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    Default Are all post hole augers created equal?

    Hey guys have a bunch of post hole projects to do this spring and i'm sick of renting those two man arm breakers.

    i am going to plant 200 dog wood trees build a deck buils a pole building put up a wall in my current shed and also build some anchers next to the barn to support a wall thats drifting out. all this i think justifies a purchase. haha

    My question is i was looking at the Tractor Supply 3pt posthole digger Country Line. with a 9 inch and 12 inch augers. The price is looking to be around 750.
    I was wondering if this is a good auger/price or if there are much better brands for the money.
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    Default Re: Are all post hole augers created equal?

    All PHD are not created equal. However with two augers as you state thats the going price new for that . If you buy that TSC phd make sure you fill with oil 80/90 B4 use they come shipped dry.

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    If you in rocky or gravely ground with clay go for something more heavy duty. I used one of the older county lines and found out the hard way that they used a grade 2 bolt not grade 5. Unless they changed the design. Once i replaced / welded the other broken pieces and used the grade 2 worthless pot metal bolts i was going through between 2 and 4 sheer pins per hole. Luckly i only needed 6 holes i could not wait to give it back

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    Default Re: Are all post hole augers created equal?

    That model will do a whole lot better than a 2-man. If you ever rent again get one with the engine on a separate dolly that takes the torque.
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    The only other thing to do is check your local implement dealers for prices. There are heavier duty models if you need bigger holes than 12", downforce kits, etc. A hydraulic phd on a skidsteer or dingo is the heat, but I've used my basic Lienbach for many hundreds of holes and it has worked just fine. The straighter boom of the Lienbachs is a small disadvantage compared to the model you are looking at.
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    I researched this for quite a while before biting the bullet and buying a hydraulic auger with 9" and 14" bits. It probably cost triple (?) what a regular 3PH unit would have run, but has some ease-of-use advantages that I appreciate. I especially like being able to exert downward force and being able to reverse the auger if/when it gets stuck under a root or against a rock.
    Besides the price, I'd say the biggest downside of a hydraulic unit is the flow capacity of the tractor. The average CUT just manages the smallest size hydraulic units, which means you aren't going to get the Ooomph! of a unit that your local skid-steer hole-drilling company would use (at 20+ GPM). On the other hand, anything driven by a tractor is going to be more effective than those man-spinning rentals.
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    Default Re: Are all post hole augers created equal?

    Once you use a hydraulic driver, loader mounted PHD. You will never be satisfied with a Mickey Mouse pto driven , three point hitch PHD.
    The slight extra cost is more than offset by . Not breaking shear bolts, being able to back out of jams and the ability to apply down pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buickanddeere View Post
    Once you use a hydraulic driver, loader mounted PHD. You will never be satisfied with a Mickey Mouse pto driven , three point hitch PHD.
    The slight extra cost is more than offset by . Not breaking shear bolts, being able to back out of jams and the ability to apply down pressure.
    I'll second that. They are more expensive but worth it.

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    The answer to your question is "yes" if you recognize that there is only one manufacturer-Danuser. I am unaware of anyone who is unhappy with their Danuser.

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    Default Re: Are all post hole augers created equal?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackRaptor View Post
    Hey guys have a bunch of post hole projects to do this spring and i'm sick of renting those two man arm breakers.

    i am going to plant 200 dog wood trees build a deck buils a pole building put up a wall in my current shed and also build some anchers next to the barn to support a wall thats drifting out. all this i think justifies a purchase. haha

    My question is i was looking at the Tractor Supply 3pt posthole digger Country Line. with a 9 inch and 12 inch augers. The price is looking to be around 750.
    I was wondering if this is a good auger/price or if there are much better brands for the money.
    Thanks.
    I have a TSC post hole digger with both augers you mention. I have probably drilled approx. 300 holes for fences and decks over the last couple of years. For occasional use (like I use it) it is excellent value for the money. I too would agree with the other posts about the hydraulic digger. It is surely a much better unit. But for my occasional use I couldnt justify the extra cost.

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    Default Re: Are all post hole augers created equal?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackRaptor View Post
    Hey guys have a bunch of post hole projects to do this spring and i'm sick of renting those two man arm breakers.

    i am going to plant 200 dog wood trees build a deck buils a pole building put up a wall in my current shed and also build some anchers next to the barn to support a wall thats drifting out. all this i think justifies a purchase. haha

    My question is i was looking at the Tractor Supply 3pt posthole digger Country Line. with a 9 inch and 12 inch augers. The price is looking to be around 750.
    I was wondering if this is a good auger/price or if there are much better brands for the money.
    Thanks.
    Just keep in mind that almost always when purchasing NEW IMPLEMENTS that you get what you pay for. Not saying that what you are looking at is good or bad. Everything has it's place and purpose. There are huge differences with the augers themselves along with type of teeth that are used. There can be big differences in the gear boxes. As has been said, they are not all the same. You just need to do some more research, do some reading, make your own decision.

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