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I have a IH 300 it’s my first tractor, it works great. I live in central Texas and we have very rocky soil. I was looking for a post hole digger and every said I need a digger with a down force kit or a $4k Belltec to get down force.

I didn’t realize it’s very rare to have 3 point with downforce since this is my first tractor. Am I right in that I could get a 40Hp regular post hole digger and put a auger on it for rocks and use it with my 300 to generate down force?

When using the disc if I put down too hard in our rocking soil I lose traction. I’ve lifted the rear tires off the ground to get my self unstuck once already so I know it will apply a good amount of down force.
 

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Hello and welcome to the site.
Before I bought something I didn't need I would have to try one on my tractor. Maybe find an auger to rent or borrow for a day.
I grew up in the land of red clay, sandstone and large chunks of limestone just under the ground. The hills of KY.
I used an auger on an 8N Ford, and 520 Deere. Don't remember never getting a hole dug.
The only real problem I ever remember is when my brother was about 10 years old and he let the lift all the way down at once.
The auger quickly drilled itself into the ground like a corkscrew until it wedged the power head against the ground and choked out the tractor.
Then we had to dig it out.
 

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My experience with a post hole digger is that the anger will pull itself into the ground if the soil is not too rocky to penetrate the soil. I have never used down pressure. I was taught to let the auger dig a bit, then raise it to clean out the hole. You might need to repeat a few times to get deep enough. We have a mix of clay and some loamy, sandy soils. The worse time I had was getting hung on roots. I have rocked the tractor frontwards and backwards a little while the anger rotates and with the lift raised to free an auger. Welcome to ATF!
 

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Thanks for the welcome.

I was concerned with the rocky soil and I thought that would cause the auger to just stop pulling itself into the ground. I can use a 2” auger I turn by hand, I can only get about 10” down and hit a rock or the rock.

Anyone else have really rock soil?
 
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