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    John Deere PHD100 vs Countyline post hole auger.

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    I'm going to be using one of the above mentioned for fencing around the garden to keep out the deer. Will be using the 1025R, watched a lot of video's, read a few articles. Seems to me that some people implied that the JD PHD100, due to it's sizing overall works better on the somewhat limited augering abilities of the 1026R. I see it is around 500 dollars more the Countyline, but willing to pony up if it really makes that much difference.

    I have a lot of fence posts to put in, will be using a 6" auger for the majority of the holes, from what the neighbors say, there are zero rocks here in our area. Sandy, loamy soil, no roots. Quite a contrast from the last place.

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    I have the John Deere phd 100 and it worked just fine for me. But just my 2 cents I would buy the 9 inch auger. I also have sandy soil and when I put in about 600 feet of fence useing 4x4 posts I started with the 6 inch auger and after I had about 10 of them done I went and bought the 9 inch to give me a little more room to set the posts in a much straighter line. You have to do a little more tamping but it was worth it to have a perfectly straight fence. It's been through 2 hurricanes and is still as straight as an arrow. Also, I put 6x6 posts on each end and corners and you'll need the 9 inch for that.
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    I don't think there is a whole lot of difference between the PHDs themselves.

    The "biggie" is that the Frontier augers (PHA006, PHA009, etc..) are 36" long.

    The augers that Tractor Supply sells are either 42" or 48" long. That can create some issues with the limited 3pt lift height on the 1-series tractors.

    But you can use the Frontier augers on the Tractor Supply (aka County Line) PHD if you wanted to.
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    We have two post hole diggers - a 100 (for my 1025) and a 200 (for our 3038). Neither are the JD. Both work great. We use the 6", 9" and 12" augers. The tips on the augers are replaceable making cutting a lot easier. Also, use only a grade 2 shear bolt. Be careful how high you lift the boom because you can pull the PTO shaft apart. I believe Ask Tractor Mike has a good video on that problem on You Tube. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    I don't think there is a whole lot of difference between the PHDs themselves.

    The "biggie" is that the Frontier augers (PHA006, PHA009, etc..) are 36" long.

    The augers that Tractor Supply sells are either 42" or 48" long. That can create some issues with the limited 3pt lift height on the 1-series tractors.

    But you can use the Frontier augers on the Tractor Supply (aka County Line) PHD if you wanted to.
    Jim is right about that. The 9 inch auger drags the ground at full height.
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I talked my JD salesman, got the PHD 100 for 1000 + 250 ish for the 9" auger. = 1300.00 But, I only wanna go down 36" max on the fence posts. But I would not be dragging the auger behind me.

    Tractor Supply has the County Line for 550.00 + 139.00 for the 9" auger = 750.00 out the door.

    Or Countyline PHD, with the JD 9" auger, 550.00 + 250.00 = 800 out the door.

    Have to think about this.
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    I have the Rotomec PHD100 that I purchased from my JD dealer for my 1025R, but only the PHD, no augers. Please keep in mind that the augers are pretty much universal with a 2 inch round shaft diameter, don't buy them from JD. My salesman was a little baffled that I did not buy any augers from him with the PHD I bought. I waited till Tractor Supply had them on sale and got the 9 inch for around $100 and the 12 inch for $120. The 1025 will drag the augers at full lift, but it really is not big deal.
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    Better yet look for used, a lot of them out there.....I just got a worksaver standard duty digger with 9” auger for $400.00
    Was a older unit but in great shape w little use
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    Does the County Line have a downforce option? If so, that is something to consider, since the PHD100 doesn't (and I often wish it did ).
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    I believe down force is accomplished by the 3 point, not the post hole digger.
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