Mr. Hoover,

I saw your posthole digger that has a handle sticking off to one side
and was wondering how it works and if it is a fast means to digging post
holes. I have a lot of land to fence and was looking for a gas powered
auger type posthole digger but have had little luck finding one. If this
contraption you sell works well I may just get it instead.
Thank you for your time and I will be purchasing the come-a-long next week.



Hi Paul,

It is a great digger and I'm not just saying that.

I put up fence for about 12 years using the old
style clam diggers before using this one.
This Boston digger makes the clam type look
like a toy made for a boy.

It is a heavy digger. The first time I grabbed
it and threw it into the ground, I grunted trying
to lift it. The weight of the digger plus the dirt
will put some muscles on in a hurry. It moves a lot
of dirt. I hated it at first until I got used to
it. Now I wouldn't use any other type of digger.

It will dig a minimum of 8" diameter hole, assuming
you can hit the same spot more than once :)

Some do's and dont's
Don't slam it down on rocks. It will dent and
bend the steel digging tip. Always use a steel
spud bar on hard surfaces, such as rocks and thick

Buying the digger without a spud bar is a mistake.
Both are required to dig holes. Use the spud bar
mostly for loosening the soil and small rocks and
the Boston digger for cleaning out the debris.
On easy soil, you don't need the spud bar, but
not too many soils are that easy to dig.

The handle of the digger is wood and abuse will
break it. Constant beating on rock will drive
the wood handle through the bolts that hold it
onto the steel.

Don't bend the digger to the side and risk
breaking the wood handle. Although we carry
replacement parts for this digger, I would
rather you use it for years without having
to buy replacements. Again, use the spud bar
when a sideways motion to break up soil is

Frank Hoover

Nu Boston Digger