Post Hole Digger Rates Guide 2024

The Ultimate Guide to Post Hole Digger Hire on iseekplant

Whether you're tackling a fencing project, landscaping your garden, or constructing robust retaining walls, precision and efficiency in digging cannot be overstated. At iseekplant, we understand the critical role of the right equipment in ensuring project success, which is why we offer an extensive selection of post hole diggers for hire to meet any project requirement across Australia.

DIY Hire (Dry Hire) Rates for a Post Hole Digger

Digging post holes in a speedy and precise way is a really common earthmoving task in residential, civil and commercial construction. This means there are an infinite number of different ways post hole digging can be done, and a heap of plant hire companies offering you a range of very low cost, to higher cost ways to dig a post hole. The largest factor in choosing the right machine and attachment for the job will be the type of rock or materials you are trying to dig through.

Here's a quick rundown of these

  • Manual Post Hole Digger: One-man hand-operated boring machine, dry hire - $100 + per day
  • Manual Post Hole Digger: Two-man hand-operated boring machine, dry hire - $155 + per day
  • Gas-Powered Post Hole Diggers: $70 - $150 per day | $210 - $450 per week
  • Electric Post Hole Diggers: $60 - $120 per day | $180 - $360 per week
  • Hydraulic Post Hole Diggers: $120 - $250 per day | $360 - $750 per week
  • Tractor-Mounted Post Hole Diggers: $200 - $400 per day | $600 - $1200 per week
  • Handheld Augers: $35 - $65 per day | $105 - $195 per week

Harder materials, like rock, clay, or limestone, will most likely require an auger attachment affixed to something with a bit of grunt (a large engine) and a bit of purchase (tracks). A skid steer loader, large dingo digger or mini excavator would do the trick.

If you are going to dig a six-inch hole in very firm material, you're going to need the motor of an earthmoving machine to drive the auger through it. Conversely, if you are displacing really loose and light material like soil or sand, then you can get really wide holes by using just a hand-operated post-hole digger.

Here's what these machine costs look like:

Even though auger attachments affixed to earthmoving machines are much more expensive to hire on a daily dry hire basis (compared to a hand-operated device), a skilled operator can whip around a site in a matter of minutes and puncture a large number of post holes. Hand-operated devices are much slower, so you often see them on DIY residential jobs, but they are perfect for a weekend warrior guy or gal.

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With Operator Hire (Wet Hire) Post Hole Digger Hire Rates

If you are not willing to post hole dig on a DIY basis, you can easily hire a local wet hire operator who will come to your site with a machine & attachment and dig the holes for you. These rates are standard but may differ from one supplier to another:

  • Dingo digger with post hole digger attachment: $82.50+ per hour (min 4 hours hire)
  • Kanga loader with auger attachment: $90+ per hour (min 4 hours hire)
  • Mini Excavator (1-3 tonne) with auger attachment: $100+ per hour (min 4 hours hire)
  • Posi-Track skid steer or bobcat with auger attachment: $115+ per hour (min 4 hours hire)

Wet hire operators are skilled on their machines, work very quickly and usually have a heap of auger attachments in various sizes. If you hire an auger with a machine on a wet hire basis, you can usually expect to pay another $20 an hour on the base wet hire machine rate for that attachment. If you have heaps of post holes to dig, having a professional come to do the job can often be the most cost-effective and productive way to do it.

How big does the auger attachment have to be for post hole digging?

The right auger size is paramount for your project's success. Here's a quick rundown of standard auger attachment sizes for skid steers, mini loaders, and mini excavators and their applications:

  • Pool Fences: 6 inches (150mm)
  • Garden Fences, Deck Supports, Pier: 9 inches - 12 inches (250mm - 300mm)
  • Building Supports and Foundations: 15 inches, 18 inches, 20 inches, 24 inches, 30 inches and 36 inches (3500mm, 4000mm, 4500mm)
  • Tree Planting: 20 inches, 24 inches, 30 inches, 36 inches

Auger attachments for skid steers, mini loaders & mini excavators come in fairly standard sizes in terms of the width of the auger shaft. They also come in various hardnesses depending on the type of aggregate you're trying to spin them through.

