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Author Topic: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!  (Read 1740 times)

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #20 on: Dec 23, 2013, 08:06 AM »
Thats whats awesome about the Nils, no downward pressure. Just let the auger cut at its will.

Heres a cruddy pic. of the adapter. I took one the adapter I had for the drill/Nils and cut the chuck off on my cheap china lathe. I sacrificed this as the chuck piece was all chewed up. Then I cut a small recess in it on the top the diameter of the adapter that came with the clam kit. I did this so the two nestled nice and center. Cut the clam auger adapter off to length, and welded the two together. Not my best weld but ok for being dark and -20 that night. I also made the little pin incase the battery dies and want to slap the handle back on.


   HA HA  IT WORKED

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #21 on: Dec 23, 2013, 08:37 PM »
Would be super easy for clam to make these adapters. I know you guys (and gals) are watching.

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #22 on: Dec 24, 2013, 06:34 AM »
I had this very discussion on another site with one of the Ice Fishing Pros that works closely with Clam on product development.  The Clam research on market share showed them that Nils has a very, very small market share of the ice auger market; like maybe 1 or 2 %.  Therefore, it didn't and doesn't make since to Clam Corp to invest in tooling for an adapter that would account for less than 2% of their total market.  And to be honest, I can't say that I disagree with that logic.  So for me, the choice was easy.  I'm going with the Nils Convertible Cordless auger with a direct connection to the drill.  It is only SLIGHTLY less user friendly, but has all the advantage of #1 being a Nils, and #2 using my cordless drill for lite weight ice drilling.  Also, I don't have to remove the chuck from my drill, which has turned out to be a real chore for some drill owners.
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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #23 on: Dec 25, 2013, 08:30 AM »
Oh I completely understand.

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #24 on: Dec 25, 2013, 08:48 AM »
I have the nils convertable cordless in 6". Ordered from red rocks, 135 shipped, arrived in 3 days.  Ordered it two or so weeks ago.  I paired it with an 18v dewalt xrp hammer drill.  As stated earlier do not use the hammer function, but hammer drills have more torque.  The 1.5ah rayon I batteries are about half what the dewalt batteries are rated.  I ran 6 holes through 5" of ice and it didn't make a dent in the batter. 

Before you consider a new battery for the ryobi, I would look into a better drill. Dewalt, Milwaukee, or ridged.  They will last longer bc they have a heavier duty set of gears and and more torque.  Also, the same battery will last longer in a better quality drill, bc the drill functions more efficiently.

Lastly, I see a lot of talk about the clam adapter.  In my opinion the nils is far and away a better option. First off it cuts like a dream. Secondly it comes with and is very easy to put a manual handle on incase ur drill dies. And lastly the cutting head on the nils is specifically designed to be used at around 500rpm, which is the slow setting on most drills.  The angle if the blades are designed specifically for a cordless drill.  Using any other hand auger that is converted to a cordless drill, does not cut as efficiently as the nils.  In the end a converted auger will chew up your batteries faster, cut slower, an ultimatly put a lot of wear and tear on your drill.

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #25 on: Dec 25, 2013, 08:53 AM »
   Good build dude! ;D

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #26 on: Dec 25, 2013, 10:42 AM »
Before you consider a new battery for the ryobi, I would look into a better drill. Dewalt, Milwaukee, or ridged.  They will last longer bc they have a heavier duty set of gears and and more torque.  Also, the same battery will last longer in a better quality drill, bc the drill functions more efficiently.
Thanks for the tip B55.  For now, I'll just try the two 1.5 Ah that came with my drill for this season.  And if the drill burns out, it's still under warranty and I should be able to replace it for free.  If it does burn out, I will definitely upgrade to a better quality drill.  The Ryobi 6-piece set was a birthday gift from my bride and suits my very infrequent home projects very well.  If it holds up under the stress of ice fishing as well, then so much the better.
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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #27 on: Jan 03, 2014, 09:40 AM »
Hey Iceboy89,
 
  I was curious if you had any updates on the 6" Nils convertible with the 20v Porter Cable drill?  I have a 6" Nils convertible on the way and was thinking about picking up the 20V Porter Cable drill that's on sale at Farm and Fleet.  Any updates??

