Using battery operated ice augers

11/28/18 @ 2:57 PM
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gater
gater
USER since 11/25/07

I'm getting ready to make the switch to using a battery operated ice auger. I have done research on the topic, most of the info I found is a few years old. I'm starting a new thread on the topic because things have changed a lot in the last couple of years. I'm looking for any info on using battery-powered ice augers that will help with the switch go smoothly. Im leaning towards  the k drill. What do you use? Do you take the battery off when out on the ice? Do you take cordless drills off the auger on the ice? How important is it to keep the battery warm? Any other information on the subject that would help someone get started with batteries would be great. 

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1/16/19 @ 2:58 PM
jvog33
jvog33
USER since 6/2/06

Yeah, that a pretty impressive deal!!  I almost paid full price a few weeks ago. I saw the sale and dragged my feet a few more days- ended up having to drive an hour to get it because my local stores sold out. 

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1/15/19 @ 4:53 PM
Icefshr05
Icefshr05
USER since 12/27/04

Jvog. I made the same purchase today. I have going back and forth on going the Milwaukee drill route, saw the Strikemaster 40v for $100 off at Fleet Farm and that made up my mind. 

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1/15/19 @ 1:12 PM
bassmanhab
bassmanhab
MEMBER since 8/30/11
gater, ive been using the clam drill adapter plate with a cheap master force 20v hammer drill with 2.5 AH battery and so far works well and have drilled 14 holes 1 trip and battery was still at 3 bars out of 4. last trip i only had to drill a few holes but always leave everything out/on and no issues temps mid 20s. hope this helps.

bass

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1/15/19 @ 12:14 PM
badgerstatehunter
badgerstatehunter
USER since 2/6/06

I bought an Ion on black friday for $150 off, so I paid roughly $350 for it.  So far it's one of the best purchases I ever made for ice fishing.  

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1/15/19 @ 11:27 AM
USAbrams1991
USAbrams1991
USER since 2/13/17

"So, the pistol is basically their version of the K drill. Does anyone use a standard Eskimo hand auger bit with their drill?"

Sorta, but it's a shaver bladed auger, not a chipper.

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1/15/19 @ 11:25 AM
Fish Hound
Fish Hound
USER since 1/29/02

About the only similarity between the Pistol Bit and K-Drill is they have plastic flutes, although completely different design.

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1/15/19 @ 11:16 AM
jvog33
jvog33
USER since 6/2/06
I ended up going with the Strikemaster 40V Lithium. Fleet farm put the 8" on sale for $449- hard to pass that up!!

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1/15/19 @ 11:05 AM
hockeyguy39
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USER since 8/24/07

So, the pistol is basically their version of the K drill. Does anyone use a standard Eskimo hand auger bit with their drill?

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1/15/19 @ 10:59 AM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
USER since 12/22/04

Shaver blades can reopen bigger holes no problem.  Using 6” to open 8” does not cause edge damage 

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1/15/19 @ 10:59 AM
vegas492
vegas492
USER since 5/21/03
Awesome!  Happy to hear that your setup works for you!  Enjoy!

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