Wow! I would go for it. I had a GEN 1 for about 10 years. Drilled thousands of holes. Awesome machine! Only reason I got a new one this year, was the Eskimo E40 came in quite a bit lighter. And my battery had finally stopped taking a charge…But the GEN one is a great auger for me. Started every single time. Not as fast as the Eskimo, but I do think the battery lasts a bit longer than the new Eskimo battery. Certainly electric augers have gotten a little faster and lighter since the GEN one. But, there really would be no downside at that price!
I was at Menards and saw they have a 40 volt ION Gen 1 for $350 with a $100 rebate. Now they also ave another 11% off so final price would be about $210. Are there any issues with the Gen 1 because I've seen other Ions for a whole lot more, thanks for your thoughts.
A few years back I picked up a Beast Auger, 10" Jiffy in great condition at a pawn shop $ 100.00. I use the canned 40:1 fuel. Started it last weekend, 3 pulls and running on last years gas. You don't hear many of these echoing across the lakes any more. I like it.
I always get a little apprehensive letting friends run my auger. They are definitely not indestructible like the ole jiffys were and they take a little getting used to, especially if someone's never used one. I think it was 3 seasons ago I was out in the Brainerd area doing some scouting for a guys weekend. I was drilling a hole and my battery died but I knew I was just about through the ice so I picked it up and gave it a few hits with the auger bit to try and break through. Well, it broke through just fine, and my drill chuck busted at the same time. That was the end of my fishing until the rest of the crew showed up. I now carry a spare drill with my in my truck at all times. Live and learn!
Great advice! Another item to consider is pressure on the auger. You do not have to lean on, or even push down on them, doing so just works them harder than needed.
Saturday morning a friend grabbed my 6" Strikemaster as we were moving to stay on some Crappie's. He leaned on it like he was trying to dig a post hole and you could hear the auger slow. He said "I think your battery is going dead" so I showed him how to do it letting the drill do the work. At the end of the day and countless more holes he said "This is a *amn nice piece of equipment"
Junkie, thanks for the tip clearing shavings. I did notice slight difficulty bringing auger back up with all the shavings. Very well could explain faster battery wear than expected. Never used electric auger before.
One thing to keep in mind with all electric augers, and especially ones with composite flights, is that you need to clear the hole more often than you would with a gas auger. Not as important when the ice isn't overly thick, but as the ice shavings build up in the hole it adds pressure to the flights and puts extra strain on the auger head and will drain the battery significantly faster. First year I switched to electric was 2019 and I broke several flights from user error. Fortunately they are easy enough to replace and I haven't broke any since. The strikemaster does seem to bite more on the bottom of the hole than most electric augers probably because of the serrated blades.
Strikemaster 40v 8 inch auger bought on sale review. 10 inches good ice and about 40 holes yesterday upnorth in 40 degree weather. Cut holes very nicely without effort. My kids could easily use this. Ran most of the battery out, and quit using as it would catch before going through bottom ice, darn near ripping my arm off. A little disappointed in number of holes before battery died in such nice weather. I was expecting to do 60 holes minimum, per advertising of 100 holes. I used the gas jiffy for 20 more holes, and loved the raw power. My concern is battery life in very cold weather. Second battery would be mandatory, especially with 2 feet+ ice. Reverse function is definitely needed as it wouldn't pull up at times. Overall, nice auger with good cutting power and less weight.
Drilled about 25 holes today with my Eskimo E40. 11 inches of ice. There is absolutely nothing not to like about this auger. Light. Dependable. Cuts fast and easy. Reverse feature. Love using this machine.
Quite the discount on the Strikemaster 40v right now, not the lite version though. If the E40 starts being discounted that much I might pull the trigger and keep the kdrill as a backup. It's small enough I can keep it under my backseat just in case. I need absolutely nothing for ice fishing, and already have backups for all my equipment, but you just can't pass up deals when they come up!
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