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Using Your Tractor’s PTO Post Hole Digger to Install a Fence

We want to teach you how to install a fence using your tractor’s PTO post hole digger.

If you do not feel that you understand these tips, or cannot perform them safely, consult your tractor dealer or local mechanic.


Let’s take a moment and discuss 3 popular types of fencing.

Whether you have a farm, house, or a homestead --- it is not complete without a reliable fence around it.

Fencing marks your boundaries, provides privacy --- plus the right fence can be an attractive addition to your landscape. It also helps increase the value of your property.

You may be wondering what kind of fencing is best for your land.

Let’s analyze the pros and cons of three of the most popular types of fences.

Metal Fencing

Metal fencing can be a good addition to the security of your property.

It’s strong and reliable. Plus, its austere appearance alone can be enough to deter anyone that may be thinking of trespassing onto your property.

There’s no denying it --- metal fences don’t have the aesthetic appeal that some other materials can bring. Metal fences could also rust over time.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fencing has become very popular.

It is a very versatile substrate, so that fences made from it, can be purchased in a variety of styles and colors. One benefit is its modern look.

Vinyl offers great value for the money. It is not expensive to purchase or install when compared to other types.

When compared to wood fencing, vinyl requires far less maintenance.

Vinyl fencing won’t rot with rain or fade with the sun --- so all you have to do is wash it occasionally to keep it looking good.

It is also very tough, and you won’t have to worry about warping, insect, or algae attack.

Vinyl fencing is a great choice for many homesteads.

Wooden Fencing

Wooden fencing is the most traditional type of material.

It has been used for centuries and provides a traditional or rustic look to your homestead.

One thing to keep in mind is that after several years, wooden fencing can show signs of weathering. It also can lose its color and become prone to rot and algae.

These fences need regular maintenance to keep them in great shape. You may need to treat them with preservatives on an annual basis --- or possibly more frequently. This can be a huge job if you have a lot of fencing.

Digging a Fence Post Hole

Now let’s discuss how to use a PTO-driven post hole digger.

Digging a post hole with a PTO-driven post hole digger and auger can be safe and easy.

Just make sure you follow the rules.

First, make sure to read the Operator’s Manual before operating any piece of equipment. Follow all safety and operating instructions.

Common Ground Alliance

Next, call 811 for Common Ground Alliance (CGA). CGA is a non-profit organization that launched the “Call Before You Dig” campaign. If you call 811, your underground utility lines will be marked for free. Mark the area where you intend to dig, so the people marking your utilities know where to focus their attention.

Mark Holes

Once you are sure the area is safe for using the post hole digger, carefully mark where you want the fence post holes to be.

Plot out where the first set of holes should be before you start digging.

Digging Holes

When you’re ready to begin digging, move your tractor with the post hole digger and auger attached into position, over the first hole location.

NOTE: The auger needs to work in a vertical position.

Using your 3-point hitch, raise the auger point off the ground and turn the leveling crank on the lift link of the tractor until the auger is vertical.

With the PTO disengaged, slowly lower the auger until its point just engages the ground. (Some post hole diggers offer a positioning handle attachment that allows the operator to move the tip of the auger from the tractor seat.)

Next, move the tractor slowly forward or backward until the auger is vertical to the ground.

With the auger point lowered to the ground, set the engine speed to idle, then engage the PTO.

Make sure the auger point is on the ground before engaging the PTO.

Increase the PTO speed as required (to a maximum of 540 rpm) so the auger will penetrate the ground. Dirt should begin coming out of the hole.

As you continue to drill down while lowering the 3-point hitch, you may need to move the tractor slightly forward to make sure your hole is straight up and down.

Once you’ve dug the hole to the desired depth, with the auger in the hole, raise and lower the auger a few times to clear the hole of any loose dirt.

Finally, remove the auger from the hole, disengage the PTO, and move on to the next hole location.

Repeat the process for each hole.

If you need any further help or have any questions about using a post hole digger, tractors, or anything else, please contact your dealer, local mechanic, or call us at 602-734-9944. Please ask about our current new and used tractor supply.

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