A shovel would do the job of course, but this posthole digger produces holes with straight, narrow sides and is much better suited to the purpose.
At a later point, the homesteader has a straight,narrow shaft about 2 ft. deep.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
A homesteader takes his first bite of dirt with the posthole digger.
Photo by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
Closeup of one spade of the posthole digger. Each scoop has three teeth in its tip, made by cutting 3/8" equilateral triangles from the center of the "biting" edge. The corners are rounded to create the spade shape.