Re: eskimo z71 auger?
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.