Earth Auger from General Equipment Co. Features Four-Stroke Engine Technology

OWATONNA, Minn. — The 240 hole digger from General Equipment Company features the construction industry’s first use of four-stroke engine technology on a one-man, handheld hole-digging product. The 240 is just one model in General Equipment’s complete line of portable hole digging equipment designed for use in lawn and garden, homeowner and light construction digging projects.

A 1.6-horsepower Subaru EH035 four-stroke gasoline engine supplies the power to the 240 hole digger. The engine’s four-stroke technology is far more fuel efficient than a two-stroke system, and it complies with all applicable emission control regulations. The four-stroke engine also eliminates the need for premixed fuel and oil solutions, effectively removing any worries of engine damage caused by improper mixing techniques.

A Magura twist grip throttle controls the engine speed for optimal power output. This same throttle has been utilized and field proven for 20 years on General Equipment two-man diggers. Using a highly efficient spur gear transmission, the 240 produces a maximum drilling torque of 55 foot-pounds for improved digging performance.

The 240’s all-metal centrifugal clutch slips upon overload or when the auger makes direct contact with a buried obstruction. Proper operating position is promoted by the exclusive Comfort-Zone™ handle design, which is intended to minimize the effects of kickback and fatigue. The operator’s enhanced ability to control the 240 increases productivity while helping to ensure jobsite safety.

The industry standard 1-inch diameter driveshaft connection accommodates the use of earth augers ranging from 2 to 8 inches in diameter. The standard digging depth is 30 inches, which can be increased with an available 15-inch, non-flighted extension.

In business for more than 50 years, General Equipment Co. is a family-owned manufacturer of earth augers, ventilation blowers, asphalt cutters and surface preparation equipment. For more information, contact General Equipment Company, 620 Alexander Drive S.W., Owatonna, MN 55060, call 507-451-5510 or 800-533-0524, fax 507-451-5511 or 877-344-4375(DIGGER5), or visit the Web site at

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