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7/16/19 @ 7:54 AM
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Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

Probably one of my favorite ice fishing forums each year, what's new out there?

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8/28/19 @ 9:01 AM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

"You sure won't see me using one unless I win it in a raffle! "

My exact thought! Would I take one, hell yeah, would I ever buy one, hell no.

8/28/19 @ 7:49 AM
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

There was one day in 2 years that I wasn't able to use my drill. During the extended warm up mid March last year because there was a foot of water under 2' of snow. As soon as I started drilling the hole would fill with water creating a suction. My one battery completely burned up and I had to exchange it for a new one (it was a generic brand, so I blame that moreso than conditions), but I got exactly 6.5 holes out of my 9ah MKE battery that day. I remember because I was alone for a few hours and was stuck fishing out of the same darn holes. When my buddy got out there with his strikemaster we were up and running. I'm sure his battery drained quicker too, but 6.5 holes was ridiculous. 

Take it for what it's worth, I fished during this stretch in an area normally loaded with people and was the only one out there because of conditions. Maybe I just expect more out of my equipment than most because of that. 

Again - I'm really not downgrading the drill/auger combos lol. I absolutely love my MKE/kdrill. My original comment was pointing out that for $800, Ion might have created the best auger on the market with a weight comparable to a drill/auger combo because that was really the only negative of the true electrics. You sure won't see me using one unless I win it in a raffle!

8/27/19 @ 1:23 PM
USAbrams1991
USAbrams1991
User since 2/13/17

Junkie4ice, you said, "Drill/auger combos are not effective in slush during late ice in northern Wisconsin. "

Yet you just admitted to running and gunning with a buddy in mid-late April. So that Combo you're using seemed to be pretty effective. Right? 

You may be in the group of guys who's counting how many milliseconds it takes to drill a hole, nothing wrong with that, but for me, all I care about is getting my holes drilled and I don't care if it takes 20 seconds or 21. And thus far my setup has made me pretty happy. 

As long as the chosen auger combo works to complete its task, I'd say that's effective.

8/27/19 @ 7:11 AM
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11
Don't get me wrong, I used my drill/auger combo all season as well. Sawyer county till mid April. Fell thru 4/23 and hung it up for the season. But side-by-side running and gunning with a buddy running a strikemaster electric auger and I was out-performed every time. Never said it isn't doable, but you're just lying to yourself if you really think they are superior to a true electric auger through the slush! 

8/27/19 @ 1:22 AM
Ulbian
User since 9/24/03

Used my drill/auger set up throughout the year as well. No issues whatsoever with slush or deep snow. 

The “new” Ion has a larger battery (6ah) than previous models and is paired with a pistol bit. A quick search doesn’t yield much in terms of internal changes from previous editions. A lighter bit will turn faster than a heavier bit and you’ll be able to drill more inches of ice because the amp draw won’t be as high with less rotating weight. 

Personally I can’t justify paying $300 plus for a device that will only drill holes through one type of material for less than half the year.  My gas Eskimo powerhead has been used at least once each month ever since I picked up an earth bit for the thing. My hammer drill gets used every week. 

8/26/19 @ 7:11 PM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
User since 12/22/04

I suspect his comment was more aimed at tool getting wet vs drilling performance.   I have had chuck rust and be nearly inoperable from rain.  

8/26/19 @ 1:46 PM
USAbrams1991
USAbrams1991
User since 2/13/17

"You must not ice fish late ice. Drill/auger combos are not effective in slush during late ice in northern Wisconsin. Or even after a week long warm up when we have 3' of snow on the ice. "

Uhm, they work  for me. Last two years I've fished N Vilas into the 2nd week of April.

8/26/19 @ 9:55 AM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
User since 12/22/04

You can get an electric auger for $300 bucks...

8/26/19 @ 9:19 AM
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

You must not ice fish late ice. Drill/auger combos are not effective in slush during late ice in northern Wisconsin. Or even after a week long warm up when we have 3' of snow on the ice. People consider these electric augers because there isn't one auger out there that fits everyone's needs, whether you want to admit it or not!

Disclaimer - I run a MKE/Kdrill combo but can admit it is not perfect!

8/26/19 @ 8:59 AM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
User since 12/22/04

lets take a super over priced item and jack it up another 50%.  Amazing to me that people buy those things vs electric hand drills

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