Properly Dig with a One Man Hole Digger. | Issue No. 02

What do I need to Properly Dig with a General 240 One Man Hole Digger.

Digging holes is a physically demanding job. Before starting, ask yourself: 

  1. Am I physically and mentally up to this task? 
  2. Do I have the physical attributes and skill sets necessary to dig in a safe and productive manner? 
  3. Have I read the Operator Manual and viewed the Safety and Operational Information Video? Do I understand the material? 
  4. Is the machine, including the auger, in good working condition?

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Personal Considerations Include:

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Digging holes is a strenuous activity, and can affect all body parts, including arms, wrists, hands and back. You need to have sufficient body strength to properly withstand kickback and other forces while digging.

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An operator leverages himself to balance against kickback and other forces encountered while digging. Increased operator height provides additional mechanical advantage to react against the forces.

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  Common Sense

 You need to balance:

  • Past experience
  • Jobsite terrain
  • Soil conditions
  • Potential for buried obstructions
  • Auger diameter and digging depth

…to dig in a safe and productive manner.


Strength + Height + Common Sense = Success.

While this formula will not guarantee success, it illustrates that a practical combination of strength, height and common sense are important considerations that work together to help maximize efficiency and safety when digging with the General 240 One Man Hole Digger.

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Hole Digging for Dummies | Issue No. 01

Hole Diggers for Dummies. Smart Tips for Simple Hand-Held Earth Auger Operations.

Story: Dennis Von Ruden – Sept. 07 2011

Jobsites don’t see too many machines simpler than an earth auger. However, manufacturers build them this way because there’s just no reason to make them complex. Even an auger’s purpose is simple. Whether the application is construction, landscaping, fence installation or a homeowner project, earth augers do one thing and one thing only – dig holes.

But while the equipment and its function are not complicated, not everyone will achieve the same level of success with a hole digger. There are some basic operational hints – along with a list of mistakes to avoid – that should be considered in order to ensure safety and maximize productivity on the job. Continue reading