I have often been accused of being easily entertained. I think that being easily entertained is a great gift and not an indication of a simple or feeble mind, but then, I will let you decide. People in the country, myself included can get very excited about watching things that might not hold the same fascination for urban dwellers. For example, I loved watching the well drilling truck come and dig us an amazingly deep well. I was incredibly grateful for the well driller who enjoyed explaining everything he was doing, right down to why he selected where he was drilling, and what type of soil he was passing through, and why we had all those gray rock shards when he finally hit gallons of water. Installing farm gates and fencing is no less life changing, but it can also be darn hard work. Watching a farm take shape and become more utilitarian and more comfortable to run is no less exciting.
My first experience with digging a deep and narrow hole came in the installation of a mailbox in our first home, in a place where the prior owner didn't have a mailbox. I used a post hole digger very similar to the one below, and it was darn hard work, especially in the rocky side of the road.
|This may be an ergonomic and durable post hole digger, but the only way it approaches perfection is to come with a highly muscular ranch hand with very significant upper body strength.|
When we moved to our first farm and needed fencing, my poor dear husband knew no other way than to spent his weekends with the post hole digger placing deep holes for fence posts for gates and fencing for the animals. At first he seemed to increase his own upper strength, and he seemed to get quite a bit done. However he also tore his rotator cuff doing it. Then we found that if we carefully marked where the fence post holes should go, that our older kids and their friends were pretty good at continuing, albeit slowly and in the very rocky Virginia clay.
Four years later, when the original farm had skyrocketed in value and in taxes, and we chose to move on and redesign the farm keeping the features we loved best, one of my largest concerns was that we would have to refence it. Because we were under the gun in terms of time, we chose to hire some people to help us with many of the tasks there, at least initially. They did not waste time using a mere post hole digger.
These are some of the tools our builders and contractors used.
|This is the Earthquake post hole digger|
Later, while discovering all the wonderful farm implements which attach to the tractor, we found an auger bit. These are wonderful, but do need to be compatible with the type of tractor you own.
You could purchase an auger bit designed to work with your own tractor, such as the one below. This is how people with large farms continue to gradually fence large areas over time, and install multiple gates to boot. Much of our farm is forested, and so only a percentage of ours actually has fencing around barns and outbuildings.
The item below is the item my husband would prefer I buy prior to considering the Apocalypse pony I have had my eye on. He thinks that the item below would be far more useful.
This is a:
GENERAL 660 DIG-R-MOBILE TOWABLE HYDRAULIC HOLE DIGGER
One man operation, tows at legal speeds. includes quik-attach tow-bar w/ adjustable ball coupler.
System also operates class II popular HTMA hydraulic tools.
Used for fencing, sign erection, general digging among other uses.
It is equipped with a Honda GX 390 13.0 HP 4 cycle gasoline engine w/ oil alert.
Includes a 12 inch diameter 42" long auger bit.
Has pin for connection.
Unit digs up to 4 ft
Maximum drilling torque is 276 ft / lbs @ 8 GPM @ 2000 PSI.
Forward and reverse drive
1 3/8" drive shaft hex connection.
My reason for devoting a post to augers is that whatever type of job you have to do, there is an auger designed precisely for that. Make sure that before you buy or rent an auger than you do some research on what they can do. Also make sure that you call whatever version of "Miss Utility" you have in your state or area to make sure you are not doing damage when digging to any underground power or other structures. If you are a small wristed person, like I am, or you are a person with a prior history of a repetitive motion disorder such as carpal tunnel syndrome, then the vibration of one of these tools should you use one that needs to be held, is going to exacerbate your carpal tunnel syndrome. In that event, it might actually be wiser to hire a man with an auger for a day.
Remember also that you can own a fairly ordinary piece of land, and then fence or gate it, and make it much more desirable for resale because you have substantially increased its utilitarian possibilities, kept dogs inside, limited the intrusions of people and other animals to your garden, and enhanced general security.
This is one of our prior posts on fencing which might interest you: