Getting or renting any tool at home can be exciting and a little scary. Of course, it should also be necessary. However, if you’re getting something that you’ve never used before it’s a good idea to get a few tips, it will ensure you know what you are doing and stay safe while doing it.
This is definitely true when using rock augers as they can be surprisingly powerful.
Understanding The Rock Auger
The rock auger is one version of the garden auger. It works in the same way as a traditional drill, spinning round to create a hole while pushing the dirt outward. All augers come in a variety of sizes, allowing you to create the hole you need, whether it is for a seed or a post.
However, while the smaller augers can be operated by hand or attached to your power drill, larger ones and those digging into rock, need something more powerful. These come with their own powerhead.
Using The Rock Auger
Your rock auger is a faster way of digging than by traditional methods. However, before you start it is important to understand that this is a potentially dangerous tool. As such, you must familiarize yourself with the controls before you start. In particular, know where the emergency stop is so that you can use it if necessary.
It is also important that you recognize the auger is doing the work, you are supporting it. Pushing hard against the auger as it cuts into the rock is not going to make it work faster or better. In fact, it is more likely to cause the auger to stop suddenly. This can twist your body and cause a serious injury, such as breaking your arm.
Of course, you’ll also have to deal with the fact that the auger is stuck in the rock and it’s not easy to release it. In short, before you start, read the manual even if you think you know what you are doing.
It is imperative that you inspect the auger before you start using it. A good condition rock auger with sharp teeth will rip through the rock. In contrast, one with worn teeth is likely to stick and will struggle to make progress at the speed you are expecting.
Check The Dig Site
If you are using a rock auger you may think that there won’t be many surprises in the ground. However, you can’t be certain of this. It is advisable to check the ground with a scanner to ensure there are no buried pipes and lines. You don’t want the rock auger ripping into them.
Keep It Level
Rock augers with their own power heads can be very heavy. You’ll need to use it on level ground, this will reduce the likelihood of injuries occurring while you’re using it. Of course, even on level ground incidents can happen, make sure you always have your balance before you start. This reduces the likelihood of accidents.