Earth augers are drilling devices. They come in a variety of styles and uses: you can have wood augers for cutting clean circles in timber (although now we almost always just use a power drill), you can use augers in construction with special drilling rigs to make deep holes for foundation piles, and augers – either gas or hand powered – are also used by ice fishermen to drill holes to fish through!
When you’re talking about augers in the gardening sense, you’re talking about a drill that is used to make holes in the earth. They’re called earth augers, soil augers or mechanised post-hole diggers. These augers are usually used for planting trees and bushes, sometimes for digging fence post holes, sometimes for making footings for construction; and sometimes you just need to dig a hole.
No matter what, when you need to dig a hole, there’s nothing worse than facing the task with a shovel! Save yourself time and labour and get yourself a quality earth auger and auger bits from GYC.
How to Use Your Earth Auger
Augers are a highly specialised piece of equipment that are used to dig holes for placing fence posts, footings or for planting holes. Hand augers commonly feature a rotating helical screw blade which removes the drilled out material from the ground as it digs.
The simple design includes a powerful engine with sturdy handles and a large drill that faces downwards and drills vertically into the ground. Both hands must be kept on the handles throughout the operation to keep the auger steady and pointing directly down.
When you’re using your hand auger, you need to make sure that you use the appropriate eye and hearing protection, as well as gloves and the right kind of shoes. Sturdy boots are best if you have them. The biggest hazard that you can encounter when you’re drilling into the ground is the presence of underground power and gas lines. You can also have underground TV cables and telephone lines, so do the right thing and always dial before you dig!
Also, before you start digging, make sure you call a building inspector to find out whether the post depth you’re digging is suitable for your job (if you’re building a fence or a deck).
Lay out your ideas beforehand
While this might seem a little obvious, it helps to lay out all of your post holes/tree holes/gardening holes prior to getting started. Using an auger is relatively fast but does require a bit of muscle to control it and to ensure that where and what you’re digging is a straightforward process. So make sure that once you start, you can just keep on going!
Benefits of an Auger
When you have an auger at your disposal, you will find that digging straight holes is suddenly simple! If you are on a farm or a large property and find that you need an earth auger, you will enjoy the immediate benefit that comes from having this handy tool at your disposal.