equipment. The Ultrahound can be used from up to 30 m from the noise source. A separate short range direction wand is used for close inspection.

The Ultrahound may be used for a variety of situations, including:

  • Power line discharge & corona such as cracked insulators or bushings, faulty cable termination or damaged line hardware.
  • Partial discharge of equipment (e.g. power cables, bushings, generator housing) under HV test (laboratory or in the field).
  • Frequency Response: 37 – 43 kHz, with excellent out of band rejection
  • Highly directional dish enables accurate pin pointing of faults
  • Battery Powered (4 x AA)
  • Includes self test device for checking and training

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