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Tips for Using a Rented Auger
Using a rented, power post hole auger takes some strength and instruction. Review the following tips for your information and safety before using the auger. Your local, ARA-affiliated rental store can provide you complete instructions for using your rented auger. You sometimes also can view how-to video instructions at a rental store to inform you how to use the equipment safely and effectively.
Safety tips
  • Read all manufacturer warnings and instructions prior to using a rented post hole auger.
  • Follow safe lifting practices when loading and unloading a rented post hole auger.
  • Secure rented post hole auger when you transport it.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as safety glasses, ear protection, protective boots and gloves.
  • Never wear loose clothing or jewelry that can catch on the rented post hole auger during use.
  • Keep onlookers away from the jobsite while operating the rented auger.
Preparation tips
  • Mark the areas where you will dig the holes.
  • Before you dig, call 811 — the national “Call Before You Dig” phone number — to notify utility companies of your digging plans, so that they can send out a locator to mark underground lines for free. You must wait a few days after calling before digging. The exact time requirements for waiting vary by state.
Usage tips
  • Rent the appropriate post hole auger from your local ARA-affiliated rental store. See Rent the Auger That Fits Your Project for a description of types of rental augers available.
  • Check and, if needed, service fluid levels in rented gas-powered augers.
  • Allow your leg to rest on rented post hole auger’s leg pad to stabilize auger.
  • First, use the rented post hole auger to drill the hole as deeply as you can without an extension. Then, add the extension if you need to dig deeper.
  • After digging one third of the hole, lift the rented post hole auger to free it of dirt, but never remove it from the hole while it is running.
  • If the rented, power post hole auger gets jammed, operate it in reverse to free it.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your auger needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.

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