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Old 10-04-2009, 12:04 PM
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Mine will not even scratch the surface right now. I do not have to worry about rocks; cause it wont dig.

If I take it to my Dad's, about 20 miles away down in the valley, it will dig even in the dry dirt.

Go a mile from there to my brothers, and it will dig a couple inches. The topsoil was removed years ago when the subdivision was put in. 2-3" down, and you're on concrete like hardpan.

In the winter, I can use it, but then I run in to rocks. Big rocks. Then the jackhammer comes out, or else I have some offset posts.

I'm guessing in Indiana, there is soil more like the Sacramento-San Jauquin Valley. Nice loamy fertile stuff.

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As for down pressure, only the most expensive models have that, I'm sure it works better but honestly if the tip is clean I don't see the need for it. It would probably make a lot more sense to have downpressure if you were a profession fence installer, etc. But for a homeowner who is going to put in a few dozen holes a day on a really good day I can't see the need for it. JMO
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:45 PM
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Yes, the type of soil will make a huge difference.

How deep have you all been making holes ? I ask because the best augers on this http://www.equipmentland.com/categor..._diggers.shtml
website have down pressure and they say "holes to 60 in. deep"......

That website also shows a broad spectrum of what's available.
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Not sure how long my auger bits are, but I think they are 48" long. I dig most of my holes to full depth.
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Default Re: PTO post hole digger

Same set-up as Bob and Jerry. Inexpensive model from Farm & Fleet with 9" and 12" augers. I've never sheared a pin, but I have replaced the teeth a couple times.

I do know someone who screwed a 9" auger between two tree roots. Without a reverse gear, the only conclusion we could come to was to unbolt it from the gearbox, weld a pipe to it and call it a flag pole.
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Default Re: PTO post hole digger

my "el cheapo" from TSC punches about 42" deep - which is perfect for 10' sidewalls on a pole barn.
9" augur works great for 5x5 poles, 5-6" fence posts, etc...
Haven't broken a shear pin yet, but I've only punched about 25 holes so far. (have a loafing shed planned for after the pole barn, so that'll be another dozen)

that kind of compact do you have?
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We have a JD 790.

Most of the dealers around here sell the $1000 models. That includes an auger.
Lots of rocks around so they don't even sell the cheaper ones.

I saw a Woods one. Internet says that Bush Hog makes one with a clutch. Dealer says a clutch can be added for 3-400 ,,,, that would buy alot of grade 2 bolts
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I do know someone who screwed a 9" auger between two tree roots. Without a reverse gear, the only conclusion we could come to was to unbolt it from the gearbox, weld a pipe to it and call it a flag pole.
I've done that. I just remove the shear pin (so the auger is standing by itself) and unscrewed it using a big pipe wrench.

I too have one similar to what others have. The best advice I can offer is to ask around to see who has one that you can borrow. Ideally, someone will have one mounted to a skid-steer which works much better.

For down pressure, there's a place on my head where I can slide a 2x4. I just have a friend hang on that for down pressure.
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