Does it really matter? I'm considering an 8 inch Pistol Bit for $159.
Let's hear it.
Just a thought on the drill/auger combo vs the battery ran auger (Ion, Strike Master, etc). You can buy a new Milwaukee (or others) drill battery and charger for around $250, and top of the line auger (any of them) for $200 or less. A new Ion for example is pushing $600+. The advantage to me is I got a new drill to use all year compared to an auger that is going to be stored for 9 months.
Yup, we can differ fo sure, that's why they mke so many options. I'd rather replace a $6 flite on a K-drill if one broke than sand, paint, or oil something up.
Although, like I've said before, I really think the Kdrill is a dinosaur too. It started the revolution and has been passed by now. Had one, loved it for what it was, and sold it when a better option because available.
Fish Hound, those are all valid points, I can't disagree. I had a k drill, plastic breaks. I've owned metal flites my whole life, I've never seen a bad weld, never really thought they scratched my truck or sled etc. I will agree that the flights should be sprayed when putting it away in the spring. If you get rusted flights, Ice shavings will bind and not come up and out. Rusty spots should be sanded and painted or you'll have issues. My opinion of non metal is not good but we can agree to disagree on this issue.
These are always kind of Ford vs Chevy questions. Personally I have the Eskimo Pistol bit ( 8 in) and am very happy with it. But I'm sure there are a half dozen others that are just as good. Are others faster? slower? I don't know. The eskimo simply works for me as it has for the past 3-4 years. (paired with a Milwaukee M18)
I picked up a lite flite yesterday. I was looking at it, trying to assemble it on my Clam Plate and realized the two don't fit without an adapter. Bought one on Ebay (you can actually use the KDrill adapter - I read that on a forum somewhere), but for this weekend I'll just have to use my handle that came with the drill. Looking forward to using it this season! And by the way, if anyone is interested I have a 6 inch and an 8 inch Lazer auger with extra sets of blades I'll be selling. I'm keeping the 5 inch though.
One of the guys I fish with has sent his Razr in twice for warranty issues with the flights coming loose. The most recent was last month, first trip of the year. He sent in a 5" and they sent him back a replacement 4" because the 5" was out of stock. No phone call, no nothing, just the wrong auger. When he called they said, if you want a replacement thats what you get. No thanks!
Anyone have any issues with the composite flights breaking on anything other than the k-drill? I have 6 of them currently broken, so it'll cost me $40 to repair. I've been running the k-drill for 4 seasons, averaging over 2,000 holes a year so I'm not too bent out of shape over $40 in maintenance but just curious if this is a common theme with composite auger bits?
I'd take a look at RAZR if anyone is still in the market, those things rip and their price point is great. I'm buying the 8" for the livescope, 5.5" kdrill isn't quite big enough to comfortably fit the ducer head.
I have a Milwaukee 2804 and a 7.5" K-Drill. It will cut thru 10" of ice in just a little over 5 seconds and I've never drained a battery in a day with my needs. I timed it this past weekend up north. I really don't think it matters what drill or auger manufacturer you go with as long as it meets specs, your price range, and needs. They all cut a hole quickly. It's the same old story Ford/ Chevy, Chevy/Ford (had both thru the years and issues with both). Trucks, spinning reels, guns, rods, golf clubs, etc. all do the same thing no matter the manufacturer but are just a little different design from each other. It's just a personnel choice don't overthink it.