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Re: Post Hole Digger (PHD) Safety
A bit of important information concerning PHD safety from a previous thread on the N-board:
When a neighbor of ours had their horse fence installed, the guys that were doing the post hole digging had a 8N don't recall what year, they had two people operating the post hole digging procedure.
One was on the tractor and the other guy was operating the PHD'er, making sure the augar was digging straight, two people may make the job easier. You were saying that you couldn't stop the augar from turning, if you are on the tractor and push in on the clutch the PTO shaft will stop if there is nothing wrong with the clutch. At least that's the way my clutch operates on my 8N. Hope you have lots of enjoyment with your new piece of equipment. Be Safe when operating your PHD, being safe is No Accident.
>> One was on the tractor and the other guy was operating the PHD'er, making sure the augar was digging straight, two people may make the job easier. <<
While I'll be the first to admit that I have also done this, it might be appropriate to warn folks who are new to PHD's and using the PTO in general, that this is considered dangerous as all get-out. The guy at the auger has to focus 100% on what they are doing and the tractor operator has to pay attention to his helper, also. If you get something (hair, pearl necklace, paisley tie, bib overalls, shirt sleeve) caught in the universal joint or wrapped on the PTO, you will quickly learn the definition of torque and not in a way that you would want to.
I remember John Bower (tOTG) talking about how he welded an elbow to the top of his PHD and screwed in a 4' length of pipe. His wife was his helper and she would use the 4' length of pipe to position the PHD auger and also lean on it to give some more down pressure. The pipe kept her well away from the spinning PTO shaft and u-joints.
Complete thread in link below.