5 Types of Post Hole Diggers

If you need to erect a fence, you’ll need holes for the posts you use to rest in, and these days that means post hole diggers.

Post hole diggers these days come in many shapes and sizes, but the thing they all have in common is holes. While it may seem a novel concept to some, post holes are by no means standard; one hole is not always as good as the next.

These days people building or mending fences have a wide range of fence types to choose from. With each fence type come different types of posts and different posts can require very different holes.

Below are a list of 5 popular types of post hole diggers, so that you can get a feel for what’s available.  

1. Heavy Duty Traditional Post Hole Diggers

If you plan on getting a no-nonsense post hole digger that you know will get almost any post hole digging job done and last for a long time, you might well go for a traditional model. Beware of anything that’s not sturdy as the nature of post hole digging is such that a lightweight post hole digger is unlikely to last very long.

A good, traditional post hole digger ought to have strong, hefty blades. Take notice of the wood that’s been used in the manufacture of the frame. Ash is one example of a solid wood that is great for the purpose.

Some traditional post hole diggers take advantage of new design innovations. Ones that have fiberglass handles instead of wooden ones tend to be both strong and useful. Pay close attention to the fiberglass that’s been used, though; if it’s not thick enough or strong enough the performance of the post hole digger will be compromised.

2. Post Hole Diggers with Split Handles

With a split handled post hole digger, the blades are welded to the frame instead of being attached using rivets. This prevents blades from shearing off if they come into contact with rocks beneath ground. This type of post hole digger usually features stamped or shaped steel, which is not generally as strong as cast steel of the type used for more traditional post hole diggers.

3. All-Metal Post Hole Diggers

These are, of course, stronger than traditional diggers, but many still prefer wood for handles. Benefits over traditional diggers are not generally noticeable.

4. Boston Digger

This type of digger is meant to perform well when it comes to digging holes in stony or gravely earth. The concept is for a single point to drive down and collect earth which is then pulled up. This is slightly more complicated than the motion of a traditional digger. This type of digger has many more moving parts than the traditional kind, which lends itself to a greater number of possible malfunctions.

5. Hole Deal

Gemplers, a supplier of farming tools in America is marketing the ‘hole deal’ as a new and better kind of post hole digger. It is meant to require less energy than a traditional digger through featuring a leverage point that’s hinged.