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Author Topic: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --  (Read 2358 times)

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Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« on: Jan 07, 2012, 01:19 PM »

I know many, including myself, have had problems with the cover for the Nils cutting head. It can be a pain to put on correctly under ideal conditions let alone when it's 5 degrees with ice frozen on it. Most just leave the cover off for the day but as pointed out in previous posts this is dangerous ... not only to yourself but to others.
I've seen modifications to the cover using magnets but I personally just didn't like that idea due to ice build up and I wanted something cheap and simple.

Here's what I came up with but I haven't had a chance to test it yet due to lack of ice.  :'(

I went to HD and bought a 2 gallon paint bucket. It's about $2.00 and the ID is slightly over 8". I removed the handle and drilled a 1/4" hole through the indent that secured the handle on each side.
I installed (2)  1/4 x 20 (3/4" length) SS bolts with a 1 x 1/4 SS fender washer from the inside out.
I had 2 small brackets laying around so I placed those on the outside (over the extruding bolt) and then secured with a 1/4" SS washer and a 1/4 x 20 SS lock nut. (You can easily make the bracket)
I then used a rubber strap hooking one "s" hook through one bracket, then wrapped around shaft and and the other "s" hook into the other bracket.

So far it appears it will go on easily even with built up ice on the cutting head. It will enable me to keep the cutting head covered so as less likely to injure some one. The only draw back I can foresee is possibly the straps sliding on the flutes and loosening. As I said I haven't been able to give it a good test but so far it looks promising.

Any other solutions/ideas chime in.











 
 
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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #1 on: Jan 07, 2012, 02:24 PM »
I have thought about doing something like that, and actually putting a couple holes in the fluting for the top end of the straps.

Not sure if I want to drill holes in the fluting, but I don't think it would hurt anything or affect the performance of the auger.

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #2 on: Jan 07, 2012, 02:34 PM »
Good idea with the bucket.

I have thought about doing something like that, and actually putting a couple holes in the fluting for the top end of the straps.

Not sure if I want to drill holes in the fluting, but I don't think it would hurt anything or affect the performance of the auger.


 
If put in far enough from the edge 1" or so can't see how it would hurt. Just paint the hole after drilling to prevent rust.

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #3 on: Jan 07, 2012, 02:42 PM »
I have an 8" id pvc pipe in my sled for mounting the auger up right at all times and the factory cover for transport home. My question for Nills owners is. Is an attachment available for cordless drill use? Thanks.

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #4 on: Jan 07, 2012, 07:25 PM »
The 8" Strikemaster blade covers fit perfectly on the Nils 8".  Two seasons ago I was swearing up a storm trying to get my cover on my Nils with -30 windchills and a hot crappie bite going on...My buddies' Lazer cover was sitting a few feet away, so I gave it a shot.  Perfect.  I ordered one from FishUSA when I got home that night.  My Nils cover is collecting dust somewhere in my polebarn...

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #5 on: Jan 08, 2012, 06:58 AM »
Great idea.  I'm wondering what you could put at the bottom of the bucket to protect the blades even more.  Foam rubber & padding would probably get chewed up by the blades and wind up in pieces all over the ice. 
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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #6 on: Jan 08, 2012, 08:47 AM »
The 8" Strikemaster blade covers fit perfectly on the Nils 8".  Two seasons ago I was swearing up a storm trying to get my cover on my Nils with -30 windchills and a hot crappie bite going on...My buddies' Lazer cover was sitting a few feet away, so I gave it a shot.  Perfect.  I ordered one from FishUSA when I got home that night.  My Nils cover is collecting dust somewhere in my polebarn...

Is the SM cover that much easier to get on ? If you get a chance could you post a picture of it on and the straps ? The cover I see online looks rectangular.

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #7 on: Jan 08, 2012, 11:56 AM »
Here you go:









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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #8 on: Jan 08, 2012, 02:48 PM »


Thanks Todd that looks more durable and much easier .. I just ordered one.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #9 on: Jan 08, 2012, 03:41 PM »
I have an 8" id pvc pipe in my sled for mounting the auger up right at all times and the factory cover for transport home. My question for Nills owners is. Is an attachment available for cordless drill use? Thanks.

ice master has the adaptor

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #10 on: Jan 08, 2012, 04:48 PM »
Ordered an adapter last night, to go along with my new 8" Nils,  heading up to Moosehead in 11/2 weeks to try her out!!!

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #11 on: Jan 10, 2012, 01:43 PM »
From day one never liked the blade cover, next Gander trip the SM blade cover is the first item I'm purchasing.

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #12 on: Jan 11, 2012, 11:19 PM »
I've had a drill adapter for my Nils now for 3 years, I can't recall who I bought if from, but he's a major player for drill attachments, on the net and ebay. I solved my cover problem a different way. I bought some of the small Neodymium rare earth magnets (very strong), drilled a couple of holes in the cover, a couple of small bolts through that and the magnets (they have holes in the center), and the head just snaps into the cover and sit's there snugly.

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #13 on: Jan 12, 2012, 03:43 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7beSU4pOlVw

Here is someone using magnets to hold the cover on, like mentioned above.

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #14 on: Jan 12, 2012, 06:55 AM »

I received the cover yesterday. As Todd said it fits like a glove. Easy on and easy off with one stretch cord.

Thanks Todd.

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #15 on: Jan 12, 2012, 09:27 AM »
I just ordered the Strikemaster guard. Sportsman Guide has them for 10.95
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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #16 on: Jan 12, 2012, 04:48 PM »
I received the cover yesterday. As Todd said it fits like a glove. Easy on and easy off with one stretch cord.

Thanks Todd.

Doug

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #17 on: Jan 25, 2012, 10:00 AM »
bogeyjoker
Thanks for the heads up on the SM head cover - Picked up the 6 and 8" cover
from Fish USA and fits great. HAd the 6' hand auger for years and purchased
the 8" Nils Power this fall - and man did I put the whammy on this season.....
Thanks again..

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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #18 on: Jan 26, 2012, 10:23 AM »
I also got a SM 8". Works GREAT
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Re: Nils Auger .. Blade Cover Ideas --
« Reply #19 on: Jan 26, 2012, 10:44 AM »
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