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Post Hole Diggers: Benefits of 3-Point PTO vs. Front-End Hydraulic Drive Augers

Posted by Spencer Santilli on Jul 15th 2021

Post Hole Diggers: Benefits of  3-Point PTO vs. Front-End Hydraulic Drive Augers

Post-Hole Diggers: Benefits of 3-Point PTO vs. Front-End Hydraulic Drive Augers

One of the most frequently asked questions our team receives concerns the differences between the Front-End Hydraulic Drive Post-Hole Digger and the 3-Point Hitch Post-Hole Digger. 

As summer is a great time to sink posts and tackle projects around your homestead, we figured now was a great time to feature our Pinnacle Series Post-Hole Diggers. We’ve put together a brief rundown on the benefits of each and the projects you can cross off your list!

Compact Tractor Post Hole 3 Point Hitch Digger

3-Point Post-Hole Digger

Our Pinnacle Series 3-Point Post-Hole Digger is an excellent introduction to the world of PTO-drive augers.These attachments deliver incredible performance and are an excellent option for tractor owners without a third-function valve already installed on their machine. 

The 3-Point Post-Hole Digger variant is a perfect attachment for homesteads looking for occasional usage with dependable results.

  • No 3rd Function Valve Required
  • Powerful PTO-Drive
  • 2” O.D. Round Input Shaft
  • Recommended PTO Output: 18 – 50 HP
  • PTO Shaft Included with Purchase of Drive
  • Total Assembled Weight: 142 pounds
  • Individually Replaceable Auger Teeth
  • 48” Standard Auger Length – Suitable for most structural applications
  • 6” – 9” – 12” Auger Sizes Available (12” Diameter is temporarily Out of Stock)

Compact Tractor Post Hole Front End Loader Hydraulic Drive Digger

Front-End Hydraulic Drive Post-Hole Digger

The Universal Quick-Attach compatible Front-End Hydraulic Drive Post-Hole Digger is a more aggressive and versatile auger attachment. As many tractor owners expand their functionality by installing a 3rd function kit, the Pinnacle Series Front-End Hydraulic Drive Post-Hole Digger becomes a viable and attractive auger attachment option. 

This style is perfect for homesteads with expansive fence lines to maintain where the attachment will experience moderate to extensive usage throughout the year.

  • Easy Universal Quick-Attach (SSQA) Hookup
  • Added Down Pressure through Loader Arms
  • GPM Hydraulic Flow Required: 6 – 16 GPM
  • Precise Accuracy
  • Ability to lift & reach over obstacles
  • Forward & Reverse Drive for Digging in Difficult Terrain
  • Total Assembled Weight = 105 pounds
  • Individually Replaceable Auger Teeth
  • Greaseable Hinge Points
  • 48” Standard Auger Length – Suitable for most structural applications
  • 6” – 9” Auger Sizes Available


Ultimately, the decision between a 3-Point PTO Drive Post-Hole Digger and a Front-End Hydraulic Drive Post-Hole Digger comes down to the expected usage, soil conditions, and tractor compatibility. 

Both Pinnacle Series options will routinely deliver impeccable results no matter the circumstances. If you are looking for an introductory auger attachment for a few small projects and do not have a 3rd function kit, the 3-Point Post-Hole digger may be the best route for your homestead. 

Otherwise, having extensive fence lines and pastures to protect the Front-End Hydraulic Drive may better suit your needs. As always, you can give our experienced Sales Team a call to discuss your homestead, your project lists, and your tractor to receive immediate advice on which version is best for you!

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