The best post hole diggers enable you to dig a small diameter hole for setting fence posts, poles, vertical supports, and the like, easier. Standard manually-operated diggers have two clamshell-type blades at the ends of a single, or two, significantly long, sturdy handle(s). The operator jams the blades into the ground with them in the open position. They are closed, and loosened material is pulled to the surface and discarded. Repetitive action creates a hole the desired depth or as deep as the digger’s handle-length allows.
Auger type post hole diggers are bulky but generally easier to use and able to drill a deeper hole than a manually-operated clamshell-type digger. The auger hole is the diameter of the auger’s width. Maximum depth is as deep as the auger bit is long. Auger post hole diggers may be manually operated, hydraulic, or gas- or electric-powered. Auger type post hole diggers may be compact, single-operator tools, or heavy-duty dual operator pieces of equipment. And how would you choose? We have prepared the review of the best post hole diggers.
There is a wide variety of post hole diggers from which to choose, depending on the type of work you need it to do. Project, price, weight, and operability vary.