This spring I'm going to start a project in my back yard and I will need to
dig about two dozen post holes. The holes will need to be about 8 inches in
diameter and 18 inches deep.
I have seen ads for a manual Post Hole Auger that seems like it would be a
lot easier to use than a post hole digger.
Has anyone ever used one of these augers and if so how would you rate them.
Where are you? A landscape company, may have various augers. They use
them for planting trees. I see augers on tractors, so you know any
locals that can help?
You can rent a two-man powered auger from rental places.
I'm allergic too the post-hole diggers. I break out in vapors even
thinking about the amount of work involved.
Are you in very good shape or do you plan to be by the time your done?
24 holes that deep sounds like a lot to me.
You could also rent a power auger.
http://www.postholeauger.com/ shows a lot of different things.
I think looking further augurs well for you.
Unless you are both very young and very strong, you could die
from doing that with a post hole digger.
20 years ago I did a project that required about 16 holes and
used a gasoline powered augur. It worked great.
About 12 years ago, I had a project that called for 4 holes.
It was a PITA because of rocks in the ground. If you have
rocks, it doesn't matter what tool you used - it's gonna
take a lot longer than you expect.
Regardless, IMO, an augur is less work and more fun than a
digger unless you have one of your children doing it for you.
There's a new (relatively) style one man powered auger that consists
of an engine on a wheeled dolly. There are long handles extending
from the dolly. The auger is driven hydraulically and hangs down from
the handles on a pivot. You position the auger, then lower the
handles to dig the hole. The weight of the dolly and engine take all
the torque so it doesn't rip your arms off like the one or two man
type with the engine mounted on top of the auger. I did all the holes
for my garden fence (about 20 8" holes 30" deep) in about three hours
and hardly broke a sweat. Would have gone faster, but I did hit a
few large rocks that had to be levered out.
Thanks for the advice.
However, I've always tried to follow the advice, "Work smarter, not harder."
Besides I'm 71 years old and I have no problem standing or doing physical
work, but it's stupid to work harder than you have too.
So, what does that say about you?
18" not very deep if frost your area? Here we are supposed to go 36.
So That means 30 inch minimum. We also have lot of rock and stones in
the shallow soil (blame the ice age about 10 to 15 thousand years ago
for scraping away all the 'good' topsoil apparently!) so a 'digging
bar of some sort and good leather gloves are very useful. My digging
bar which was found in an old quarry some 40 years ago is actually a
six foot long rock drilling bit. It has a carbide tip, not very sharp,
but never wears out. And anyway the old 'forges' that used to sharpen
and temper such 'digging bars' as used by 'old timers' have all closed
down. No horses see?
I have a very old fashioned post hole digger I got off a dump (it's
like two spade ends one of which pivots) and refitted it with new oak
handle (actually left over WWII stretcher poles!) some 30 years ago.
Am now 75 with a slight heart condition so I take it easy, as also
with shovelling snow.
But if you took your time say four holes per day (gee sounds like
golf!) using a hand post hole digger could be done over week?
Only 63. Just did 9 holes 42 inches deep a few years back for a deck,
and busted thru a boulder about 20 inches down last year.
Still think holes that shallow are not a big deal,
but at 71, maybe you get a pass.
I'll let you know in a few years.
Actually I'm putting up an 8' tall trellis all along the back of my
When I have all the posts put in place and the 4'x8' lattice panels attached
to them, I will still need to dig another 40 larger holes for the climbing
roses I intend to grow up on it.
My brother and I will be doing the work and we don't need to have it ready
until spring of next year.
We could use a regular post hole digger, but we dug probably a thousand
holes for fences on our dad's farm back in Kentucky when we were kids, and
we have had our fill of the old style post hole diggers.
I intend to bolt three 2 x 4s to the posts, one at the very top, one near
the bottom and a third about in the middle. That might be somewhat overkill,
but I have seen Texas winds in action.
Since I'm in north Texas I don't have to worry too much about the cold, but
you are right, the wind could destroy my work in one afternoon if it's not
About 10 years ago, I had to put up a new mail box because a car had
slid into it due to the ice caused by the damnyankee snow. I used
PVC pipe, but filled it with Sakrete. With my son saw the rebar, he
remarked about how that might be overkill. I smiled said "I like
A few years later som punk it with a baseball bat and I told the
police officer to check the emergency room for broken arms. ;)
And sure enough they found him. ;)
There's no such thing as overkill.
Whenever I fill out a medical form where says allergies, I write
"manual labor - causes me to sweat profusely and hurts my muscles".
I always fail to include that it makes the beer taste better. ;)
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