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Old 01-08-2009, 07:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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im going to bass pro tomorrow to pick up a hand auger (first one) What brand should i look at? trying not to spend more than 100$. Does any one use theirs with a cordless drill? someone told me that you can use a cordless drill to power the auger. I have seen the adapters for pretty cheap on ebay. but not sure how well it works. I can see the advantages of a drill vs a power auger. such as being lighter to pack and always starting in real cold temps. if you have used one how deep of ice can you go through and how many holes can you drill. (have dewalt 18v drill and 3 batteries) thanks in advance for any info.


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First mistake I made ice fishing was to buy an 8" eskimo hand auger......first hole with the new blades was torture. It was so hard to even get a hole started.....thing walked around the ice like a drunk dog. Best thing I did was throw it in the garage and purchase a Strikemaster Lazer 6". Bites down and starts itself with precision and will cut through a foot of ice in no time. No big deal to cut 30-40 holes a day with it. Well worth the money(about $70-$75 if I remember right)
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A guy had a drill auger last week on willow Creek. I ended up drilling all his holes with my Eskimo power auger. Get the hint?
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Anyone ever use a chainsaw? I have a 20" bar on mine so I'm sure it would easily go thru 18" ice.
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I have seen it done. Illegal if the hole is bigger than 10"
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Thanks dude, I think I might try sometime. Did not know the 10' thing. Shouldn't be a problem staying under 10".
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Everything in life has its limits. I have one of those adapters on a 6" Laser and it work great with a 18V Lithium Makita (450 IN LBS Torque), up to a point. Torque with these setups is an issue, the new Milwaukee 24V Lithium (600 IN LBS Torque) should be a smoker. I only take one battery, and I keep it in a pocket to keep it WARM. I also have a power auger, it should be noted, as I only use the Makita drill up to about 10" to 12" ice conditions. Also, a 6" hole is too small for Mac Fishing, IMO. As to the post about the eskimo auger above, they come with shims to "adjust" the blade pitch, and if pitched wrong, will skate like the guy said. Pitched correctly, they are similair to a Mora, not the fastest, but work fine in a wide range of ice conditions.
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Before I bought my power auger I did have one of those adapters for a cordless drill. I will say this, it worked fine with a 6" auger, but not any faster than drilling it manually in ice that was 12" or less. IMO I really wouldn't use it with thicker ice. It seemed like a good way to burn up a drill.

I still have the adapter that I'd just give somebody if they really wanted it.
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