Ardisam Earthquake Earth Auger Powerhead - 43cc, Model# E43
Great Value Overall
I've used many augers over the years, but this is the first one I've bought. I just couldn't resist the great price. True, large rocks and roots can stall it out, but what do you expect from a unit of this size and power? It does the job it was designed for exceptionally well and is easy to start and handle. I'm using it with a 6" auger in relatively soft soil with occasional small to medium rocks, and it works great. Just don't expect it to do the job of big, two-man auger!
September 18, 2013
We use this to put fence posts in. It handled the job easily, the conditions we pretty ideal, soft moist ground.
September 17, 2013
I use this powerhead with 6in Auger (model EA6F).
The head works, but man, this thing is very demanding!
While cold it starts well, but due to a design flaw the carburetor heats up during normal operation and while hot/warm the head is next to impossible to restart due to the vapor lock in the fuel lines. I use a spray bottle to spray water on the carburetor to make it cool down between drilling. Even then you should expect a couple minute cool-down time before restart is possible.
Another thing is that it seems like the engine maximum power is reached only in a very narrow RPM range. so you have to constantly adjust down pressure to make it drill efficiently. It is manageable, but annoying especially if you have roots or small rocks in your soil (I have both).
On the positive side this head can produce quite a bit of torque and the slip clutch is tuned quite nicely for this engine (does not stall the engine when auger gets stuck while not tearing your arms off).
Overall this is a cheap powerhead that does the job if you work around its deficiencies.
July 11, 2013
Needs ideal conditions
I had absolutely no success with this product. Anytime the drill touched a rock, all progress stopped. Apparently my land is too rocky because I never got any deeper than about 4". Based on the initial performance, I doubt it would work in Houston black clay, which is fairly dense and compacted. If you are digging in sandy soil (think beach), it would probably work just fine. For my purpose, it was a complete waste of time and money.
June 10, 2013
When the auger 'finally' gets started it runs fine; but a chore getting it started. Also, don't pull the starter cord too far out or it'll break fairly easy! Have had the 'pull start mechanism repaired once; did't last long before the spring got unsprung! Just paid the "big bucks" to order replacement pull starter and the shipping costs are even more unreasonable!!
December 15, 2012
I bought the one man model with an 8 inch auger. Works well as long as you let the machine do the work in hard soil. In sand, it digs a 30 inch deep hole in about 30 seconds. I woulod hesitate to place a 10 inch auger on this 43 cc model unless only used in sand.
October 15, 2012
Bought this as a replacement powerhead for my ice auger. This one is bigger and heavier than the old one but bolted perfectly to my ice auger shaft. This option of replacing just the powerhead turned out to be about $150 - $200 less than a new ice auger of the same engine size. Followed the instructions and it started on the 3rd pull. My old powerhead did not have a primer bulb like this one and was becoming a bear to start especially when the temp dropped below 10 degrees.
August 13, 2012
Works just fine!
I was worried about such a small motor doing a major task of spinning a 8" auger - but if you "drive it like it is stolen" it works great. Oklahoma has clay and rocks. Take your time and go slow (vertically) but go wide open with the throttle and you get a hole in quick order. Not nearly as fast as the bigger power units, but lite enough to tote around with one arm and for just a few holes a week I need around the race track, I can recommend this one easily!
August 13, 2012
We have hard-pan clay here and it has been dry. I purchased this product to set fence posts and to plant trees. This machine does the job well! It is easy to start, has enough torq and power to do the job, and the price didn't hurt too bad.
May 15, 2012
Works good with the small augers. With the bigger sizes it struggles with the torque. But all around a good buy just dont think your going to drill 10 inch postholes.
May 14, 2012