Robust, efficient performance is what you can expect from the Earthquake 43 cc Earth Auger Powerhead. The Viper 2-cycle 43 cc, 2 HP engine makes 1.6 ft.-lb. of engine torque (45.5 ft.-lb. output shaft torque), enabling you to dig post holes. It has anti-vibration foam grip handles to reduce fatigue. It works with Earthquake augers from 2 - 10 in. in diameter for versatility.
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78%of customersrecommend this product21 of 27reviews
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Ease of use
78%of customersrecommend this product21 of 27reviews
Goal was: dig 12" deep holes for 120 tree (saplings). Used 4" auger. Powered through topsoil however once auger reached clay the auger stops turning. After 10 holes ( about 90 minutes work) I put auger down and ran to tractor supply to purchase a 3 point auger for my 41 HP tractor. The 3 point auger was the right tool for job. If I may speculate... I cannot imagine the Earthquake powerhead powering a 6 inch auger. The 4 inch was okay if you are working with topsoil. Even in topsoil, it does a poor job of clearing the soil from hole. The 4 inch auger bit was built well. The power head looks like good construction but some issues starting. Once engine running, it continued to run well, just under-powered.
I live in a forested area and my "soil" is mostly roots and rocks. I cannot get a pick, much less a shovel, into the ground.
I got this auger head and a 2" auger bit with the idea of using it for breaking up the ground down a couple of feet for making flower beds, for small jobs like putting in bird feeder poles, and for making holes for tree fertilizer spikes.
It has done all these things quickly and easily and I could not do them AT ALL before.
I would have paid a landscaper a lot more than the cost of this auger to do this work.
My brother-in-law who owns a fencing company gave me a saftey tip -- brace the handle against your left thigh so that if you hit a root or something, it will not whip around and break your arm!!
It's not common these days to call the manufacturer of your product and get good customer service, so I wanted to take the time to write this review in thanks.
My auger was leaning on a tree while not in use, slid off, fell, and the fuel-filter nipple broke off. In dire-straights, I called the customer service line and to my surprise was speaking with a very nice native-english speaking guy. Within two minutes he identified the part I need and had it in shipment to me. No horrid phone-tree, no calls to India, no $50 parts, just great customer service. It's still out there, people.
The power head was easy to set on the auger and started quickly. I bought the 8 inch auger, but probably could have gone with a smaller one. The hole made by the 8 inch auger is huge. Only difficulties I had were rocks and clearing the dirt from the hole. I had to clear rocks with a pike and the dirt at the bottom with a manual post hole digger. The power head has a lot of torque and speed for the auger, but when it hits a rock (4 inch or larger), it stops turning. Had to back out, pull the rock and then start again. Definitely better than digging manually, though.
Pros: Powerful, Great Engine, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Self-Propelled, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store, Light Weight
I had purchased the auger to assist me in building a 200' fence consisting of 25 two foot deep holes. Using the 8" bit it took me less than 4 hour to dig all holes in the moderately rocky soil. Auger easily started right out of box and every time after. The powerful (but not too powerful for one) engine ran very smoothly and at a consistently easy pace. It also only used a 1/2 gallon of gas (and oil mixture that they include) after stopping and starting for for all 24 holes- that's 48"! NOTE: only thing I advise, being a not so big guy, is to be aware that at time, like when hitting any medium and larger rock, you will be jerked suddenly and may have to wrestle with the machine while exerting much effort.
The auger worked well in soil without any rocks (small or large) but if you hit a tree root release the throttle or it will give you an fairly strong unexpected shove... We noticed it works far better with one person as it is allowed to move around a bit more. Take your time and don't shove it down hard. What others have said about pulling it up to get the dirt out of the hole is true...do it or you will be slowed down a great deal. I also agree with others about using this unit in rocky soil, get a larger unit period, don't waste your time. If you are in rocky or heavy clay soil you will spend a lot of time with a shovel.
The reason I gave it four stars is it starts easily, usually gets through the first foot of soil (as others have stated) fairly well and is easy to setup with good instructions.. It does struggle after the first foot of soil! Again, I should have opted for the larger unit. I will be selling this one and going to the larger unit! This is a good item if you have regular soil without rocks and heavy clay. I tried it in an area without the stated obstacles and it worked well. I would also spend the extra money and get an extension so you don't have to bend down so far when digging holes over a foot deep. We sank our 8 inch fence posts 2 feet down and really had to work for the last foot. Hope this helps with your decision! Anyone for a slightly used Auger?
I'm building 120' of privacy board fencing and two decks using 4"x4" PT posts...that's over 40 holes 6"x30". I decided to go with a one man auger, rather than renting a larger two person machine and a helper, so I could work at my own pace. This auger is working out perfectly. It is fully assembled, starts easily, and performs well. I'm well into the project and have NO complaints.
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
Started right up. Great tool. Used 6inch bit for 3 foot hole is less than a minute.
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Review 12 for 43 cc Earth Auger Powerhead
PostedApril 18, 2012
Ease of use
No, I do not recommend this product.
The earthquake auger powered by the Viper engine is absolute garbage. I bought this auger less than two years ago and have only used a few times and it will not start. I have rebuilt the carb and replaced the fuel lines. This engine must be made in china. I have an Echo weedeater that is ten years old and starts every year with no problem and I've never tuned it up. I would stay away from this auger and if you plan on using this for the long haul buck up and get a Stihl. If you want to waste your money then buy this piece of JUNK!!!!!!!!!!
I purchased this auger years ago. It has work great for me. I have dug 100's of hole with it. I have replaced the actual auger itself as the other one wore out. At first I was skeptical about this small machine working; but when I got it home and started digging.... well.... I highly recommend this tool. Mine has suffered years of abuse; being left outside in the rain, snow, heat, etc. It is better than a timex watch. This machine keeps running and running.
I needed to dig some 2" holes and 6" holes for metal posts. After pounding in 3' metal sleeves with a sledge hammer for two days I decided that there had to be a better way and most rental houses for post-hole diggers don't carry a 2" auger. So looking on-line I came across this unit. It works well, runs great and is easily handled by one person. It certainly made the rest of the job go much easier and does a good job. Can't beat it for the price!
I have owned one of these before for years and has worked great thats why I bought the same kind again. I was immediatly disappointed in the lack of power of the new one. The manual says full power does not show untill after a 2 hour break in period. .All I can say is it better get more power . The other one man earthquake I had, you really had to hold onto it or it would hurt you. The new one gets stuck on a little rock and just stops spinning.
I have used this product for over a month. IN that time it has dug over 60 post holes without a hitch. Starts right up and digs well. It has trouble with large roots but that is it. Lightweight and easy to use. The people who complain it is underpowered probably need a 2 man auger anyway. I am using the 6"bit, I can see where it would struggle with an 8" or bigger. Great value for the money