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Old 01-20-2018, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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Looks like a fun project! Thank you for sharing and hope it works as well as it looks


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I like it! Looks like your getting it figured out. How much does it weigh with the drill and battery?
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I like it! Looks like your getting it figured out. How much does it weigh with the drill and battery?
I'll weigh it all tonight if I remember, I had not thought about the overall weight of it, I just knew I wasn't going to pack a 4' auger on my back if I decided to hike in anywhere.
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I like the spike idea, it keeps the auger from walking when you first start drilling. Wonder if it would work on my Mora?
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I like the spike idea, it keeps the auger from walking when you first start drilling. Wonder if it would work on my Mora?
That thing stopped it from drilling, I removed it the other day and drill a bunch of holes in 4" of ice, it does still walk a little to start, but not bad. i will re-work that point and have it smaller, and turned to the side so it's out of the way of the blades.
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That thing stopped it from drilling, I removed it the other day and drill a bunch of holes in 4" of ice, it does still walk a little to start, but not bad. i will re-work that point and have it smaller, and turned to the side so it's out of the way of the blades.

I'm thinking of doing the same thing, but using a drill bit the same size to fit in the hole where the bolt is and welding it. Just have to make sure the drill is rotating the correct way.
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The auger bit weighs 3.8 pounds
The drill weighs 3.34 pounds

for the grand total of 7.14 pounds assembled.

The overall length is 24.5", and the drill is 9" tall, so 24.5"x9".
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The auger bit weighs 3.8 pounds
The drill weighs 3.34 pounds

for the grand total of 7.14 pounds assembled.

The overall length is 24.5", and the drill is 9" tall, so 24.5"x9".
Nice, thanks for weighing it. So about the same weight as 7 beers. Not bad!
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