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Old 03-30-2015, 11:24 AM   #1
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I am a one man operation starting my second year in business and work is picking up rapidly. I need to get a one man auger and am looking for opinions. I've been looking at the STIHL BT 130. Is this any good or does anyone have a better recommendation. Thanks ahead of time. I build fences and decks.
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Try
http://www.tillersdirect.com/stories...le-Digger.html

BTW, you may take a thorough beating when the auger hits roots or rocks, and the whole time you will be breathing exhaust gas.
I'd get one that mounts on a stand so the stand resists the torque when the bit hits something other than dirt.

I have a Stihl leaf blower and they wouldn't sell me the factory service manual. It seems like only trained people are supposed to work on these because of the strict emission requirements.

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I usually just rent one of these when I need it
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If you're in this for the long haul, it may be worth it to purchas a dingo or MT55 type machine.
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I usually just rent one of these when I need it
Does that have to be hooked to your tow vehicle to be of use?
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I am in this for the long haul and an MT55 is the plan, however getting credit your first 2 yrs in business is difficult to do. I plan on getting on the first part of next year.
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We use a lot of different chain link fencing guys. It seems like this type of auger is easiest to use and most proficient
http://www.littlebeaver.com/products...-earth-drills/
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We use a lot of different chain link fencing guys. It seems like this type of auger is easiest to use and most proficient
http://www.littlebeaver.com/products...-earth-drills/
Or I could pay Mike Tyson $4000 to beat me up. I'd get more work done and feel better afterwards.

I mean no offense. The little beaver is less then worthless. Run it for an hr and you'll feel like you were in a car accident and if there is a piece of paper in the ground it will stop the bit. I've had a lot of experience with this machine and I will never own one.
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Not offended at all.
I'm not sure of the brand but, one of our fence subs has a few of these and I'm always amazed at how quickly the drill and set posts.

I prefer to mount the auger attachment on one of our mini excavators and push the button. Even those don't do well in rock.
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Does that have to be hooked to your tow vehicle to be of use?
I have used ramps before to get it into the bed, but two men could place it back there.
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I have no input on the model you are looking at.

We have an "Earthquake" auger. It drills holes like crazy and at the end of the day, you are beat. Word of warning: Don't get a new Earthquake. They are useless. Look around for an old one. The ones with the Tecumseh 25cc engine are great. The ones with the new E?? engine are worthless. Yes I pointed it out again, because they are that bad.

If you are really into it for the long haul, get one with the wheels. It will do the work while you operate it. Of course one for a Dingo is always better, but if you are on a budget, I understand completely. Rent a few different ones first. Get a feel for them.

We bought one for the skid loader. It is so easy. The problem is getting the skid loader in places and leaving ruts.
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Or I could pay Mike Tyson $4000 to beat me up. I'd get more work done and feel better afterwards.

I mean no offense. The little beaver is less then worthless. Run it for an hr and you'll feel like you were in a car accident and if there is a piece of paper in the ground it will stop the bit. I've had a lot of experience with this machine and I will never own one.
Even though it says
"Torque-free digging eliminates kickback"
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Even though it says
"Torque-free digging eliminates kickback"
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yes, sadly they beat the crap out of you and the torque-free element simple means you have to buy more clutches. These machines are a great concept until you use one. I have personally out dug the little beaver and felt a lot better then the guy running it. My helper and I had a $500 wager on it..... I won.
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Having had alot of experience with various augers, the little beaver is the best we use. We have 5 of them. The mechanical ones are fast, but if you are in a rocky area they will get caught and you are most of the time gonna need to get out a pipe wrench. The hydraulic ones are a great deal heavier, and slower. The only benifit is that it has reverse. The roll cage is a must for them as well as the larger tires for both models. The 8hp model vs the 5 is a noticeable difference.

The earthquake is a great way to get beat up and break teeth we used one till we found a little beaver that was affordable.

As for skid steers, we have a power house podigy. Its light enough to not tear up yards, as we do mostly residential jobs. Since its hydraulic it is incredibly slow.
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I have the stihl BT 130, It works well in soils without large rocks and has a flexible lever that releases the clutch if you hit something big. I use it for small fence jobs, wouldn't dare buy one if I made a living doing fencing and decks. My fencing contractor uses the little beaver
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little beaver is such a weird name. Should have called it a little ground hog or something.
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I use two guys. I'm pretty jealous of all your soil conditions. We hit basketball size rocks every 6-12" all day. I figure on $25-30 labor per hole so it's really not that bad.
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Thats cheap for hard dig we cover a large area so our soil type varies day to day and I am not recommending it but I have kicked a baseball size rock out of a hole with a mech. beaver I guess it just landed right
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We just finished up a set of footings so I snapped a pic of our usual catch. I don't think the little beaver is going to kick these buggers up. Those are 10" tubes for scale.
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No baseball is about as big as it gets anything bigger we get out the jackhammer. When that comes out of the trailer, the price goes up really quick.

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