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Awesome Auger: Does it Work?
By: Lauren Keith

The Awesome Auger promises to take the hard work out of yard work. In the commercial, you see the drill attachment ripping up the ground.

"It would make my life much easier," says Laura Powers of Cape Girardeau.

Powers has almost perfected the landscaping around her home.  She has just one more area in need of her special green thumb.  She often recruits her niece, Holly Brantley to help. Laura spends hours outside.

"I've broken many shovels on this ground!" she laughs.

Let's see if the Awesome Auger can tear right through the hard, rocky clay ground next to Laura's home.

"Ok!" says Laura as she attaches the Auger to her drill.

Laura wants to plant Hostas and Hydrangeas.  We chose the bigger four-inch 'Aug'.  Remember, you must have your own drill.

"Stand back!" instructs Laura as she powers up the Awesome Auger into a piece of rocky, clay dirt.

"Oh, that'll definitely will go through that!" she says.

With our corded, industrial drill, the Awesome Auger really takes off.  We found its power complimented the Awesome Auger best over pairing it with a cordless drill.

"This is concrete right here!" says Laura as the Awesome Auger brings up a piece.

Better put on safety glasses...or at least some shades.

"You've got to watch for dirt flying.  When it cuts through, that's when it really goes," says Laura as dirt spews everywhere around her.

Good thing Laura called 1-800-DIG RITE!  When Holly and I use it, look out gas lines!

"That was fun!" laughs Holly.

All of us agree the Awesome Auger, powered with the right drill, really could save time and make yard work easier.  It tears through tough ground, leaving behind perfectly manicured holes for plants or even post holes, but there's something you need to keep in mind.

"Seems like a good product, but I wish there wasn't so much hassle," says Holly.

In fact, not only did it take the Awesome Auger several weeks to ship, I also learned, when you order online or off TV, you only get the three and four-inch pieces.  If you want the power extender, lock pin and the weed aug advertised, that costs extra, *and* you'll pay extra shipping for each piece!  That certainly adds up.  Good news though---we found the Awesome Auger for $20 at local Target stores.  That kit comes with the extender, too.

"I'd love to have the extender to see how it works," says Laura. " I'd give it a B or B plus, even with the shipping and handling hassle because it really does work," she adds.

So I think if you shop around for the best price and pair the Awesome Auger with a high-powered, corded drill you will be pleased.

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