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.
Using battery operated ice augers
I have the Rigid 18v from Home Depot on my 4.5" Nils and I use the 2 battery packs that came with it (2 ah I believe) and I've never run out of battery. Bit size has a big impact on how much battery you need.
I agree with Fishhound. From experience I wouldn't go any less than two 5amp batteries if you plan on fishing all day. I'd say I get at least 60 holes through a foot of ice with my 5amp on my Dewalt, but probably more as I've never really counted. If it's ultra cold, windy, and you plan on fishing all day you'll want a backup. If money is tight then the Rigid 18v from Home Depot is the cheapest hammer drill I'd go with.
The kit I posted comes with two 5ah batteries. Should get you through a day of fishing.
You will also need a Minimum of a 4amh battery.
The model you listed only has 500 in-pounds of torque, not sufficient.
You want the Milwaukee 2804 M18 FUEL 1/2 in. Hammer Drill which has 1,200 in-pounds of torque. This is what you are interested in.
Just bought the 8” Kdrill.
Is the Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 1/2 in. Compact Drill/Driver with (1) 2.0 Ah Battery going to be good enough? If not what recommendations do folks have? Thanks!
Unsinkable,had the same problem as you.I got the clam plate last year-love it.I wish i had done it sooner.I would get the extension also.
FYI ... if you are or know a machinist, I put this out a few years ago. The chucks are easily removed, make the extension any length you want, and cut the diameter to fit just about any type of auger you want. Mine happens to fit all the Strikemaster lazer auger sizes. Best of all, never have to worry about dropping thru the hole, because it's threaded.
I bought 4, 6ah batteries. I move and punch holes until I find fish. For me, I’ve never needed the 3rd or 4th battery.
I keep the batteries off of the ice and out of the wind when I’m not using them, and inside the house when I’m not ice fishing, and haven’t had any problems with them.
The only problem I’ve had is my wrists getting jammed and tweaked when breaking throw the bottom of the hole after about a dozen holes.
I really don’t want to add weight to the set up, but I’m going to take a look at that clam plate, and see if that helps the wrists.
...The ion because it was too cold for the gas auger to start? ;)
Bottom line - it's personal preference based on fishing style and priorities in an auger.