Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 30
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by nerf Great multi-purpose yard tool
I live in a forested area and my "soil" is mostly roots and rocks. I cannot get a pick, much less a shovel, into the ground.
I got this auger head and a 2" auger bit with the idea of using it for breaking up the ground down a couple of feet for making flower beds, for small jobs like putting in bird feeder poles, and for making holes for tree fertilizer spikes.
It has done all these things quickly and easily and I could not do them AT ALL before.
I would have paid a landscaper a lot more than the cost of this auger to do this work.
My brother-in-law who owns a fencing company gave me a saftey tip -- brace the handle against your left thigh so that if you hit a root or something, it will not whip around and break your arm!!
September 14, 2009
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Jbego Lacks power
Goal was: dig 12" deep holes for 120 tree (saplings). Used 4" auger. Powered through topsoil however once auger reached clay the auger stops turning. After 10 holes ( about 90 minutes work) I put auger down and ran to tractor supply to purchase a 3 point auger for my 41 HP tractor. The 3 point auger was the right tool for job.
If I may speculate... I cannot imagine the Earthquake powerhead powering a 6 inch auger. The 4 inch was okay if you are working with topsoil. Even in topsoil, it does a poor job of clearing the soil from hole.
The 4 inch auger bit was built well. The power head looks like good construction but some issues starting. Once engine running, it continued to run well, just under-powered.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BDoc GREAT customer service
It's not common these days to call the manufacturer of your product and get good customer service, so I wanted to take the time to write this review in thanks.
My auger was leaning on a tree while not in use, slid off, fell, and the fuel-filter nipple broke off. In dire-straights, I called the customer service line and to my surprise was speaking with a very nice native-english speaking guy. Within two minutes he identified the part I need and had it in shipment to me. No horrid phone-tree, no calls to India, no $50 parts, just great customer service. It's still out there, people.
June 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by flyfisher Excellent product. Easy to set up and use.
The power head was easy to set on the auger and started quickly. I bought the 8 inch auger, but probably could have gone with a smaller one. The hole made by the 8 inch auger is huge. Only difficulties I had were rocks and clearing the dirt from the hole. I had to clear rocks with a pike and the dirt at the bottom with a manual post hole digger. The power head has a lot of torque and speed for the auger, but when it hits a rock (4 inch or larger), it stops turning. Had to back out, pull the rock and then start again. Definitely better than digging manually, though.
October 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by thisguy outstanding performance for one
I had purchased the auger to assist me in building a 200'
fence consisting of 25 two foot deep holes. Using the 8" bit it took me less than 4 hour to dig all holes in the moderately rocky soil. Auger easily started right out of box and every time after. The powerful (but not too powerful for one) engine ran very smoothly and at a consistently easy pace. It also only used a 1/2 gallon of gas (and oil mixture that they include) after stopping and starting for for all 24 holes- that's 48"! NOTE: only thing I advise, being a not so big guy, is to be aware that at time, like when hitting any medium and larger rock, you will be jerked suddenly and may have to wrestle with the machine while exerting much effort.
April 18, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Arkansas22 Auger in clay soil with some rocks
The auger worked well in soil without any rocks (small or large) but if you hit a tree root release the throttle or it will give you an fairly strong unexpected shove... We noticed it works far better with one person as it is allowed to move around a bit more. Take your time and don't shove it down hard. What others have said about pulling it up to get the dirt out of the hole is true...do it or you will be slowed down a great deal.
I also agree with others about using this unit in rocky soil, get a larger unit period, don't waste your time. If you are in rocky or heavy clay soil you will spend a lot of time with a shovel.
The reason I gave it four stars is it starts easily, usually gets through the first foot of soil (as others have stated) fairly well and is easy to setup with good instructions.. It does struggle after the first foot of soil! Again, I should have opted for the larger unit. I will be selling this one and going to the larger unit!
This is a good item if you have regular soil without rocks and heavy clay. I tried it in an area without the stated obstacles and it worked well. I would also spend the extra money and get an extension so you don't have to bend down so far when digging holes over a foot deep. We sank our 8 inch fence posts 2 feet down and really had to work for the last foot. Hope this helps with your decision! Anyone for a slightly used Auger?
October 26, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WayneVa Easy to use, easy to start
My first one-man auger and it performed very well. There was a slight problem when I hit hardpan and the auger controlled me. I expected that and releasing the throttle stopped the auger on a dime.
March 5, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MCHandyman Don't waste your money on this
I have replaced primer bulbs, pull rope assemblies. Now the seal arround the gas line has turned to mush. Won't stay started.
I am a handyman who takes good care of my equipment, all garaged. I have lots of gas driven equipment that has preformed year after year, when needed.
But not this thing.
November 15, 2011