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    Question Post Hole Diggers - recommendations?

    Does anyone have experience using a post hole digger on their 1026R?

    I'm getting ready to install a bunch of fence posts in heavy clay soil. I'm looking at buying a post hole digger for my 1026R.

    I saw this listed at Tractor Supply Co.



    I will be using a 9" auger.

    Any suggestions?
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    Don,

    Looks to be a pretty good offering. In reading the reviews on the website, it was very much approved of and I noted someone mentioned using it with a 2305 (which your 1026r replaced). As I mentioned in another thread, this one offers some additional flexibility with boom adjustment. This can make a difference with limited 1, 3pt hitch. In addition, this is about 1/2 the cost of the Rotomec PHD 200.

    And good luck in your fence experience. I am getting jealous with this post and others as some people seem to be in a position to begin spring "chores". We are still sitting on inches of snow. :empathy3:
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    I borrowed the exact same post hole digger from a neighbor, I think it was actually 9" also, and had no issues at all with my 1026R. Plenty of power. My wife was on the tractor adjusting the 3 point while I put weight on it or guided it back into the hole. The only "issue" we had was that the 3 point was touchy and quick to react - could have been that I had the hydraulic response knob too fast.

    It's a 2 man job to mount and dismount that thing though. Pain in the ...

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    Wow great price, I just bought a used one for $400.00 to use on a 2305, have not used it yet but on the list. I do belive is a two person job to put on tractor, heavy as he!!....good luck with yours on the 1026
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    It's not hard for one person to do, just don't assemble it entirely first on the ground, keep the parts separate and assemble on the tractor.
    1. Remove the quick hitch or imatch and the upper control arm.
    2. Attach the lower support to the lower control arms.
    3. Attach the boom pole to the lower support while resting the business end on the ground.
    4. Lift the boom pole and push the bottom end to the upper control arm link above the PTO and attach it.
    5. Attach the drive shaft at both ends.
    6. Attach the auger.
    7. CHECK THE OIL!!!

    The biggest pain is the drive shaft IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ransx77 View Post
    It's not hard for one person to do, just don't assemble it entirely first on the ground, keep the parts separate and assemble on the tractor.
    I bought the TSC hole digger and auger this morning. I bought a top link pin and bushing, but it turns out I didn't need them. The ball socket fitting on the frame of the hole digger has both Cat 1 and Cat 2 sizes. My 1026R has a CAT 1 top link.

    It is heavy. I could not lift it out of the truck by myself. Using the front end loader and a block and tackle helped.



    The ROP makes an excellent lift point when attaching the boom of the hole digger to the 3 point hitch.



    Here it is assembled and ready to dig holes.



    Nothing ever goes according to plan. My first hole and the auger gets stuck in tree roots. Engine stalls. 2 hours later and the thing is still stuck. I really need a reverse on the PTO. The thing is torqued up so tight that I can't get the PTO shaft off, and I can't get the shear pins out of the auger. Bummer!



    Lesson learned.... Don't use hole digger near tree roots.
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    Can you disengage the pto and turn auger w/ pipe wrench and long pipe? to free it up enough to get shear pin out, then keep going to unscrew?
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    Yep...what fdmars said. Just to add a little more for clarity ,I think he means to disengage the "lever" ...or put the lever to "mid" pto. This should allow the rear pto to turn backwards or freewheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fdmars View Post
    Can you disengage the pto and turn auger w/ pipe wrench and long pipe? to free it up enough to get shear pin out, then keep going to unscrew?
    That would probably work, but it would take a much bigger pipe wrench than what I have.

    I did get it free from the tree roots. It took me 3 hours of manual shovel and pick axe labor. Nothing that a double hernia operation won't cure. :-)

    Here are a couple of photos showing the root cause of the problem.





    I had no idea there were that many tree roots under the surface. What a disaster!

    Now the question is how to dig a post hole when you know there are tree roots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SailorDon View Post
    Now the question is how to dig a post hole when you know there are tree roots.
    Borrow RGD's tractor...and post hole digger

    For starters, you are going to want to invest in that large pipe wrench...and why not pamper yourself with an aluminum one.
    and raise up often...very often. Go slow, and raise up at the first sign of trouble.
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