I’m putting up 400′ of field fence behind the house. I decided to rent a one-man auger instead of using post hole diggers. After a foot of loam, we have dense clay. It can be rock hard when dry and sticky and heavy when wet. We had a good bit of rain recently, so I knew it would be the latter.
The one-man auger ran pretty well on the boring side but lifting it out of the hole with wet clay was clinging to the auger was quite the workout. It’s like deadlifts but with roots holding the barbell down.
After 50 holes, my back was stiff for days. I’m getting too old for that mess. If you need to do this, get the two-man auger or, better yet, a tractor auger.