5040 Wax / Cryostat Microtome

Bright Instruments


The Bright 5040 microtome is of rotary retracting, self-lubricating design and has a heavy cast alloy base and cutting arm. The robust construction makes it accurate and very reliable.
It can be used to cut through hard specimens such as undecalcified bone and acrylic resins, while routine wax sections can be produced simply and swiftly. It is often referred to as the 'workhorse' as it is used in the OTF5000 Cryostats.
The 5040 microtome is used world-wide in pathology/histology laboratories and many life sciences and research laboratories. It can also be used for materials testing, food science and botanical research.

SKU: 5040-01; 5040-02; 5040-CV Categories: , ,


» Strong, rigid and almost maintenance free, the 5040 will provide many years of reliable service
» The use of fixed beryllium hinges means that all lateral motion is controlled and allows no slop or play that can be experienced in other, lesser designs which can result in ‘chatter’ and ‘thick and thinning’. It’s pawl and ratchet wheel and head-advance design ensures absolute calibration for section thickness accuracy and repeatability.

Other features include:
» Easy to use
» Choice of advance/rewind handle positions
» Motor drive with zone control is available – power is simply, yet precisely controlled
» Specimen feed indicator
» Safety features include fitted knife guards and locking hand wheel
» Cover and debris shields to prevent section debris entering mechanism
» Debris tray with holder for brushes and forceps

The 5040 is available in three versions:
5040-01 Rotary Microtome with fine adjustment specimen orientation
5040-02 Rotary Microtome without specimen orientation
5040-CV Rotary microtome for cryostat version

Additional information

Available Options

5040-01, 5040-02, 5040-CV


Rotary rocking design of cast alloys, with detergent and solvent resistant epoxy-polyester finish

Section thickness range

Standard range 1-60µm in 1µm steps for wax microtomes and 0.5-30µm in 0.5µm steps for the cryostat version.

Specimen advance

Total specimen advance is 5600µm.

Knife block movement

Total knife block movement is 44mm.


Approximately 50µm

Cutting stroke


Specimen orientation

± 8º horizontal and vertical (standard on 5040-01)

Remaining feed indicator

Visual display

Knife holders

Standard knife holder accepts conventional steel knives; tungsten carbide tipped knives, glass knives and disposable blade holders. Sliding knife carriage with central lock. Alternatively, the quick release Feather blade holder is available as an optional feature either in addition to or in place of
the standard knife holder block.

Motorised section cutting

(Optional) With variable speed, variable cutting zone, single or continuous modes, hands off footswitch and emergency stop

Safety features

Counter-balance handwheel with safety lock. Integral knife guards, sliding both ways to cover knife edges


300mm x 500mm x 300mm


Net weight (manual): 20kg
Net weight (motorised): 30kg
Gross weight (manual): 25kg
Gross weight (motorised): 35kg

Packing dimensions

580mm x 680mm x 400mm