Ion Auger - Reverse and Drill Adaptor
1) Never lay a wet auger down in the snow as quite a bit will always stick. Find or even kick out a clear spot to lay it down. This is why some guys will drill a 1/2 holt and leave it standing, but be careful it can freeze in. It also leaves a permanent trip hole in the ice and some guys will finish drilling it later to prevent this.
2) When the drill is dry, spray on a coat of WD40. Some guys use Pam cooking spray. This should help prevent some of the water sticking/freezing on in the first place.
Advantages of the battery are quite a few in my opinion: No gas smell. Starts on the first push. Lightweight. Quiet, No gas to put in or run out of. No maintainence. No pulling cords. All those things are big plusses for me and are worth at least 75 bucks a year to me. Hassle free. But, I know a lot of guys like their gas augers and there's nothing wrong with that. I just think the battery offers a lot of benefits that one doesn't realize until they start using it. Just my two cents.
Stevenko-If you get the 8 inch. Make sure it is the new one and has the reverse feature. For 499, that's as low as I've seen them. I have yet to hear of an ION owner disappointed once they've made the purchase. The ION works like expected, not really too much can go wrong. But, again, it's not for everyone for various reasons. I know some guys like heavy augers, but there is not any benefit to more weight in my opinion. As long as it does the job, the lighter the better and the ION is as light as I've seen.