I have two fence posts to set and being a lazy sort I'd rather like to bore the hole with some kind of power tool.
A bit of searching has turned up "earth augers" which seem to be large two-handed bit-turning thingys, does anything similar exist for a normal drill? Perhaps the same shape and size as a plaster mixing paddle?
no chance. Yiu need massive torque and slow RPM
MY advice is to either drive the posts in or simply settled down with a
flask of coffee and a trowel. Took me about an hour each for two 8x8
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I watched 2 guys digging post holes the other day to repair a fence
blown down at Easter. The used the tool listed above to remove the
loosened 'earth' clay and builders rubble but losened it first using
something like Screwfix 62496 - oost hole digger working to a depth of
I have used those to drill holes which are later lined
with poly pipe and used to measure soil moisture
by running a neutron moisture meter down the hole
on the end of an electric cable, but you need a hell
of a lot more than a big power drill to use them.
We used a much bigger two man petrol engine
thing to drive it. Much more horse power than
any electric drill. And that was only about 4"
diam drill, nothing like big enough for a post hole.
You do get much bigger post hole diggers but they
are normally driving by a tractor with a 3 point linkage.
We also used a much bigger truck mounted system,
used to drill water wells.
Holding onto it will be
Its the physical ability to actually stop the thing winding up
Thats why you need two long bars in the hand tool version. To get the
And, even that is marginal in sticky wet clay.
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On Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:33:10 -0700 (PDT), Jon Parker wrote:
In slightly clayey and somewhat stony soil, with some holes that had to be
close to size due to being near a bank, I used a 5' crowbar to loosen the
soil then a decent post-hole tool - something like
On 4/16/2016 6:17 PM, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
I *normally* put round fence posts up to 4 inches in with a post thumper
(metal cylinder with two handles, closed at one end). I just put in a 6
inch square post for a 9 foot gate, about two feet deep, using a manual
auger, around £25 from Amazon, plus postcrete. Took about half an hour.
A lot depends on your ground condition, and *whether it is a fence post
or a gate post*.
You need to be doing a lot to justify even renting a powered auger.
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