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powermax_paul
I don't know if there was ever one made, but I could really use one. We're gonna be building a house for some friends this year with a wrap-around porch requiring 22 concrete piers. Anybody got any ideas? Paul
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I know of a guy who designed and built his own backhoe. Maybe he could answer this one better. Seriously Paul, don't they make a hydraulic post hole drill for a Bobcat? Try and call Bobcat of Madison? Maybe it could be adapted to fit your PowerMax
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You could use your backhoe, then use sonna tubes for forms. Done it that way many times.
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Im sure Mcfarlanes in Sauk has something to rent...Im sure youve thouhgt of that...But it would be fun to use the 'Max.
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powermax_paul
Well, I do have a spare rear end for a B207.....Hydraulic motor to drive it,.....Attach it where my backhoe bucket attaches....hmmm.............might be the next project.:D
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Pick-axe and shovel versus Bobcat with auger????Seriously though, even with a hydraulic motor producing enough flow to run a hydro auger, a powermax is too lightweight to force an auger down into most subsurface areas.
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I've never tried one (I'm too chicken) but the engine powered, hand held augers seem to work. Why not on a powermax. Perhaps fitted to your back hoe?
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fireballv8
I bought a gear drive from dragonsalvage..on ebay they are in texas they have had a bunch of these quality gear boxes on sale for 20$ or so (made for IHC/CASE). It would make a decent box for this if you get the RPMs right. if you are going to belt drive it you will have to make a concentric belt drive/mouting system (mount/lift concentric to both drive pulleys). IF a powermax has a 3pt. type PTO it will be even easier.
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I would love to figure out a way to use one of the rear ends I have for a post hole digger and power it from my 101 or ??. belt drive would be a problem but I might be able to something with hydraulic. Any ideas out there?
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Get a three point tractor and buy a post hole digger. They seem fairly reasonable at TSC; but really for only 20, you might be best to rent. If you own a farm and are always adding new fense or installing a 100 holes, then a tractor mounted post hole digger would be the way. Then sell it later.
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powermax_paul
Lots of good ideas! I do have a spare 11hp Briggs vertical. Maybe I should encorporate that somehow too?:D
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I bet your PM could handle it as long as your in sand and not clay and rock. I just finished a new pasture and drilled about 20 holes with a power auger hand held. It made quick work of it, in sand i bet it really flys. I bet you could do the piers quicker as you just stand it up exactly where you want it instead of trying to back up and position with a tractor..kind of a john henry thing.
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deerhunter
I put a wrap around on my house two years ago. I live in SW PA and it's mostly clay. We used a one man auger and that got us threw the top soil from there, me & my wifes uncle did it with a digging bar & post hole digger on a very hot humid day. We only had to do 10 poles. I would try and make something work. even if it means renting it for the weekend!!!!!!!!!
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powermax_paul
We usually do rent one for building decks etc, but that's usually only 3-4 holes. This one's gonna be clay for the top couple feet then limestone bedrock!
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