"I was dreading digging 2ft holes for my garden fence posts but to be fair having started using this tool the job seems pretty manageable.
It took me around an hour to dig the first hole (it was mostly shale rock after the first foot down). With more experience I reckon I'll get a similar hole down to around 45 minutes with a bit of a sweat on.
Although I did feel the aches and pains the following day that is more down to my sheer lack of fitness. Part digging tool, part fitness equipment. I should be much stronger by the time I've finished the job.
Rest day today, I'm planning an hours "workout" tomorrow and strangely looking forward to it."
"This is the 2nd I've bought. The first was light-fingered away despite its weight! It will cut through any soil or tree-root & its length means no stooping until the hole is more than 2 ft deep. The striking pad on its top is great for sledge-hammer assistance as the hole deepens further."
"Bought this to remove 4 tree stumps at side of the house it is simply perfect slices through roots with ease and length of bar allows plent of leverage should've bought one years ago go and buy one you will not be sorry"
"I actually thought this was going to be an expensive and clumsy waste of space when I got it, but I now have to agree with other reviewers. The weight of the tool helps enormously in driving the blade down into the post-hole, the size and sharpness of the blade makes for easy precision cutting, and the length of the handle not only means you can use it standing up, but you've got excellent leverage when you want to prise something stubborn out of the hole."
"Ive always hated and shied away from putting fenceposts in. That was until I bought this item. Its brilliant and works a treat. I even managed to smash through concrete foundations from an old brick wall. One of the best things I've ever bought.
Just try not to get overly keen and drop it on your foot. It hurts!"
"Digging post holes will never be the same again! This goes through practically everything with ease, and makes digging deep holes for posts almost a pleasure. The weight and quality is excellent - why didn't I get one before?"
"Great for post digging, root removing and breaking up difficult surfaces (short of drilling!) Perhaps could do with a bit more weight (whilst I can still lift it). Very pleased with this robust product which is definitely fit for purpose."
"After struggling with removing roots and stumps to erect a fence I purchased this and the roughneck mattock. Wish I'd done it before. Two great tools which sped up the job significantly. Worth every penny so money well spent. Sharp blade, weight and shaft length/strength make chopping out roots and stumps and breaking up hard ground easy."
"Just dug 6 holes in about 20 minutes with this product and a spade. Easy as anything. Just like paying someone to do it for you. If you think it may be a bit expensive, I'd say its worth every penny. Makes a boring job as easy and as quick as you wouldn't imagine."
"Like a crowbar but with a thick, sharp blade at one end, this will break through roots with ease. I've just used it to remove the two end plants of a large established hedge and it sliced through the tough roots with hardly any effort. I'm about to dig a deep trench for the footings to a low wall I'm building near another hedge and this will be ideal. Keep it sharp to ensure good performance. Some kind of protective cover for the blade end during storage would be a good addition, but I'm very pleased with this tool. Screwfix click-and-collect ordering was a breeze as usual."
"this is a great tool , you will probaly only use it a limited number of times when digging post holes depending on the ground . it is worth having and you can lend it to your neighbours .Very glad i bought it and the only thing to make it better would be if it was cheaper ."
"Although I have a post hole digging tool (the one which grabs and lifts the dirt) I needed this to dig a gate post hole in a confined space. It made the digging fast and so much easier than trying to use a shovel.
I have also used it to dig holes for planting of shrubs and trees - both to dig the right size hole and mash up the base.
Its a bit pricey and there was a cheaper alternative but I was keen to have a tool which had a good quality of metal in the blade and the Roughneck brand has a decent reputation for quality stuff."