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Author Topic: StrikeMaster Strike-Lite Auger & the NEW StrikeMaster Honda Lite Ice Auger  (Read 10507 times)

walleyekelly

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Was wondering if any owners of the StrikeMaster Strike-Lite Auger have any reviews (likes/dislikes) on that 4-stroke auger. The Strike-Lite Auger has the Subaru Robin motor. This week I have been looking at the NEW StrikeMaster Honda Lite Ice Auger (also 4-stroke), which looks like a great auger. Like the idea of the sealed case to pevent oil leaking when layed down, etc. Plus Honda makes a great long lasting motor.
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Bought a SL-II a couple years ago and really enjoy using it. Did have to "upgrade" the blades to the Sweden ones as it came with China blades originally. At one time SM was replacing them, but I purchased mine after they stopped shipping new blades. Had to remove the blades to see the China engraved on them. Actually the blades lasted a season and a half before getting funky, and I drill a TON of holes too.

I've had others comment on how quiet it runs, they "borrow" it to test out a hole or two, and of course no mixing of gas. I'd buy another one in an instant if this one was ever lost or stolen.

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Thanks wyoutdoors,
Any problems with it leaking oil if the auger was sat down wrong? Just curious, I had someone mention to me that they had that problem with theirs. Just wondering if possibly it was something that just needed to be tightened on their auger or if it was common.


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Just a small amount. There is a sticker clearly stating to lay it down with "This side up", being the spark plug is up. But really there was no more leakage than other drills you see with mixed fuel spills. I do store it upright and fire it up every other month or so. A little choke, pump the fuel into the line, and starts right up. Let it idle a bit and rev a few times and shut'er off until 6-8 weeks later. SeaFoam additive btw.

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You cannot go wrong with any of the new Strikemaster Augers.  I have the Solo 2.5 lazer and it is amazing, starts on 2-3 pulls every time.  Runs like and sounds like a chain saw motor.  The only issue with the older 4 stroke Strikemasters was laying them down and transporting them correctly.  The new Honda motor does not have that issue.

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Yah, I think next week I'm gonna put my order in for the Strikemaster Honda Lite.
The $569 price is kinda high, but Honda motors are known for going forever and to have the crankcase surrounded by the bladder to prevent oil leaking is great. Just looks and sounds like an auger I will be happy with for many many years down the road.


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I have the original strike-lite with the plastic auger bit.  As long as you take care of your gear no issues.  i've taken that auger in the back of my truck across the state and back, and on trips over 6 hours in the back of the truck, and have yet to have an issue.    i just make sure to secure it properly in the right position, the sticker made it quite obvious which side was up.  No issues with the plastic on the bit either, and i've put it through ice up to 3 feet.

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Any 4 stroke will drain oil out of the crankcase if you lay it down wrong. Ever tip your lawn mower over on it's side?  ::)

                                   

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Any 4 stroke will drain oil out of the crankcase if you lay it down wrong. Ever tip your lawn mower over on it's side?  ::)
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I would assume the
Any 4 stroke will drain oil out of the crankcase if you lay it down wrong. Ever tip your lawn mower over on it's side?  ::)

 Honda will not. I have a 4 stroke weed whip of theirs, no leakage there. Lay it anyway you want. Same with my honda tiller, 50cc little four stroke, lay it down however you want.

I think they have a pressurized crankcase.

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If you watch the video on it they talk about it having a bladder around the crank case away from the oil bladder.
       

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I cant wait to try out the new Honda, Im sure with out a doubt it will be a nice machine. ;)

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Just curious, have you looked into the Icegator and new new Ion electric augers for the same price? No gas to mix/leak, oil, etc...
The Ion supposedly will drill 40 holes thru 2 feet of ice on a single charge. So your looking at around 80 holes thru a foot of ice. Only weighs 20lbs too
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishing/Ice-Fishing/Ice-Augers|/pc/104793480/c/104735880/sc/104395680/Ion-Electric-Ice-Auger/1374738.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Ffishing-ice-fishing-ice-augers%2F_%2FN-1100504%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104395680%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMM%253Bcat104735880&WTz_l=SBC%3BMM%3Bcat104735880%3Bcat104395680
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Just curious, have you looked into the Icegator and new new Ion electric augers for the same price? No gas to mix/leak, oil, etc...
The Ion supposedly will drill 40 holes thru 2 feet of ice on a single charge. So your looking at around 80 holes thru a foot of ice. Only weighs 20lbs too
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishing/Ice-Fishing/Ice-Augers|/pc/104793480/c/104735880/sc/104395680/Ion-Electric-Ice-Auger/1374738.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Ffishing-ice-fishing-ice-augers%2F_%2FN-1100504%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104395680%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMM%253Bcat104735880&WTz_l=SBC%3BMM%3Bcat104735880%3Bcat104395680

What is the expected charge time? I usually fish till late and then hit it early the next morning.
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Is this new HONDA engine a good starter--i know some of there stuff used to be cold- -blooded

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What is the expected charge time? I usually fish till late and then hit it early the next morning.

The Ion full charges from dead to full charge is 2.5hrs
http://www.ioniceaugers.com/foundations/store/storepage.asp?page=FAQ
The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.


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The Ion full charges from dead to full charge is 2.5hrs
http://www.ioniceaugers.com/foundations/store/storepage.asp?page=FAQ

nice link answered more questions thanks!
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No problem man, they look like a sweet auger.
If you pick one up please let me know how it performs.
The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.


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No problem man, they look like a sweet auger.
If you pick one up please let me know how it performs.
I would if I did but the old school in me is very much leaning towards a 4 stroke or maybe picking up a old two strke and refurbishing it. I am and electrical tech for a living, sure bat power can be wonderfull but longivity is not its fortay, at least currently not now. And I don't want to spend years proving it.
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