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    Post Hole Digger, Any Tips On What To Look For?

    I'm going to be picking up a post hole digger this year for my 1026R. Does anyone have any tips on what to look for?

    I looked at the Speedco unit at Princess Auto for $500 plus auger but it looked like it was built light weight. I looked at the Braber Equipment one at Peavy Mart for $700 plus auger, it looked much beefier than the Speedco. The Frontier is on sale for $1,150 but I don't know if that includes the auger, kind of pricey give the 9" auger at the other stores is $200, I never looked at it except in the flyer.

    So other than the strength of the frame and tube and possibly the size of the gear box, is there anything a guy should look at?
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    No help here I have started to look for one as well. Everything attachements had one for 700 as well. I'm sure there will be some better ideas posted soon.

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    Do you really need one of those evil things?

    Unless you're going to be digging a lot of holes; I'd rent one on a skidsteer or hire it done.

    You haven't lived until you get one stuck in clay/hardpan up to the gearbox, especially since PTO powered ones don't reverse to help unstick them.

    I traded my Bush Hog 2102 (as I recall the model number) in as a down payment on a lawn tractor. I used mine for a whopping 12-holes; though I had plans for more at one time.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    Do you really need one of those evil things?

    Unless you're going to be digging a lot of holes; I'd rent one on a skidsteer or hire it done.

    You haven't lived until you get one stuck in clay/hardpan up to the gearbox, especially since PTO powered ones don't reverse to help unstick them.

    I traded my Bush Hog 2102 (as I recall the model number) in as a down payment on a lawn tractor. I used mine for a whopping 12-holes; though I had plans for more at one time.
    You left out, no down pressure, Just Sayin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    You left out, no down pressure, Just Sayin!
    The alternative to this is a loader mounted system. I explored this once for a deck project, but there isn't enough hydraulic flow rate available on the subcompacts.

    I tried renting a self powered unit, which was a piece of junk thanks to all off the "prebusers". Plus, the ground here is more rocks than dirt. The final solution in my case was the good old backhoe. Job was done in no time.
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    HMMMM, you got me second guessing myself. I wonder if anyone has a positive experience with a PHD?
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    Post Hole Digger, Any Tips On What To Look For?

    I have a SpeeCo that I will be testing out soon. Just got it at the end of last season on clearance.

    If it needs more down force I'll make a bracket for it that holds some suitcase weights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artillian View Post
    The alternative to this is a loader mounted system. I explored this once for a deck project, but there isn't enough hydraulic flow rate available on the subcompacts.

    I tried renting a self powered unit, which was a piece of junk thanks to all off the "prebusers". Plus, the ground here is more rocks than dirt. The final solution in my case was the good old backhoe. Job was done in no time.
    Been there also.
    Hit a rock, either it stops or the hole will wander. I have one and I use the manual post hole digger or the backhoe.
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    I've used PHDs, and they can be a very, very useful tool. A bit of an art to running one though. The tip needs to be in good shape, and you can't take too much of a "bite" at one time. Dig a few inches, lift and clear. Go a few more, lift and clear. This depends on your soil type, sometimes you can go deeper and a bigger tractor can lift more. Letting one screw itself all the way into the ground, especially on a small or mid sized tractor can be a recipe for problems. Or a big pipe wrench to unscrew it, just like if you hang a big rock or a tree root.

    If you do find you need additional down pressure, most units can have a hydraulic cylinder added that runs off a hydraulic service on the tractor to help.
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    I have used one a few times and it worked great, Think the key is as 56 mentioned, dig a little and clear the hole, do not let it go too far into the hole....take your time, besides its seat time......
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