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deadzone 09-12-2017 03:10 PM

Ion 40v Auger, Yay or Nay
 
So I have a an old Strikemaster Magnum III, 49cc with a Tecumseh motor, which is still running, but I have been limping it along for years. When I bought it, it was older than I was, and now it is practically a relic. Classics are sometimes the best quality, but she is much past her prime. I keep it around because it works and I can't see buying new tools when the old ones still work.

To be honest, I am tired of fiddling with it all winter long. In sub-freezing temps it likes to stall and the throttle sticks. I replace fuel lines and o rings every year, and every year it still leaks.

Long story short, Its time to put the old girl out to pasture. I am considering the Ion 40V w/8" auger. Any thoughts on yay or nay?

Pilotfly 09-12-2017 03:43 PM

I have the ION and absolutely love it. I had an old Eskimo auger that was a pain in the butt to get running in winter. I had it worked on several times but it still was a pain to start (if it started). After driving 60 miles to get to Blue Mesa from Montrose and then not having the auger start was the final straw. Gave it to a shop owner to do with whatever he wanted. Went and bought the Ion and haven't looked back. Two winters with no problems at all and I don't expect any issues this winter either. No gas makes hauling the auger inside the truck nice also. Haven't heard of anyone else having issues with the Ion either.

jkaboom 09-12-2017 05:46 PM

I've had my ION 8" for a few seasons now and absolutely love it! Last season I added the attachment to do my hut anchors; it's a great addition because now I don't bring my electric drill for the anchors. I went from a hand auger to the ION. I thought about gas and propane but then I rented the ION about 5 years ago and was super impressed.

One thing if you fish very cold temps keep the battery in a lunch bag with a hand warmer. Other than that you should be golden.

deadzone 09-13-2017 09:44 AM

Great! Thanks for the info. I sold my truck last year and now have an SUV and don't want oil/gas leaks, or spilling and hauling gas inside the cab. I think I'll pick one up. They are sold out most places now, but Amazon has them on Prime right now. Still a few month out, But I really need to upgrade before the season starts.

Pilotfly 09-13-2017 11:57 AM

You won't regret buying the Ion. And hauling it inside the truck or car for that matter is nice as you keep the battery warm and avoid any spillage. Nice not having to worry about the gas and oil mixture screwing up the carb as well. I don't wonder all over the lake so weight isn't an issue and the Ion is relatively light anyway. Neither do I drill a gazillion holes but I have never had the Ion battery run down to the point I thought I should buy a second battery. Perhaps others who wander from hole to hole or drill the lake into swiss cheese may have different experience to share. For me the Ion is perfect.

GRABABREWSKI 09-13-2017 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by deadzone (Post 2005345)
Great! Thanks for the info. I sold my truck last year and now have an SUV and don't want oil/gas leaks, or spilling and hauling gas inside the cab. I think I'll pick one up. They are sold out most places now, but Amazon has them on Prime right now. Still a few month out, But I really need to upgrade before the season starts.

Yep that's why I bought an ION a few years back. A leaky gas auger in a 4Runner sucks!
I've never regretted buying it. The only time I've fired up the gasser since then was to sell it.

deadzone 09-13-2017 01:28 PM

All good info. Thanks for sharing everyone. Its always good to hear people's real-world experiences. Even if battery pack replacement is necessary every few years, battery technology is only getting better by the day, and just knowing that it will cut holes no matter the temp and not having to mess with cold starting is good enough for me. The zero maintenance, no mess, zero emissions, quiet operation, light weight, and reverse option are all good reasons for me to pick one up. Since I need a new auger anyway, might as well give it a try. Thanks for everyone input!

swampass 09-14-2017 07:48 AM

I've had an ION since they first came out. Nice setup but IMO the blades suck. I actually had one just break in half, just cutting ice.

I posted on the other thread, but I pickup a Kdrill/Milwakee setup last year and IMO it's way better than the ION. I never did like the safety button on the ION and this setup drills better than it also. You will also need an extra battery for the ION (at least we did even keeping the batteries warm). Those are $150.

http://kdrillauger.com/products.html

I went with the 8" auger.

slayerfish 09-14-2017 08:12 AM

I like the drill setup because I can and do use my M-18 all freekin year. So for those of us that actually work on/ fix things its a no-brainer.

lovetofish 09-14-2017 09:24 AM

I like to see you haul the Ion Auger into Jism Lake with Slayer to his favorite spot and tell us how you like the Ion after that.

slayerfish 09-14-2017 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by lovetofish (Post 2005657)
I like to see you haul the Ion Auger into Jism Lake with Slayer to his favorite spot and tell us how you like the Ion after that.

