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Posthole borer for planting

We have a job coming up to plant 2000 plants in 2lt pots in ground that has brick ends,rubble etc 

Has anyone used a petrol posthole borer for similar? We do know we need one with a clutch as the one's without are wrist breakers.

Be grateful for any thoughts.

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  • I had a similar amount of plants to put in on a new build development. The developer was a current client and I convinced them to buy a Stihl auger for the job, they bought the 6" and soil stirrer attachments with the power unit. One of the best tools ever! It made the job so much easier, at least 5x quicker and you can plant all day long! The soil stirrer (I don't know if it's actually called that) attachment made mincemeat out of heavy clay soil, planting was almost fun.

    I borrow the machine quite frequently now, I probably couldn't afford to buy it myself, but I highly recommend one for 2000 plants.

    • Thanks Sean, that's very helpful. What is the soil stirrer? Is this a different attachment to the traditional auger? What size auger or soil stirrer would you recommend for 2lt pots? Presumably you need a hole bigger than the pot to give some loose soil to tuck around the plant? Or did you just bore a hole more or less the same size as the plant and drop the plant in without backfilling? Thanks Peter 

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    We use the Stihl auger, works for us well as speeds up job, even use it on bulb planting as we do some large numbers on that, we bought it for fencing but hardly ever use it for that!

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