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43cc Earth Auger Powerhead with 8 in. Bit

$249.00 /each
  • Powerful 43cc 2 cycle engine for maximum performance
  • Heavy duty direct gear drive with solid steel drive shaft
  • Equipped with 8 in. bit. Ready to use out of the box

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The Powermate Earth Auger gives you the power to drill holes for decks, fence posts, tree planting and more. It features a 43cc engine with a bit speed up to 270 RPM for quick, efficient drilling. This hardworking machine includes an 8 in. drill bit for supreme drilling capacity. It is outfitted with a manual recoil easy start fuel delivery system that allows for quick starting ability and a translucent fuel tank that lets you easily keep an eye on fuel levels.

  • Assembled dimension: 11 in. W x 26 in. D x 48 in. H
  • Bit turns at a maximum of 270 RPM to move earth quickly and easily
  • 1.3 ft. lb. of torque makes easy work of boring holes for fence installation, tree and bulb planting and other outdoor needs
  • Manual startup provides reliability
  • Works with augers from 6 in. to 8 in. in diameter for versatile auger uses
  • Includes 8 in. bit
  • 2-cycle, 43cc engine provides powerful, efficient performance

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How long is the 8" auger? In other words, how deep can it drill a hole?

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February 27, 2013
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Roopville, GA
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June 15, 2016
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I drilled this hole down to 30". Last part of the video doesn't show me going all the way down but it's very close. You will be bumping up against the bottom of the motor and it will work your back.
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March 12, 2015
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Realistically it will dig a bit over two feet....there are extensions available though!
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Coventry, OH 44319
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May 27, 2014
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If you run the unit all the way in, ie the clutch is almost in the hole, you get about 32 inches deep. That is not below the frost line of 36 inches here in Ohio. Check your frost line to make sure what your area requires and go at least that depth. Dont forget that you will need a set of good old hand post hole diggers to remove the excess dirt from the hole, Home Depot sells a set with the depth marked Read More
If you run the unit all the way in, ie the clutch is almost in the hole, you get about 32 inches deep. That is not below the frost line of 36 inches here in Ohio. Check your frost line to make sure what your area requires and go at least that depth. Dont forget that you will need a set of good old hand post hole diggers to remove the excess dirt from the hole, Home Depot sells a set with the depth marked on the handles so you can get really accurate. 36 inches deep and it takes about 1.5 to 2 - 80lbs bags of quick crete to fill the hole, if using a 4x4 post. Read Less
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Oklahoma
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April 26, 2014
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The deepest holes I have dug with this auger and bit were 27 inches.
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Ben Lomond California
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February 8, 2014
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24" is as deep as it will go without an extension.
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Cochise, AZ
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October 29, 2013
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I drill 24" with the 8" bit.
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Northern Maine, USA
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August 21, 2013
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I bought extension pieces to increase drill depth. I went down 6' with no problem and see no reason why it would keep going another 3' with 2 more extensions. Adding too many extensions would put too much wobble in the power head causing excessive wear and tear.
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Mountain Home, ID 83647, USA
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August 13, 2013
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We have dug close to 20" deep. There is an extension available to dig down close to 3 1/2 feet.
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Orangevale, CA
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August 13, 2013
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It can dig a post hole approx. 2 feet with no problem.
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July 11, 2013
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I got down to about 20 inches in clay soil, but that was if I also sluiced with water.
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February 27, 2013
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appox 36" from tip of auger to drill head. ive dug 30" deep holes with it.
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Is this a one man auger?

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Yes it is. See it in action on the video.
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white rock, SC
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November 13, 2015
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this unit is for one man operation, in soft dirt a 8 inch auger is okay, but if you encounter a root or a rock, you may have difficulty holding onto the handles.. Be careful.
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Georgia
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April 8, 2015
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Yes, one person can handle it with no problem.
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Southwest Oklahoma
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March 12, 2015
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Yes....but can still be used very easily by two people. I used mine both ways and it worked fine either way.
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Houston, Texas
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February 12, 2015
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yes
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Belleville, Illinois
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November 11, 2014
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I used the unit by myself, but if you run into a snag it will bite down hard.
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Dyer,IN
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September 23, 2014
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yes
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August 8, 2014
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Yes it is. It's a bit unwieldy and you do have to wrestle it, but I was able to use it by myself in Texas gumbo soil which is notoriously difficult to dig in.
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is 8 inch or 10 inch better for 4 by 4 post

