I am looking into purchasing a 8" strike master lite flite or a nils with a drill. Curious if any one uses either one and thoughts on each? I was wondering if anyone knows if you can attach a manual handle to the strike master (in case of a drill failure)? I like the idea of being able to keep the nils handle in my sled just in case, but after watching some videos on that strike master, it looks pretty slick. Any info would be appreciated.
Strike master lite flite vs nils
I use the Milwaukee 2604 without handle.With a 6" K-drill.I have never had the K-drill hang-up at the bottom of hole.I only use the handle where steady matters,like hole saws.
Just glad I passed on the cheap chikity China knock-off batteries,just went with a 12AH battery.Weighs just over 4 lbs,but lasts a long time with the power hungry K-drill.
I use the clam plate know also. I run a lazer 7in this is what happen to me running it with a icemaster adapter , one of the made in china lazer blades cracked in half augering a hole and stopped the auger instantly and twisted the drill around right into my side . you are suppose to run your drill in the low gear\lowspeed setting  which is the highest torque output,lowest rpm setting from the gear reduction of the drills gearbox.
Get the clam plate.I went for years without one.I bought one last year and it's great.
I have a 2704 and the handle on it was junk, as many had problems with them breaking. The new ones are suppose to be better. I switch to the clam plate and that was the best thing I did. I use the kdrill or my nils orange auger now. Mostly the 8 in nils as it cut so smooth. The 6 in kdrill is ok but not my first choice.
Drills with augers should always be run on the low (torque) setting no matter who's bit or plate you are using.
Yes I run in high. What do you guys do drill in slow motion. Got to get dinner!
Herb, how would you save your wrist if you have a handle on your cordless drill even if your auger blade's catch a snag? Unless you ran your cordless drills on the highest speed setting I could see it happening that your old set-up's would tear right out of your hands like a power auger can sometime's do. I don't debate that some cordless drill's and their handle's are of cheap design and prone to break, but I've had no problem's with the handle on my Milwaukee 2704. Are you sponsored by Clam or a Pro-staffer because your the first I've read comment's about wrist problem's operating just a cordless drill w/handle-auger combo especially when two of you use 6" auger's? Three season's since going this gas-less auger route and I never had an issue with my cordless/auger combo ripping out of my hands and yes, I've hit snags but not enough to hurt my wrist and I can't see it ever happening less I'm drunk and don't have a good grip on my set-up when drilling hole's, lol.
Junkie, I agree don't buy the generic MKE batteries. They don't perform like factory one's.
I'm fine without a Clam plate for anything but the 8" K-Drill, that pulls pretty hard and after a bunch of hole it gets old without it.
I never use a clam plate and have never hurt my wrists. Yeah, it might catch on the ice occasionally, but if you keep the battery end of the drill tight to your body you will never have issues with the drill wrenching your wrists.
Musky you can do what you want. For you newer guys the plate will save your wrist, sooner or later your bit will snag, I use a 6" Nils. Brother uses 6" hand strikemaster.