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Best Brushless drill for ice augers

12/17/19 @ 11:11 AM
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1jackpot
1jackpot
User since 8/23/10

Looking at retiring my strikemaster gas powered auger and go with the new lite flight and a cordless drill. Any recommendations as to a brush-less drill that has worked well and reliable in cold weather?


Thanks and good fishing to all.

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10/23/20 @ 6:00 PM
Fishrun
User since 6/8/20

Bought a Milwaukee fuel 18 volt last year to use on my 8" strike master lazer. Came with two 5 amp hour batteries, a charger and case. I added a clam conversion kit to it rather than attach it direct and don't regret that decision. Easier to use with handles to hang onto. Never used more than half a battery on any trip, on the ice up to 8 hours. Don't force it, just let the blade do it's thing. Drilled holes in ice up to 24" significantly faster than my buddies Ion. As a bonus I have a drill I can use the rest of the year as opposed to an auger that sits in the basement when there's no ice.

10/23/20 @ 5:59 PM
Fishrun
User since 6/8/20

Bought a Milwaukee fuel 18 volt last year to use on my 8" strike master lazer. Came with two 5 amp hour batteries, a charger and case. I added a clam conversion kit to it rather than attach it direct and don't regret that decision. Easier to use with handles to hang onto. Never used more than half a battery on any trip, on the ice up to 8 hours. Don't force it, just let the blade do it's thing. Drilled holes in ice up to 24" significantly faster than my buddies Ion. As a bonus I have a drill I can use the rest of the year as opposed to an auger that sits in the basement when there's no ice.

10/21/20 @ 6:25 AM
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

I had terrible luck with the knock-offs on Ebay. I have 4 total and they all eventually died, I just get a blinking red light when charging. They just keep sending you new ones if you get ahold of them within the 30 day window. Outside of that window I don't get responses and they don't honor the warranty. I've heard they work fine for summer work but they can't handle the cold of winter.

Fun fact - I keep a 1.5ah battery in my tackle bag all season long so it's always with me. Deep down I know one day I will be happy I have it when all I need is that one last hole to get on the fish so I keep it there as a last resort   

10/20/20 @ 5:14 PM
tdizo
User since 2/26/05

If you haven't got your new lite flight yet, I recently got one through cabelas and it did not have the updated adapter(gets wobbly). Emailed strikemaster and they sent one out in a couple days

10/20/20 @ 10:25 AM
JS-Fish
JS-Fish
User since 6/19/16

Milwaukee M18

10/20/20 @ 10:00 AM
Fishlovme
Fishlovme
MEMBER since 6/22/01

Hockeyguy I bought one of those 6ah knockoff batteries for my DeWalt from Amazon.  It's worked well so far.  The Youtube channel Wisconsin Fisherman did a video recently about charging up your batteries before winter arrives and he had one of the same ones I have.  I've seen them on Project Farm's Youtube channel as well.  Some of the knock-off's aren't worth it, but the one I got so far so good.  I have two 5 ah batteries that came with the drill and I bought the 6 ah to use with the chainsaw.

10/20/20 @ 8:43 AM
hockeyguy39
User since 8/24/07

Thanks for the responses!  I really had no intention of taking the 1.5s out on the ice, btw. I know those are nowhere near strong enough. Now I just need to look for some deals!

I saw some knock off 20v batteries, but none were supposedly compatible with the DCD996. Not sure what the model of tool has to do with the battery, but I'm not going to risk my drill to find out. Pretty amazing the cost difference, though. Two packs of 6 ah batteries are less than what one Dewalt battery costs lol.

10/19/20 @ 6:46 PM
CMunyon
User since 5/12/16

hockeyguy,get the 8's.I have the 6" lazer on the same set up as you.I can get roughly 25-26 holes in 16-18" of ice on the 5ah.batteries.Leave the 1.5's in the basement.

10/19/20 @ 4:14 PM
Fishlovme
Fishlovme
MEMBER since 6/22/01

I should edit my post as well.  I'm fishing mostly the Madison chain of lakes, which on average the ice gets about 12-15 inches thick at its greatest.  Some years a little more, many years (lately especially) a little less.  At around 12 inches of ice I get 40-50 holes with my 8 inch Lazer auger, clam plate, and a Dewalt 5 ah battery.

10/19/20 @ 1:10 PM
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

Really a personal preference and depends entirely on how many holes you want the ability to drill. 

You have to take ice depth into consideration, no way anyone is getting 40 holes mid winter in northern WI during a normal season. Bago gets pretty thick too most years. With my 5.5" kdrill I get ~15 holes at 20" of ice with my 5ah battery (I estimate ~300" of ice) and around 25 holes with my 8ah battery (~400-500"). I don't leave the house without 21-29ah worth of battery, most guys on here will say that is overkill but I've used up all my batteries more than once in a half days outing. I would guess a 5.5" kdrill would be similar to an 8" smooth blade auger bit as far as power use, but really have no idea. 

Cheapest authentic Milwaukee batteries are on ebay, BTW. 

EDIT - these numbers are with a milwaukee 2703 drill, it might be different for Dewalt, missed that detail in your question. 

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