1 man augers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by PUDGE, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. PUDGE

    PUDGE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    The shovel is killing my back! I work alone and do small landscaping. I have seen the 1 man augers that some co. have and would like to hear from some people that have used one.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    They are easier to handle than the two man augers. I've used self contained units, and I've used trailing units like the Eager Beaver. It all depends on what you are going to be digging and how much at a time, I guess.
  3. WeeDr

    WeeDr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Just from my experience, the time I used one my back has never hurt so bad, and it was like that for 2 days afterwards. I broke down and bought one for my tractor, but I know most people don't have a tractor. I would suggest renting one when you need it, or at first to see how you like it.

  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Hehehe why you think I've been talking about getting a compact tractor?

    Yes sir, I think my shovels are fixing to rust, I know exactly what you speak of.
  5. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    I use one all the time for 2 gal and under. It saves so much time and is not a back breaker. I'll plug 15-20 holes, add the admenments, plant & backfill. Start over.
  6. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 365

    What kind do you have and where did you get it from?? Solo operator here too but have some hole intense jobs coming in the spring.
  7. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    I'm currentely using my friends. I kinda inheireted it. He bought it for some decks he was building for the posts. I borrowered one day and he said kept it until he needs it again. I've used it quite abit.

    It's a Ardisam Earthquake brand. He said he bought it at Lowes for $200. I've never seen them sold there ever?

    I know Northerntool.com sells them now for $230-$349. Then you have to buy the bits sepertely for around $110.

    So he got a good deal if he only paid $200 for it.
  8. loom-gen

    loom-gen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    I love my echo for small jobs. One problem with it though. When you put the thing on the ground it starts at chest high or so. this is where the loose dirt is and digging is easy for the most part. When the head of the machine reaches the level of your staff-n-satchell, it hits a root or a rock causing the handle of the machine to kick over and ... you get the picture
  9. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 365

    Always great info here.
  10. csl

    csl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    we bought a dingo and auger head this year and sold our bigger auger. now we can dig a 12" hole 16" deep in 8 seconds. honestly i can fire 3 employees now. and i think there are something like 180 different mini skid attachments. if you search hard you can find a great deal on one, and they are light enough to haul on most trailers.

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