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OK, I just noted TSC has the Country Line PHD on sale and I have a left over gift card burning a hole in my pocket. :gizmo:

The unknown is the C-L augers all look like they'd only be capable of drilling a 36 inch deep hole unless I countersink them with a bigger auger first...

I need 42" minimum for frost line and preferably 48" for good measure when building post/frame. Is this true of the TSC C-L PHD/augers (12" dia. is the auger I'd get first)? Is the Dirty Hands one any better (depth or otherwise), they are not onsite at the store - so it's hard to kick the tires so to speak...

The DH one sold here is the 110 model or the heavy duty boom and gear box model for about $150 more for the unit and $120 more for the 12" HD auger they sell. I know the DH model 110 is a bit heavier built than the on sale C-L one. Is that a big consideration? Most online around here have had great luck with the C-L model off the floor and saved the $$.

'Sale ends today on the C-L model. Any feedback welcome!

Thanks guys!

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My TSC carries the Speeco augers that are all 30" in length. I've seen other augers that are 36" too (Landpride sells 36" augers as one possible source). On machines with a full Cat 1 hitch, the TSC PHD will lift a 36" auger without problems. So you could buy the TSC PHD and get another 36" long auger elsewhere.

You can add extensions too but that can require some jockeying around to use it. Once the extensions are on the auger you may not be able to lift it high enough to get the hole started or pull the auger back up out of the hole.
 

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JimR,
I don't think the 4720 will have any clearance issues - its a good sized machine, even at a longer length than 36".

I've seen folks comment on on extensions in the past. Is there any issue with connection to the output of the gear box an the auger? Like a convention for the two that may be proprietary between PHD and augers to lock you into a brand or is the connection primarily size based like 2", Cat 1, etc....? If I have to mix equipment brands I'm always a bit nervous at first.

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I've seen folks comment on on extensions in the past. Is there any issue with connection to the output of the gear box an the auger? Like a convention for the two that may be proprietary between PHD and augers to lock you into a brand or is the connection primarily size based like 2", Cat 1, etc....? If I have to mix equipment brands I'm always a bit nervous at first.
There are a handful of "standard" PHD auger connection types. The TSC, Landpride, Dirty Hand Tools, etc... units for Cat 1 tractors all use a 2" round output shaft on the gear box. But occasionally you'll run across a PHD that uses a 2" square output shaft and some of the really light duty units use a 1 1/2" round shaft.

So the auger shaft size/type IS important. But it's pretty easy to find augers to fit the 2" round shaft.
 
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