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What's the fastest way to dig 3 gal holes?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by General Landscaping, May 30, 2007.

  1. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 802

    What's the fastest way to dig 3 gallon holes?
    I've got a job that will warrant the use of something other than a shovel.
    Looking for somthing not tractor or skid mounted.
    Soil conditions are mostly sandy with some tree roots thrown in.
  2. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 699

    one man hand auger, dingo with auger
  3. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    you can get 3 gallon auger bits from am leonard or gemplers and they attach to a stihl gas powered drill or comparable unit.
  4. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 401

    One or two man auger , but there is no faster way than a miniskid mounted auger.
  5. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 802

  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    I bought a plant auger and welded a shaft to it and use it in my echo gas powered drill. got roots to ? bring along a cordless sawzall
  7. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

  8. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 802

    That's the closest I could find on either of those two sites. Can you just "waller" it out to 3 gal size.....7" at the bottom and 9" at the top?

    I'm really scratching my head because of the shortage of options here.......
    I would think these things would be all over the place and everybody would have one or two; and someone would be importing them from China for $30 each:confused:

    I feel like I'm looking for something that most people know better than to use.

    Can a large electric drill run one of these, or does it take a gas model to get it done right?
  9. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    you start getting that large a 1/2" shank won't have enough holding power when the going gets tough. Heck my bulb auger gives me fits up here.

    All the digging Ive done In orlando, it was pretty easy. nice sandy soils make for easy digs. how many holes do you need to dig?
  10. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    I dont see how you are having problems finding a gas powered auger. Every rental store has atleast 2 and has sevral bits. Even home depot has them for rent.

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