Originally Posted by Murphy
In the process of building a deck for the house and am ready to start digging the holes for the footings. My father-in law is a contractor so he has laid out the framework and indicated where the footings need to be. Specs call for 10" suana tubes 48" deep. I have 7 footings that I need to dig and am not looking forward to it. I was thinking on renting an auger with a 12" or 18" to help speed up the process. Has anyone used one of these for footings before? The space is too tight to get a machine back there so anything I rent will need to be portable there is a 4' gate opening but other than that its pretty restricted. Any thoughts or ideas other than suck it up and grab a shovel?
i had a stump ground recently, and although i didn't see it, there is a small tracked vehicle that can reduce its width to get through a 24inch opening
i would try calling a big tree company that also does landcsape work, or a larger landscape company
the attachemnt you call an auger is often referred to as a "mole"
i was enlisted to operate a dingo equipped with fairly wide mole during an open house at the nursery i worked at, and it did a darn good job digging a hole for a tree or shrub in very tough soil conditions- since i didn't need to go more than a couple of feet, i can't say how it would doing with the depth you will need
if you can't find the retractable machine, it might be feasible to remove a gate post so a wider machine will fit through
there are also two-man augers- a motor in the middle sttached to a strudy set of handles that looks like a bow tie when viewed from above
if there is a lot of stone present, that can be a problem
but having helped plant a bunch of big hemlocks with the aid of a stand on skid steer equipped with a mole, i know from personal experience that they can save a ton of back breaking work in the course of a day- you might have to dig the last bit of it yourself, and you will want a footing that is somewhat wider than the sono tube- just how much is a question for someone else
maybe pick up a trenching spade or other specialized shovel to make your life easier too