This is a vintage post hole digger from 1880. This tool is in exellent condition and works perfect. Wording embossed into the metal reads; Universal, Pat March 30 1880. The overall length is 56". It digs a hole that is app. 7" in diameter. The digger blades and mechanical components are made of cast iron and steel and is bolted to a wooden handle. The post hole digger companies are crazy not to bring this style of digger back into production. I have used the new style diggers for years and this old digger will outperform any of the new ones many times over, they can't come close to the efficiency of this one. I wouldn't't be selling it if it wasn't for my age and not planning on working that hard again. You slam it into the ground and push the lever down which rotates the digger blade into the other blade (much like a clam loader) then you lift the scoop of dirt out of the hole without loosing much of the dirt. The new ones drop half the dirt back into the hole taking forever to get the hole dug. The nose of the digger blades are in perfect shape and not all nicked and bent like most shovel type tools. All of the metal and iron parts (which have light surface rust)are straight and perfect with the exception of a small spot of weld on the lever handle. The wood handle is perfect and free of any rot, gouges or cracks. It appears that it has had very little use and has been stored safe and dry all through the years. In all my travels I have never seen one of these. Along with being such a unique collectable this old post hole digger is efficient and probably well worth the money just to use it if your into this kind of work. Personally I think this peice of history would be worth much more to display and make an awsome focal point in any fine tool collection. We have many other vintage collectables that we will be listing over the next few months so check out our upcoming sales if your interested. Thanks for looking.
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