So, it may seem like I'm making this all up. I was on an ice team forum and a guy from Michigan complained that some ideas were actually being suppressed because of ice team's sponsored products. I private messaged and politely he sent me a picture of a Bosch 24v ni-cad cordless with the lazer hand auger mated with a steel adapter that had a disc welded to it. I was truly amazed and understood because Strikemaster was marketing the electra, powered by a DC motor. I had a machinist friend make a replica and my Black and Decker failed to run it so I bought the same expensive Bosch. Another machinist made one with a plastic disc positioned by clamps so no buzz saw effect. My partner and I did the tournament trail, the Trap Attacks and I drilled 5" lazer holes with my left hand so the battery pack slid down my leg to brace for the wrist straining break through. I was surprised though when Dave G. actually told me that I was the first he saw using the cordless set-up with an auger. He has seen alot. I called Ray P, original co-owner of Strikemaster and he advised me against developing it though, something about whirling knife blades, combining two tools and insurance for lawsuits. He and Randy H were friends that always supported me as sponsors. I decided to keep using it because I liked the idea and it worked.
At an Ice Team Pro meeting in the twin cities, Matt J asked who made fishing holes with a cordless drill and surprisingly I was the only one in the room who raised their hand. After the meeting, Matt and Tom W the engineer plopped in front of me a prototype drill plate with a DeWalt (this was before brushless) drill on it, charger and two 4A batteries. I explained that the device added unnecessary weight and bulk, I never had a problem and didn't need it. I greedily asked about the chuck, but Tom said they needed it in the shop. This was the original version where the chuck was removed and the drill plate adapter shaft replaced it.
I fished with my friends as I always do and when people asked about what that contraption was, I said, "Try it out." EVERY single person liked it and was curious how much it would cost. I told them I didn't know, I was just supposed to kick the s_ out of it. It kept the drill off the ice and slush, but mainly the drilling position was ergonomically correct, like a gas auger. You can brace for break through to protect your wrists where the lazer always grabs. This was before the extension though, so a 5" lazer flighting had me bending over though. It fit fine in my gear wasn't heavy and nothing failed.
I brought it to my fishing club meeting once that winter and my friend Duffy emailed Matt a picture. I was scolded because of the non-disclosure agreement and the competition might beat clam to the punch. Needless to say, no one did and it sold out several years in a row. Unbelievable.