Thanks! 

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #28 on: Jan 03, 2014, 12:41 PM »
Still running strong!

I love my set up. I've learned to make sure if there's snow/slush on the ice, to brush away the spot I lay my auger down , or the water and snow will freeze on the blades and will not cut. Also, when you're nearing the last inch or so of ice while drilling, slow the drill speed down, this will prevent binding at the end and also prevent the auger from detaching from the drill and falling through the hole (even though you shouldnt worry since it has a plate to prevent it from falling all the way through). The Porter Cable drill has a variable speed trigger so its perfect.

Battery life is still pretty good, although the thicker the ice, the less holes you will get, obviously. I take both 1.5 A battery packs with me and keep them in my park or bib pockets to prevent the cold from draining them. The best part about the nils is once the batteries are dead you can just pop the handle in and go manual, which with a nils is just slightly less effortless than with the drill  :P

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #29 on: Jan 03, 2014, 08:42 PM »
Thanks for the reply Iceboy!  I'm thinking it's going to be a great combination as well.  Just got the shipping confirmation on my Nils and will be picking up the drill tomorrow.  I cannot wait to try it out.  Thanks for the tips as well. 

Are you using the original blade cover from Nils?  I heard they are kind of a pain.  Just curious what you've experience.  Thanks again!

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #30 on: Jan 06, 2014, 08:48 AM »
The blade cover is actually decent quality , but can definitely be a pain at times to put on. I stand the auger upside down so the blades are in the air and that makes it easy. There is a "sweet spot" on the way it fits, kinda have to play around with it.

Unfortunately the don't make coldsnap covers for the 6" or I'd definitely order one.

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #31 on: Jan 06, 2014, 08:51 AM »
Also, I was looking and Porter Cable will soon be releasing a 4Ah extended range battery pack for the 20v Drill...thats more than double of both current batteries it comes with combined. With that pack you should never run out of hole drilling capability unless you're running and gunning in Antarctica.

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #32 on: Jan 06, 2014, 01:25 PM »
I've read that the 6" strikemaster that Cold Snap makes will fit the 6" Nils.  If I can find one, I might try it.  That's good information on the upgraded batteries coming out for the Porter Cable drill!!

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #33 on: Jan 06, 2014, 01:49 PM »
I wouldnt use the ryobi. I have the same drill and it started smoking after 6 holes. Invest in a better drill and save the ryobi for what it was made for... small home projects
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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #34 on: Jan 07, 2014, 07:04 AM »
I've read that the 6" strikemaster that Cold Snap makes will fit the 6" Nils.  If I can find one, I might try it.  That's good information on the upgraded batteries coming out for the Porter Cable drill!!

I've heard this too, but good luck trying to find one :p

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #35 on: Jan 07, 2014, 08:28 AM »
I've read that the 6" strikemaster that Cold Snap makes will fit the 6" Nils.  If I can find one, I might try it.
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I'm not slamming you at all, but whoever wrote that was ill informed.  Cold Snap doesn't make a 6" auger cover for any auger cover - yet.  I just got off the phone with the Cold Snap company owner and he told me that 6" covers are in development but not available to the public just yet.  Maybe later this season or for sure next season; but not yet.  They also make a cover specifically for the Nils augers so you wouldn't have to buy a Strikemaster cover.  Check them out at Cold Snap Outdoors
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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #36 on: Jan 07, 2014, 08:30 AM »
. . . good luck trying to find one :p
If you meant a 6" Cold Snap cover, you'd be correct since they haven't been made yet.
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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #37 on: Jan 08, 2014, 12:36 PM »
Consider me Mr. Ill Informed!!  I assumed they made 6" covers for other augers EXCEPT the Nils so that's where I came up with my comment.  Obviously I'm completely wrong, sorry for the confusion  :)  I'll be on the look out for a 6" Nils if they ever make one. 

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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
« Reply #38 on: Jan 09, 2014, 01:52 PM »
We'll both be looking for it. ;D
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Re: Nils Convertible Cordless Hand Auger!
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