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 04-30-2007, 20:05 Post: 141669
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I am contemplating building a fence and may start the project by buying a 3-point posthole digger to use with my JD 790. Since I have never owned or operated one I would like some advice on things to consider concerning the purchase and operation. Although I do have a bit of experience, as many years ago, I did rent a two-man thing that worked my brother and I pretty hard one very long day. I still remember what happens when we were caught unaware by a root deep in the ground. We both had no trouble sleeping that night! As much of the planned fence will be along an old tree line I am wondering how well it might work under such conditions. Thank you.






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 04-30-2007, 21:02 Post: 141674
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You didn't say as to how old the tree line was and you might have some fun. I like to get the best teeth available. The ones that say frozen ground work nice in most all conditions.






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 04-30-2007, 21:29 Post: 141676
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I'm not familiar with a JD 790, but does the 3 pt. have down pressure? If it doesn't and you try to go thru roots, clay, or rocky soil, it will be a chore. Someone will have stand by the PHD and apply down pressure manually. That's why some PHD's for smaller tractors come with a long bar attached to it so you can get leverage for the down pressure. Absent the bar it's hard to get any leverage.

If you have a bunch of holes and expect tree roots of any size, say bigger than 1 inch, I would rent a Skidsteer and a PHD that has serious down pressure to work thru the roots etc. It's a lot easier.

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 04-30-2007, 22:31 Post: 141679
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My only comment concerns saftey. In my judgement a pto post hole digger is probably the most dangerous piece of equipment I ever had on a three point. In fact I bought one, used it a few times and sold it on an auction before someone got hurt with it. Please be extra carefull. Frank.






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 05-01-2007, 01:12 Post: 141684
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Frank, I couldn't agree more. Safety is another reason I suggested a Skidsteer with down pressure so as to eliminate the need for another person applying dangerous, manual down pressure.

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 05-01-2007, 09:40 Post: 141688
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Much as I like doing things myself, with my own gear, there's times I leave things to the pro's to do.

Post holes are high on the list. It beats up equipment and operators alike. If you look around there's usually a contractor in your area with a big tractor or truck with a post driver mounted on it.

IMHO, there's no better way to set wooden fence posts than with a driver. A good operator gets them plumb & true everytime, and in a row so straight it will be amazing.

Best of luck.






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 05-01-2007, 10:20 Post: 141695
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In my phd experience not having down pressure was not a major issue. Am sure in some soils or roots or such it is. I sure would not want to be the person applying down pressure by hand. Do use slow rpms if you are in roots as if you catch enough roots the bit can run down very quickly, even lifting the tractor. If you will search this site you will find many suggestions on PHD. If you use a pto model and you do jam it with roots, cut the tractor OFF, with PTO disengage use a pry bar to manually reverse the bit. Be sure it is removed before you operate it again. BTW, I had much rather use the tractor PHD than the hand held models. kt






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 05-01-2007, 11:44 Post: 141696
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If you have much use for it, I surely recommend a Hydraulic unit hanging on the back of the bucket of front end loader.I used 3 point model for years but with my new tractor I bought a McMillan The Base plate mounts to back of bucket in right hand corner and stays on bucket. when you want to use PHD just drive up to it and put one swivel pin in. plug in two hoses and go drill vertical holes even on a slope.Ron






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 05-01-2007, 16:25 Post: 141704
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bvance: The long lever on the auger head: isn't that for levelling the head? I can't see how that would apply downpressure. Downpressure is usually through a separate hydraulic cylinder attached to the boom.

I use a skidsteer to auger holes. And have used a 3pt auger. The 3pt auger can literally screw itself into the ground getting caught even on a small rock or root. Even sticky clay will prevent it from being lifted out.

Short of a skid steer I'd be inclined to rent a Toro Dingo, Ramrod, Kanga, or a Bobcat, etc. rubber tracked stand-on or -behind skid steer with an auger. It will make the work fun.






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 05-02-2007, 11:34 Post: 141721
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One point I think we none covered, depending on how close you want to place the post to the trees, a 3 pt phd may require you to back into each location at an angle where a phd on the side might allow you to drive straight which should be quicker and straighter. If you are not putting in a fence for looks, you might be better off with metal post that are driven in. kt






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