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    Is post hole digger on 1025R right for my applications?

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    At some point I need to plant two 600 foot rows of evergreen trees, and another 200 foot row of evergreens

    I don’t foresee needing to dig any footers/post holes in the near future, although future needs are unknown.

    From what I can tell a 1025R can tolerate a 36 inch auger very well, and maybe a 42 inch auger if you’re OK with occasional dragging. From what I can tell a 48 inch auger is difficult to manage/transport on a 1025R, but please, anyone with experience, refute or support that claim.

    Frost line in my location is 48 inches. I don’t think I can get an auger long enough on my 1025R to dig to the frost line. I understand some folks start the hole with the auger and then finish with manual post hole digger

    Would a post hole digger be a good addition to my implements given the stated needs? I do have a 260 backhoee
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    Quote Originally Posted by jermedic View Post
    I do have a 260 backhoe.
    Leave the gun. Take the cannoli's.

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    Great line

    I take it you are trying to say stick to my backhoe as the PHD won’t add much?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jermedic View Post
    I do have a 260 backhoe.
    Leave the gun. Take the cannoli's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jermedic View Post
    Great line

    I take it you are trying to say stick to my backhoe as the PHD won’t add much?
    Depends on the soil. I have had limited luck with a post hole digger and 12" auger on a 3038E. Occasionally it screws itself into the ground and is hellish to extract. I have a friend with a 1025R who bought the same PHD with the same 12" auger to dig pilings for a deck. Before he got a quarter way into the job he got the thing stuck twice and had to get a big tractor from a neighbor to pull it out. It went back to the store.

    I can't imaging getting a 36" or 42" auger out once it becomes stuck. Again, it will depend on your soil and I can see that you are trying to optimize productivity, but unless you can borrow one first and satisfy yourself that it'll work, I'd stick with the backhoe. You KNOW that will get the job done.

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    For that many holes, I'd rent a skid steer with a hydraulic auger attachment. If you had the holes all laid out ahead of time, you can get them all done a weekend. Being able to easily see, more accurate hole placement, down pressure, and reverse are all unlivable advantages.
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    Here's my County Line PHD on my 1026r when I had that tractor. This is full lift with the full size County Line 9" auger.

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    My soil is clay full of rocks. I use mine at idle to dig holes andthe more you use it, the less likely you will be to screw it in, but it'll happen. That's why I bought the reverse kit with torque multiplier

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    If I screw it in, I just reverse with the pipe wrench it until I can lift it out. It's an aluminum wrench from Harbor Freight.

    I use it on my 2032r now and it is easier, but it worked well on my 1026r. As always your mileage may vary, but I wouldn't be without mine. I do not own a back hoe, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    For that many holes, I'd rent a skid steer with a hydraulic auger attachment. If you had the holes all laid out ahead of time, you can get them all done a weekend. Being able to easily see, more accurate hole placement, down pressure, and reverse are all unlivable advantages.
    And this is perfect advice! When I had some fencing done a few years ago the fence guy had a skid steer with an auger - took him maybe two minutes per hole assuming there weren't many rocks. I was just helping a friend yesterday lay 4/0 power cable in a trench (about 1,000') off a spool on his skid steer forks and what did I notice - a hydraulic auger for his Bobcat in his shed. He told me if you need the Bobcat let me know and I'll bring it over with the auger. .Do a favor, get a favor.
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    Wow bubber, you had me going
    I was thinking (a reverse kit) now that is a great option

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    I'll add one more vote for the skidsteer route. You mention planting "trees" but didn't say how you plan on buying those. If you're buying 12" tall seedlings it may not matter but if you are buying taller trees with a root ball, they usually recommend the hole diameter be roughly 3 times the size of the root ball. So even a 6" root ball would require a 18" auger.
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    Good points
    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    For that many holes, I'd rent a skid steer with a hydraulic auger attachment. If you had the holes all laid out ahead of time, you can get them all done a weekend. Being able to easily see, more accurate hole placement, down pressure, and reverse are all unlivable advantages.
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