Anyway one looks at it, traditional post hole diggers, while easily handled by one person, are hard on the user. A better alternative is the combination of the Tanaka JEA-50 one-man auger and the superbly-matched Dig-Assist. Parklands Power Products , which introduced the first Tanaka auger to Australia 40 years ago, now market the latest version of that auger, the JEA-50. Depending on the ground condition, the auger will easily drill holes up to 250mm in diameter, with its powerful 1.9kW (2.6hp) 51cm3 engine.
Equipped with low engagement centrifugal clutch to operate at a lower rpm, the auger has a 33:1 reduction gearbox for optimum power and speed. The gearbox is also grease-packed and sealed for durability and low maintenance. Weighing only 13kg, without the auger bit, the JEA-50 is a tough performer. The cylinder is cast iron and the engine shaft and connecting rod are made from forged steel. The JEA-50 will take bits up to 250mm in diameter. With a large rectangular handle, which also protects the machine when in storage, the unit is easy to use.
For the ultimate in ease and safety, the Australian-made Dig-Assist acts both as a stabiliser (whilst drilling) and trolley to transport the auger. Made from heavy gauge tubular steel, the unit can easily be disassembled for stowing away in small spaces, like a car boot, and swivels for use on uneven ground. The Dig-Assist easily attaches to the JEA-50 in just seconds, with one pin and a clip.