Does it really matter? I'm considering an 8 inch Pistol Bit for $159.
Let's hear it.
Found a pretty good deal on Amazon for a 1200 inch/pound Milwaukee #2804 Fuel for 95 bux. Does not appear to be a refurb and it was advertised as new. Came in original packaging. Yes, it is plenty enough for my 6" Lazer, but I may eventually get an 8" "something" auger and want the extra grunt. Picked up the adapter and plate via Amazon as well. The adapter has multiple slots milled into the body so that the chuck prongs cannot possibly slip once tightened down. It has the safety plate so I won't lose the auger should it somehow work itself loose. Am somewhat anxious to cut some holes with it.
The only items I will need are a couple of 4 to 5 Amp batteries and a charger.
G-Man a Milwaukee Fuel is literally more than twice the drill you need to run a 6" Lazer. It will eat ice no matter what battery you run. The bigger the battery the more holes you can get per charge obviously.
"Anything larger than 6” is going to need a 8ah or higher for it to work efficiently." I'm going to take exception to this. I've drilled lots of 7" and 8" holes using the 750in/lb Ryobi with 4ah and 6ah batteries. I would hope the Milwaukee could too.
6ah is enough, I think the minimum recommended is 4ah. Keep an eye out on sales, you can sometimes find a pretty good deal on the starter kit with two 5ah batteries. ToolBoss on youtube shows some pretty good deals especially if you 'hack' it. This is when they offer a free tool promo then you return the free tool. I have never paid retail price for any Milwaukee tool.
Rather than start a new thread, I thought I'd add onto this to get some opinions. I have a 6" Lazer hand auger that I want to set up with a Milwaukee Fuel 2804. Rather than getting a plate, my thought was to use the drill with the factory side handle on the drill (looking to stay as light as possible). Found a drill/auger adapter w/safety disk for 32 bucks on Amazon. Not quite certain about which battery to get and I see lots of aftermarket batteries on Amazon. Thinking that I want a 6 Amp red lithium from Milwaukee. Too much power...not enough?? TYIA
Fishhound- what is it about the k-drill that makes it inferior to other augers nowadays? The chipper blades is the only thing I could think of? With the lack of snow this year through much of WI, I've seen dirtier ice than ever before this season so I'm glad to have the chipper blades for that reason alone. It has a centering point, I can't believe some augers are still coming out without the centering point. Lifetime blade sharpening, something no one else offers. Weight wise it is still one of the lightest.
Don't get me wrong, I plan to sell my k-drill for some shaver blades at the end of this season, but chipper blades have their benefits. So I'm not really sure what makes it a 'dinosaur' when it still competes side by side with any of the other augers. I think we are past the point of arguing the speed of augers when we are comparing 10 vs 12 seconds through 2' of ice.