How much does it cost to dig a post hole?

Oct 25 2022 | posted in: All Posts, Fence Post Holes | 0

When you need post holes, digging them your self or relying on a contractor is not an easy question to answer.  As a result, when considering the digging of post holes puts a you into the quandary of dealing with a contractor or doing it yourself.  Our experience indicates the average post hole, 6 inches in diameter and 36 inches deep now costing $100 to $150 a hole by a contractor.  Therefore,  it doesn’t take too many holes to pay for a quality post hole digger and to just do it yourself.

Top reasons for having a contractor do the job, is to not hurt yourself, and to make sure the job looks good, and in some cases to get it done right away. However, for many retired persons and Do-It-Yourself persons, it doesn’t take long to conclude that doing it yourself, even though it takes longer, saves money and the pain of dealing with a contractor.  However, the overwhelming decision on getting a post hole digger, is ease of use and not getting hurt using the contraption and figuring the payback for a digger. The following information will help you to determine the cost of digging a post hole and comparing that to one of the newest and easiest to use post hole diggers available.


Cost to Dig a Post Hole

by Titus Nelson, PE

Inventor of the Holey-Moley Digger

Holey-Moley Vacuum Assisted Post Hole Digger
Titus Nelson inventor of the Holey-Moley Digger









Based on 100 holes, we at Cat 6 Tools have found the average cost to have a hole dug is $100 per hole.

What we have found talking with customers that buy Holey-Moley Post Hole Diggers is the average cost to have a hole dug,  based on 10 holes, is approximately $100 per hole.  That is a lot of money just to have a hole dug.

I have found two calculators on line.  The Porch Calculator which has the the following national averages

  • National Average Cost (Labor) for 1 hole – $74.36
  • National Cost Range (labor) for 1 hole – $42-24 – $106.48

Here is the link for the Porch Calculator:

The Porch Calculator

If you add in the cost of equipment allowance the cost per hole basically doubles.  The following table provides some of the calculated costs for various cities in the USA.

  • Henderson, NV –     89044 – $86
  • Granada Hills, CA – 91344 – $84
  • Palatine, IL –            60074 – $82
  • Amarillo, TX –           79110 – $76
  • Denver, CO –            80216 – $68
  • New York, NY –        11102 – $84


Here is the link for the Homewyse Calculator:

Homewyse Calculator

This calculator includes equipment allowances and more than just labor.  Of course the price drops per hole as the number of holes increases.  The following are costs calculated for various cities in the USA.

  • Henderson, NV –     89044 – $196
  • Granada Hills, CA – 91344 – $217
  • Palatine, IL –            60074 – $265
  • Amarillo, TX –           79110 – $177
  • Denver, CO –            80216 – $192
  • New York, NY –        11102 – $261

Owning your own tools really payoff in times of inflation.

The best thing a person can do during times of inflation is to invest in themselves with tools and new skills.

So why not purchase a nice piece of equipment that will last a life time. ‘

The cost of a 6 inch Holey-Moley Post Hole Digger $570.  The cost of a good shop vacuum is $250.  So for $820 you have a fabulous digger that is easy to use and a shop vacuum that you can use every day.

If you don’t include the shop vacuum your cost per hole for 10 hole is $57.  If you buy a shop vacuum, the most under utilized digging tool available, the cost per hole is $82.


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