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    Default Post Hole Diggers

    I have two questions for you guys:

    1. I was using the PHD for the first time last week and was very disappointed. I was not able to dig any deeper than 5 inches down. Yes, it was North Carolina red hard clay but I expected better results. Is there an art to using the PHD?

    2. I broke the PTO shaft where it connects to the gear drive. My fault, just at a bad angle and it (metal) snapped. Are all PTO shafts the same and are they interchangeable? Do I need to go to the manufacturer?

    I have some fence post to put in this month. Do I just sell this thing and rent one for the job? I got it for $250.00 and is supposed to be a heavy duty one!

    Thanks,

    Wally
    TC40DA, Bush Hog M246 FEL & Bush Hog RDTH-72 Finisher Mower

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    Default Re: Post Hole Diggers

    I think you should check the cutting blades and replace them if there dull. something has to be wrong. Why do you think you can rent one that will drill and yours will not?

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    Default Re: Post Hole Diggers

    I was thinking of renting a two man auger (drill) to get the job done.

    Thanks for the reply!

    Wally
    TC40DA, Bush Hog M246 FEL & Bush Hog RDTH-72 Finisher Mower

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    Default Re: Post Hole Diggers

    I'd take a digging bar to the started hole to see if there was a rock - you may just need to move ofer a foot or so and try again. (once you replace the PTO shaft)
    Also - are you sure you broke the shaft and not just the shear pin?
    Erik
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    Default Re: Post Hole Diggers

    No rocks. I was actually practicing and getting used to the thing. I tried four different holes in different places with no luck. We have very hard clay soil here. It just did not have enough down force to drill deeper. I don't want to help on the down force, you know accidents happen!

    No, its the metal housing that connects the PTO to the gear box side.

    Thanks for the help.

    Wally
    TC40DA, Bush Hog M246 FEL & Bush Hog RDTH-72 Finisher Mower

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    Default Re: Post Hole Diggers

    I was moving the tractor forward and back trying to get different angles to drill when I broke the PTO Shaft. I moved forward too much and snapped the housing on the PTO shaft. As I said my fault!

    Wally
    TC40DA, Bush Hog M246 FEL & Bush Hog RDTH-72 Finisher Mower

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    Default Re: Post Hole Diggers

    How old is the auger? It may just be worn out. Also, is it spinning the right way? Never seen one spin the other way but maybe you got a special auger made for some special use.

    Chris

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    Default Re: Post Hole Diggers

    Thanks for your help!

    Wally
    TC40DA, Bush Hog M246 FEL & Bush Hog RDTH-72 Finisher Mower

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    Default Re: Post Hole Diggers

    Simple things, but you do have the 3ph set to drop quickly, right? PHD's don't have a lot of weight ya know. I've switched to light implements and not even have them move when I tried to lower them. And I saw someone fasten weight to the boom on here I think. Tying a block or two to the arch in the boom seems relatively safe, provided they can't interfere with the auger at all. I also read something about wetting clay ground with water.

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    Default Re: Post Hole Diggers

    Quote Originally Posted by Freds View Post
    Simple things, but you do have the 3ph set to drop quickly, right? PHD's don't have a lot of weight ya know. I've switched to light implements and not even have them move when I tried to lower them. And I saw someone fasten weight to the boom on here I think. Tying a block or two to the arch in the boom seems relatively safe, provided they can't interfere with the auger at all. I also read something about wetting clay ground with water.
    Freds are you aware that you can adjust the drop rate on your 3pt arms with the knob below the front of the seat? Both of mine will drop like a rock without any implement on them.

    MarkV

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