/ What did you do with your Power Trac today? #371
- Mar 10, 2002
- Northern VA
- Power Trac 1845 and 425
On a standard tractor or the PT, I've always had to do as you say. You might try going to high RPMs with the auger slightly raised, once you reached final depth, to see if it will "throw" the dirt out. I think the problem is related to hole being bigger than the auger. As the dirt starts up the auger, it moves to the side of the auger then falls back down the hole.Lumber moving. I needed some boards for fencing projects, and they were too long for my truck, so I had them delivered. 18' 2x10" boards to redo a guardrail, plus new "true" ground contact pressure treated (0.31lbs/cu.ft.) 6"x6"x12' posts. Each bundle is just at the pucker point for the 1445.
One of the many challenges is that none of my gates are 16' wide, much less 18'...
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I strap my lumber together to reduce warping/splitting until I can put the board up. The 0.31lb/cuft 12' beams are right at my comfort limit for lifting as they are still drying out from being pressure treated. (120lbs?)
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Moving these boards through a couple of gates and down a steep slope was rather interesting, and I managed not to hit too many items, though I did break a railing trying to swivel the sixteen footers through a 12' ranch style gate with a top cross bar.
I also augered a couple of fence post holes for gate stops to hold gates open when not in use. One had rotted out because the drainage put water on the base, and I wanted a post with packed gravel to at least try to get the water away from the wood.
I'm still not wild about using an auger for fence posts. No shade on the auger; the one I have is a planetary drive and is super powerful. It chews the remains of old fence posts without slowing down. I find I only need to use it slightly above idle. My issue is that I have not developed the knack of lifting the auger up to clear the hole of loose dirt. I'm finding that it takes four or five auger/lift/dump repeats to clear a 3-4' deep hole. Any advice is most welcome.
I will admit that I am not using the auger on anything approaching flat ground.
All the best,