Power Your Digging Auger

The power is in your hands. It’s important to make sure you have the proper drill or power engine for your Power Planter® auger and your project. The right drill or power engine helps you get the best possible performance out of your auger – and ensures your planting or digging project is completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Please note: This Auger Guide contains general recommendations. Power requirements may differ based on soil type and project specifications. These are our suggestions based on decades of user feedback.

Power Requirements by Diameter

2“ Diameter
  • Minimum power requirement for 7” length = 14V cordless drill.
  • Minimum power requirement for 24” or greater length = 18V – 20V cordless drill.
  • For mass planting, use an electric drill with a side handle.
  • Longer length augers tend to benefit from higher voltage power drills.
3“ Diameter
  • Minimum power requirement for 7” length = 14V cordless drill.
  • Minimum power requirement for 24” or greater length = 18V – 20V cordless drill.
  • For mass planting, use an electric drill with a side handle.
  • Longer length augers tend to benefit from higher voltage power drills.
4“ & 5“ Diameter
  • For minimal planting, use an electric drill with a side handle.
  • An Auger Powerhead is recommended, but these diameters can also be used with a large electric drill.
7“ Diameter
  • We recommend using an Auger Powerhead with this diameter.
  • For minimal planting, use an electric drill with a side handle.
8“ & 9“ Diameter
  • We recommend using an Auger Powerhead with these diameters.

How to Choose the Best Drill for Digging

At Power Planter, we’re dedicated to making the highest-quality augers to help you tackle tough gardening and landscaping jobs with ease. Choosing an auger drill that delivers enough strength to get an auger through the soil can play a significant role in the success of your gardening project.

If you’re looking for the best drill for hole boring, consider these factors:

  • Power supply: A corded model means you don’t have to worry about running out of juice, but a cordless one gives you the ability to work anywhere on a property.
  • Speed: The more RPM the tool delivers, the less torque. This might make a difference when digging through dense soils, where torque can be important.
  • Amperage: The higher the amperage, the more powerful the drill. If you’re using a longer bit, make sure you have enough strength to drive it.
  • Variable speed: If the power tool you choose has variable speed, it can be very useful for auguring around a property. That’s because variable speed allows you to control the amount of torque the motor produces.
  • Reverse: Switching into reverse mode can be convenient for easily removing the auger from the hole you’ve just dug.
  • Keyless chuck: This feature allows you to switch between augers quickly, if needed.


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Options for Your Auger

Please see the FAQs section for more information about the different options available for our planting augers and check out other auger applications here: auger applications.

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