Friday, 14 August 2015

How to sharpen a Post Hole Auger

If your post hole auger feels like its declining  and no longer goes quite as deep as it used to or doesnt go down nearly as easily it may be time to sharpen the blades. You should try to keep all your tools sharp as this allows them to work more efficiently and last longer. Sharpening a post hole auger isn't very difficult so this is a guide on how to do it.

Disassemble


You should disassemble the post hole auger before you begin because the blades on a pair of post hole augers don't open very wide. All you need to do to disassemble a post hole auger is to loosen the wing-nut on the side then remove it and push out the bolt that holds the blades together.

Clamp the First Piece


Take one of the post hole diggers and clamp it down into a vice. You should clamp it down to look like an upside down u.

Clean the Blade


Use a high pressure spray nozzle and water hose to spray away any dirt or grime that is on the blade. Now you should use a wire brush and scrape the edges of the blade free from any debris or obstructions.

Grind the Damaged Areas


If there any damaged areas on the blade you should use a medium grit wheel angle grinder to fix this.

File a Sharp Edge


Once you have the blade prepared use a sharpening file to begin filing the blade. Hold the file at a 45 degree angle and slide the file back and forth in a front to rear motion. Continue doing this across the entire surface of the blade. From time to time check the blade to make sure it has been completed properly.

After this all you have to do is reassemble the blade.

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