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    Post-hole digger for coin hunting?

    Anyone here ever contemplated that? Just like the full-sized ones
    at the hardware store only scaled down for coinshooting. Say, maybe 3-inch wide
    blades with handles about 14 or 16 inches long. I find that for recovery at over
    less-than-easy depths (3 inches or so) after carefully folding back the "plug" if I
    have to go deeper in the now exposed hole I have a tendency to "lever" the dirt
    with my trowel to get it up and out.....sometimes this action scratches the coin.
    One always has the option of scooping deeper with a bare hand, but sometimes
    the dirt is packed enough to require a tool to loosen it and there is always the risk
    of cutting a finger on something sharp. A "mini" post-hole digger would penetrate
    straight down and allow removing the soil without levering the metal tool. Seems
    like this would reduce the chance of scratching the coin while also keeping the
    overall hole diameter small.
    What do you think? A reasonably good/novel idea or am I just being ridiculous?
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    Seems like alot more work plus if your at a park or something people might complain that you tearing up the place I think it would be overkill and kind of a pain to lug around. Just me but could work great for someone else.......Tommy

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    I agree with A2coins. I have been as deep as 14 inches with my digger tool.
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    When I do this, I spread an 18 inch square canvas tarp that I carry folded in my pouch to place dirt on to avoid a mess.

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    I've thought about a Golf Green Hole Cutter. Probably wouldn't work in our rocky soil though. I'll stay with my digger and cut a horseshoe plug.
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    You could get a plastic trowel to use once you open the hole to avoid damage.
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    Maybe out in mountains or farm land if light weight but Iíll stick with my lesche Sampson and lesche knife.
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    Waaaay to much work lugging a post hole digger around, unless you have a cooperative caddy following you around.
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    A Model 31 C hand digger can be used for deeper and shallow targets. With a little bit of practice you will leave no trace, a must for our hobby in schools and parks.
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    I think a post hole digger would be just as likely to damage a target as any other method....maybe more since you would be slamming it in to the ground. If you were off a bit in your pin pointing and nailed the target, you could severely bend it or cut it in two. In a park, school, or other turfed area, the main problem would be the complete circle plug you would be removing. It's pretty much standard practice these days to cut a three sided plug so that some of the roots stay attached to the soil for faster recovery and less of a chance of the plug being sucked up by a lawn mower or removed by an animal or curious child. Same goes for a golf hole plugger in most cases. Better to cut a trap door plug and use a good pin pointer to zero in on the item without much chance of hitting it with a tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    I think a post hole digger would be just as likely to damage a target as any other method....maybe more since you would be slamming it in to the ground. If you were off a bit in your pin pointing and nailed the target, you could severely bend it or cut it in two. In a park, school, or other turfed area, the main problem would be the complete circle plug you would be removing. It's pretty much standard practice these days to cut a three sided plug so that some of the roots stay attached to the soil for faster recovery and less of a chance of the plug being sucked up by a lawn mower or removed by an animal or curious child. Same goes for a golf hole plugger in most cases. Better to cut a trap door plug and use a good pin pointer to zero in on the item without much chance of hitting it with a tool.
    My thoughts as well. A friend just getting into the hobby, feels a need to hack at the ground with his Sampson, instead of simply digging. A piece of jewelry will be damaged soon or later.
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