ASABE Revises Post Hole Digger Standard

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
ASABE Revises Post Hole Digger Standard

ST JOSEPH, MICHIGAN— The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised the standard that establishes the safety requirements for tractor-mounted, boom-type post hole diggers.

The revision, ANSI/ASABE S619.1, Safety for Tractor-Mounted, Boom-Type Post Hole Diggers, contains updated normative references and clarifies guarding requirements for the drive shaft and connection points.

The standard applies to boom-type post hole diggers designed and intended for digging vertical, cylindrical holes.

ASABE members with standards access and those with site-license privileges can access the full-text via electronic download on the ASABE online Technical Library at Others can obtain a copy for a fee directly from the library or by contacting ASABE headquarters at

ASABE is recognized worldwide as a standards developing organization for food, agricultural, and biological systems, with more than 275 standards currently in publication. Conformance to ASABE standards is voluntary, except where required by state, provincial, or other governmental requirements, and the documents are developed by consensus in accordance with procedures approved by the American National Standards Institute. For information on this or any other ASABE standard, contact Scott Cedarquist at 269-932-7031, A current listing of all ASABE standards projects can be found on the ASABE web site at

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