If you have questions about augers, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about earth augers. Read on to learn the answers!
1. What Is an Earth Auger?
An earth auger is a simple tool designed to help you bore holes in the ground. Typically lightweight and inexpensive to purchase, an auger can help you with any task — from planting bulbs or grass plugs, to digging fence post holes. Just it attach it to a cordless drill and you can dig holes anywhere.
2. What Size Auger Do I Need?
Earth augers come in a variety of sizes. Learn how to pick the right size auger for your landscape project on our auger sizing page. Some augers have specialized uses so please consult our auger sizing page or contact us if you are unsure.
Our most popular auger is our 3 inch by 24 inch Extended Length Bulb Auger. This auger can dig small holes without bending over and also has the strength & durability to dig much deeper and wider holes in tough soil conditions. For example, Landscapers often dig two or more holes side by side to make a hole wide enough for large posts.
3. How Do I Use an Auger?
Watch this short video for helpful digging tips…
Power Planter’s augers are simple to use. Most of our standard augers are made with a hex head so that they’ll fit a standard drill chuck. To use an auger, simply fit the hex head to a power drill or cordless drill. Set the drill speed on it’s lowest setting (more torque) and adjust the chuck to a resistance setting appropriate for your fitness level. Now you’re ready to start digging.
For larger holes, you may want to dig a small pilot hole before starting. Then, place the auger’s tip at the center of the hole you plan to dig, and activate the drill or powerhead.
Make sure to keep the auger vertical as it digs and be prepared — the drill will kick back in your hand slightly as the auger starts to bite into the soil. Once the auger is digging, there is no need to press on it. Just let the auger dig until you’ve reached the desired depth, and then you can safely remove the tool from the hole.
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4. How Much Power Do I Need?
It’s important to make sure you have the proper drill or power engine for your Power Planter® auger and your project. We recommend a minimum power rating of 18V for most gardening tasks although a 14V drill will work with our 7″ to 12″ inch augers when planting in light soil. For augers 4 inches or wider or, when digging holes deeper than 12 inches in hard soil, we generally recommend 20V to 60V drills. Learn how much drill power you will need in our power guide.
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5. What Types of Augers Are Available?
At Power Planter, you’ll find a wide range of augers to suit a variety of needs. Here’s an overview of the types of augers we carry, and what you can do with them:
- 2- to 4-Inch Augers: These augers come in a range of lengths, from 7 inches to 48 inches, and they’re ideal for the garden. With them, you can plant bulbs, grass plugs, annual and vegetable plugs, and even small potted plants. Extra long augers have special uses such as digging irrigation, cable, or electrical channels under roads or sidewalks.
- 5- to 7-Inch Augers: If you do a lot of landscaping, then these augers are ideal. Use augers of this size to dig holes for quart- or gallon-sized plants, small trees and shrubs, or even use them to dig smaller post holes.
- 8- to 9-Inch Augers: While the smaller augers are made to be used with a power drill, the augers at the larger end of the scale are meant to work with a powerhead or engine. These augers are perfect for 2-gallon plants or to dig post holes if you plan to run a fence or set a mailbox post in concrete.
6. How Do I Choose the Right Auger?
To choose the auger that best fits your needs, consider how you’ll use it. If you plan on only using your auger to plant plugs, for instance, then a 2- or 3-inch auger will fit your needs. If you anticipate the need to bury stakes or set small posts, then you may prefer a 4-inch auger or another, larger size.
Also keep the length in mind. Shorter augers will require you to be on your hands and knees as you dig, while 28 and 36 inch augers will let you dig holes while from a standing position. If back pain is a concern, then go with a longer auger to minimize strain.
We have specialized long augers that are 48 and 54 inches long. These are mainly used for digging irrigation lines, gas and electrical conduits under sidewalks and driveways.
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In case you missed it, watch this helpful video produced by our Australian distribution partners for helpful hole digging tips.
Need More Help?
Power Planter augers can accomplish a variety of tasks — from helping you get your bedding plants in the ground come springtime to drilling through ice or mixing paint. If you have more questions about our products or how to select the right auger, feel free to use our auger guide or contact us for assistance.