Customer Questions Answered
Do I need a special drill to run my Power Planter™?
We have been testing out the Power Planter™ on our 5 acre property at Dural (Sydney Australia) and we have found it to run on any cordless drill, although the better quality 18V units with functions like variable speed (so you can make the Power Planter go nice and slow at first) is the best approach.
As one of our customers said ' Finally I have an excuse to buy a decent Cordless Drill '
We do strongly recommend that you have a side handle on your drill to give you more control. Otherwise if the Power Planter™ hits a tree root or rock, it may stop, but the drill will continue to turn until you release the trigger. Take care not to injure yourself like this.
For bigger jobs where you have to drill lots of holes (over 30) it's probably a good idea to switch over to a Power Drill, again with a side handle, variable speed so you can start slow and practice the usual safety measures when using 240V electrical cables.
Please note: If you use a 240V drill, it generally wont have an electronic clutch so you may find that the Drill twists out of your hands if you hit a solid object like large tree roots.
*If you have limited arm strength it is best to stick to a cordless drill set on slowest speed and then adjust the torque control (the dial around the chuck) up to a level that you are comfortable with. Make sure the drill is in screwdriver mode.
Do NOT use the Impact driver setting if your drill has this as an option. It is too fast and powerful for use with the Power Planter. If you are unfamiliar with how to adjust the settings on a drill, please get in contact with us and we will help.
Tel Mark Jones +61 423 248 746
So the short answer is - Yes it will work on just about any drill that has a normal 13mm chuck. But it will work better on the higher priced quality drills.
We use and recommend DeWalt drills because they are built well and designed to keep working.
Can I use the longer 24 inch (60cm) Power Planter™ with my Cordless Battery Drill?
Yes you can, but we have found it will run the battery down pretty quickly. Of course it depends on the capacity of your battery as well. For example a 4Ah Battery is going to last a lot longer than the smaller 1.3Ah batteries that often come standard with the drill kits.
If you have access to a power lead and can run a 240V drill you can keep making holes all day! *
I'm concerned that the Power Planter™ will twist out of shape and end up a bent useless piece of metal!
A valid concern... but the shaft of these is very heavy solid steel that doesn't bend or twist at all. Its been made in the USA by hand to last a lifetime.
The steel shaft is 5/8th inch (16mm) thick with a hex shaped non slip drive end - That means it goes into your drill chuck and doesn't lose grip like a round end would. But do take care to tighten your chuck fully so you don't strip the hex shaped head.
Even though this is promoted as a new product here in New Zealand- It has been around in the USA for many years and has stood the test of time.
Is it going to wear out?
When you use it in the ground, the paint will wear off, but it is only cosmetic.
The main shaft is unlikely to wear down and it will take a lot of use before you will see any wear on the flighting (that's the spiral bit)
These units are commercial grade, excellent quality.
I too, am wary of buying things online that look great in the pictures, but when they arrive can be disappointing. That is definitely not the case with this product. Each unit is beautifully made and welded and as soon as you hold it in your hand, you will know it was a good buy. But you don't have to believe us... head to the reviews page and see what people just like you have written after trying out the Power Planters.
And just to give you complete assurance, we have a 30 day return policy in place.
I have arthritis/weak bones. Can I still use this?
This product might not be suitable for you, as it does require a reasonable level of strength when operating the drill. Sometimes the auger bit may hit a solid rock or tree root which can cause the auger to stop spinning but the drill will then have to spin whilst you have your finger on the trigger. So if this happens. let go of the trigger immediately so that you don't twist or injure your wrist.
Make sure the drill is running on the slowest speed (often marked '1') and use a side handle on the drill so that you can have 2 hands holding it firmly. When using it with a larger 240V powered drill, I braced it against my leg to give more control.
*If you have limited arm strength it is best to stick to a cordless drill set on slowest speed and then adjust the torque control (the dial around the chuck) up to a level that you are comfortable with.
MAKE SURE the drill is in screwdriver mode.
DO NOT USE the Impact driver setting if your drill has this as an option. It is too fast and powerful for use with the Power Planter.
If you are unfamiliar with how to adjust the settings on a drill, please get in contact with us and we will help.
Tel Mark Jones +61 423 248 746
But if in doubt, please don't use a Power Planter as we don't want you to injure yourself.
Should I use the Drill on Hammer Mode?
No this is not necessary and would likely damage the hex shaped end with the repeated piston like action.
We cannot replace units that have had the hex end damaged by your drill. Please take care to make sure the chuck is very tight and periodically check that it hasn't loosened off due to the vibration of digging.
With proper use and care, the end will not get damaged.
Should I use the Drill on Impact Driver Mode?
No this is not necessary and would likely damage the hex shaped end.
Some drills have an impact driver mode and it is important that you DONT select this mode as it runs very fast and strong. The Power Planter only works safely on slow speeds.
I'm not sure which Power Planter™ to buy first?
If you can afford it, buy them all as you will love having the different sizes all within reach when gardening. Having used all 4 models I can testify that each gets well used.
If you have a fair bit of landscaping to do, then I would go straight for the Model 324. Its 24inches (60cm) long and when combined with the drill length, you can comfortably stand up whilst drilling holes, cultivating soil, mixing batches of mortar, paint, mixing in fertiliser to the soil and so much more.
It is easily the most used Power Planter™ in my collection. I would not easily part with it!
But then if you have garden beds where you are usually on your knees, then probably the 312 model is a good all rounder. It digs a very neat 3inch wide hole up to 12inches deep (great for helping your new plants roots go deep and survive the Summer Heat)
You can also use the 312 for cross cultivating (dragging the auger sideways as you dig to thoroughly cultivate the ground)
To make it easier, we have added a Package Deal with a 324, 307, 207 plus 3 pairs of gloves and postage and handling all included in a very special price.
If you love planting annuals, and vegie seedlings, then the 207 model (smaller hole in the range) is just perfect. It gives great root-to-soil contact and the depth means the roots will go strong and deep which promotes better plant growth overall.
The only one I haven't mentioned is the 307 Model, which is actually a top seller. Its great if you just want to get started and have a general purpose one for planting.
But if you are a keen gardener or landscaper, you may as well order the complete set because once you try one out, you will very likely want to order the rest and then have to wait for them to arrive.
As a Horticulturist and Landscape Designer, this is a product I have absolutely no hesitation in selling. I remember the first time I used it... I laughed out loud, because it worked so well! I felt like I had discovered diamonds in my soil!