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Best Brushless drill for ice augers

12/17/19 @ 11:11 AM
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.


1/26/20 @ 8:42 PM
User since 9/24/03

The Makita you mention will handle that bit with ease. The MasterForce is going to be tested a bit more. If that was an 8” bit with less aggressive blades like those on a Pistol bit it would work better. With Lazer blades being more aggressive it might not hold up. My 750lb brushless hammer drill handles an 8” shaver (mora) bit with ease. It grunts a little more with a 7” Lazer bit despite it being an inch less in diameter. 

1/26/20 @ 7:25 PM
ducks forever
User since 10/15/07

I will add i can get the makita for $135 with 2 batteries and charger.

1/26/20 @ 7:21 PM
ducks forever
User since 10/15/07

Has anyone tried the makita xph07m-r brushless hammer drill? Has 1090 in/lb i just bought a 8" strikemaster lite flite and looking for a drill for it. I have a masterforce 20v set was looking at their brushless hammer drill since i already have batteries and a 4 bank charger but that only puts out 700 in/lb. i am looking to use this setup 99% of the time i will keep my old jiffy for when i want a 10" 

1/3/20 @ 9:56 AM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

Yup, it's the (2804) Gen2 model of the 2704 M18 Fuel

so everybody understands the 2704 was updated to the now 2804

the -20 or -22 behind those numbers strictly dictates how it is sold. -20 is bare tool only and -22 is the kit with two batteries, case  and charger.

1/3/20 @ 9:25 AM
User since 9/13/11

sorry FH. I meant the 2804-22. I think it is 1 of the more powerful hammer drills they make. I love it.

1/3/20 @ 8:09 AM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

Duck, I assume you mean the 2704, I have not heard of a 2204. Just pointing it out to curb any confusion.

1/2/20 @ 7:59 PM
User since 9/13/11

It was mentioned below, but I have the Milwaukee m18 2804-22. Came with 2 5ah batteries (under $250). Going on year 2 and have yet to need the 2nd battery on a daily trip . Paired with the HT Nero and it is fast/light 

1/2/20 @ 7:41 PM
User since 4/21/14

I've got the Dewalt DCD996P2 set with 2 5A batteries.  I have the Strikemaster 2 stage drill adapter and drill flange.  The adapter can fit their hand and power lazers augers.  I have used it on 5 and 8" augers with no issues.  The 996 has a handle that I just tuck in next to my hip to handle the torque.  No need to buy anything extra.  I picked the Dewalt because I have had a 12 volt that still works great I bought in 1993.  The other reason is my wife wouldn't notice it (same colors)!

1/2/20 @ 2:50 PM
User since 12/28/18


I have that setup, got 2 6amp batteries and have several thousand holes dug. I invested in clam plate this year and is easier on wrist. The nils 6 inch augar is the rest of rig, the augar is on 2nd sharpening, as sand on ice happens. Enjoy it.

Son got the new composite 8" augar this year and his outfit is 15#

1/2/20 @ 2:06 PM
Topwater Twich
User since 10/6/08

I just purchased a Makita XPH07 to swap out my old heavy/leaky Jiffy model 30. Anybody else have experience with this drill with a Clam plate? Got a chuckle out of this video boredom on the ice with good buddies and beers make the best videos.

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