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    Default PTO Post Hole Diggers

    Some thoughts and advice on PTO Post Hole Diggers. I have a 50 hp tractor and want something that will do the job. Sandy land but need to dig in the woods for some of the fence. Thanks.

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    Default Re: PTO Post Hole Diggers

    Any brand will do the job. Just make sure you have a lot of shear pins and go very slow and feather the 3 point as it starts to dig. Don't just give 540 thrttle and drop the 3 pt to the lowest point as you start to auger. You'll get the feel after 20 holes or so.. Take your time and pay attention to the tractor sounds and what is happening as you dig and you'll be fine. I haven't heard of a Bad post hole digger so find the cheapest and let her dig!

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    Default Re: PTO Post Hole Diggers

    My neighbor has a new holland post hole digger & has "used" it mercilessly for a good 10 years without any problems. Our area (Northern Michigan) is very rocky, so it hasn't had an easy life by any menas.

    If I were shopping for one, that's the way I'd go.

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    Default Re: PTO Post Hole Diggers

    I just bought one on craigslist for$250.-. It' s supposed to have come from TSC. (King-Cutter?) Guy said it was 450- new plus 150- for for the 12" auger, included! Looks a little rough, but it's complete! I'll clean it up and hopefully be "Pole-Barnin'" in the Spring!! ~Scotty

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    Default Re: PTO Post Hole Diggers

    Any brand should be ok. When using it in the woods, especially with your soft soil which will allow it to go down quickly, watch out for roots. A big disadvantage of a PTO auger, unlike a hydraulic auger, is that it can not be run backwards. So, go slow, and be prepared to have a large pipe wrench handy in case it screws next to a root.

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