Before last week I had never even touched a post-hole digger. I knew that putting a fence in my backyard would be tough, but I had no idea how tough it would be. I fully expected that the worst part would be digging the holes, and I expected it to be really, really hard. I started in with a traditional post-hole digger. Ug. I knew digging a 36” deep hole would be a huge amount of work, and it was WAY worse that I had imagined even in my worst-case scenario. I had originally thought I would be able to do more than one hole in a day easily, but I was completely spent after my first one. Only 26 left to dig.

While I was gearing up for a month of punishment, my wife went online, did a search for “post hole digger”, and found the Bull Digger. We couldn’t find much info on it that didn’t come from the manufacturer, so I was reluctant to take a $70 gamble; but the website, and especially the video, were pretty convincing. Besides, if it worked even half as well for me as it did in the video I would be WAY ahead of a traditional post-hole digger. I ordered my Bull Digger, and it arrived the next day (we both live in PA).

The amazing Bull Digger post-hole digger
40 inches of earth-drilling glory.

I LOVE my Bull Digger. The first hole I dug took me only 25 minutes, compared to the 90 minutes with a traditional post-hole digger. You still have to work with the Bull Digger, but it is SO much easier.

The way it works is you twist the tines back and forth while the hose from your shop-vac sucks up all the dirt. It’s great that the vac does all the dirt lifting for you, and it has the nice side effect of making for clean working conditions. I don’t mind getting dirty mind you, but I’m not going to complain if I stay clean.

I think that the Bull Digger is like a traditional post-hole digger only in the end product. The experience of using the Bull Digger is so different that I like to think of it more like an earth drill. In fact, with the hum of the shop vac in the background, I feel like a jet-powered hole-making machine.

Me with my awesome new Bull Digger!
How often do you see someone this happy about doing yard work?

Here’s my method of using the Bull Digger:

I start with a traditional shovel to mark my spot, and cut through the roots in the first 3 inches of soil. Then I dive in with the Bull Digger. I have found that when I am drilling a hole I tend to undercut myself, so I move around the hole while I work to keep it straight, and I periodically check the straightness of the hole with the handle of my shovel. I have to empty my shop vac three times per 36 inch hole, and I have found that it is pretty easy to separate the topsoil by just emptying the vac right as I get to the end of the soil layer. I put a little piece of duct tape at the 36 inch mark on my Bull Digger so I knew when I had gone deep enough without having to measure each time.

One of the things that I really like about this tool is that it is the perfect example of the American Dream. When I called to place my order, the guy who answered the phone was Tom Menna, the guy who invented the Bull Digger. I love to support everyday people with great ideas. It’s a lot of work to get a good product made and to the market, and I’m very happy to help out with my wallet. I got to have a nice chat with Tom, and he told me that although he did have a batch of Bull Diggers made overseas, he is currently getting set up in Johnstown PA so that he can keep jobs in his own area.

I love the Bull Digger, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It makes a colossally difficult job into a manageable one. After using the Bull Digger, I will never touch a traditional post-hole digger again if I can help it.