A traditional post hole digger is so named because it follows the design of the original tool, before any variants came along.
It is the simplest in design of all the digger types. The tool consists of two handles with blades on either end, which are connected via a pivot point.
Usually a traditional post hole digger has handles that are made out of wood or steel. However, modern versions are also available with fibreglass handles. The fibreglass handles are ideal as they are lighter than the wooden ones, yet just as strong.
It is also the cheapest of all the digger types, meaning if a user wishes to save money when purchasing a digger then this is the ideal model.
A traditional post hole digger is made for heavy-duty digging, due to its simple construction, and so it is often used by professionals for tasks which require repetitive digging.
Extra-heavy-duty versions are also available which have thicker handles and a wider blade opening. These are often referred to as ‘Hercules’ post hole diggers.
How does a traditional digger work?
A traditional post hole digger works similarly to all other types, by firstly piercing the ground with its blades.
To clamp dirt, the handles must then be pulled apart. The digger is withdrawn from the hole and the clamped dirt is released. These actions are then repeated until the hole is deep enough to plant the post.