post hole digging
dig post holes like a champion!
Avoid damaging underground pipes and cables
Digging post holes is a time consuming process for anyone manually digging or using machinery. A retired couple in Apalachin, NY was landscaping outside, adding a metal fence around their flower garden, and needed to dig 17 post holes. Originally they started manually digging the holes with a pick ax, steel bar, and a manual post hole digger. You maybe asking,” why not use a gas powered post hole digger?” The major issue is the type of soil found in New York, which is defined as hardpan soil – meaning hard clay with various rock sizes ranging from 1 inch to boulder size rocks. This will break a post hole digger and possibly cause injury. Each hole dug manually took approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours to completely dig 32 inches. Additionally, a few times large rocks around 5-10 inchs wide needed to be broken or removed, adding to the dig time.
The owner of Roll-n-Vac®, Ed Calafut heard about the couple and asked to visit the homeowners to demo the Roll-n-Vac industrial vacuum and to dig the remaining post holes. They started digging a single post hole “dry” with the Roll-n-Vac. Basically, the process was striking the hard pan soil with a large crowbar to break up dirt, then using the Roll-n-Vac nozzle to vacuum the loose ground. The Roll-n-Vac made this process both fast and efficient with low physical labor. Each post hole took approx. 40 minutes to dig 32 inches down. This way is faster because you’re breaking up the soil, then vacuuming up most or all of the broken up dirt, thus making the entire process fast and efficient!
Dig 5x Faster using a Roll-n-Vac
Another faster way to dig is using the Roll-n-Vac and pressure washer combination to blast away the ground and rocks; making the soil wet, and easier to vacuum up. Yes, this works! This is 5X times faster with a non-commercial power washer doing the hard work. By power washing the ground with a narrow or flat spray nozzle, we were digging 6 inches every few minutes, without running into major obstructions. The time to dig 32 inches “wet” took around 23 minutes to completion.
Additionaly, a major problem encountered was avoiding underground pipes where the post hole was going to be. Basically, the homeowners wanted to avoid damaging any pipes with the crowbar, and avoid any costly mistakes. They called 811 before digging to mark known pipes and found one pipe was very close to our path. Thereafter, they used the Roll-n-Vac and power washer to dig the hole, with no risk of damaging the pipe or underground cables. Unquestionably, using the Roll-n-Vac for digging in general in private or commercial industries will save you time, money, and energy.
Benefits of Using the Roll-n-Vac for post digging
- Holes can be dug through wet or dry operations.
- Using the power washer, holes are uniform and smaller in diameter.
- Approx. 23 minutes for digging a single post hole in hardpan soil using a power washer and Roll-n-Vac together.
- Hole size: 32″ x 12″ x 12″
- Avoid breaking/damaging underground wires and pipes.
- Eliminate the risk of damage or electrocution.
- Dig post holes faster than using conventional tools.
- Save money on concrete mix, and digging time, because holes are the optimal size for application.
Definition of hardpan: a cemented or compacted and often clayey layer in soil that is impenetrable by roots.
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