The Power Planter is the attachment that goes on the end of your own drill. So sadly, it doesn’t include a free drill when you purchase a Power Planter. We figure that most households already own a reasonable cordless drill so all they need is the Power Planter attachment.
If you think it’s time to buy a decent cordless drill that will last, then then we do recommend the Dewalt 996 or 995 or 985. All three are excellent drills and include a side handle and large capacity batteries when you buy the kit. It is the one Brian uses in the demonstration videos and has proven itself to be excellent. Doesn’t miss a beat. We have sold lots of these and the reviews coming back from customers has been consistently 5 stars.
All you need to do is watch the quick start video below and you will be all set.
Please do NOT use the Power Planter without having watched it first, even if you are familiar with using a drill. We have had some customers injure themselves by doing so from simply having the incorrect drill settings and technique.
It only takes about 5 minutes to watch the video and will make you an expert in no time.
If you are still having trouble getting great results, then please watch this extended version which will clear up any little problems.
If you still need help after that… please don’t go jumping up and down and writing a bad review. (Remember they are on the internet forever) Just get in contact with us and we will help you out. It is important that you tell us if something is going wrong so that we can give you the right help.
Please do watch the above videos first as they really do solve every problem we have encountered and you will likely find it easier to understand in the video than explaining it over the phone or email.
We have been testing out the Power Planter™ on our 5 acre property at Dural 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 +61423 248 746 (Available during Sydney times - ie if you call at 8am London time you will catch Mark at 5pm Sydney Australia time)
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.
Yes you can, but we have found it may 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.
When doing all day landscaping projects we usually have a set of three 5A/h batteries and 2 chargers and we keep rotating throughout the day.
If you have access to a power lead and can run a 240V drill you can keep making holes all day! * But ensure it is a higher end drill that can run at slow speed.
Lower end (cheaper) corded drills are only designed to run at high speed with no resistance and you may end up overheating the motor.
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.
There are some mass produced competitor products out there coming out of China. You can see from the photos below how they compare to genuine Power Planters.
Even though this is promoted as a new product - It has been around in the USA for many years and has stood the test of time.
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.
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 0423 248 746
But if in doubt, please don't use a Power Planter as we don't want you to injure yourself.
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.
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.
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)
The small 207 model is handy for planting bulbs and seedlings and working in raised garden beds. It's also light weight and easy to use.