Does it really matter? I'm considering an 8 inch Pistol Bit for $159.
Let's hear it.
No to the NEED for a hammer drill as you don't use that option anyway. As long as the drill has enough torque, you should be fine. Look up the specs of the drill you're considering, and also make note of the type/size of auger you'll be using. You can get by with a lesser drill with a 6" hole, where an 8" is going need a bit more oomph. Also style of blade. Ripper like the K drill? Need a beefy drill. Shaver like a Lazer? Can get away with less. Also, the Clam Plate has a gear reduction available that may help with what you plan to run.
Here's a question for all you guys: Does the drill HAVE TO be a hammer drill? I have the adapter and auger, just need to pick out the drill. My son has all the Makita 18V batteries etc. for his tools so I just need the drill and have found some used ones that aren't hammer drills.
Big question is will they work? Keep in mind, 99% of my fishing is with tip ups so I won't be cutting 50 holes in a day.....
Thanks for the help.
8" is kind of a big auger that would be better in the stronger 40, not the 24 volt Strikemaster auger. The savings in using a cordless drill is that it's not necessarily dedicated to ice fishing only. When you want to use it other than ice fishing, just open the chuck and it's a power tool again. On a Clam plate, you undo the two knobs of the U bolt also, but the adjustments are saved when putting the power tool on again.
Gman, the aftermarket batteries are available all over and all sizes. I have run several of the 9amp hour along side of the MKE branded and they work just as hard, just not as long. They also begin to have problems with shorts from drops as such easier and also found they will take on water and corrode easier.
That being said, replacement doesn't hurt nearly as bad and they certainly serve their purpose as a cheap "disposable" alternative.
The 8 inch lite flite on a Clam Drill plate and a DeWalt DCD 991, 5 ah battery got me about 30 to 40 holes through about 15 inches of ice last winter. I always have a second battery with me just in case and I've never needed it with the exception the one time I forgot to charge the battery. Sat in my garage for 3 weeks and still got me 8 more holes before dying! I like the lite flite. I use a 6 inch Lazer as well on the Clam Plate. With that I get a few more holes, and my 5 inch that i use at last ice when I'm targetting only panfish gets me....well I don't know cause I can't drill that many holes, lol!
Being the thrifty individual that I am, I found a seller of Lithium batteries on Ebay offering what I assume are batteries from Chy-Na. Look identical (or close) to Milwaukee batteries. Did this thinking that Milwaukee gets them OEM from a vendor in Chy-Na (biggest lithium producer).
On my postal scale, these 4 Amp batteries weigh 15 ounces. Pretty light in my estimation. If they do not hold up, then I will go the 5 Amp route with batteries direct from Milwaukee, just to be sure.