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    Any recommendations? Will be hooking up to my 4105 and using a 12" auger bit.

    I assume most brands will be the same, got a local guy selling a new Tartar (county line) for 750 with 12" bit
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    I have the County Line with 9" auger from Tractor Supply. I've used it on both the 1025R and 3320. It drills just fine in my rocky soil, as long as the auger point doesn't land directly on a rock. I keep a supply of shear bolts on hand as I usually break one every four or five holes, though only drilling at idle.

    I believe I paid about $600 on sale, three years ago, and your local price seems fair enough with the larger auger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by testedone View Post
    I assume most brands will be the same, got a local guy selling a new Tartar (county line) for 750 with 12" bit
    Unless there is something special about that particular PHD I'd take a pass on it. Regular price on it at TSC is $599 for the PHD and $179 for the 12" auger. So for $780 you can go buy your own brand new. And TSC hands out 10% off coupons fairly often so you could easily get one for brand new for $700.
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    The one I mentioned above is brand new for $750.




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    Quote Originally Posted by testedone View Post
    I assume most brands will be the same, got a local guy selling a new Tartar (county line) for 750 with 12" bit
    Unless there is something special about that particular PHD I'd take a pass on it. Regular price on it at TSC is $599 for the PHD and $179 for the 12" auger. So for $780 you can go buy your own brand new. And TSC hands out 10% off coupons fairly often so you could easily get one for brand new for $700.
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    To add the one I'm looking at locally is not a Tartar (TSC)

    https://smalink.com/default.aspx?pag...emcode=PHD5000
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    Have fun taking it on and off the tractor!
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    So you are saying they are easy


    Quote Originally Posted by Pedals2Paddles View Post
    Have fun taking it on and off the tractor! [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/images/smilies/1/mocking.gif[/IMG]
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    Quote Originally Posted by testedone View Post
    To add the one I'm looking at locally is not a Tartar (TSC)

    https://smalink.com/default.aspx?pag...emcode=PHD5000
    Just glancing at the photo in the link you provided, the boom mount is quite a bit beefier than the TSC model (which is built by Speeco, not Tartar). The TSC model has a gusset welded to the boom and drilled with the four holes to set the boom height. The one in the photo appears to be a channel reinforced with a sleeve welded into the channel for each of the boom height holes.

    I picked up a used TSC PHD and this was an obvious weak area. The ears on the boom saddle had been spread apart from what I'm guessing was the auger locking or bucking. In addition, the holes in both had become elongated, as well. This was probably from a loose fitting pin or bolt. I drilled them all out larger (I'm thinking 7/8" if I recall correctly) to remedy the elongated holes. I restored the correct ear position in a hydraulic press. I now utilize a 7/8" bolt with a nylock nut to secure the boom to the saddle. In this manner, with it snugged up, the saddle ears can't spread and the boom cannot "rock" in the saddle ears, which should prevent elongating or at least minimize it.

    The design of the model you're looking at is much better and likely eliminates those issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedals2Paddles View Post
    Have fun taking it on and off the tractor!

    Here is the PHD stand I built earlier this year to make it easier to attach it to the tractor. You can swing it into place using this method. Saves a lot of #@$# words. This is a TSC PHD, but is not from Speeco as someone mentioned. I think the different areas of the country use a different supplier for things. It has the MFG name on it, but I do not remember exactly what it is and I am not going out in the cold to see what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by testedone View Post
    So you are saying they are easy
    LOL nope. PHDs are generally the most hated implement to attach, use, and detach. I think the only reason people don't toss them off a cliff while on fire is because man handling a portable PHD sucks even more. You'll want to build something to hang it on as pictured above. Or find a good way to lay it down on something where it lines up nicely if the geometry works out.
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