Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 98
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Trooper Good little unit
Building a wood picket fence, I bought this unit after digging several holes by hand. It works as advertised, sometimes a little hard to start, but all in all, very pleased with this purchase. I always seem to hit either a tree root or hard clay while digging. The Auger will torque upon impact with a tree root. I’ve learned to keep my left hip or left knee against the handle to help absorb some of the torque twist. Let the auger do the work, and keep lifting it out of the hole to clear discharged soil. I also had to use a hammer drill a couple of times in hard clay, once the clay was broken up, it was back to the auger to finish hole to desired depth. Todate, I’ve dug 17 holes down to 24 inches with this auger, some holes dug in 3 minutes or less, a couple took much longer due to striking clay. I recommend this auger, if digging by hand, your back will thank you after digging the your first 10 holes.
March 24, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ped1964 Post hole digger
Starts and runs very well. Maybe slightly under powered for a 8" auger, especially in clay. It should be noted though at may have struggled, but it stil did the job.
October 6, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jackalltrade good purchase
its a powerful good auger and I would say it is a great buy
November 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Scott Very good auger
The Powermate 43cc Earth Auger performed very well for the post holes I needed it for. I had roots in most every hole I drilled... And it definitely isn't powerful enough to go through a 3/4" root or more, but it's strong enough to whip you around when you hit one.
I used bigger, more powerful augers in the forest service... This is not overly powerful, the 8" auger bit might be a little oversized if you've got rocky or very heavy clay soils... I would also recommend you have a buddy holding the other side of this when using it. It makes life a little easier if you have more than a couple of holes to dig!
July 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bigmikesr Time Saver & Back Saver!
This is the Best purchase I've made in a long time! Its well worth the money as for as saving time and lots of hard work, It does a great job I put up 50 fence post and it never stopped until I did, starts on 2 or 3 pull every time, I wish that I would have purchased it along time I would have saved me a lots of time and work. Still have another fence job coming up soon for our horses so it will make it more enjoyable to put up! It would also been great for planting plants for landscape jobs, Buy it! you will be thanking yourself when you start that job!
October 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ssborerntn mr wish i had it years ago!!!
if your reviewing this digger don't read any more past mine! I have put in fence's of all types for most of my life and cried every time I had to dig a post by hand inche by inche ! I think for the money verses the time and backache you can't go wrong with this digger! it chewed through hard soil and root like a knife through hot butter! over all its now my favorite tool on the farm !
October 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paul106 A real time saver
I bought this in store to start a fencing project at home. I wasn't about to attempt this with regular post hole diggers! Out of the box, all I had to do was attach the auger with the provided.hardware and tools. 10 minutes to review the manual and out to the fence line. This auger started the first time and each time afterwards. I was astonished by the power this unit has! Some holes took only a minute to dig, while some harder ones, maybe 5 minutes. This unit had plenty of power to tackle most of the project. A few holes had clay that was too hard and the auger just shaved the clay. That would have taken a good while to dig. I soaked those holes and that worked much better. One serious word of advise - wear a good pad on your left thigh. This thing is really strong, and if you hit rocks or veins of clay, it's hard to prevent it from kicking back and smacking the tar out of your leg.
June 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Throckmorton Great little auger for the DIY'er.
I'm building a new privacy fence on my property. I was going to rent an auger but after reading about this one i just decided to go ahead and buy one. I'm VERY please with that decision.
We bought the auger last weekend and it took about 30 minutes to read the manual and get it assembled. Assembly meant only attaching the bit.
It's light enough for one person to handle easily and it fires up instantly every time. We had ZERO issues with it. Seems to be built very well for a personal use auger. Granted this is NOT an industrial tool..but it's not advertised as one and not meant to be one....but it is very well suited for the homeowner that wants to put up a fence, plant, and just have a well built and very handy tool around.
The first day we had it we dug several post holes a bit over 2 feet deep. The first 8" or so was soil, then after that it was moist very dense clay. We had no problems what so ever, it dug right through it all. It took approximately 2-3 minutes per hole. It would have literally taken 45 minutes and a LOT of effort per hole to do with manual post hole diggers!! We let the auger do the work and would raise it up a couple of times per hole to clear the clay and it worked perfect.
I am VERY happy with this purchase. I have no doubt that if i take care of this tool it will last a long time and save me a lot of time and work.
March 12, 2015