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    Default What\'s the best way to store a Post Hole Digger???

    In the past, I've seen some nice 3 pt implement dollies in the forums for back blades and tillers (even for a chipper)... I bought a Post Hole Digger and was using it today....

    So, what is the best way to store a PHD? Anybody have a picture of a special home built dolly for storing one?

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    <font color="blue"> Anybody have a picture of a special home built dolly for storing one? </font>

    It's not a dolly, but it works! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: What\'s the best way to store a Post Hole Digger???

    I have done two diff things. I have a 4x6 post laying across the roof trusses in my barn, close to the wall as I can for support. I chained a hoist to the post. Backed my tractor up to the hoist chain and pull it tight, then disconnect from the tractor. Be careful, it will swing. I alos have just put it on the ground and hooked it up. Anyway, I just hoist it up, again, close to the wall and it is out of the way, off the floor, and easy to get to. Second way, I just discovered is the use of a regular dolly. I took off all the arms except the main line the bit connects to. Put the auger on the dolly, and strap it down with some pull type straps, and away you go. Can put it anywhere you want. No special make ups. Clean and simple.

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    Default Re: What\'s the best way to store a Post Hole Digger???

    EagleEye
    I havenít made a dolly for my PHD yet. But have been saving the different threads on storage of PHD for some time. Check them out below.
    When I remove mine I take the auger off and remove the PTO shaft. It makes it easy to put back on and takes up less space in the barn. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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    Default Re: What\'s the best way to store a Post Hole Digge

    Ron and All, Thanks a million!

    Anybody have a wooden solution (like the wooden dollys)? I looked through all the referenced forums and didn't see a wooden rolling dolly (sounds like I may need to design one (did see the metal on the wooden dolly but I'm not the metal type [img]/forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]....

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    EagleEye
    DocHebís dolly is about as good as you can get without welding. I believe he purchased all the pipe and fittings from Home Depot.

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    Default Re: What\'s the best way to store a Post Hole Digge

    Ron, looks good enough for me. I'll build that one. THANKS!

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    Default Re: What\'s the best way to store a Post Hole Digge

    This may be too obvious or simple, but I saw something at my local Tractor Supply that I'd use (if I were so fortunate as to actually own a post hole digger, that is [img]/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] ).

    It was a simple rope pulley system with a weight limit of 750 lbs., I believe. I'd think you could attach that to something overhead and just back under it, attach the rope system, unhook your PHD and even crank it up a bit if you wanted. As I recall it was relatively inexpensive, too.

    It seems like this wouldn't be nearly so large or cumbersome as the platform set up. The flip side is you'd have to have a path open to get to it as, unlike the platform setup, you can't move this to your tractor.

    Good luck with whatever you decide. I hope this helps. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: What\'s the best way to store a Post Hole Digge

    EagleEye:

    <font color="blue">Anybody have a wooden solution (like the wooden dollys)? </font>

    I took some scrap 2x4s and made 2 braces (tripods with the third leg the ground) with a "U" cut at top to fit. One is braced against the digger head, the other against the lower link arm boom. Thing is supported at correct height for remounting at three points, to wit: auger point and the two tripods. It only took a few minutes to make and and was made from scrap lumber. Will take a pic sometime soon (digital camera is in office) and post for you.

    Costs little or nothing to make. When demounting from tractor I lower the auger tip to within an inch or so of the ground, the braces are jammed up under the head and 3pt arm bracket and the whole thing is lowered to rest on ground and braces. Then disconnect. This set-up has worked well since the thing is in the correct position for easy reattachment - just back into it and hook up. No lifting or messing around.

    JEH

    PS the only disadvantage of the above is if you are mounting on two different tractors (alternating tracrors) the height of the upper link attaching point (at the end of the PH boom) may not be exactly the same depending on the tractor.

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    Default Re: What\'s the best way to store a Post Hole Digger???

    As I've stated previously in a couple of postings, I remove the auger (it's only two bolts) and then I can store the PTD with the head on the floor where it isn't dangerous to me or anyone else and I can move it around easily. I have all of my implements on dollies (with iron casters so the wheels don't get flat on one side from resting on concrete). I haven't had time to make a dolly for the PHD yet, but I plan to make a simple small one on three casters with a tube in the middle so that I can drop the shaft of the PHD shaft down inside and it will hold the head upright. Then I'll be able to lift the boom and pull that sucker around easily and safely. I know; it's a pain to remove the auger every time, but it's a pain to get hit in the head, too, and as I progress further into geezerhood I seem to be more vulnerable to these kinds of accidents.

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