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Hooking up a Post Hole Digger Tips?

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Steve Warfle

06-19-2000 14:25:44
205.232.79.32



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I borrowed a 3-point post hole digger. By the time I got it hooked up to my 2N's 3 point, I coulda dug a few holes easier. It's a worksaver brand, but looks like any other I've seen. I don't have a manula, but I don't think my back can take hooking it up again...I know there must be a trick.....

Thanks in advance, Steve




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John

06-22-2000 03:50:52
208.223.205.165



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 Re: Hooking up a Post Hole Digger Tips? in reply to Steve Warfle, 06-19-2000 14:25:44  
Steve, Ive had three different diggers counting the Ford commercial one I have now. They all are difficult. I've augered them into the ground, leaned them against a wall and suspended them from a rafter. Somehow, they were always in the way. I want to use one of my "round-to-its" and fabricate a metal frame to cradle the the whole thing and have it on wheels to move. The other option is have enough tractors to never take it off. Now that is mobility.

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Kermit

06-21-2000 20:19:38
12.35.122.83



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 Re: Hooking up a Post Hole Digger Tips? in reply to Steve Warfle, 06-19-2000 14:25:44  
I know some may criticize me, but I simply auger mine down into the ground about 1/2 way and then unhook it. I just lean it back and then rest the frame on the ground. It will stand there until I'm ready to hook it up again. It's not as good as keeping it in a shed, but mine has lasted better than 25 years and still works fine. Did repaint it this year finally though. Good luck.



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ltf in nc

06-19-2000 19:58:17
206.228.214.215



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 Re: Hooking up a Post Hole Digger Tips? in reply to Steve Warfle, 06-19-2000 14:25:44  
Post hole diggers come with a family hitch. It takes everyone in the family to hook it up. Otherwise, I back mine up to a post and chain the gearbox and auger to the post and then unhook it. When I reconnect, all that I have to support is the hitch linkage and I do not have to concern myself with it falling over.



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L.C.

06-19-2000 18:28:20
208.220.31.65



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 Re: Hooking up a Post Hole Digger Tips? in reply to Steve Warfle, 06-19-2000 14:25:44  
If you've got the room, suspend it from a beam or an A-frame. If the post hole digger is reasonably well balanced, you can tip it back and forth. Still, I can think of things I'd rather do than hook one up.



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Don In OK

06-19-2000 17:50:22
205.188.197.164



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 Re: Hooking up a Post Hole Digger Tips? in reply to Steve Warfle, 06-19-2000 14:25:44  
I know how you feel, I almost killed myself first time I hooked it up. What I did is when I was ready to quit using it for a while. I took it over to my storage site and dug a 3 foot hole I left it in the hole till I needed it again. and that is where I keep it. I know its not good for the auger but it sure saves my back and it hooks back up in 2 min.
Don



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RWK in WI

06-19-2000 18:37:49
169.207.130.92



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 Re: Re: Hooking up a Post Hole Digger Tips? in reply to Don In OK, 06-19-2000 17:50:22  
A friend of mine has a cut off 55 gallon drum of sand that he runs the auger in to park the digger and they just unhooks the drive shaft and 3pt. He dumps some used motor oil into the sand and the auger stays bright and shiny. His is kept in a shed.

Hope this helps.

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Emery

06-19-2000 16:16:02
205.188.197.188



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 Re: Hooking up a Post Hole Digger Tips? in reply to Steve Warfle, 06-19-2000 14:25:44  
Steve, I just went through the same thing. I bought a new Howse brand post hole digger, and the
first time i put it on my tractor, It looked like it took hours to install. I removed it with the auger and gear box together. I find it is easier to put on and off that a way. otherwise, it is just brute force. Hope this helps...Emery



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F14

06-19-2000 14:34:45
216.252.28.15



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 Re: Hooking up a Post Hole Digger Tips? in reply to Steve Warfle, 06-19-2000 14:25:44  
If you find one, let me know!

I have to hook up the main boom to the top link bracket by brute force on mine. After that, it's pretty easy, if I drop my lift arms all the way down, I can get them hooked up without any hassle.



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