Rated 5 out of
Can't fault these!
Decided to spend time to write another review, as I feel I really came across product that's worth it. Looking at the product from all rating perspectives:
-Giving 5-star on performance was the hardest part. IF, and that is "ONLY if" I wrote this review straight after purchase, I'd give performance 3 or 4 stars. This digger really is hard to operate, but ONLY TO START WITH. When using this digger the first day I thought this is going to be a pain... Really hard to open and close, feels really heavy. However, after say 15-ish post holes (I dug to various depths, up to 1 meter deep), suddenly all parts started fitting together!! It's like running-in car engine, the friction does the job for you, and after a while it's absolutely smooth operation!
-Features at 5 stars, as I can simply dig a 1 meter deep hole, same diameter all the way to the bottom. The extra hinge is an excellent design. Also, what I initially thought was going to be a downside, the extra weight of the digger can be used to users advantage to dig deeper with less effort, allowing gravity to do some work!
-Value definitely at 5 stars. I quite often modify my tools, or I look at how much would it cost me in plain materials to make a similar functioning tool, and I can't see how could I beat the price... It's probably THE most expensive manual digger, definitely most expensive I found so far, however, worth every penny. And when digging with this tool the extra hinge (straight hole) allows saving quite a lot on materials cost. I'm using just about a bag (or 25 kg) of concrete for each post with this digger.
-Reliability also 5 stars. My justification behind the score is simple: it takes approx 15 post holes to get over initial hinges "running-in", and after that the digger only STARTS it's normal operation. It feels as if's going to take another 100 posts done (or more), before I'll have to even re-tighten the bolts!
So far I used this manual digger on two projects, used it for several hours in total, and I simply cannot fault it. Yes, it's heavy, and you will get blisters using this digger, but it's definitely extremely sturdy construction, designed to outlast any other manual post hole digger I ever used.
In short, compared to other diggers, it feels like industrial tool among DIY toys!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 2 out of
In case you can't decide...
Having to dig some post holes, I ordered this and the cheaper model with fibreglass handles as I was not sure if the other product (35835) would be up to the job.
Neither product will actually DIG the hole, you'll need 62496 (a strong breaking bar type too) for that.
As for clearing the soil out the hole, I suppose either this or 35835 would work equally well. But I found the cheaper item worked fine.
So I am not dismissing this product at all (and it is indeed very well made) but just wanted to say that the cheaper one works as well, at least in my experience.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 2 out of
post hole digger
not as well made as it should be also not as easy to use as it looks
Date published: 2016-03-23
Rated 5 out of
Excellent bit of kit
You get a pretty much spot on hole every time ( as long as the ground is near enough stone free), much better than the standard ones that end up getting a wider hole the deeper you go. We use it for 3 or 4 days a week installing fences and they last a good 12 months with plenty of use.
Date published: 2016-03-11