Bwaahahaha- No doubt-

dropshot 09-14-2017 01:31 PM

Slayers auger
 
Only need one auger for the group. Just take along some extra batteries and use Slayer's.

Mike and I get over 40 holes drilled with one battery. Even more on the front range.

slayerfish 09-14-2017 02:25 PM

Mi auger, Su auger-

Zman 09-15-2017 12:42 AM

If youre going to go chase big lakers or pike maybe an Ion...but in that case you will probably want an exhaust belching 10 inch gas guzzler if you are serious about big fish...buy the drill set up and if u run out of batteries you have the handle and can go manual...plus as mike said you have the drill for the rest of the year...and isnt an Ion around $550?

fishmanlee 09-15-2017 12:30 PM

Always been a gas guy until some dude sold his Ion to me for $125. I figured for that price what the hell. The thing is quiet, light, and dependable. I usually drill a shit ton of holes and I think I only killed my battery once and that, I believe, was due to cold temps. You do have to babysit the batteries and you can't leave them sitting out in the extreme cold otherwise the drill will become quite sluggish. I have two batteries now and I'll never have a problem with holes quantities. Two seasons ago, I broke my friggin' pull cord only after six holes at a tournament. I'll never have that problem again. Also, how many times daily do you see guys cranking on a flooded auger not fishing...and stinking like gas. Don't think the fish like that either.

Yanix 11-16-2018 02:09 AM

Just my two cents...

I have been using my ion auger like this models https://under-the-open-sky.com/best-ice-augers/ much as you described for going on 5 years now and love it. I use the 8 inch for run and gun and switch to the 10 inch in the castle, still on the original battery. For sure the 10 inch uses up battery much quicker than the 8 inch but it is moving over twice the ice in each hole. as for cutting I have had no trouble with either auger. I can cut at least 16 to 20 10 inch holes between charges with no problem. the chipper blade cuts through with minimal pressure both cutting new holes as well as re-opening old froze over holes. I would guess that your bit has probably been run either in dirty ice or "grounded out" in shallow water. New chippers or having the old ones sharpened should fix your problem. (I did both on my old jiffy and kept the old ones for spares) Also it is best to recharge the battery at the end of the day if it has been run down or not. I keep a charger in the fish house and recharge after opening the holes in the morning so that I have the benefit of a full charge if I want to go hunting later in the day as well.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

I leave one good Youtube video here


Ninja 11-16-2018 06:18 AM

Had both the ION and the Milwaukee Fuel. Hands down for the money go with the Fuel setup if you run and gun. Light weight and cuts like butter thru most ice. The problem I had with my ION was it is heavy and too bulky to lug around running and gunning. The trigger also froze up in -10 on 11-Mile (about broke my wrist) and we had to tie a rope around it to stop it from spinning. Talk to ION about it and they sent me a new one no questions asked. Had zero issue with the Milwaukee. But, I need took it out on super thick ice to test it there. Good Luck!!

Bronco 11-16-2018 06:34 AM

Clam Plate with a quality drill , decent 6-8" auger sharp blades is all you need. Heck of a lot cheaper then a Ion or any of the other battery augers from Jiffy, Strikemaster etc.

slayerfish 11-16-2018 07:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Bronco (Post 2073081)
Clam Plate with a quality drill , decent 6-8" auger sharp blades is all you need. Heck of a lot cheaper then a Ion or any of the other battery augers from Jiffy, Strikemaster etc.

Yeah Tommy, mine works quite well, doesn't it!>:D

Oyey 11-17-2018 06:14 AM

Personally, I use and really like the drill/clam plate set up. I use the Milwaukee and an 8" blade and can do 50 or so holes on one 5ah battery. I've never had it fail in 3 years. It's light and super easy to use and store. The ion is a good unit, I'm sure...but I've heard of a few issues that would keep me away.

Pilotfly 11-17-2018 08:36 AM

I bought my ION because I was super pissed at my Eskimo auger. At the time there wasn't much out there (at least that I knew of) about the drill/clam plate. I swore I would never get another gas auger so for me it was worth the money at the time to buy the ION. So far I haven't had any issues with it. I don't march around the ice that much so hauling it short distances isn't bothersome.


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