Little Beaver MDL-8H earth auger

We've not seen anything quite like this before. Neither have we come across an earth auger that makes drilling so easy and comfortable. If you need to take soil samples, dig holes for fence posts or plant trees, we reckon you will find this a dream to use. While it is a powerful little monster, there is absolutely no kickback with the Little Beaver. And there are no engine fumes in your face.

The MDL-8H consists of a wheeled power source and mechanical linkage to the drill handle where there is a gear reducer. The drilling augers simply snap-on. It couldn't be simpler.
"It's comfortable to use, easy to move and it's pleasant not to have a hot, smelly engine under your nose all the time," says our tester.
The secret of this unit is the patented torque tube - the telescopic bit attaching the engine to the transmission. It places all the counter torque on the engine and none on the operator. Hence no kickback is felt by the operator.
The range of augers for use with the Little Beaver is impressive. We use the 10" (254mm) auger but the choice extends from four-inch (100mm) blades for soil sample through to the 16" (406mm) nursery auger. You should find one to suit, whatever the job. Other engine options available in the UK are the 5.5hp and 11hp Honda.
With something as different as the Little Beaver, you might think it takes a while to get used to it. Wrong. If there is a knack to using this earth drill, then the tester acquires it immediately. "As you start to dig into the soil, you jiggle the unit just a little and it drills down a bit at a time," he says, continuing to dig clean, deep holes.
That may sound as though using the Little Beaver is a gentle and slow process. It's not. The tester is digging holes faster than we can fill them in again. Controls on the machine include a spring-loaded throttle lever and an emergency stop button.

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