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09-09-2012 05:47:25

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Wife bought me a post hole digger so I'd be more willing to put up her project sheds and such. Put it together on the old Ford 800 and just had to try it. Got reminded real fast that the Fords hydraulics on the 3 pt are no good. Buried that auger right up tot he gear box before I could get it stopped! Had to got get he DB990 to pull it out. Even trying to stop every 6" or so didn't work. Previous owner ran filthy oil in the Ford for decades and wore out the passages. 2 rebuilds and still the 3 pt is no good. Live and learn.

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09-11-2012 10:50:08

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 Re: Oops! in reply to Bret4207, 09-09-2012 05:47:25  
This post seems timely. I am picking up a JD 31 auger this evening and it will be going on the back of a MF TO-35 which I'm picking up this weekend. It has live PTO. Anyone have any advice to share with regard to using an auger on a 35?

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Tony in SD

09-10-2012 23:23:34

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 Re: Oops! in reply to Bret4207, 09-09-2012 05:47:25  
Dad had a 3pt post hole digger mounted on a Ford 800. It was better than digging the holes by hand but we still had to clean the hole by hand. And if you were in mud, it would screw right into the ground. I now use a bobcat. I has the power, drills straighter and the hole is clean.

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09-09-2012 09:49:20

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 Re: Oops! in reply to Bret4207, 09-09-2012 05:47:25  
Ya I tried the post hole digger on my 841 ford one time and found that my home made 3 point on my Oliver 77 worked a whole lot better and the Oliver had to front end weight so if I did get it down deep and stuck it could pull it out any how

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09-09-2012 07:06:37

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 Re: Oops! in reply to Bret4207, 09-09-2012 05:47:25  
Never take a Ford and post hole digger to the field without a large crescent wrench. Backed one out many times.

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Richard Hare

09-10-2012 06:30:39

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 Re: Oops! in reply to tractor300, 09-09-2012 07:06:37  
Now the old Dagenham Fordson majors were good for digging post holes.
I have a '62 Fordson Super Major, and it will always pull the auger back out, but I think things went to hell when they started on the 'oo series!

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09-11-2012 17:40:40

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 Re: Oops! in reply to Richard Hare, 09-10-2012 06:30:39  
I have a 801 diesel ford (871) and I've used it plenty on my post hole digger. Mine is only a 9" auger bit, never had a bit of trouble digging it in or pulling out except once. I found a tree root...

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09-12-2012 04:12:31

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 Re: Oops! in reply to Rexalot, 09-11-2012 17:40:40  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see As I said, my 3 pt passages are worn, so I have a very weak 3 pt. I've seen other hundred series that had good hydraulics, I just don't own one.

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