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What is an auger?

What is an auger?

An auger is a tool that is used to drill or bore through different materials. It can be used for construction, rural/gardening, mining, or other industrial purposes. They can be also called post-hole diggers.

The auger consists of a long, spiraling drill bit that is attached to a handle or rod. The user holds the handle and spins the auger in a clockwise motion to create a hole. The size of the hole will depend on the size of the auger bit.

Augers can be used to drill through wood, metal, dirt, ice, and more. There are many different types of augers available on the market, so it is important to choose the right one for the job at hand. With the proper care and maintenance, an auger can last for many years.

Different types of augers

Handheld auger

The most common type of auger is the handheld auger. This is the most basic type of auger and is designed for light-duty tasks. Handheld augers are typically used for drilling smaller holes in softer materials such as wood or dirt. They can also be used to clear out clogged drains.

While a handheld auger is a handy tool to have around, it does have some drawbacks. First of all, it is not very powerful and can only be used for light-duty tasks. It also has a limited range and cannot be used for drilling holes in tougher materials.

Additionally, handheld augers can be a bit difficult to use and the user may need some time to learn how to operate them properly.

Finally, these types of augers are not very durable and will need to be replaced more often than other types of augers.

Walk-behind auger

The next type of auger is the walk-behind auger. This type of auger is larger and heavier than a handheld auger and is designed for more heavy-duty tasks. Walk-behind augers are typically used for drilling larger holes in tougher materials such as concrete or asphalt.

There are a few cons to using a walk-behind auger. First, they can be very heavy and difficult to maneuver, especially in tight spaces. Second, they can be expensive, so it is a high investment. Even though there are cheaper models available they might not be sturdy enough for the task. Finally, they can be loud and disruptive, which may not be ideal for use in residential areas.

Tow-behind auger

The final type of auger is the tow-behind auger. This type of auger is the largest and heaviest of the three and is designed for very heavy-duty tasks. Tow-behind augers are typically used for drilling very large holes in extremely tough materials such as bedrock.

The main drawback of a tow-behind auger is that it can be difficult to maneuver around tight spaces. They can also be difficult to set up and use and can be dangerous if not used correctly. If you have a large garden with a lot of tight spots, a tow-behind auger may not be the best option for you. Instead, you may want to consider a walk-behind auger.

How to use an auger

Using an auger is a relatively simple process, but depending on the type of auger it needs practice. The exact operation procedure of your auger or post-hole digger will vary according to the type of machine you are using. However, as a basic procedure to use an auger you should follow the steps below.

  1. Choose the correct auger bit for the job at hand.
  2. Attach the auger bit to the handle or rod.
  3. Hold the handle and spin the auger in a clockwise motion to create a hole.
  4. The size of the hole will depend on the size of the auger bit.
  5. Repeat the process as necessary to drill the desired number of holes.

When using an auger, it is important to take safety precautions. First, always wear gloves to protect your hands from the auger bit. Second, be sure to keep the auger bit sharp so that it doesn't slip and cause injury. Finally, always be aware of where the hole is going so that you don't accidentally drill into something you don't want to.

We thought that showing how to use an auger is better than writing about it. So we have selected a video (not produced by TecnoTools) showing the product in operation.

Care tips for augers

Augers need some regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Here are a few tips to help you keep your auger working well.

  • Keep the auger bit sharp by using a sharpening stone. A dull auger bit can slip and cause injury.
  • Be sure to keep the area around the hole clear of debris. This will help prevent the auger from getting stuck.
  • When not in use, store the auger in a dry, protected place. This will help prevent rust and corrosion.
  • Inspect the auger regularly for any damage or wear. This will help you catch any problems early and prevent further damage.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your auger in good condition and working well for years to come.

Should I buy or hire an auger

There are a few things you need to consider when deciding whether to buy or hire an auger. First, consider what type of auger you need. If you only need it for occasional use, then a handheld auger may be the best option. However, if you will be using it regularly, then you may want to consider buying a walk-behind or tow-behind auger. Second, consider the cost. Augers can be expensive, so if you only need them for a short period of time, hiring an auger may be the more cost-effective option. Finally, consider the level of difficulty in using an auger. If you are not comfortable using one, then it may be best to hire someone who is.

Price-wise, a small garden auger for drill can be purchased for around $30. This type of auger will attach to your normal power drill and it is capable of digging shallow holes to plant veggies or young trees. The price of larger petrol augers and hole diggers will depend on the motor rating and size of the blade. As an example, a 92CC petrol engine auger with a blade of 100cm in length by 300mm in diameter is sold for $345. So if you want an auger for a one-off job, you might be better off hiring instead of buying.

The augers TecnoTools supplies

TecnoTools offer a comprehensive range of garden auger and hole digger to the Australian market. For small gardening jobs, we have power drill-operated augers. They are inexpensive and do the job very well if you need to make small holes.

If you need a more serious auger, we also have them. In fact, most of our augers and hole diggers are petrol operated and the engine power ranges from 60cc to 92cc. We also supply just the engine, if you already have the drill bits. If not, you can buy the whole kit from TecnoTools. The kits come with different size drill bits, extensions, and petrol-operated engines.

TecnoTools offer fast shipping Australia-wide and a 12-month warranty for extra peace of mind.   If you would like to know more, do not hesitate to contact our responsive customer service.

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