When I was a younger feller' dad decided that we needed a fence around the yard. There was an alley on one side of the house and he wanted a bit more privacy than a wire fence would provide. So we started digging post holes for 4x4 posts with one of the scissor type post hole digger. You know, the standard type that does not work once you are about 1 1/2 foot deep. Needless to say I have not had a good appreciation for digging post holes since.
Well, a friend told me about a different type of post hole digging device that was once found in just about all hardware stores. Probably before all the good old hardware stores sold out to Ace and such.
Anyhow, I polled my neighbors for this drill type post hole digger because I could not find one in our local stores.
If you see one of these at a yard sale you might pick it up. I just dug 4 holes in about 1/4 of the time it would have taken using the "high profit margin, dont work well" type diggers that are for sale in Lowe's now.
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The clay in our soil here can stop most people from getting anything done in dirt by hand. I thought about renting a gas powered type but I'm too cheap to do that!
The one on the right can open and dump the dirt. Its only drawback is that the slide for opening up the bit is very low on the handle requiring one to bend over way to much. But, I would still use it over the common types out there now.