Best electric drills for augers
why buy a Niles when you have a lazer? It's a horse a piece IMO. Nils cost more, blades are more and you are getting nothing more, I've used them both VERY often. I agree with a MIlwaukee Drill tho, but if you have a Lazer 6 inch you'll dig 40 holes with 12 inches of hard ice. If you go out now, you'll go all day and never kill that battery late ice. I'm not a Niles fan at all. I personally HATE a 6 inch hole for panfish and a 4.5 is too small. I think they need to fix that problem anyway. 5 is perfect for gills and perch. 6 is good for everything else.
i found a brushless hitiachi 18 volt hammer drill a few years ago on a huge sale at menards. drill, 2 larger batteries, handle, case, all under $100. torque ratings just under the big milwaukee at the time. i got the clam plat just because i prefer the feel of a traditional auger. i however went cheap on the auger and against all reveiws i used an 8 inch mora. i loved it the first two years... this year that mora is showing its failures. ice drilled hard, and battery life is starting to suffer from age. looking to try a craftsman 19.2 brushless on a better auger next year. since i already use craftsman stuff i have lots of batterys. keep the batteries warm, the easiest way i have found is to use one of those air activated charcoal warmers and a sock or some other way to keep it on the battery and provide a little insulation. does the trick. without the drillplate im into my current setup for way less then half of a new gas auger, and a quarter of a comercial electric auger. this is one of the best things to come icefishings way in a long time, and it keeps getting better as more use it.
I just finished the first full season with the Milwaukee M18 Fuel - Model 2706 (there are several models of the M18 but this is the one with 1,200 in-pounds of torque) and the 8" K-Drill. I couldn't be happier!!!
Drilled faster and easier than Jiffy Pro-4 and new Ion-x side by side. Had several friends buy the after trying mine and other say it's next years purchase.
Had the 6 inch Ion for 5 years. Same battery for 5 years. It is light and drills excellent. Batteries are expensive but you get what you pay for. The torques are not as high as some so once in a while you need a rubber mallet to knock the ice off the fins. I started a thread on it about 4 years ago which lasted quite a while. Still might be around. Called "The Ion Files".
I just picked up a Master Force 20volt lith. with 600 in-pd of torque and a new Strikemaster 7 in auger. It is a great setup. Goes through 14 inches of ice in seconds. The higher the torque the better the it will cut through the ice. I had a Black and Decker 112 in-pd drill and a Strikemaster 5 inch auger setup. worked great for 3 years. A few weeks ago it started smoking real bad when drilling holes. That's when I started doing my research for the highest torque drill my money could afford. $160 for the drill and $45 for the auger on sale. I'm thinking it could handle an 8 in auger but do not have one to try on it. But then what is one less inch in diameter? I don't go for big fish just pannies.