General Equipment Company introduced the 242H one-man hole digger to its new EPIC Series. The 242H includes a variety of professional-duty features.

Exclusive to the 242H is the new Power-GRIP operator handle to maximize control, strength and balance, while dampening vibrations. It also reduces body fatigue to increase operator comfort, productivity and jobsite safety. The handle includes a Magura twist-grip throttle for confident control of the digging operation.

Another new feature on the hole digger is the Auger-LOK system for conveniently removing stuck augers. The Auger-LOK uses a spring-loaded actuator to lock the auger in place so that operators can simply twist the auger out of the hole. This practical solution eliminates costly damage to hole digger and auger when using other removal methods.

The 242H is powered by an all-position, four-stroke Honda GX35 engine, which meets current EPA emission standards. It provides the performance to dig holes up to 8 inches in diameter in a variety of soil classifications. The 242H also includes a precise spur-gear transmission and all-metal centrifugal clutch designed to deliver long service life and high return on investment. It has a 1-inch-diameter round auger drive connection and is compatible with the 2350 series earth augers and auger extension from General Equipment Company.

The 242H weighs 28 pounds without an auger. It offers 1.3 horsepower with a maximum digging torque of 51 foot-pounds.