How to Use A Post Hole Borer

A post hole borer, also known as a post hole auger, can create a hole in the ground suitable for a fence post to be fitted. They can assist when building a fence, ensuring your hole is deep and wide enough without manual digging.

This can save you time and energy and ensure you have the right environment for your fence post. A post must be secure and deep enough not to be affected by winds. Post hole borers are likely needed for a one-off job if you're DIYing your fence build, so it makes sense to hire them from Speedy Hire.




Before you use the post hole borer it’s really important that you wear the correct PPE, eye protection, safety boots and gloves are essential, we also recommend hearing protection when using any petrol-powered equipment such as this and any PPE you do require can be purchased from Speedy.

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Post hole borers can make light work of your garden projects, and although they look intimidating, using them could not be easier. If your borer is powered by a petrol engine It will require two-stroke petrol. You will need to add this oil to the petrol and shake it before you put it into the machine. If you’re unsure what ratio to use, just check the bottle for instructions. Filling the borer up can be done by removing the cap and simply filling it with fuel.

Below is a guide on how to use a petrol auger available from Speedy. Always follow the instructions for your particular model.


Step 1:

Starting the borer is really straight forward. To begin with you will need to place the trigger into the on position. Next you will need to prime the engine, to do this compress the pump located here 4 or 5 times and then finally slide the choke lever into the on position. Now you should lie the borer on the floor, using your foot to secure it in place and pull the cord, don’t worry if it doesn’t start straight away, it might just take a couple of pulls. Once the engine has started, lift the borer up and slide the choke lever back into the off position.


Step 2:

Place the borer into position over the area you want to create a hole and simply squeeze the trigger. Turning the borer off can be done by hitting the rocker switch on the handle. Be really careful not to touch anything other than the handles, as the engine on the borer will be really hot.


If you have any issues with any of the products you hire from Speedy, just give your local Service Centre a call, as we are always available to help, and remember to always check the safety and operating guidance before you use any hire product.


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