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    Stump bucket for digging post holes?

    Has anyone tried using a stump bucket (like: Titan Attachmentsâ„¢ Stump Bucket | Fits John Deere | Yellow)
    for digging fence posts? The vides I've seen of little tractors using post hole diggers look tough.
    Was going to do some fence work this summer & the shovel & I aren't getting along.

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    I think you have to ask yourself how many post holes you will be digging and is a one-shot and done job or will you have a continual need to be digging post holes.

    I have no experience with the stump bucket but I don't think it would work very well for post holes as you would end up having to dig a very large diameter hole to get any depth for the post.

    If you see a lot of post holes in your future then perhaps a tractor mounted unit would be warranted.

    Have you considered renting a powered post hole digger? These can be rented for a very modest sum. Most require two people for ease of operation.

    You can even BUY a 2-stroke post hole digger for around $200. The one shown below is from Amazon and comes with the augers shown. I'm sure it isn't commercial quality but for a one-time job it should be fine.

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    I have drilled many holes with the 2305. I have been able to find 3pt Attachments at local rental centers. Works great for things you use rarely like a post hole digger. The only reason I rented a mini skid steer to do my fence last month is allot of large sandstone and tree roots. The only reverse on the PTO is a pipe wrench on the shaft. The mini skid steer was hydraulic so it had reverse. It also had down pressure on the mini skid steer which helped with the roots.

    The two times I used the tractor was in old field area and it worked like a charm. Pictures are from my last house in WI.

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    That looks like the wrong tool for the job. As stated above, if you don't plan on drilling a lot of holes, go rent, I bought a PHD with my 1025R as I know it will get used every summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mopeman View Post
    That looks like the wrong tool for the job. As stated above, if you don't plan on drilling a lot of holes, go rent, I bought a PHD with my 1025R as I know it will get used every summer.


    I was thinking of a PHD but had second thoughts seeing folks struggle with them on YouTube. My soil is pretty bony for the most part, how do the augers perform with rocks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodehard View Post
    I was thinking of a PHD but had second thoughts seeing folks struggle with them on YouTube. My soil is pretty bony for the most part, how do the augers perform with rocks?

    See attached link: Post Hole Digger, Any Tips On What To Look For? - Page 3

    My advise (which I learned from others on here and from experience) is to go slow... as slow as your tractor will run at idle. Keep the teeth sharp, have one hand on the 3 pt lever to move up immediately and clear often. With all that, be prepared to with a large pipe wrench when the inevitable happens. If you find yourself needing to back it out by hand, be sure to move your PTO selector to the mid position.

    Again, and as others have said... it all depends on how many post holes you intend on drilling. We own our PHD and the 2520 handles it fine but when I know we are going to tackle a lot of holes where rocks will be present, I use my step-son's skid steer and post hole attachment just for the luxury of hydraulic reverse.
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    Good advise, go slow and clear often. I like using a post hole digger and in our part of New England we know about rocks.
    Another thought buy a used one lots out there do all your holes and sell again, don’t think you will lose much, buy right might break even
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodehard View Post
    I was thinking of a PHD but had second thoughts seeing folks struggle with them on YouTube. My soil is pretty bony for the most part, how do the augers perform with rocks?
    The PHD is by far my least favorite attachment for a 1-series. However, it is the best tool to dig a post hole if you have only a 1-series. So, yes, frustrating, but still the way to go.

    All this talk about 'go slow (idle)', 'pick it up often to clear it', etc goes out the window as soon as your PHD tries to dig its way to China and kills the tractor. There is no way the 3 pt can pick it up when it decides to dig in forcefully (especially at idle). No amount of go slow, or clear often can keep it from this in many of the conditions I have used mine. Moving the 3 pt lever 1/8" is sometimes enough for it to seek new underground oil reserves.

    So, why do folks have such differing opinions on PHD's? Simple. Different soil conditions. Some holes work beautifully. Often the PHD works like a dream. Dig the hole in about a minute, with no issues at all. After digging a few of those, it becomes easy to convince yourself that you are an expert, and others must simply be mis-using the implement. However, you might drive up 10 feet, attempt the next hole, and be humbled.

    After enduring hundreds of comments on our YT video instructing me that my technique is the problem, I'm over it. Next time I need to use the PHD, I'll invite the hundreds of experts over to do it for me. ...and I'll confiscate all crow-bars, and large pipe wrenches. :-) They can dig it out with their fingers :-)

    Ok, enough complaining :-) ....Get the PHD to dig your post holes. ...but get a long pry bar and a large pipe wrench (to screw it backwards) to fetch it when it decides to throw a tantrum!


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    I have the Artillian stump bucket and love it. But it will only dig a hole as deep as the bucket itself, then the back plate is hitting the ground. So not ideal for fence posts. Great for making messes however!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tractor Tim View Post
    The PHD is by far my least favorite attachment for a 1-series. However, it is the best tool to dig a post hole if you have only a 1-series. So, yes, frustrating, but still the way to go.

    ....Get the PHD to dig your post holes. ...but get a long pry bar and a large pipe wrench (to screw it backwards) to fetch it when it decides to throw a tantrum!


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    Thanks for the response Tim. I enjoy your videos & your trials & tribulations with the PHD made me consider other options. (I don't have the backhoe) Was thinking the Stump bucket could be a poor man's backhoe. I don't mind a big hole. Filling in is easy.

    I have a hand operated PHD that used to work well when I was in my 20s but no longer functions as designed for some reason.

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