Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 97
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 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 Horses 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 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by creekdazed Worked as expected
So far so good. I needed this to help me dig 44 x 20" post holes for a new fence and man did this save me time, but also saved my back and shoulders. It was easy to unpack and very easy to assemble. No CONS that I can see so far - for the tasks I used it for and plan to use it for in the future.
July 22, 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
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by HowDoYouDigAHole Don't go further than 45 days away from your Home Depot
I take full responsibility for the account that follows. Home Depot offers 90 days to return this item. I am sure had I stayed within that time line I would no longer have a really loud paper weight. I purchased this to fence the yard. I thought I would be wise and buy things along and this was one such purchase. I decide to try the unit. Digs two hole without a hitch. Satisfied that it works I empty the gas and run the machine dry. A couple of months later I have a friend who needs some help digging holes. Decide it is another chance to check this thing out. Starts up after a couple of pulls and I let it warm up for about 5 to 10 minutes. As soon as the bit hits the earth the unit bogs down and dies as if it is flooded. Starts right back up. Let it run a few more minutes and try again. Same thing. Note that if I remove the resistance the unit returns to running like a top.
Here is where I blame myself. I did not keep my receipt close after the first success. Had I done this I would have been within the 90 day return window by about 4 days. Failed. Found the receipt about a week late. Now I am turned over to the manufacturer. Let the nightmare begin. They are not helpful. Troubleshooting consists of questions such as, "Is the unit on?". They refer me to a service center. I call this service center who tells me, "We have so many items waiting to be repaired that we are not taking anything new for "months", sorry." I call the manufacturer back, they offer me another service center that is now an hour away and open when most of working folks are working. I learn there is no postage paid return policy, there is no refund option outside of the 90 weekend, and the supervisor just stepped out for the day at 1530 (their time, they also open at 0800).
My recommendation is do not buy this product. If you don't heed that advice I reccomend that you purchase it and dig all of your holes in 89 days and return it for a full refund on the last day. It is not if it fails it is definitely when.
September 29, 2015