Post Hole Digger Restoration

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Project by Michael smith posted 02-27-2015 04:02 PM 1765 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this miss used PHD at a estate sale for less then $5. Had to get it.
I let it set in the electriilics bath over night. Wired brushed it primed & painted it. I scraped & sanded the handles . I put linseed oil on the handles. The only modification I did was to put lock washer on it.
I can’t stand miss used tools! Now what is a wood worker going to do with this?
I have borrowed one the last two years to plant my tomatoes, that right deep hole but the bottom is filled with compose. Oh this is made in USA. Had to restore it.
I jenoyed it. I have sharpen shovel, hoe, etc. but Learned a lesson you sharpen a PHD on the outside of the blade.
Had I not done some research I would have done it wrong .

No more borrowing I got my own for less than $5.00 and it better than new. Made in the USA.


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#1 posted 02-27-2015 05:42 PM

Nice. Nothing like cordless PHD.

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#2 posted 02-27-2015 06:26 PM

Looks good. That paint job should last at least 10 – 20 minutes of digging. :)

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 02-27-2015 08:42 PM

PHD = To Much Work . Get a powered Auger. Looks good though. :)

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#4 posted 02-27-2015 11:18 PM

Great restoration Michael, there is nothing like a favourite tool, whether a shovel, saw or lathe.
And to save it to start with makes it all the more special.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 02-28-2015 12:55 AM

Nice job—especially like the old USA made PHD!

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#6 posted 02-28-2015 02:06 PM

I’m a little surprised you put that much effort into a PHD, but it sure looks nice and will last a long time. Your garden dirt probably isn’t too rocky and hard so the paint should hold up ok. I picked up a PHD at an estate sale for about the same price that I’ll clean up a little when the warmer weather comes. Probably not as nicely as you’ve done though.

PHD = To Much Work . Get a powered Auger. Looks good though. :)
- Richard

Most of us don’t get enough exercise these days, a little hard work does a body good.

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#7 posted 02-28-2015 06:19 PM

I am retired and it’s way way too cold with the ¥£€£¥ Snow. Which is usually gone by now.
I only dig about 16” to 18” deep in already tilled soil. I put lots of compost in the holes on the bottom
I plant the tomatoes about 8” to 10” deep. I cage them with 3’ diameter 4’ high. Steel wire 6” x4” squares.
It’s the heavy wire used in cement reinforcing stuff. I set at least 12 plants. Last year we canned about 72 quarts.
With 5 girles & in laws we always run out.
If the paint does not last on the PHD’s, after I use em I’ll coat them with WD40.
I try to teach my son-in-laws that a tool dropped on the ground it will not grow or bear fruit. ( ha ha to no availe)

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