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Old 11-18-2009, 06:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody use one or have experience with the eskimo brand and the z71 or z51 in particular? I have an opportunity to get either one for right about 350.00 brand new.

Not a hard core ice fisherman go whenever I can but is not nearly as often as I would like. As much as I might like a lighter one not sure I can justify the price difference. Anyway just looking for some feedback on them.

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Old 11-18-2009, 08:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am sure someone here can chime in, it just seems like I havent heard good things about Eskimos...if you dont get the response you are looking for do a search on on
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a Z-51 it is 4 years old now and have never had a problem with it, my buddy has the Z-71 that he got for free as part of a promotion from work. Never had a problem with either one. They are both pretty heavy and the Z-51 with the 10" bit cuts through the ice ok but nothing great. The Z-71 with the 8 " bit takes very little effort to cut through the ice and is very quick. I have had mine start in 30 below weather but they are finicky and you have to get use to priming it just right or it will flood. If I had it to do again I would buy the Strikemaster Mag 2000. They are quite a bit less than $350 ( I think around $330 or so with the 10.25" bit) and cut as fast as my Z-51, the big benefit is they seem to be much lighter than the eskimo's and less finicky, I also believe it has a single blade which is nice when it comes time to replace.
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