I know somebody the other day mentioned ION blades break. They do when not properly used. Buddy snapped one of his blades drilling out old holes. I told him lets not do that anymore.
No issues with my ION, battery or its blades over the past couple seasons.
I have switched to a home depot rigid 18 volt with 6 in lazer.. AWESOME I fish the castle rock alot shot lost of Holes never ran out of battery ... My 13 year old son now can cut holes too...Bouns I used it to rebuild my deck and other projects... Well worth the money plus no gas and pulling till my arms get tired and gas on my hands... G O ELECTRIC....
Love my Ion. I'm also a weekend guy and 20 holes is a lot for me. It has changed the way I fish.
I love my strikemaster 40v lazer.
Everyone has their favorites and style of fishing but I switch from my 30 year old Jiffy to a Eskimo Pistol bit 8" attached to my Milwaukee M18 drill. Amazing how much faster it cuts and doesn't take up nearly the space or weight in my truck or UTV. I'm a casual weekend fisherman maybe 15-20 holes a day. I don't think i'd ever go back to a heavy gas fueled drill
The Ion has been so good to me. Had it 7 years. Never once has it not started and never once have I run out of battery. Have the 10 inch and 8 inch bit. Interchangeable. This is in the northwoods too where it's cold! And, to think the new model is even better. 100 trips probably with the thing. 5 dollars a trip. A steal! Or, about 80 bucks a year....that's only one month of cable TV. Two rounds of golf....Not a bad deal at all. Never have to buy gas. It's light and easy to carry. No exhaust fumes. Starts instantly. Fits nicely in the sled. Quiet. And, they will make an even better model in a year or two I bet.
If I had an old gas auger, I'd keep using it. But, if it was heavy, or it gave me hassle, I don't know...unless I was drilling holes without really moving around, or if I was purposely getting an arm workout, I would probably look at the guy next to me with the Ion and start saving up my money. To each their own, but I just don't see how gas augers can survive in the market too much longer.
Perchhound, 30+ year Jiffy also that's so reliable I cant part with it. Been thinking of upgrading to modern tech ice drills, but cant justify dozen x's I go out each winter. my neighbor wont let me use his Ion due to fear of breaking it tells me more than I need to know.
I've run my 10" strikemaster solo chipper for 10 years now. Had to replace the transmission last year due to a broken gear, but other than that its been a great machine. If I had to buy a new one tomorrow I would buy an ion x. You couldn't pay me to mess about with k drills, clam plates, and cobbling cordless drills into a makeshift auger, doing that costs as much as buying an ion.
My Jiffy is over 30 years old and runs like new. When they made them tough like that hard to think about anything new.