I have a problem.....when I see a problem, I want to change things to make them not-problems anymore. How to pack lighter, smaller, easier......like the light pack thread. So I have had my first auger, an 8" eskimo, sitting in the junk pile for the last 4 years. So I figured after seeing all these new clam plates, drill operated augers, etc, that, why the hell not use it to see if I can build something for early and urban ice that will be easily packable.
So here she is..
And I ran her like that for the first run. I was impressed, it was not the "wrist breaker" I was told it would be, but that may be because of what I encountered. I first tried to one hand the drill and the blades skipped and danced around instead of staying center. The second problem was when it did drill, it was drilling down an inch per 1/2 revolution and then binding the auger up to where the chuck end being round would just spin. There was obviously the fear that the chuck would fail and I could lose the whole bit down the hole....so the changes:
1" wider on each side so it won't go down the hole if that should happen, with holes for clips so I can carry it.
3 flat spots so the chuck doesn't spin anymore...
And the centering spike
The spike needs to be tapered more and shortened, it will not drill now, so I will shorten and re-taper the bit, or I'll just remove it alltogether.