I'm looking to go electric this year and wondering if any of you have opinions. I like the drill type set ups but also like the new Ion units. Any honest feedback appreciated .
'Ion' IceAugers or ...
I'd put my money on you Kosh. The 8" Nils and 20V Hammer Drill is a great combo. Just need to make sure you get the largest amp battery you can find. A few weeks ago I was using my uncle's 18v Nicad Dewalt Hammer and it tore through the ice with ease as well.
That video is the same guys with the same broken drill. lol Watch the entire first video you posted with sound, he acknowledges it was broke in both videos and not a fair comparison.
Awesome your happy with your Strikemaster, that's what it is all about! Just pointing out if your going to post video and comparison be sure they are accurate...... which these are not.
That was a 6” kdrill and the strike master and ion were 8” so they were drilling about 77% more ice.
Not trying to get in a tit for tat, just explaining my rationale for going with the Strikemaster, which I couldn’t be happier. I haven’t seen anything drill faster (definitely not the Ion X) although I fully acknowledge there certainly could be cordless drill setups that are faster.
First thing I thought when I watched that was BS, no way is that correct with the Kdrill. Then it says right in the video that the MKE drill was not working correct and it was not a fair comparison. Yet, they still ask you to like and share the video.
Still fair between the Strike Master and Ion I would believe.
My wife told me I could buy a new auger this year after watching me nearly have a coronary using my 30 year old human powered Mora last year during our annual family ice drinking extravaganza. I originally planned on going propane until I started reading about the Ion, which led me to numerous you tube videos comparing the Ion with Strikemaster 40v. I have yet to see the Ion outperform the Strikemaster in any side by side comparison. Plus it was cheaper and came with two batteries. It is the single greatest piece of outdoor hunter/gather equipment I have purchased in my opinion. I’m more of a tip up watcher than a hole hopper so the weight or battery life isn’t really an issue for me but I absolutely love it. My $0.02.
Had 11 guys on our annual ice fishing trip to northern MN this past week. Two gas augers, two kdrill/MKE combos and one Ion X. After the second day the gas augers really weren't even used anymore and the Ion guy was sold on the drill combos. Not enough of a difference for him to sell his new auger to buy the drill combo, but he admitted he would have gone with the drill if he could do it over again. I bet I was getting a solid 2 holes to his one without formally 'racing'. Ion battery definitely help up longer than the 5ah batteries, but i'd imagine the 9ah would have been similar. I got ~15 holes in 30"+ of ice on average, without bringing the battery into the shack at all in 0 to -20 degree weather.