View Full Version : Earth Drills / Auger Good and bad experiences

11-02-2006, 12:32 PM
Thinking of adding a Earth Drill/ Auger into the fleet of equipment. I have seen Echo's and Stihl's drills. Any experience would help make a decision.
Thank you

11-04-2006, 05:36 PM
What are you using it for? Just small shallow holes for some bulbs or small shrubs the brands you said will do fine, but for any fence or deck holes they will beat you up enough to want to just hand dig.

11-06-2006, 11:15 AM
This would be used to put bulbs in the ground in flower beds. Also I would plan on a gallon pot auger. Obviously by hitting rocks, tree roots, etc.. would put wear and tear on the unit. What are your good and bad experiences you have had in similar situations.

11-13-2006, 10:54 PM
I'd be more concerned about the extra wear and tear on you when you hit a rock. I used to jamb a shovel in the handle of my echo for more levereage, but learned to quickly pull it out of the hole very often. With the 9" bit on there you can wrap your wrist around the thing if you start daydreaming. The echo has a recoil spring on the top of the bit, looks usless, but does help, although not much. I remember plenty of times choosing to hand dig in rock hard, dry soil because I twisted my wrists farther than they were meant to go. But I was pushing mine adn the machines limits. BTW, you may want to wear a bandana over your mouth when running it.