Average rating for Auger & Drill Reviews
(4.6 / 5)
18 Reviews
  1. 2 years 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.
  2. 3 months ago
    Owned & used for 2 years, Stihl going strong!
    I've had my BT130 for about two years now and it is going strong as when it was new. I bore 6" holes with this unit in all kinds of soil from easy sandy loam to PIA clay with rock. The BT130 and 6" auger bit work great. The emergency stop clutch is a real knee saver! I have students that help me now and again. I wouldn't let them use any other unit. I can't afford to have an inexperienced person hurt themselves due to machine error and the BT130 clutch keeps them safe. I expect to put the Earth ... read more Auger through it's paces again this year and I know it will do the job without issue. Gotta love a well designed and built machine!
  3. 2 years 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.
  1. 2 years ago
    Wish I had bought one of these years ago
    I purchased the BT45 last fall with the intention of planting spring flowering bulbs, spring annuals, small perennials and ground covers with the auger as a time and back saver. The auger has a 2 speed gear box which came in handy with denser clay soils in low gear, high gear is used for most soils though. Low vibration, good on fuel, starts up well, power is perfect for the augers intended use. This auger is not for installing big fence posts or very rocky, super dense soils. We installed ... read more 24 flats of pansies yesterday with the auger, amazing how much quicker, neater, loosens the soil well, can not imagine going back to digging with a trowel for smaller plants installs.
  2. 3 years ago
    Works Great!
    Bought this to plant flowers, dig holes for landscaping, and for post holes. I have also used it to soften dirt for trenches. It chews through roots, clay, and weed mat without difficulty. An awesome little machine!
  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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