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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.


12/18/19 @ 10:06 AM
User since 1/6/16

I use the 2803-20 M18 Drill from Milwaukee Tool. It is rated to 1200 in-lbs of torque. I had 2704 that I use at the house and didn't want to make it a dual purpose so I went with this one. A lot of guys get the hammer 2804-20, but I didn't see a need for the hammer part if you're only using the drill anyways. I cut all day long with it. I do carry 2 batteries. One is there strictly for back up use. I modified an old lunch box style cooler, and placed foam inserts that I machined to fit the batteries to keep them warm. 

12/18/19 @ 9:13 AM
.Long Barrels
User since 12/9/14

Ulbian made a great point,  if you go smaller,  expect the drill to work harder and batteries discharge quicker.  I know many that tried their home use drill.  Some will work,  others will work but don't have the balls.  There is a good chance it won't, just look at the ratings.  

It all depends on your fishing style.  I'll dig 10 holes,  fish em all, move.  some days I may dig 100 holes and not find fish.  If you don't do that,  some home drills will probably server the purpose.

My drills just dies,  its not a progressive thing.  you won't see lack of power as you drill.  it will just die mid hole.  So don't be caught without a spare battery.

12/18/19 @ 9:01 AM
User since 6/12/10

I'd go with Milwaukee or Dewalt.  Either one will work well.  If you're trying to save money than the Rigid brushless is the way to go and has solid ratings.  I've pretty much upgraded either drills or batteries every year recently until the point where I got my new drill for a really good price.  I'm currently using a Dewalt brushless Flexvolt 60V and it works very well.

12/17/19 @ 11:01 PM
User since 9/24/03

As a general rule you want 100 pounds of torque per inch of hole. So a 6 inch hole means you’d want something 600lbs or bigger. 8 inch hole would be 800lbs or bigger. 

Auger size and type play a huge role in this. A flat shaver (mora type) blade doesn’t need as much torque as a chipper (k-drill) blade does. Sure, you could go small in terms of torque and still cut holes with that drill but the drill will take a beating and more than likely crap out on you sooner. 

Makita, Rigid, and Milwaukee all have brushless hammer drills in excess of 1000 lbs of torque.  Dang near every other brand has a brushless hammer drill in the 700+ range. I’m aware of guys who have been using MasterForce (Menard’s generic brand) drill’s and they’ve worked fine. They aren’t over burdening the drill. 

If you already have a set of cordless tools look to find a drill from that company you are already invested in and match up the specs for the bit you’ll be using.  No real point in jumping onto another battery platform if you are on one already. 

12/17/19 @ 4:28 PM
User since 12/12/10

I also use the Milwaukee m 18 they are talking about. It works great, so that's what I recommend.

12/17/19 @ 2:57 PM
User since 2/13/10

I have both the 2703 and 2704 (hammer) (new models are 2803 and 2804 with a stronger side handle) and they both pretty sweet.  Some guys say the hammer drill is build heavier, but not sure about that.  Of course don't use the hammer feature when drilling in ice. I use them with 6" auger and drill lots and lots of holes.  CPO outlet has an free extra battery pack now with Milwaukee 2803-22 kit.  so 3 5ah batteriess, charger and drill for $279 delivered.  This was my christmas present to myself in 2017.

12/17/19 @ 1:26 PM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

I don't agree either, spend the couple extra bucks and get the 1200 in-pounds of torque. The Milwaukee M18  Fuel 1/2" hammer drill (model 2704 or newer 2804) is probably the most popular.

12/17/19 @ 12:42 PM
.Long Barrels
User since 12/9/14

I run all Milwaukee for everything work and play.  For the auger i have the M28 and it's going on year 8 with no issues and still the same batteries.  It's cut thousands of holes. I take that back,  I replaced my backup battery cause I thought it was discharging faster.  That was a few years back.

I know guys with dewalt that say the same.   I personally wouldn't pinch the pennies and buy anything different.

I know many with the new m18 fuel and they kick azz. 

Prior poster said anything 750....I don't agree.  

12/17/19 @ 11:45 AM
User since 12/19/11

Any brushless drill with 750# of torque will give you what you need. Dewalt and Milwaukee are the best known brands and Rigid has an exceptional warranty. I've run the Milwaukee M18 fuel for 3 years now and have no complaints. 

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