New EPIC Series Digger Includes Precise Spur-gear Transmission

Press Release Summary:

  • 242H powered by all-position, four-stroke Honda GX35 engine
  • Provides the performance to dig holes up to 8 inches (203 mm) in diameter in a variety of soil classifications
  • Offers 1.3 horsepower (1,000 W) with maximum digging torque of 51 foot-pounds

Original Press Release:

General Equipment Company Launches EPIC™ Series One-man Hole Digger

February 10, 2020 - Owatonna, Minn. - General Equipment Company has introduced the 242H one-man hole digger to its new EPIC™ Series. The 242H includes a variety of professional-duty features that make it ideal for both contractors and homeowners. Like other hole diggers in the EPIC Series, the 242H product design raises the bar for performance, ease of use and safety.

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 innovative 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 (203 mm) 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 (25.4 mm) 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 (13 kg) without an auger. It offers 1.3 horsepower (1,000 W) with a maximum digging torque of 51 foot-pounds.

In business since 1955, General Equipment Company is a family-owned manufacturer of hole digging, surface preparation, dust collection, plus portable ventilation, air scrubbing and lighting equipment. For more information, contact General Equipment Co., 620 Alexander Drive S.W., Owatonna, MN 55060, call 507-451-5510 or 800-533-0524, fax 507-451-5511 or 877-344-4375, or visit the website at

Jan Wienczkowski

Jon Thorp

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