What is an auger?

utility auger

Augers are used in the production, distribution and maintenance of grain, sawdust, plastic pellets and a whole host of other soluble, loose materials. In many instances, the custom built utility auger is being utilized in agro-processing businesses.

But augers, whether they are mechanized or manually turned as handheld devices, are being utilized in a number of other industries too. The construction and wood processing industries would be two good examples. In construction, the auger is used to dig deep foundations. To appreciate the scale of industries to which augers can be applied, note that in one instance it was discovered that over four hundred sizes had been prepared.

The auger that is used for digging post holes is called the earth auger. It can also be defined as a handheld power earth drill, mechanized post hole digger or soil auger. Such an auger is turned manually. If it is powered, it is powered by electricity or an internal combustion engine. In the latter case, as applied traditionally in the farming business, the engine will be attached to the tractor. It is the tractor’s engine that is supplying the auger with its power.

Most handheld augers are simply used for the digging of holes. Such devices can also be applied to domestic industries, with home gardening being a good example. And these days, DIY exponents could be utilizing augers to prepare boreholes in those areas that are, these days, much drier than is usual, and legal.

Wood augers have a screw, a cutting lip and a bit. It also has cutting spurs. The screw pulls the auger into the wood being prepared or processed. The cutting lip slices out the bottom of a dug hole. Cutting spurs are used to cut cleaner and deeper circles in those areas where the lips usually scrape out wood.