Ardisam Two-Person Briggs & Stratton-Powered Earth Auger Powerhead - 190cc, Model# 9800B
I bought this auger for the sole use of planting pilings for my camp. I built an "A" frame and attached my Northern tool (1500lb) electric winch to it. I would spot the the holes and punch a 6" hole in the ground. The ground is mostly hard clay. I used a bucket of water to would lube the ground. The clutch makes some racket but does what its suppose to do. Upon reaching 5' feet i would hoist the bit out of the ground and re-attach my 10" bit. Same thing, i would lube it with water and procede to drilling. I would make several up and down trips with the winch. The first hole i went to fast/deep (12") into the ground with the 6" bit and made the winch struggle to get it out. 25 holes no problem, starts on the first pull everytime, did not use any oil, and sips gas. It took my son and I, 3 days to drill these. Thanks Northern?Ardison !!!
April 10, 2012
Great Auger Power Head
This Auger has the power to get the job done! I have had no problems after countless holes!
June 1, 2010
powerfurll and starts easil. Had no problems with aguer head
I would recommend this to anyone that need an auger head system.
October 19, 2009
Earth Auger Powerhead Rocks...er....Augers!!!
I purchased the Ardisam Auger Powerhead to help us install over 3-miles of fencing. We auger holes to set used 3" and 4" oil-field pipe as fence anchors in corners and between every 40 to 50 T-posts . The ground here is mostly decomposed granite, and in some locations the granite is not so decomposed. It is dry now and the ground is hard. We use the 3", 4' and 6" augers, and often with the 12" extension. Where we can we auger-in 36" to 40" we set pipe snugly into the hole - a la cart. If we can't get at least 32" we use the larger bit and set the pipe in concrete. This powerhead is great. It starts on the first pull almost always; even when sitting for several weeks. It does not appear to use much oil, though it does use the gas - the tank is a bit small. This said, it has power to turn the bit in hard ground. Speaking of which, I attached a photo of us working on one hole at a fence corner. While our actions may not be recommended, the extra ballast we use is effective to auger into the decomposed granite when the augering gets tuff. This tool works as advertised and I would recommend it in a New York minute. We are very pleased with the results! And the auger bits seem to be holding-up well.
July 13, 2009
This is a super machine. We've drilled hundreds of holes with it and encountered no problems. I seem to have misplaced my operating manual. When trying to start the engine to get ready for spring planting, we were unable to turn the engine over bypulling on the starter cord. If I remove the spark plug, it turns easily. This makes me think that the engine's compression is the problem. Can someone tell me if there is a pressure relief valve which must be opened in order to start it.
March 4, 2009
this was the greatest investment i was able to plant 18 trees in less the 5 hours without this tool it would have taken me all day at least 10 to 11 hours. i recamend this to anyone who loves to plant trees but hate the manuel digging.
April 18, 2008
Briggs Stratto Earth Auger
Got this honey at Northern Tools along with the 6" auger. My buddy and I were setting fence posts on the ranch and this auger did everything we asked it to. It even churned up rocks and roots and God knows what else. It's a little heavy to hustle from hole to hole but it's got the horsepower to do the job. Starts first time every time. Just remember to shut off the gas and let the gas in the carb burn out if you're going to store it for more than a couple of weeks. That way the gas won't turn into sludge and require a clean out.
Austin County, Texas
October 30, 2007
Ardisam 2 man earth auger with B&S engine
Recently purchased this item from Northern Tool Co.This unit is a real workhorse,the unit is equiped with a Briggs and Straton engine that starts with little effort, digs rapidly, and doesn't try to wrench itself out of your hands when a tree root or other obstacle is encountered.the ground that we were diging was very hard and dry, but the unit went right into the ground with no problems.The auger went right through tree roots approximately one inch in diameter.The biggest problem with this unit is it wore the two sixty + operators to a frazzle in the 90+ weather.
July 10, 2007