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    Default SCUT post hole digger advice

    I have a kubota BX2660 and am in need of a post hole digger, 4" and 6" posts for now. EverythingAttachments is out of the L7200JR Junior and I am wondering if anyone has any advice on a replacement.

    Would the Country Line digger from TractorSupplyCo be a compatable alternative? I'm looking to purchase this pronto.

    Thanks for any input you may have.

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    Default Re: SCUT post hole digger advice

    Since you need it in a hurry, my advice would be to buy it and try it. If you do get it, try hooking it up first without attaching the auger to the output shaft. Engage the PTO at idle speed and see if it looks like it will work ok with the PHD raised and lowered. If it does, then attach the auger and start digging!!!

    If it doesn't work well with your tractor, or if it doesn't fit, you should be able to return it. You could also drop by there and take some careful measurements of the PHD before you got it, that might help you some. Good luck.....
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    Default Re: SCUT post hole digger advice

    I use a PHD from Tractor Supply on my BX, although it's not that new County Line brand; it's a Speeco, their previous supplier. The only modification needed was to add another hole for attaching the lower 3pt bracket to the boom. The tight geometry of the 3pt on the BX would not work with the standard mounting holes. Otherwise, the PHD works fine on the BX. Do be careful about the length of the PTO shaft, though. If it's too long, it can damage the transmission case of the tractor (expensive to fix!). A simple trimming with the hacksaw is all it takes if needed.

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    Default Re: SCUT post hole digger advice

    When you buy one, be sure to check the gear oil before use. More times than not, the gear box is shipped dry.

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    Thanks for the input. Update, Rick at EveryThingAttachments informed me that they are making their own scut model digger. I love that company and will order his PHD today.


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    Default Re: SCUT post hole digger advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Grandad4 View Post
    I use a PHD from Tractor Supply on my BX, although it's not that new County Line brand; it's a Speeco, their previous supplier. The only modification needed was to add another hole for attaching the lower 3pt bracket to the boom. The tight geometry of the 3pt on the BX would not work with the standard mounting holes. Otherwise, the PHD works fine on the BX. Do be careful about the length of the PTO shaft, though. If it's too long, it can damage the transmission case of the tractor (expensive to fix!). A simple trimming with the hacksaw is all it takes if needed.
    I have a county line digger and a NH1520. I just attached it seems to look alright. How do I know if the shaft is too long?

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    Default Re: SCUT post hole digger advice

    Maybe there is some specific procedure you're supposed to follow, but the basic thing is you don't want the pto coupler to bottom out (has no more room for the pto driveshaft to compress) against the pto shaft at the back of the tractor when the implement is dropped down to its lowest point. If it is bottomed like that, the weight of the implement will beat against the tractor differential, possibly causing damage to the tractor pto, bearings or the entire rear end of the tractor.

    With a post hole digger, for example, you'd probably want to remove the auger and lower the PHD assembly to the ground so you can see how far it will drop before the pto driveshaft is fully compressed. Ideally, you'd like to be able to lower it into a hole maybe a foot deep - more than you'd ever dig in actual use - before it bottoms out. Added thought: before breaking out the hacksaw, you should also try different top link adjustments and the different top link mounting holes, which changes the geometry. Maybe there's a setting that will work without cutting.

    If you do need to shorten it, you don't want to remove too much or it will come apart when you raise it. So, it's possible to leave it too long and also possible to shorten it too much. It's probably even possible with some implements and tractors that you can't find a workable length at all, in which case you'll need to look for another implement, I guess. So far, that hasn't been a problem with my BX, which has driven a PHD and a rotary spreader off the rear pto with no problems. Probably an implement specifically designed for the tight geometry of a subcut 3 pt is a safe choice, although they tend to cost more than a standard geometry implement of the same size.
    Last edited by Grandad4; 05-19-2011 at 08:01 PM. Reason: Added thought

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    Default Re: SCUT post hole digger advice

    Thanks! I see how the shaft would cause a problem. I think I will to lower it over a small embankment to test the length when in the hole.

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