What's new this year? What is the latest have to have item out there?
New Ice Fishing Have To Have
I will be adding the clam plate this year. Got the m18 last winter and was using the side handle. The jaws on the handle actually toook a bite out of the housing. Returned that one and not looking to have it happen again after the warranty period.
Well I appreciate all the input. I see there are mixed opinions on the plate vs no plate and drill vs a more traditional auger, etc..
I think the drill set ups are awesome but niche and totally geared toward the hole hopper or run and gun type. Which to be honest is what I fish the most on the ice. I currently have a 6" lazer hand auger, I know it's not very efficient but it's light weight . I just have no desire to spend $300 on a drill that still leaves me at a 6" hole. Cranking a 6" hand auger hasn't compelled me to buy a very expensive brushless drill with very expensive batteries, yet.
I had an 8" Tecumseh powered auger that had some years on it but like a fool I lent it out and it got fried. I want a gas auger again, maybe even propane. Yes, I have experience with both and like both. I'm not sure if I'm totally on the propane wagon. I don't find 2 stroke fuel a factor as I use either TruFuel or VP in a pre-mix can (sans letting someone burn down my auger with straight gas... I should have known better) I just feel they're the more well suited auger if you want to fish bigger holes for northerns or big fish in the harbors. Maybe I'm dead wrong.
lotsa hair splitting here --- why all the fuss? --- WARM batteries and SHARP blades keep them all pretty much equal. Balance and ease of drilling can easily be taken care of by using a good pair of CLEATS. Especially on early hard ice with a thin cover of snow.
Myself I just use the side handle on my MKE18, more then adequate for my needs. Big difference in torque between the 20 & 36V. I once saw a guy using a 36V put down on the ice on Mendota, he got hung up in the hole and was using just the side handle, a good way to sprain or break a wrist or even an arm.
In that case I could see the clam base with its side handles being the unit you would want to use.
my 6" NILS and 5" LAZER cut almost identical in speed and number of holes per battery.
I think that is impressive since NILS is cutting over 40% more ice.
I have heard from many the K Drill and NILS are comparable with K Drill better at reopening holes and NILS slightly faster on clean ice.
"Its not all tradition its about “why do something different when what have is what I like and is dependable”. I use battery tools every day, i know what could happen, an ruin a fishing trip.."
You gotta go with what get's it done, but I have to say that augers not starting, fuel leaks and starter ropes pulling out of power heads has ruined more than a few days out on the ice for me.
To each their own.
Hans, I believe I offered to buy your set up so you could go back to your Laser. We could have even traded for the 5 inch and 7 inch Laser I don't use anymore after getting the K-Drill.
My 8 inch K-drill drills better then the 5 in Laser.
I bet that's what they said back in the day before gas augers. I would assume everyone used hand augers before the invention of the gas auger. I can just see the old timers saying "Why would I want to carry around a 40 pound auger when what I have works and is dependable". I'd still call it more of being traditional and resistant to change. Nothing wrong with that though. If it's not broke don't fix it!
And besides, it seems like the new gas augers have more problems than the old ones. They're becoming less and less reliable as the years go on.