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Old 04/27/07, 01:43 PM
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Rotary manual post hole digger??s

Its got 4 flanges that act like teeth, attached to a long pole of piping, with a T handle. It turns clockwise, I saw my first one last week end, the operator was cleaning out post holes made by a hand auger.

The device appeared to be maybe 40 or more years old, and I have never seen one for sale anywhere. The cutting/digging head is circular, at about the same size as a regular pair of manual post hole diggers. Is there a more correct name, so I can try to find one?

Looks like it was doing a very good job on this Florida sandy soil. About 3 half turns did fill it up.

Edited to add; I just looked at about 20 pages from Goggle and do not see anything similar, I should mention that the item's flanges are internally spherical orientated, enough to form a 'basket' for the removed earth.

Yes, I saw the currant hand augers, but they feature a round disc that has a cutting head, apparently for cutting into clay or similar before removing via standard post hole diggers. The device I am talking about gathers its basket full of sand, then must be removed to be emptied before continuing to dig. One half of the bottom of the basket is open space, the other half is the flanges.

It looks like something that worked extremely well but fell to the way side as power equipment came along.

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Old 04/27/07, 06:01 PM
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Auger Hand Post Hole Diggers A better alternative in many cases is a hand-operated post auger. This tool consists of a short tube with an auger section on the bottom and a T-handle on top. It will typically dig a 6- to 8-inch diameter hole. You basically just turn the T-handle to screw the auger into the ground. When the short tube is full of soil, you pull the tool out of the hole and dump the soil. Theoretically, there is no limit to the hole depth with this tool since you can add additional handle sections (simply lengths of steel pipe) as needed for deeper holes. If the subsoil is too hard for the auger to work properly but the hole is too deep to use a clamshell digger effectively, it is sometimes helpful to use a clamshell digger to chip the hard subsoil loose and then use the auger to pick it up and clean out the hole. With either hand-held post hole digger, it is helpful to mark the depth on the handle so you can tell your depth without measuring the hole.

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Old 04/27/07, 07:11 PM
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When I was young in High School, they were used with a series of links to drill shallow water wells. I helped my Father and Uncle dig a 65 foot well with one.
I know of them being used in the very sandy land next to the Arkansas river up in Kansas for water wells. Some of those were drilled in the past 10 years. A cheap well if you have the muscle and water is very shallow. Wouldn't drink it, but good irrigation water.

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Old 04/27/07, 08:14 PM
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Like this one?
http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/lawn_g...Post+Holes.htm

or this?
http://cgi.ebay.com/Primitive-Auger-...QQcmdZViewItem

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Old 04/27/07, 08:19 PM
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The DH found one on ebay. Here is the Link.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Post-Hole-Digger...QQcmdZViewItem

It is Item number: 290088618380

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Old 04/27/07, 08:31 PM
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I have one that was my grandfathers. works great except in rocky soil.

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Old 04/27/07, 09:18 PM
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While the item in Ladygreen's photo seem the most close to the actual device I saw, there were four cutting flanges present. The photo appears to present three flanges for that individual device in this instance.

Upon further examination of the photo, this could be the device mentioned, the expanded photograph clearly shows 4 flanges, my mistake via inadequate vision, pardon me, I have never been this old before.

Finally found a good picture;

http://cgi.ebay.com/Post-Hole-Digger...ayphotohosting

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