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 07-23-2005, 20:52 Post: 113817
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Is a down-pressure kit worth the $ to add to a 3pt post hole digger?

I have a Land Pride PD10 mounted to my Bx23. It worked great last fall when the ground was wet and soft. But I'm trying to put in fencing now and am getting almost nowhere in the sunbaked clay soil. I've tried putting water on the spot to soften it, but it's VERY slow going. Got 1 hole done after fooling with it all evening.

Land Pride says they do offer an optional down-pressure kit for my model. Will this solve my problem? Roughly how much does it cost? I can't get pricing on it anywhere.

Auger bit isn't that old and for fun I sharpened the teeth, but it didn't help.

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 07-23-2005, 21:17 Post: 113818
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 Post hole digger downpressure kit worth it

Check to see if the teeth on the auger are sharp. That is the first thing that should be done. You might want to check on additional cutters that might be able to be added or a different one that might be more aggressive. You don't have a lot of weight with the rear of a BX to begin with. Making sure the rest is the best it can be first is the best move.






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 07-24-2005, 09:01 Post: 113834
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Me thinks the most important part of a auger is the point. It centers the auger and starts the bore. If the point is not working good the rest of the hole is going where it wants if you can even start one.

I have rebuilt mine several times and think longer and fluted is better.






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 07-25-2005, 06:45 Post: 113871
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 Post hole digger downpressure kit worth it

I Agree with the previous posts. A down pressure kit may be a good addition, but make sure the augher is in good working condition first. Once you get through the top foot of soil, it should perform like last year.

The down pressure kits require rear hydraulics. Make sure you have a rear circuit or include adding them in the cost of the kit. I priced a Worksaver kit several years ago, not sure but I believe it was around $300.






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 07-25-2005, 08:48 Post: 113872
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 Post hole digger downpressure kit worth it

Cut to the chase..... use the backhoe.






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 07-25-2005, 09:33 Post: 113874
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 Post hole digger downpressure kit worth it

We cut the chase even shorter.

We used a flex coupling and mount traditionally used to hook a motor to a hyd. pump, to hook a hyd. motor to the auger's gear box directly using the 4 bolt holes around the input shaft. Hang the auger from the FEL and away you go.

More down pressure than you can shake a stick at, and if it gets stuck you now have reverse!!

Best of luck.






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 07-25-2005, 17:16 Post: 113883
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I feel bad now I always thought my 36" pipe wrench was a good reverse... So Sad






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 07-25-2005, 19:26 Post: 113888
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THANKS for your replies.

re: auger. It was only used twice before this and I saw nothing really wrong with it. It does break into the soil with the tip (bout 6"Wink yeah rightbut as soon as the wider digging teeth make contact isn't just not strong enough. I sharpened the teeth, but it didn't seem to help.

re: downpressure kit. Called my kubota dealer today and they highly recommend it. I ordered it for $400something.

I already have a rear hydraulic hose. Dealer didn't indicate I needed anything else, but I'm worried they have no idea what I need. Any guesses if I'd need to add a valve or anything else unexpected?

re: backhoe. No way can use it to put in fenceposts. The bigger the hole I make, the more concrete I need to pour into the hole. I'm using a 12" auger which is already a pretty big hole.

When I'm done I'll be installing tensioned "horse-rail" fence. It installs alot like hi-tensile so I need to have strong posts, especially at ends. But it's bonded with strips of plastic so it looks like rail from a distance.

Downpressure kit is supposed to be in stock in about a week. I really hope that solves my problem, as I have 150+ posts to install.






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 07-25-2005, 20:04 Post: 113889
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 Post hole digger downpressure kit worth it

MY FRIEND HAS THREE TYPES OF BLADES FOR HIS POST HOLE DIGGER
1. STRAIGHT/LOOSE SOIL
2. SERATED/CLAY
3. CARBIDE/EXPENSIVE !! i THINK HE HAD THESE MADE,TURN ROCK INTO DUST/A LITTLE WATER IN THE HOLE AND YOU WILL DIG TO CHINA
I AM NOT A PRO HOW EVER I HAVE DUG MORE THAN 500 HOLES AND NEVER HAD DOWN PRESSURE ON ONE,I HAVE TO SIDE WITH THE SHARP POINT AND THE PROPER BLADES.






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 07-25-2005, 21:55 Post: 113891
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 Post hole digger downpressure kit worth it

Having a hose on the back sounds like power beyond and you will need a valve. Down pressure is gods gift to hole driling. A local fence installer still uses a tractor with a regular post hole digger???. He can't drill at times in the summer if it gets really hard. I told him I could dig anytime with my mini excavator auger attachment and he thinks I am kidding. I am probably lucky to still be intact. I remember as a teenager drilling holes sitting on top of the auger unit to add more weight, not very sensible looking back, didn't work well either.






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