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Using battery operated ice augers

11/28/18 @ 2:57 PM
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gater
MEMBER 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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1/17/19 @ 1:46 PM
jvog33
User since 6/2/06

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8eHxqRF_I0


$200 Is still a good deal for that drill. Check out this video- he gets like 45 hole with the K Drill if I remember correctly. This was an option I was also looking into before the Strikemaster 40v went on sale. 

1/17/19 @ 1:04 PM
hockeyguy39
User since 8/24/07

So, it looks like I missed out on the Home Depot deal where the Ridgid Octane 9ah battery was on sale for like $160 and you got a free tool, namely the hammer drill with 1300 lbs/torque. Still have the buy the battery get the tool deal, but for $200 now. There's another deal with the hammer drill and an impact driver for the same price, and it comes with two 4ah batteries. Are those enough for a day on the ice? Would in all likelihood be using a mora style bit. I am rarely out for an entire day, probably 7-8 hours max and I don't necessarily drill a TON of holes (certainly not all at once) but I do move around if the fish aren't cooperating. Wondering if I should pull the trigger on this to have two tools and just save up for a 9ah battery for next year if needed. 

I have to say, the warranty is what's kind of leading me in the Ridgid direction. 

Edit: The two tool deal is a different model hammer drill with only 750 lbs/torque. Looks like I'm going battery and tool deal if I decide to. 

1/16/19 @ 2:58 PM
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. 

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. 

1/15/19 @ 1:12 PM
bassmanhab
bassmanhab
User 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

1/15/19 @ 12:14 PM
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.  

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.

1/15/19 @ 11:25 AM
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.

1/15/19 @ 11:16 AM
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!!

1/15/19 @ 11:05 AM
hockeyguy39
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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