Leica VT1000 S Vibrating Blade Microtome

Leica VT1000 S Vibrating Blade Microtome

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Leica VT1000 S Vibrating Blade Microtome

The fully automated Leica VT1000 S vibrating blade microtome is designed to meet the highest sectioning demands for cutting fresh and fixed tissue in Neuroscience. The VT1000 S consistently producees thin sections of fixed tissue specimens, even non-homogeneous specimens that are difficult to section. It is also used for some industrial applications related to structural analysis of foam and other very soft materials and botanical specimens such as plants and roots.

The Leica VT1000 S vibrating blade microtome features very fine adjustable knife advance speed, a freely programmable cutting window, and accelerated return knife speed to minimize overall sectioning time of even the smallest specimens. To achieve sections of the highest quality that retain viable cells on the section surface, the vertical deflection of the blade can be measured by Leica’s Vibrocheck™ measurement device and minimised with the innovative blade holder.

Other features include:

Linear sectioning speed adjustment

Linear sectioning frequency adjustment

Sectioning thickness totalizer

Freely programmable sectioning window

Programmable specimen retraction

Single and continuous stroke

Emergency stop switch

Easy mounting and removing of knife holder and buffer tray

Double-walled buffer tray providing excellent contrast

Adjustable 2x magnifier

Optional accessory configuration: cold light source and fiber optical lighting system for complete illumination of the entire sectioning range; prevents surface reflection of buffer solution

Technical Specifications:

Sectioning frequency is adjustable from 0 – 100 Hz

Amplitude is selectable in 5 different settings: 0.2; 0.4; 0.6; 0.8; 1.0 mm

Sectioning speed is 0.025 to 2.5 mm/sec

Return speed is 5 mm/sec

Total vertical stroke is 15 mm (motorized) standard or 20 mm (optional)

Specimen retraction is – 0 to 999 um (motorized)

Sectioning range is 1 to 40 mm

Maximum specimen size:

with standard knife holder – 33 x 40 mm

without knife holder – 70 x 40mm

Sectioning thickness setting is 1 to 999 um (in 1 um steps)

Magnifier – 2x


Ergonomic hand rests and direct access to all functional elements provide exceptional comfort and added safety.

The classic design makes working with the instrument a pleasure.

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Additional information


Leica Microsystems




VT1000 S

Dimensions (W x D x H)

14"w x 19"d x 11"h


42 lbs

Power Requirements