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.