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11-17-2018 09:36 AM
Pilotfly I bought my ION because I was super pissed at my Eskimo auger. At the time there wasn't much out there (at least that I knew of) about the drill/clam plate. I swore I would never get another gas auger so for me it was worth the money at the time to buy the ION. So far I haven't had any issues with it. I don't march around the ice that much so hauling it short distances isn't bothersome.
11-17-2018 07:14 AM
Oyey Personally, I use and really like the drill/clam plate set up. I use the Milwaukee and an 8" blade and can do 50 or so holes on one 5ah battery. I've never had it fail in 3 years. It's light and super easy to use and store. The ion is a good unit, I'm sure...but I've heard of a few issues that would keep me away.
11-16-2018 08:17 AM
Originally Posted by Bronco View Post
Clam Plate with a quality drill , decent 6-8" auger sharp blades is all you need. Heck of a lot cheaper then a Ion or any of the other battery augers from Jiffy, Strikemaster etc.
Yeah Tommy, mine works quite well, doesn't it!
11-16-2018 07:34 AM
Bronco Clam Plate with a quality drill , decent 6-8" auger sharp blades is all you need. Heck of a lot cheaper then a Ion or any of the other battery augers from Jiffy, Strikemaster etc.
11-16-2018 07:18 AM
Ninja Had both the ION and the Milwaukee Fuel. Hands down for the money go with the Fuel setup if you run and gun. Light weight and cuts like butter thru most ice. The problem I had with my ION was it is heavy and too bulky to lug around running and gunning. The trigger also froze up in -10 on 11-Mile (about broke my wrist) and we had to tie a rope around it to stop it from spinning. Talk to ION about it and they sent me a new one no questions asked. Had zero issue with the Milwaukee. But, I need took it out on super thick ice to test it there. Good Luck!!
11-16-2018 03:09 AM
Yanix Just my two cents...

I have been using my ion auger like this models much as you described for going on 5 years now and love it. I use the 8 inch for run and gun and switch to the 10 inch in the castle, still on the original battery. For sure the 10 inch uses up battery much quicker than the 8 inch but it is moving over twice the ice in each hole. as for cutting I have had no trouble with either auger. I can cut at least 16 to 20 10 inch holes between charges with no problem. the chipper blade cuts through with minimal pressure both cutting new holes as well as re-opening old froze over holes. I would guess that your bit has probably been run either in dirty ice or "grounded out" in shallow water. New chippers or having the old ones sharpened should fix your problem. (I did both on my old jiffy and kept the old ones for spares) Also it is best to recharge the battery at the end of the day if it has been run down or not. I keep a charger in the fish house and recharge after opening the holes in the morning so that I have the benefit of a full charge if I want to go hunting later in the day as well.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

I leave one good Youtube video here

09-15-2017 01:30 PM
fishmanlee Always been a gas guy until some dude sold his Ion to me for $125. I figured for that price what the hell. The thing is quiet, light, and dependable. I usually drill a shit ton of holes and I think I only killed my battery once and that, I believe, was due to cold temps. You do have to babysit the batteries and you can't leave them sitting out in the extreme cold otherwise the drill will become quite sluggish. I have two batteries now and I'll never have a problem with holes quantities. Two seasons ago, I broke my friggin' pull cord only after six holes at a tournament. I'll never have that problem again. Also, how many times daily do you see guys cranking on a flooded auger not fishing...and stinking like gas. Don't think the fish like that either.
09-15-2017 01:42 AM
Zman If youre going to go chase big lakers or pike maybe an Ion...but in that case you will probably want an exhaust belching 10 inch gas guzzler if you are serious about big the drill set up and if u run out of batteries you have the handle and can go as mike said you have the drill for the rest of the year...and isnt an Ion around $550?
09-14-2017 03:25 PM
slayerfish Mi auger, Su auger-
09-14-2017 02:31 PM
Slayers auger

Only need one auger for the group. Just take along some extra batteries and use Slayer's.

Mike and I get over 40 holes drilled with one battery. Even more on the front range.
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