Heavy Duty Augers

Power Planter: Mastering Tough Soils with Superior Heavy-Duty Augers

Power Planter heavy-duty augers are built for the toughest digging jobs you can throw at them. Our heavy-duty augers are what you reach for when you need to dig post holes, plant trees, or just need to break up dense, rocky clay soil that other digging tools just can’t take. Landscapers across the Southern and Northeastern regions of the United States, as well as in Australia, have praised the exceptional efficiency of Power Planter heavy-duty augers in challenging soils. Whether you’re a professional landscaper or a dedicated DIY enthusiast, Power Planter’s tough earth auger bits are up to the task of cutting through any soil condition to get the job done.

What sets Power Planter’s heavy-duty augers apart is their durable craftsmanship and high-quality hand-welded designs. On augers with a 4” diameter and larger sizes, all wear parts, including the pilot auger, flighting blades, and hex adapter are replaceable. Built to last, our heavy-duty garden augers are made with American steel that’s tough enough to bore into soil that leaves other tools throwing in the towel. And with an unconditional guarantee on parts, materials, and craftsmanship, you can rest easy knowing that your investment is protected. Choose Power Planter heavy-duty augers and experience the power and precision in your landscaping jobs today.

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Customer Reviews

[review content="Had to wait nearly 8 days til I could get outside, due to fridged weather, and start planting several trees on my property. The only reason I can do it at all is because of the Power Planter System I ordered. SO WORTH THE INVESTMENT! I have heavy rock and thick clay soil. It a beast in and of itself and it has really limited what I could accomplish in planting anything. Can you imagine using a spud bar for over an hour to breakup a rock so you could remove it. That’s what I faced every time I wanted to plant anything. I took a few tries to really get the hang of the system. Got the power stance right to knowing when to and how to use the auger to do the work for you. . . I finally got it down and I am SO grateful! You have one VERY HAPPY CLIENT! These are the 1st big ones I’ve purchased & used. Boy do they make a difference. I live in NJ and we have crappy soil, shale & clay. And since our house was built on what was once a farm they stripped away the topsoil." name="Debbie from NJ" product-name="Ultimate Heavy Duty Professional Landscaper Bundle (Heavy Duty Tips)" product-handle="ultimate-heavy-duty-professional-landscaper-kit-hd-tips"]
[review content="Extremely well made and heavy duty. Used to dig holes to fertilize 5 evergreens of varying sizes. Worked great. Accomplished the job in a fraction the time it would have taken to dig by hand." name="Courtney N." product-name="DIY Guru Auger (3″ x 12″)" product-handle="diy-guru-auger-3-x-12"]
[review content="I have quite a variety of Power Plant augers, and I am very pleased with my latest addition — the 5″ auger in a very comfortable length. This auger is perfect for quickly digging holes to plant potted plants, and it’s great for digging holes for bare-rooted plants because a 5″ hole gives a lot of room for roots to spread out. I like the 28″ length so I do not have to bend over. I will be planting 200 asparagus crowns soon and this auger will make short work of the deep holes needed for asparagus. I use a Milwaukee drywall compound mixer to power all of my augers." name="Anonymous" product-name="Quart Pot Landscaping Auger (5” x 28”)" product-handle="528-quart-plant-auger"]
[review content="The 5″ size handles most of the seedlings we plant, and the heavy-duty tip with a DeWalt DCD130 cordless drill tears through the clay soil we have in spots." name="Jack H." product-name="Quart Pot Landscaping Auger (5” x 28”)" product-handle="528-quart-plant-auger"]

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a Heavy-Duty Auger Work in Clay Soil?

Yes, a heavy-duty auger can work in clay soil. How effective your digging experience is will depend on several factors, including the size of the auger, the moisture content of the soil, and the power of your drill. If you have ‘bone dry’ clay, it is often better to lightly moisten the soil the night before.

Do I Need a More Powerful Drill to Use a Heavy-Duty Auger?

If you are using earth auger bits with a diameter of 5” or less and are digging less than 12 inches into loose soil, then you will need an 18V – 20V drill at minimum. For larger heavy-duty augers and for use in more challenging soil conditions, we recommend a 60V drill, however a 40V drill will work. For more information on how much drill power you need for your heavy-duty auger, check out this handy guide.

What Safety Precautions Should I Take When Using a Heavy-Duty Auger?

To use your heavy-duty auger safely, make sure you use appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves, eye protection, and sturdy footwear. Also, be aware of any underground utilities and other potential hazards before you begin drilling with your heavy-duty auger. Always follow your drill manufacturer’s safety instructions, and call before you dig.

Does Wetting Soil Make It Easier to Dig with a Heavy-Duty Auger?

Not necessarily. While wetting soil can sometimes make it easier to shovel or till by hand, it might not always improve the effectiveness of a heavy-duty auger. An excess amount of water can even create muddy conditions, making the soil more difficult to handle and leading to clumping, that can put undue stress on your auger and drill. If the soil is too dry, adding a small amount of water might help. If it’s too wet, waiting for it to dry out may be beneficial.

What Happens if My Auger Hits a Rock?

If your heavy-duty auger encounters small rocks, it’s designed to churn them up and push them out of the hole with the rest of the soil. If the rock is too large, the force will likely stop the drill, thanks to the cordless drill’s clutch that disengages the motor if too much torque is applied. Should you hit a rock that causes your drill to stop, simply pause, remove the auger from the hole, and try to manually remove the rock. If it won’t budge, you might need to change your drilling spot.