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July 28, 2016
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I used 8 inch in driving down a 6x6 post. So 8 inch diameter drill bit is definitely the answer to your question.
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Depends on what you are building. Fence or a medium sized shed or cabin , 8 inch holes are good. Anyting bigger and 10 inches should be used. However, if you are not very accuarte when laying out or digging the 10 inch holes would give you plenty of room to get everything square. I would reccomend taking time to layout the job good and you wont waste too much time adjusting your holes, and you wont waste Read More
Depends on what you are building. Fence or a medium sized shed or cabin , 8 inch holes are good. Anyting bigger and 10 inches should be used. However, if you are not very accuarte when laying out or digging the 10 inch holes would give you plenty of room to get everything square. I would reccomend taking time to layout the job good and you wont waste too much time adjusting your holes, and you wont waste money on extra concrete. Read Less
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Yes an 8inch will be better
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I would say it depends on how high your fence is going to be and how solid the soil is?, for taller posts or softer soil I would go with the larger diameter and use more concrete for strength.
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Northern Maine, USA
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The closer you get to the size hole you need, the better off you will be. I used an 8" auger for an 8" sono-tube. You'll get less wobble later.
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Mountain Home, ID 83647, USA
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I have been using the 8" for railroad ties, a little concrete with a 4x4 would be great with this machine.
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I would probably use the 6" bit for my post holes. The 8" bit included works, but if the ground is clay or rock, it hangs up frequently.
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if building a fence up to 6ft high 8" hole works .
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Can you use the Powermate Auger to bore under a 5' sidewalk?

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September 1, 2013
Just purchased a Powermate Auger, 8" for fence post work. Now looking to bore under a 5' sidewalk. Can I buy a 3" auger? And run the engine horizontal to bore under the side walk?
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The auger bit that comes with this auger is not going to give you enough length.
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I dont see why not, as long as the gas tank is facing up just as when you start it (as the manual states). You would just need to dig a big enough and deep enough hole to fit the entire engine and handles into the ground and get it centered. That includes the entire lenght too. That is quite a big hole just to get the unit in place. May be easier to just cut the concrete 5 inches wide with a wet saw, use Read More
I dont see why not, as long as the gas tank is facing up just as when you start it (as the manual states). You would just need to dig a big enough and deep enough hole to fit the entire engine and handles into the ground and get it centered. That includes the entire lenght too. That is quite a big hole just to get the unit in place. May be easier to just cut the concrete 5 inches wide with a wet saw, use a madik to dig the trench and re-concrete. Tell me/post if it works, seems like an okay idea. Read Less
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yes but you will have to dig a large hole to get down to the level you are going to bore would find something a little easier like a pvc and water bored hole
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I would imagine so as long as it will run on it's side but be careful not to hit anything solid because it may damage the unit.
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January 23, 2014
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The auger is designed for vertical or near vertical digging. If you are boring horizontally it will probably not work.
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September 1, 2013
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No, I wouldn't think that application would suit this tool very well. To bore under sidewalk, it's more appropriate to use a water bore. This auger is intended to be used as a vertical bore.
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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 121 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CHEAPER THAN RENTING - WORKS GREAT Renting from Home Depot costs about $300 for a week. Bought this unit for $249 ($270 with tax), used it for 4 days, sold it on Craig's List for $175 - total cost $95! If you read the directions, this unit starts up easily the first time, and every time. Cuts thru clean, compacted dirt like butter. Drill 24 inch deep holes in about 45 seconds. Rocks and roots will stop it, but the clutch stops the machine and you don't get hurt. I'm not a large guy and I'm 78 years old and I had no problems using this machine. I would buy another one without any hesitation if another project pops up. August 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Helpful tool The Auger works well in sandy soil. It will bogg down little when you get deeper. August 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Reliable time saver! We saved so much time using this auger to dig holes for a split rail fence! It started quickly and was easy to use! August 16, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by good tool, powerful The power auger is easy to start and use. tI have used it for 50 holes in Florida wet sand & mud. Unfortunately The plastic shroud around the muffler is not high temp plastic, and melted & deformed with the exhaust heat. i would like a replacement. I would readily recommend this from HD. August 3, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by first one bad first one bought friday evening and had no power called customer service 8to5 hours no good since it was 5.30 .So another trip to the store exchanged with no problem made it home and the new one works great but second trip for it was no good,and customer service of auger company July 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Works good for its size Works great for small jobs. If you have a lot of holes to drill buy a bigger one. July 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by best auger i ever used was able to drill all the holes in one day whereas it would take a week by post hole digger July 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Broke within the first two post holes Started poorly and started cord completely came out while starting. Wasn't out of box for longer than 30 minutes July 19, 2016
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