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Post hole diggers
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Tom A    Posted 09-30-2003 at 12:14:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got my father-in-law's PhD (he gave it to me, honest!). It is the kind I've always seen...2 wooden handles pivoting near the bottom with short shovels that clamp together when you spread the handles outward. Problem is, the deeper you go the less you can spread the handles to grab dirt.

In Lehman's, they have another type that I hadn't ever seen before. It has a single wood handle with a fixed shovel attached. Then there's a pivoting rod with the second shovel that "closes off" the dirt from the bottom. You operate the rod from a short lever near the top of the handle. Apppears you can dig a lot deeper hole because the handles don't spread, it is just a lever with a connecting rod that never gets more than a few inches from the handle. They call it "the best" PHD. It is $100 and I've been looking at it for years but can't decide whether it is worth it.

Last week, I saw it on "Ask This Old House" and the experts said it was a professional-grade PHD.
Has anybody else seen or used one? Is it that much better?

I ask because I dig a couple dozen holes a year, not enough to justify an auger, but if this PHD is so much better than my old one I probably would spring $100 for it...but I'm too cheap to spring that much without some research.


sven    Posted 10-01-2003 at 05:02:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most of us use the two handled type, just make the hole bigger at the top so you can spread those handles.

sven    Posted 10-01-2003 at 04:53:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most of us use the two handled type, just make the hole bigger at the top so you can spread those handles.

bob    Posted 09-30-2003 at 16:38:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bought a gas powered auger. 200 dollars for the power unit and 99 dollars for eight in auger allready had a 6in from a friends old one. the new one has a fishtail to help dig but doesn,t clean hole as good as without it . like other post I think 100 is a little steep

LH    Posted 09-30-2003 at 13:56:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
At a farm auction a few years ago I picked up an old manual post hole auger that works great in about any soil type. The auger is attached to the handle by 3/4 inch galvanized pipe which is dandy if you need to screw in another section for a deeper hole, My neighbor said when he was a kid they used these things to hand dig wells. Best $5 I ever spent

toolman    Posted 09-30-2003 at 13:27:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
here on the rock pile i use a shovel and a big bar when the goins easy when it,s gets rockier i use a big screwdriver and lay on the ground and dig around the rocks till i get it loose enough to pull out, don,t think id have much use for that kind of hole digger i envy you folks that have ground that you can dig like that.

Jane Hettesheimer    Posted 09-09-2004 at 22:34:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Would you be interested in selling your post-hole auger? If not, do you know anyone who has one for sale?

Thank you

Lazy Al    Posted 09-30-2003 at 13:22:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have both kinds and I kinda prefer the two handle ones . Depends on the soil too though .
The one handle one with the lever doesn't work any better IMO and your sorta limited to the depth of where the lever is . I took one of the one handle ones and put a long handle on it and raise the lever up so I could dig a deep hole for a long pole , say a yard light or temp service pole .
Al .

Gary, Mt. Hermon, La.    Posted 09-30-2003 at 12:56:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
100 dollars for a manual phd. seems kinda high to me. I dont mind making the hole a little bigger than necessary and packing the dirt back around the post. I've dug holes 3 feet deep and 8 to 10 inches in diameter for fence corner posts with the kind of phd you got for nothing, It's not that hard, unless your digging in the dry season when the ground is like concrete or if you are digging in very sticky red clay. Besides them old time phd have been around for a long time and still work as hard as the operator. Sometimes it's just not worth hooking up the pto driven phd for just a small job.

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