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  1. #11

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    Default Re: Musical post hole diggers

    Dang! Y'all coulda yakked all day and never brought up BAAAAD memories! Wouldn't it be nice to have a $10 dollar bill for every hole we ever dug with one of those imported torture chamber items! Shoot, I'd retire and buy a new tractor!


  2. #12

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    Saint Hedwig, TX
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    TC29D, 8n, 9n

    Default Re: Musical post hole diggers

    I've got a fairly messed up back thanks to those things, and hay hauling, and a few other things.

    ErnieB
    "Who will follow old Ben Milam into San Antonio?"
    Ben Milam 1835

  3. #13
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    Grayson County, TX
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    Kubota B2710

    Default Report on the new digger

    Well we managed to set 22 posts today (thats all we needed). It was a breeze. As for the King Kutter digger I got at Tractor Supply, there are mixed reviews. It digs just fine, but some of the design features I don't understand.

    It comes with a "control handle" which consists of a steal pipe that extends from a hole through the top-side of the gearbox to toward the tractor. The idea is to be able to position the angle from the tractor seat. The only problem is that there is NO way to dig a hole without the handle getting in the way. It was bent after the first hole, and I bent it purposely to get it out of my way after that. Then the set screw stripped and it wouldn't stay mounted.

    Secondly, the plastic flange of the driveshaft cover binds with the guard on the gearbox. It finally popped completely off the driveshaft, leaving the greasy extension of the driveshaft exposed the rest of the day. I couldn't figure out how to get it back on.

    I also noticed that the driveshaft itself seems mighty light. The U-joints are much smaller than what I am used to on the mowers that I use.

    All in all, it made quick work of the hole digging. I stuck it once when I didn't have the RPMs I needed and it screwed itself into the ground and killed the tractor. I got it out by put a post under the gearbox to keep it from digging any further and then engaging the PTO. Until that hole I had found that my 2710 dug easily at idle, but after that I started using about 1700 RPMs once the hole was started.


  4. #14
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    Central Arkansas
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    Kubota /L2650/ LA450/B4690 -- John Deere 450 Dozer

    Default Re: Musical post hole diggers

    DEAR LARRY...... I see it has been some time since you have used a good old pair of posthole diggers...but I guess the pain was the only thing that stayed..... "Squeeze the handles together" you mean you had a reverse pair that you do not pull the handles apart to get the the dirt out.


  5. #15
    Super Star Member Thomas's Avatar
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    Kubota L2800HST w/Frontloader & CC LTX1046

    Default Re: Musical post hole diggers

    How about getting a call during the night say your cows are out,[img]/w3tcompact/icons/frown.gif[/img]
    and come to find out a big tree fell broke 3or4 fence post and both wire runs...of coarse its raining to boot.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

    Thomas..NH [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

  6. #16

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    Default Re: Musical post hole diggers

    Thomas, how about working 18 hours straight, just getting to bed for 4 hours sleep (before having to get up and go back at it) and getting a call saying your Dad's cows are out? You know he's not home, so you get up and go take care of it, only to find it is in the lower pasture where there is 2 feet of standing water from seasonal overflow (Oregon sunshine), 2 posts are down. Fix the posts,wire, and go to dry ground, cut the wire, drive cows back into pasture, splice the wire, and go home for 1 hours sleep.
    Makes a person mumble things about their Dad and their Dad's cows, not to mention staying home and taking care of their OWN Cows!


  7. #17
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    Central mountains of Colorado
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    JD4700

    Default Re: Musical post hole diggers

    I would suggest that anyone faced with "several" holes to drill - consider renting a skid loader with hydraulic post hold digger. We have been renting one for about $175/day. The drilling capacity and output of the machine is incredible. Depending on distance/travel time between posts -one can drill a 12"-18" hole in seconds. 150 holes a day is not an unreasonable job for this type of machine. Try it you'l like it!--- unless of course you'd rather play spin the body with one of those 1 or 2 man personal body propellers.


  8. #18
    Super Member RobS's Avatar
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    John Deere 790

    Default Re: Musical post hole diggers

    How does the hydraulic/skid loader version compare to the three point/PTO style?

    Rob

  9. #19

    Default Re: Musical post hole diggers

    I have never run one, but the crew who built my pole barn used a New Holland LX665 skid steer loader for just about everything. One of the implements they brought was a hydraulically driven post hole auger. I think it was 15 inches in diameter. One of the best things about this was that they could reverse it if they got it stuck, and shake the dirt off when they pulled it out of the hole. You know, like a dog shakes off water :-). Try those tricks with a PTO-driven auger. Since all of the bucket positioning hydraulics were available for positioning the auger it was a lot more controllable than a 3 PT auger, too.

    They also used bucket forks a lot, and had a long boom pole for setting the trusses. I thought for sure that they were going to dump the machine when they raised and carried the first truss, but it worked.



  10. #20

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    TC29D, 8n, 9n

    Default Re: Musical post hole diggers

    Heck Thomas, that happens to me now. But my life just got easier today. I hauled off a cow that was my worst fence crawler.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img][img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]She brought 61 [img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

    ErnieB
    "Who will go with old Ben Milam into San Antonio?"
    Ben Milam 1835

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