A lot of manufacturers make augers, and some make massive ones for huge excavators on drilling rigs. You can get augers in different sizes and fitted for so many machines. At the end of the day, the machine and attachment you use will come down to two factors:

  1. The density and firmness of the material you're excavating
  2. The width of what you're excavating
Many specialist auger attachment manufacturers make augers in a range of materials, from soft steel to titanium (and there are even some diamond augers around). Some of the high-end augers can add a couple hundred dollars or more to the hire rates of your machines. Many iseekplant members pride themselves on their specialist attachments. If you're in the market to hire a specialist auger attachment, we can do the hunting for you and get you the best rates available! Just click here to get a quote.

Hand Operated Post Hole Digger sizes and applications

Single-man diesel-powered post hole digger: 150mm, 200mm, 250mm, 300mm

Single-man post hole diggers are usually used for digging fence posts, retaining wall posts or even posts for piers, and can be operated by a single person. They come in petrol and diesel variations. Here are the usual sizes for single-man diesel-powered post hole diggers:

  • 150mm
  • 200mm
  • 250mm
  • 300mm

Two-man diesel powered post hole digger: 150mm, 200mm, 250mm, 300mm

On the other side of the coin, two-man post hole diggers can go deeper than single ma- diggers and are faster to operate. Two-man post hole diggers are used for digging fence posts, retaining walls and holes for planting trees. They come mostly in diesel variations, but there are petrol variations. These are the usual sizes you can choose from two-man diesel-powered post hole diggers:

  • 150mm
  • 200mm
  • 250mm
  • 300mm

Alternative Equipment to Post Hole Diggers

For certain projects, traditional post hole diggers might not always be the best fit. Here are some viable alternatives that offer unique advantages:

  • Mini Excavator Hire: Ideal for versatility across multiple tasks. Mini excavators can dig precise holes and perform other excavation tasks efficiently with auger attachments.
  • Skid Steer Loader Hire: Skid steers with auger attachments offer mobility and power, suitable for both drilling and site preparation.
  • Excavator Hire (Various Tonnages): Larger excavators can handle heavier-duty drilling tasks and are perfect for big projects requiring deep drilling.
  • Dingo Hire: Compact utility loaders like Dingos are great for small spaces. They can be equipped with auger attachments for drilling.
  • Bobcat Hire: Similar to Dingos, Bobcats can navigate tight areas and come with auger options for effective hole digging.
  • Backhoe Hire: Backhoes provide the dual functionality of digging and material handling, making them a practical choice for various site works.
  • Trencher Hire: Trenchers specialise in creating narrow trenches for cables or pipes. They're fast, efficient, and precise, ideal for utility and landscaping projects.

This table provides an overview, comparing the alternatives to post hole diggers to help you make informed decisions based on your project’s needs:

Alternative Equipment

Popular Model

Quick Specs



Vs. Post Hole Diggers

Mini Excavators

Kubota KX018-4

1.7 Tonne, Dig Depth up to 2.4m

Versatile, precise

Overpowered for small jobs

More versatile but higher cost

Skid Steer Loaders

CAT 232D3

Rated Operating Capacity: 703kg

Agile, powerful

Limited in tightest spaces

Broader utility with similar drilling capability

Excavators (Various Tonnages)

Hitachi ZX48U-5

5 Tonne, Dig Depth up to 3.8m

Heavy-duty capability

May be too large for some projects

Offers deeper drilling for large-scale projects


Dingo Mini Digger 525

Compact, Hydraulic power

Accesses tight spaces

Limited by size for large tasks

Ideal for small, precise jobs not suited to larger diggers


Bobcat S70

Width: 901mm, Rated Operating Capacity: 343kg

Compact, efficient

Less powerful than larger machines

Versatile for urban or landscaped areas



Dig Depth up to 5.97m, Loader Bucket Capacity: 1.0m³

Dual functionality

More cumbersome than dedicated diggers

Excels in versatility and handling compared to simple diggers


Vermeer RTX250

Cutting Width: 4"-6", Depth up to 48"

Precise, efficient trenching

Not suitable for non-linear excavations

Specialised for trenching with unmatched efficiency in its class

Find the Perfect Match on iseekplant

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