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2 man auger

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Bigred350, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 768

    I'm in the market for a 2 man auger for planting shrubs on a hillside. What's the best brands out there. And what's better 2 stroke or 4 stroke?
     
  2. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,699

    Just thought I'd throw this out..... have you used a 2 man auger to plant shrubs on a hillside? If you have and it worked out OK for you then read no further. We did a job several years back where we planted about 5 acres of hillside from 1 and 5 gallon shrubs, 3 to 4 feet on center. In theory we thought that a two man auger would make short work of the job but it ended up being a bigger pain in the ass than we thought. The big issue was the weight of the machine and the effort involved in moving it around on the slope. Luckily we rented an auger before we bought one so we quickly figured out that it was not a good option for us BEFORE we bought an auger of our own. We found that it was much quicker and easier to just dig the holes by hand.
     
  3. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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    That's kinda what I thought. Plus where were planting has good topsoil on it so hand digging wont be to bad.
     
  4. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,699

    If it was flat ground and you were planting a large number of one gallon shrubs an auger would kick ass. The one that we rented to try to plant 5 gallon plants was just too heavy to use efficiently. The soil that we were planting is was pretty hard decomposed granite so we rented a 4 stroke machine. Even on flat ground two guys could dig the holes just as fast as the two guys on the machine.
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Go rent a dingo and auger.

    That way you can use the dingo to move the plants around also.

    Just a thought.......

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  6. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 768

    I have a boxer already. The issue is the shrubs are on a slope where it's to steep for equipment. So it's either shovel or man auger.
     
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    Sounds like even a two man auger is going to not work.

    Maybe a small, handheld 4 inch auger and just work the holes and dig them out.

    That or just hand dig all together.

    Bill accordingly.

    I'd also like to see a pic.


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