Story goes like this - gotta put up 400' of vinyl post and rail fencing. Promised it would be done this summer, uhh..sorta had a rough summer/fall and now finally trying to get it done before the snow. Otherwise the snowplows wouldn't have a fence to destroy on our property and they might get mad.
Wel, few weeks ago I rented an earth drill/auger...basically a little red wagon with a 6hp Honda motor w/PTO that came out to a gearbox attached to a bigass 7" auger bit, which you would stand there and drill into the ground. Well I thought this thing would let me fly versus post hole digging by hand. Did I mention we have rocky soil? ok minor understatement there. So anyways I rent this calf exerciser and have at it. First hole I thought "man this thing is great...only 53 more to go" as the part you hold onto weighs about 50#, so when you gas it - it pretty much drops itself in. Now you have to be careful cause its like a woodboring bit except this drill doesent have reverse. So - therefore you have to put it in a bit while spinning @ top rpm (~75?) dig down a few inches, take it out/spin off dirt/rocks - go down further...take it out spin off rocks - repeat. In our rocky soil the thing would get about 4" down and start loading up and bogging seriously. I can't tell you how many times I stalled it. This thing is great if you have a mailbox to put in...not a fence.
The thing hooked on so many rocks, roots, anything else it could find - and when it did, it didn't hesitate to drive the 'safety bar' into whatever portion of my anatomy was unfortunate enough to be at that height. Since the auger was 28" long and I needed a 28" hole...you can imagine the excitement of using this great heavy device. I was so beat after about 5 holes I wanted to set it on fire, but I knew that would screw up my security deposit - and I didn't have any matches, but most of all it was mostly metal so that would be hard.
I renturned it by the 5pm closing time after doing only 11 holes, 6 of which were too shallow/rocky/whatever to continue auging. Would have to dig by hand with ye olde post hole digger
, yeah thats a great device...I believe the productivity of this tool is only mildly succeeded by panning for gold in my septic tank. So I dug out two by hand, would have done 3 but we have a 10pm noise ordance here, and cursing is somehow lubricating to the mind.
I should also add that after that hellish weekend, neighbors are now commenting on my nicely developing stone wall and asking me if I want their rocks. Hell I have the string out there and some line levels and crap - maybe I should just dig a few more holes and put up a stone wall?
Ok well - anyways when I was done getting thrown around my yard that day with the auger, I went back to rental place and they asked me 'why didnt you rent the Dingo if you have 50+ holes to drill? you're crazy'. Hmm, 'how much?' 200$ a day is the answer. A bit steep, but let me see this thing. (Photo's below).
Once I saw it I knew it would be worth every penny
It weighs about 1600# and has a hydraulic PTO, and includes up to a 24" (wide) auger for drilling forms or planting shrubs I guess. I have a 9" wide on there so I figure no problem for rocks/roots etc. Luckily it agrees with me
This thing means buisness. It's awesome because it's so dang tiny - I don't need to sit in it to maneuver it or any trickiness like that...just guide it where I want it and move the lever down. Some dust and a few whacks of the pto valve later I've got holes! Actually at this point, I have 1, cause I picked the thing up tonight but had to try it on something - so I went to the worst hole from before and chugged away, some ca-chunk noises and I had rock parts and stuff all over the lawn in no time
It also has few other attachements, I'll take some better photos tomorrow when Im actually using it. It is quite the kewl machine though.
But cooler - is the Ridgeline in front of it
, I'm loving life with this thing. But as I am with all new toys...had to see what it could do...so I knew I was getting it last week, knew I had to rent the dingo this weekend - ordered a hitch and an OE harness from Honda 2 wks ago for Wed. delivery...it was all here on time so voila. Once I hammered the hitch to be straight...it bolted on and now the Ridge has Class III towing.
Kewl sidenote though - the Honda OE wiring I got at the advice of many on the ridgeline forum. Not only does it save an immense amount of cutting and splicing, but it actually comes with another smallish ecu and other assorted relays and cabling that goes into the oe harnesses. Props to Honda for thinking this out - the vehicle already has PS and Trans coolers installed - but with the towing ECU on there it senses load on the lighting circuit/brake circuit/battery circuit and feeds some info out to the rest of the vehicle systems that we're towing. So now the fans come on a little earlier to keep things cooler, tranny doesen't go for smoothness it holds gears till it can shift to the next and keep you in the meat of the powerband, and it also holds gears coming down hills and stuff so there is less braking. It does some other things as well but I don't remember them. I thought it was pretty neat though.
So this was the first tow and I am pleased. Still weird that I have a 3.5l V6 in a 4k# truck and it moves the way it does. I attach roughly 2800-3000# off the back and it doesen't give up much. You know it's there, and with the pfunky shifting you can feel the economy leaving, but it goes well.
So thats my microcosm of dingo and ridgeline ism. Very pleased about both even though I have to give the dingo back. Im going to see what kind of 'projects' I need to justify to rent this thing in the future