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Old 03-17-2007, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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3pt hitch post hole driller auger?

I have a Leinbach post hole driller / auger. I have a 12" diameter auger. I don't really like the tip. Its mostly flat and the center has an approximate 2" tall 2" wide at base triangle spade drill for a pilot.
My problem with the unit is that on starting a hole if a side of the tip hits a rock or clump of grass it jumps off target. The center point provides no real pilot or starting action.
I have seen some of the 6" and 9" augers with a 4-6" tall cone shaped drill point and that looks like it will stay on target better. My gear box has a round ~2" shaft connection with 2 bolts oriented 90 degree apart at ~3/4" and 2-3/4" from end.
Anyone have a better auger bit that will help I am thinking about a Speeco bit. Opinions of quality and performance please. I'll be using it in light to medium red clay dirt.
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Old 03-18-2007, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a unit from Tractor Supply with 12 inch auger and it has the desired tip. We, too, have red clay and it works well. Check TSC if they are in your area.
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I have a Bush Hog post hole digger with 9", 12", 16", and 24" augers. I also have the hydraulic assist for down pressure. I live in the mountains and do lots of fence posts with little to no problem jumping off to the side.
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The tractor supply store here did not have a 12" in stock. From pics in thier catalog the King Kutter 6&9" have the cone point. The 12" looks like its a Speeco. The gear head connection looks like its the same and will work.

I have put in hundreds of holes and worn out several tips with my unit but am tired of fighting it. I works great if you are on level clean soil but going through pasture or hit some rocks its tough to accurately place.

How much prep does your digger require? I usually cut the grass down real close before starting. And sometimes have to hoe up a clean spot. Does a clump of Fescue make your unit jump off target? How easy is it to start accurately? This might be hard to answer but how big of rock do you think it can hit and still stay on target. Mine can hit a small ~ 1.5 - 2" rock and turn off of target easily at first (within the first 2" of depth). I have bent the guide bar several times trying to hold it on target.

I was told to set the auger down make sure its flat / plumb then engage it. Does the bigger pilot work differently?
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we have a john deer 12" auger that has the tip your looking for...i would chack out the local JD dealer.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Give this a try. When we used to be in equipment rental we used these products and they were good quality.

http://www.pengoattachments.com/
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Old 04-11-2007, 05:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for posting. I liked the pengoattachments but they look pricey. Did not get to JD dealer as I figured they would be pricey too.

I was near another Tractor Supply and they had thier 12" auger in stock. It was ~$136 with replaceable tips and point. It bolted right up. It only has 1 shear bolt though.

I have done about 20 holes with it so far and am pleased. It starts where I set it down and digs about the same speed as the OE Leinbach auger. I have dug into some heavy grass/weed clumps and it stays right on target. If the grass is long and thick it can tear out a wad and turns a birdnest onto the tip then doesn't want to dig past the flutes at first. I can pick unit up knock stuff off the tip and restart w/o any problems (or wait and it will rub through grass and start digging after a little while). I wish I had done this years ago. IMHO the Leinbach 12" auger tip stinks!

I have hit a few small roots and rocks without issues. Unless I break a tip in less than 100 holes I probably won't reply again. If you have a 12" Leinbach Auger once the tip dulls don't waste your money a 2nd time get another brand auger that will fit you won't be sorry.
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