Wish I had bought one of these years ago
I purchased the BT45 last fall with the intention of planting spring flowering bulbs, spring annuals, small perennials and ground covers with the auger as a time and back saver.
The auger has a 2 speed gear box which came in handy with denser clay soils in low gear, high gear is used for most soils though.
Low vibration, good on fuel, starts up well, power is perfect for the augers intended use.
This auger is not for installing big fence posts or very rocky, super dense soils.
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24 flats of pansies yesterday with the auger, amazing how much quicker, neater, loosens the soil well, can not imagine going back to digging with a trowel for smaller plants installs.
Beyond the suggested use...
I bought and used two of these to plant a wetland mitigation site. I had to fabricate a piece to allow me to run a larger bit-- the 4" ones designed for planting one gallon plants. The ground we were working in is soft floodplain loam, but I was able to plant between 10-15k plants before the units broke down significantly, both in the gear box. Well worth the $$ invested vs a shovel / laborers.
Ended up buying a 121 to finish the job of the one gallon plants, and used the 45's (after repairs)
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to finish planting an additional 120k small grasses. (Used the small bits designed for the machine)
The only major issues other than the gearbox was the throttle cables. They got sticky fast and were difficult to actuate. The spark arrestors clogged within the first week, rendering the machine inoperable, but they are easy to remove.
multi use property owners must have tool.
Used for fence post in some pretty tough, compacted, & a bit rocky dirt . The BT45 kicked butt! chewed through dirt well beyond its purposed intention. Also worked wonders repurposed as a soil mixer just add amendments and let the BT45 go to work. It mixes soil like a kitchen mixer.
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