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Earthquake E43 1-Person Earth Auger Powerhead with 43cc 2-Cycle Viper Engine
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- Outstanding power, durability and efficiency
- Lightweight, heavy-duty construction
- Easy-to-grip fingertip throttle control
- Comfortable anti-vibration, foam-grip handles
- Quick-start primer
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Tips: The first time I started the engine took quite a few pulls but after that, it came to life and became easier to start. Do not set the auger down with the engine running, the exhaust is hot enough to instantly start a fire in dry grass. If you plan to drill very many holes, get extra cutting blades and keep them sharp. It will only drill through roots and hardpan with sharp blades. Do not push the auger down. It works better when the auger is spinning rapidly. If you hit roots, lift most of the weight off and lit it nibble through them slowly. If the blade grabs on to a root, it can really buck so just let go, stand back and let the power head spin until it stops. Make no mistake; this is not a toy. It has more than enough power to hurt you if you aren't careful. If you expect to be changing augers or adding extensions very frequently, don't use the bolts provided, get some fast-pins to make the changes quick & easy. If you want to drill deep holes with auger extensions, it really helps to have another person help to lift it high enough to get it out of the hole.Read more ›
Only negatives are a kind of wimpy kill switch that occasionally you have to re-toggle to kill the engine, and the Chinese no-name engine/clutch which I expect will be harder to get repaired than eg. a Techumseh (while I don't forsee the near-term need for repairs, they are inevitable on this kind of equipment).
I also considered the Ardisam 9000E, but am glad I chose the smaller (and less expensive) E43... I've found that I don't really need the extra HP, even though I'm drilling in rocky-soiled NH.
A worthwhile purchase, a good addition to my garden shed.
Note: I got mine for $25 less than Amazon/NorthernTool at Lowes, so shop around.
More info: After using the hell out of it for a year or so, I'll add the following:
- Kill switch gets worse over time (dirt?), you gotta really hold it down to shut the engine off.
- Buy extra shear pins - the small diameter seems to break easily (again, I have rocky soil).
- The pullstarter/oil filter/killswitch housing is made of thin, cheap plastic. If the unit falls over & the housing hits the ground, it will most likely crack. Mine is very cracked :) but the unit still functions.
- I'm still glad I bought it. I've saved a bunch of money on rentals and despite the issues listed above I still think it's worth the price.
The motor fired up almost instantly each time - even when it was brand new out of the box. Stopped on a dime too when the power was cut. It is a comfortable and well built device.
Finally got it to run and it ran well.
After digging four holes, I decided to clean those holes out and plant my shrubs. It was then that the auger kicked into high gear and would not disengage. I toggled the on/off switch to the off position and it would not turn off. I had to try to keep a grip on the machine while trying to get the spark plug wire off and was having great difficulty. My neighbor saw what was happening and ran over to assist. With his help, we finally got the spark plug wire off and it finally stopped running.
When I returned it, I found out that they had actually had a larger number of these units returned.
The company needs to work on the bit ingage lever and replace the on/off swith with one that actually works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This allowed me to dig a 3 ft hole in 15 minutes where as it would have taken more than an hour with a post hole digger, great!Published 14 days ago by Angel
Only used the auger bit once and the bolts on the top snapped in half and flew off. We replaced them and it works fine still but annoying after only one use.Published 1 month ago by Albaro
Use this auger for installing t-post/ Drill the hole 4 hits and a 7' t-post is in 2 feet no problemPublished 1 month ago by knitter
Perfect. We are putting in a vinyl white privacy fence and we needed a larger bit for the holes for the posts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill&Kim
Quiet for a two stroke. Powerfull. Uses little gas. Gets jammed on rocks the size of tennis balls. My yard is rocky. My soil is a mix of dirt, clay, gravel, and large rocks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eagle