How To Dig A Post Hole With A Post Hole Digger

How To Dig A Post Hole With Post Hole DiggerHow To Dig A Post Hole With A Post Hole Digger

For what ever reason you have decided you want to put a fence around the garden, house, crops or where ever really and the best way to do that is with a post hole digger. In this article I’ll do my best to explain how to dig a post hole with a post hole digger. Digging a post hole and putting up a fence can be a very time consuming and exhausting job especially if you end up doing most of the work yourself (good help is hard to find these days). If you are renting or buying a post hole digger one of the first things you’ll need to decide is how big of a hole you’ll need so you can determine the size of the auger to get.

What is an Auger?

Okay so for the most part an Auger is a spiral shaped drill bit used for boring holes and in the case of a post hole digger boring holes into the ground. The rotation motion of the spiral shape helps move dirt and material upward and out of the hole clearing the hole of debris making a cleaner hole and allowing the auger to dig deeper. Augers come in various shapes and sizes from 4 x 40 to 12 x 48. To find out more and get some prices on post hole augers Click Here

Digging A Post Hole With A Post Hole Digger

Start off by measuring and marking the precise location of each fence post hole you plan on digging. Use a fabric marker, spray paint, flags or what ever you can use that identifies a mark. Don’t guess or measure as you go along because if you end up being off down the line you’ll end up having to re-dig more holes and fill up the old ones and wasting more time. Be sure to measure out the entire fence.

Because post hole augers penetrate moist soil more easily it’s recommended to wait till after a good rainfall to dig the holes or use a water hose to dampen the dirt. When you are ready put the post hold diggers auger into the ground and use the weight of the digger to make the initial hole in the ground and get the auger bit deep enough into the ground to allow the drill bit to move the dirt as the auger gets lower and lower.

Be sure and define the outer edge of the hole by lifting and dropping the post hole digger a few times. After you reach a foot in diameter and have defined the hole you can start working downward into the hole. Ensure the post hole digger is vertical and digs straight down. The post hole needs to be 1 foot deep to support a 4-inch square or round post that is 4 feet high, and 2 feet deep for a post up to 8 feet tall.

After you have reached the desired depth, fill in about 6 inches at the base of the hole with sand and fine gravel to allow for drainage.

A Few Good Post Hole Diggers For Sale

Post Hole Diggers For Sale







Item# Item Name
ETA-COMPACT-4 ETA Compact Post Hole Digger with 4 x 40 Danuser HD Auger Bit 170 lbs
ETA-COMPACT-6 ETA Compact Post Hole Digger with ETA 6 x 48 HD Auger Bit 185 lbs
ETA-COMPACT-9 ETA Compact Post Hole Digger with ETA 9 x 48 HD Auger Bit 195 lbs
ETA-COMPACT-12 ETA Compact Post Hole Digger with ETA 12 x 48 HD Auger Bit 208 lbs
ETACMPGB ETA Post Hole Digger Guide Bar




12 Responses to “How To Dig A Post Hole With A Post Hole Digger”

  • Marietta Rickett says:

    This sure beats doing it the old fashion way by hand.

  • Leo Garza says:

    First off I want to say excellent post! I had a quick question, have you ever heard of the wobble auger?


    1. Keith Smith says:

      I have and they are very Awesome! Designed to make super clean holes and can be a big time saver in the long run.

  • Adriana Keller says:

    Do they make a post hole digger that is non PTO? Say for a smaller tractor?

    1. Keith Smith says:

      I’m not aware of any post hold diggers for smaller tractors that aren’t PTO driving. They make a manual post hole digger that can be operated by one or two people it don’t require a tractor and can be a pain if you have to dig a lot of holes.

  • Romaine Sixsm says:

    Do they make post hole diggers for Skid Steers?

    1. Keith Smith says:

      Yes. Hydraulic post hold diggers designed just for Skid Steers. There are also post hole drivers for skids steers that are really very effective. They drive the post into the ground without needing to dig a hole so this saves a step and can save a good bit of time.

  • Archer Wesley says:

    So are Danuser augers the best out there or Everything Attachments?

  • Hurley Modes says:

    Is digging when the ground is very muddy a bad thing? It’s rained for days but I only have a short time off and need to get this done before I go back to work?

  • Michael Muirden says:

    Would you consider using a post hold digger to install a dog fence?

  • Angie Cunneen says:

    Anyone ever have a problem with the top pole being to short? Not sure what it’s called but it’s preventing the auger from going straight into the ground.

  • Tobias Solar says:

    What would be better a post hold digger or a post hammer? I have a skid steer and am thinking of getting one for a new fence job coming up.

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