Average rating for Auger & Drill Reviews
(4.4 / 5)
17 Reviews
  1. 2 years ago
    As a large landscape company we use this drill with 3" and 4" bits for planting in prepped beds. It does its job exactly as designed. The added/moveable handle is a great feature on this drill.
  2. 3 years ago
    Beyond the suggested use...
    I bought and used two of these to plant a wetland mitigation site. I had to fabricate a piece to allow me to run a larger bit-- the 4" ones designed for planting one gallon plants. The ground we were working in is soft floodplain loam, but I was able to plant between 10-15k plants before the units broke down significantly, both in the gear box. Well worth the $$ invested vs a shovel / laborers. Ended up buying a 121 to finish the job of the one gallon plants, and used the 45's (after repairs) ... read more to finish planting an additional 120k small grasses. (Used the small bits designed for the machine) The only major issues other than the gearbox was the throttle cables. They got sticky fast and were difficult to actuate. The spark arrestors clogged within the first week, rendering the machine inoperable, but they are easy to remove.
  3. 3 years ago
    multi use property owners must have tool.
    Used for fence post in some pretty tough, compacted, & a bit rocky dirt . The BT45 kicked butt! chewed through dirt well beyond its purposed intention. Also worked wonders repurposed as a soil mixer just add amendments and let the BT45 go to work. It mixes soil like a kitchen mixer.
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  1. 2 years ago
    A great tool, but the description should read "2 normal humans, or a circus elephant!"
    I have owned a Stihl Earth-Agar for ~ 5 years and I love it. We have used it to drill 4-foot postholes in rocky ground. Even with the 18" extension we buried the auger for each hole. Because of the rocks we would often drill 2 or 3 holes before we could get one deep enough. In one corner we made so many holes it looked like a prairie dog colony! The auger did a great job on this backbreaking task. We have also used it to dig a couple thousand planting holes (4" auger x 6" deep). It does this ... read more very well too. My only complaint is that calling calling this beast a "Lightweight, one-man auger," is misleading. I hire a crew of healthy, rugged Forestry majors every summer, and it requires s two to operate the thing for any length of time. One person can use it for maybe an hour, in soft soil, but I think it is actually dangerous to do it alone in rocky soil. Hit a rock and the auger STOPS, dead. All that torque has to go somewhere, so the handles jerk around. If you loose your grip, the power unit will whip around with tremendous force and could break your arm, or bust ribs Even if you don't have a problem with rocks, a second person comes in very handy when you are trying to pull the thing out of the hole it just made. If I ever have to put in another fence, I going to price renting that elephant, I mentioned in the summary. Never-the-less, I highly recommend this tool, and if anybody ever manages to break it, I will be at there local STIHL dealer by noon!
  2. 2 years ago
    Easily beats the competition
    We've tried four different makes of augers for restoration projects. We needed tools that could run all day, every day without problems or issues for several large restoration projects. We were planting several hundred thousand plants, and needed good tools. After being continually frustrated with other brands (including several highly recommended by our local tool dealer), we bit the bullet and paid extra for the stihl one person auger. We have not been disappointed. We've worn out a half dozen ... read more bits (6" & 4"), but the auger just keeps running. Well worth the money.
  3. 1 year ago
    Great product. Makes digging holes easy and saves on the wear and tear employee's backs. Digs through most soils easily. PROS: dependable durable easy to use CONS: When you hit something in the ground the machine jerks HARD! Blade dulls quickly Pin doesn't stay tight and is easy to loose
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  1. 2 years ago
    Get's the job done!
    We were a little worried that this bad boy wouldn't have enough power to get through the rocks but it's great! Make sure to bring a post hole digger and pike to get through the tough spots. Also, the quick stop brake on it is definitely needed or else it would break your knees!
  2. 1 year ago
    Auger brake lever is a very good feature but, I've had a few issues with the BT 130.
    The 4 screws (surrounding the drilling spindle) that attach the grip/frame to the powerhead loosened after just a few days of use and 2 fell out and were lost before the issue was noticed. The Stihl dealer didn't stock the same size screws. I replaced the screws and used Loctite. It's very hard to believe that Stihl wouldn't have addressed this issue!! The auger wanted to die at idle during the first few days of use. I adjusted the idle speed but it was still an issue, and I was even using the ... read more Stihl MotoMix for the first few tankfuls. It is idling fine now after a few weeks of use.
  3. 1 year ago
    Great Auger
    I have a horse boarding business and purchased the hand held auger over a tractor attachment for installing fences, and building new stalls inside my barn. I didn't have enough money to buy both an attachment for my tractor and buy the hand held unit (needed for building stalls inside the barn) so I went with the hand held BT 130 and couldn't be happier. I've put up 20 acres of new pasture fence (posts spaced 12 feet apart, and installed 20 new stalls in my barn (boarders were thrilled) using ... read more this bad boy and it sure gets the job done. The safety features on this auger are a MUST. I rented an auger when I started to update my stalls, and after running it for only 3 hours returned it for fear it was going to break my wrist when it hit a rock. Not only is the BT 130 much more powerful, but the safety bar in it stops the auger when it hits something too hard sparing you a trip to the hospital. I'm not going to lie and say it doesn't hurt when you hit a rock, the safety bar will leave some good bruises on your legs, but its much better than being laid up with a broken wrist. This is truly a farm tool that you can use all day long, and will be ready to use the next day, Stihl makes the best power tools. After using it for 7 or 8 hours it can start to feel a little heavy, but I have done the same amount of work as a friend of mine did with his tractor auger, and he was surprised how quickly I got my new pastures opened up. This can make a three foot deep, 6in post hole in 20 seconds (if you don't hit a rock). I do recommend a manual post hole digger and steel rod for getting out bigger stones in your way and clearing the hole clean after drilling it.
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