American Optical AO 860 Sliding Microtome

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American Optical AO 860 Sliding Microtome

The American Optical AO 860 Sliding Microtome is a highly precise and versatile instrument designed for cutting thin sections of a wide range of biological and industrial materials for research and analysis. It is widely used in histological, pathological, and materials research laboratories.

One of the key features of the AO 860 is its smooth and precise sliding motion. This ensures accurate and consistent sectioning of samples, making it a reliable choice for any laboratory setting. The microtome has a sturdy and durable construction, and its compact design makes it easy to use and maintain.

The AO 860 offers a range of cutting thickness options, with a range of 1-50 microns. This makes it suitable for a variety of sample types, such as plant and animal tissue, polymers, metals, and ceramics. Additionally, the microtome has an easy-to-use knurled knob for adjusting the cutting thickness. This allows for flexibility and versatility in the laboratory.

The microtome’s design includes a variety of accessories and attachments, such as a variety of knives. This enables the user to perform different cutting applications. The AO 860 is compatible with standard and vertical knives, and it has a built-in knife holder that keeps the knife securely in place when not in use.

Safety is of utmost importance when working with the AO 860, which is why the microtome is equipped with a safety guard to prevent injury during use. The microtome also comes with a knife sharpener and knife angle adjustment tool, which are useful for maintaining the knives and ensuring optimal cutting performance.

The American Optical AO 860 Sliding Microtome is a reliable and versatile choice for any laboratory that requires precise and accurate sectioning of samples. It offers a range of features and accessories to meet the needs of researchers in a variety of fields.

American AO 860 Sliding Microtome optional accessories:

Brass freezing stage (new) that operates on ethanol and dry ice. It measures 3 1/4″ x 4″ and is suitable for cutting blocks up to 3″ x 2″. Includes 2 fiberboard rings

Adjustable knife holder

Knives (new) See Sturkey under our Knife category

Object discs – 30mm, 38mm, 51mm

Various size spacers for knife holder

The American Optical AO 860 Sliding Microtome has the following specifications:

  • Cutting thickness range: 1-50 microns
  • Type of knife: standard, vertical
  • Knife holder: built-in
  • Safety guard: included
  • Dimensions: 13.5 x 10 x 8 inches (34.3 x 25.4 x 20.3 cm)
  • Weight: approximately 10 pounds (4.5 kg)
  • Power supply: 110-120V, 60Hz
  • Accessories: Knife sharpener, Knife angle adjustment tool, Knife clamp

Additional information


American Optical


Sliding Microtomes



Dimensions (W x D x H)

17 1/2"w x 11"d x 11 1/2"h


82 lbs