If you need to replace or erect a new fence, a post hole digger will make your task far easier. You can of course do it the hard way, but I believe in making any job in the garden as easy as I possibly can.
You will soon discover there a many different types of diggers available. A common approach for small jobs is to use a simple manual one. This typically resembles 2 shovels attached to one another with a circular collection area.
Start digging by holding the the handles, one in each hand, with the handles close together. Then simply thrust the blades into the soil so the blades cut a plug out from the ground. Should the soil resist the digger's blade, the process may be repeated several times until it breaks up.
Once the soil has been penetrated several inches, the earth can be removed by spreading the handles apart and grabbing the soil in between the jaws, whilst at the same time using a sufficient amount of pressure to grasp it firmly, then raise the hole digger out of the hole.
Swing it to one side close the handles allowing the jaws to open and release the soil you have just extracted. This process is repeated until the hole is deep enough to accept your fence post.
The Fiskars 9653 hole digger shown here features a exclusive handle profile that keeps you from knocking your knuckles together while digging holes.
The offset handles enable you to dig a full 12 inches deeper than typical post hole diggers, while its all-steel construction means that you can take on the challenging tasks.
The unit's blades are welded directly to the shaft for extra strength, and the entire tool is powder-coated to prevent rust.
The Ames 1715100
features an imaginative design with shaped fiberglass handles to
protect your knuckles. The tempered blades are pointed for maximum
penetration with significantly less effort.
The travel distance is an ergonomically friendly 40% less than that of standard post hole diggers, and the fiberglass handle provides ultimate core durability and strength. The beveled steel carbon head has a 6.21-inch spread, just the thing for digging post holes for, fences, and flowers.
This gardening hand tool allows you to get the task completed with less strokes. The large head provides for a bigger pay load, and the pointed blade tips enable easier digging plus more bite.
These Post Hole Diggers are certainly well constructed. When they say Industrial Grade, they're not exaggerating. They are weightier than the majority of other post diggers we have tried, but that merely makes it more efficient.
On the top of the handles there is a knob which makes it less complicated to lift them from the hole. We made use of them whilst installing a load of chain link fencing. The poles we used already had concrete on them and these diggers made rapid work of customizing the holes to fit the shape of the concrete.
For larger tasks a gas power auger will prove to be more appropriate and far more efficient. It is similar to a drill except that it digs into the ground. As the top of the auger penetrates the ground it rotates in order to push soil up out of the hole. There are many types of Augers, and these can be gas or manual and also attached to engines and tractors.
These type of tools are generally far easier to use, and can be used to a significantly greater depth. Furthermore, they are able to create a tidier hole, that has a well defined circumference.
Having said that, the simple fact is that although with an auger you are guaranteed a perfect size hole, it will only drill one size diameter, which is the same as the auger's screw.