Beyond Fence Post Holes: 3 Alternative Uses for the Billy Goat Landscape Auger

Man using a Billy Goat landscape auger to dig post holes. Behind him, some posts are already planted in their holes.
Planting posts for a sturdy yard fence, on a fall day.

Digging holes is hard work. But it gets a lot easier if you can use a post hole digger, also known as a landscape auger. Although the obvious job description for a post hole digger is to dig holes for posts, the machine is a big asset in other types of backyard work and landscaping.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of those alternative uses, with a special focus on the capabilities of the Billy Goat AGR1301H landscape auger. If you’re ready to take your landscaping game to the next level, read on to learn how you can transform your outdoor space with the Billy Goat AGR1301H.

The traditional use for the auger – digging post holes

The most common use for a landscape auger is, of course, to dig post holes for fences, decks, and similar projects. An auger can make this job much easier and faster than digging by hand. With its 13 HP commercial Honda motor and powerful hydraulic pump, the Billy Goat AGR1301H can dig deep, straight holes in even the toughest soil. And because it’s a one-person machine, one person can operate the controls and dig the holes while the other lifts and sets the posts, making the job more efficient.

But what if you don’t need to dig post holes? Is the auger still worth the investment? Absolutely. There are many other uses for this versatile machine that you may not have considered.

Alternative use #1 – planting trees and shrubs

If you’re planting a lot of trees or shrubs, you know that digging individual holes with a shovel can be back-breaking work. Especially if you’re planting larger trees. An 6 to 8-foot evergreen may need a hole of nearly 3 and a half feet.

With an auger, you can dig multiple holes quickly and easily, even if you’re landscaping a large area or planting a hedge with many individual plantings. The Billy Goat AGR1301H can dig holes up to 42 inches deep and 18 inches wide, making it ideal for most tree and shrub varieties. And because it’s so precise, you won’t disturb the surrounding soil, which can be important for maintaining healthy root systems.

Alternative use #2 – building any type of pole construction

As we mentioned earlier, an auger is essential for building a deck. But a landscape auger comes in handy for a wide number of pole construction projects. For example, if you’re building a pergola, garden shed, or boardwalk, you’ll need to plant the anchoring posts securely in the ground. And if you’re installing a basketball hoop or swing set, you’ll want to make sure the poles are stable and level. An auger can make these jobs much easier, and the Billy Goat AGR1301H is powerful enough to handle even the toughest soil conditions.

In many pole construction projects, concrete is poured into the post hole to anchor the post firmly in the ground. When you dig these holes by hand, it’s hard to get a consistently shaped hole. What happens is that you end up with a too-small hole at the bottom, and a too-large hole near the top. This results in wasted concrete, and a concrete job that doesn’t firmly anchor the post.

With a landscape auger, you can select the exact diameter of the hole by choosing the right size of auger bit. The auger can dig a perfectly round hole all the way to the bottom, and the post you’re planting can be anchored in the proper amount of concrete.

Alternative use #3 – performing percolation tests and improving soil drainage

If you’re having drainage problems in your yard, an auger can help you diagnose and fix the issue. By digging test holes at various depths, you can determine the soil’s percolation rate – that is, how quickly water drains through it. This can help you identify areas that need additional drainage or soil amendments. And if you need to install a French drain or other drainage system, an auger can make the digging part of the job much easier.

The Billy Goat AGR1301H is especially well-suited for this type of work, thanks to its power and easy-to-use controls. Because it’s a self-propelled machine, moving it to the work area isn’t such a difficult task.

Tips for using the Billy Goat Landscape Auger safely and efficiently

As with any power tool, it’s important to use an auger safely and responsibly. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using the Billy Goat AGR1301H:

  • Always wear appropriate safety gear, including eye and ear protection, gloves, and sturdy shoes.
  • Make sure both the operator and the helper understand how to use the machine properly.
  • Before starting the auger, make sure the area is clear of debris and other hazards.
  • Use caution when digging near underground utilities, such as gas or electrical lines. Be sure you know exactly where the utilities are located.
  • Never leave the auger unattended while it’s running.
  • After use, clean the dirt from the auger and store it in a dry, secure location.


The Billy Goat AGR1301H landscape auger is a powerful and versatile machine that can make many landscaping and backyard projects much easier. Whether you’re digging post holes, planting trees, building a deck, or improving soil drainage, an auger can save you time and effort. And with its precise digging capabilities and easy-to-use controls, the Billy Goat AGR1301H is an excellent choice for homeowners and professionals alike. So the next time you’re planning a backyard project, consider investing in a landscape auger – it might just be the best tool in your toolbox.

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