The best propane auger?

11/28/14 @ 8:40 AM
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xWoodbutcheRx
xWoodbutcheRx
MEMBER since 1/2/09
I am in the market for a new power auger this year since my Strikemaster blew up last year. I am convinced I want a propane auger but can not decide on a brand or model. Has anyone used the new Eskimo 40 HC or know how it compares to the Jiffy model? Any reviews would be helpful.
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11/2/18 @ 11:31 AM
Smokin'Jo
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USER since 12/13/16

Add me to the list of guys who have never had a problem with my pro-4 in cold conditions. My auger stays out in the cold, starts on the second pull and first pull every time after the first start. I have a 2nd generation auger. I won't speak on the quality of the newer jiffy propanes as I have never seen them or used them in person.

I have however used the Eskimo propane and I'm not at all impressed with the machine my buddy bought. He had an issue right out of the box that had him without an auger over a week when it counts. Also we had it out in frigid weather and broke a lot of the chincy plastic by the carb and the plastic throttle off by tossing a tip up on it accidentally. And finally the blades are just to delicate on the eskimos. His shaver blades after hitting a little dirty ice were compromised and Struggled the rest of a trip we took. While my pro-4 chipper blades had not been sharpened in 4 years and were cutting strong!

this year I've joined the electric drill revolution and purchased a 1300lb ridgid hammer drill with a 9ah battery and a 7" ht mini Nero hand auger. Total price $275 with a lifetime warranty on the drill and battery. Also the drill can drive ice anchors in the winter and a multitude of uses in the off season.

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11/2/18 @ 3:00 AM
Hendik
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USER since 11/2/18

This is seemingly an old thread, but I'll add my two cents.

Electric will improve but when will it be perfect? Never. For me I love my ION. It's lighter than my old reliable Jiffy Model 30 (until it finally wore out after many years of use), it starts at the squeeze of the trigger, it has reverse. The best auger depends on what type of fishing you do. Late last winter when the ice was thicker I could drill about 30-40 holes. For me that is more than I will drill most days but for some that is barely half of what they will drill.

For me an 8 inch is also plenty big. You can bring a 20# northern through a 6-inch hole. If you have young kids fishing with you and you use a 10-inch auger you are eventually going to have a boot full of water. As earlier, best is defined by what you want and need.

But i was lucky enough to buy a 2HP Eskimo https://under-the-open-sky.com/best-ice-augers/ with a Tecumseh engine on it before they went out of business. Bought it probably 8 or 9 years ago now. Fires up right away, had the carbs professionally cleaned two years ago, still haven't replaced a spark plug. Been a great gas auger. I wouldn't have an issue with buying another gas auger, but it would for sure be a two stroke.


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11/17/15 @ 8:39 AM
Tim Zwieg
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USER since 1/10/12
Marble eyes now you have me thinking. I could get some pipe insulation and a re-useable zip tie to wrap completely around the Propane holder. Or better yet, take one of the wet suits my kids wore 10 years ago, and cut some pieces of that up!!

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11/17/15 @ 5:52 AM
marbleeyes7
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USER since 4/1/12
tim, I have thought of the same thing. was playing around with foam pipe insulation but gave up and just went with the bottle sleeve and hand warmer if needed but have yet to use a hand warmer inside the sleeve. I also use that pipe insulation to make insulated hole covers for tip ups. way cheaper than the 10.00 each they charge in the stores.

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11/16/15 @ 8:27 AM
Tim Zwieg
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Two comments here. Ifsihwi, call D-rock in New Brighton, MN 651-639-0446, they should have a clutch for your Jiffy even if it is 30 years old.

Marbleeyes7, you are doing the right thing with your Propane Auger gas, that way it will not freeze. I would like make or find a can coozie out of that foam material that is big enough to go over a 1 LB cylinder of Propane.

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11/16/15 @ 5:55 AM
marbleeyes7
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USER since 4/1/12
i guess I am just lucky or it has yet to happen to me these people saying they have had issues with the propane augers not working in below freezing temps. have had my pro 4 out on upper red lake in m.n. with temps -20 to -50 below with wind chill and it runs just fine. I keep a bottle warmer sleeve over the tank and if I have my vehicle keep it inside if I have my wheeler lay it up against the side blocking the wind from hitting the bottle/ power head. maybe just lucky but have yet to have this issue happen to me and I ice fish 14-15 days a month in season. I have also heard of guys putting a hand warmer packet inside the bottle warmer sleeve on very cold days as well. ions are nice and love the concept but not enough holes on 1 battery for me and a replacement battery at 60-70% of the initial cost is a big turn off for me, battery's only last so long and do not hold a good charge anymore. just my .02

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11/15/15 @ 10:11 PM
ifishwi
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Hey Beer Goggles, listen up. Get with the program man. I have to defend the ION... It's made by Ardisam who have been building outdoor products for 55 years including Eskimo augers and all those red shelters you see out there and more.

I own an older (30+ years) gas auger with 3.5 Tecumseh motor, but it's not a Jiffy. It just still runs for me. However I have tried my friend's ION and they are smooth, quiet, light, and no gas or exhaust smell. For most ice applications these are ideal.

Any dumass can forget to charge a battery or break something on a machine, that's why a good fisherman just might have a back-up.

That being said, where in the world can I find a clutch for my 30+ year old Tecumseh motor? Still works but starting to slip. Jiffy is no help.

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11/15/15 @ 7:30 PM
tiddies1981
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I have a jiffy pro 4. Bought it 5 or 6 years ago. Luv it. Only had an issue one time. Where due to my fault the regulator froze. I laid the auger down after drilling a hole. And started cleaning the hole out throwing the water and slush on the regulator unknowingly. Wouldn't start. In shanty with heat going for a min or 2 and it was fine. Have zero experience with electric augers.

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11/15/15 @ 6:42 PM
Beer Goggles
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USER since 12/28/07
Sure the ion looks like a smart idea but what happens when they go out of business and you need a new part or battery? Most veteran ice anglers own there augers for years and they go with jiffy or strikemaster. Jiffy parts are readily available just about anywhere. Lets say something breaks or you lose something of the ion auger. Now your screwed. Now you got to march your happy ass home and order a new part. Or lets say you forget to charge it up. Now there you are no I fishing for you today. So I would just stick with gas. I can tell you that when it gets super cold all the propane things I own give me trouble once in a while. So stick with gas and when all the other ice auger nerds are nerding out online trying to figure out what wrong with there auger you will be out fishing. Cool

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11/13/15 @ 8:21 AM
Tim Zwieg
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USER since 1/10/12
budman, The Ion and the HC40 are both great augers, and both have their place. The HC40 will punch holes all day long, the Ion will punch holes as long as the battery lasts. I am fortunate enough to have one of each.

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