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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #20 on: Sep 12, 2017, 10:09 AM »
Some bits needed to replace because they had the wrong paint. My solution was to call them, talk to them, have a great conversation where they were amazingly helpful and agreed to and did send out a new part, fish while I waited for said part to arive, receive and attach new part, put old part back in the box the new part came in and send it back to Ion on their dime. No pride here, just an owner of a tool that had a minor issue that was beyond easy to resolve.

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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #21 on: Sep 12, 2017, 10:21 AM »
Some bits needed to replace because they had the wrong paint. My solution was to call them, talk to them, have a great conversation where they were amazingly helpful and agreed to and did send out a new part, fish while I waited for said part to arive, receive and attach new part, put old part back in the box the new part came in and send it back to Ion on their dime. No pride here, just an owner of a tool that had a minor issue that was beyond easy to resolve.

Well at least we're making progress here. You went from "Zero issues" to "Minor issues". I too went through that process and they have awesome customer service, no denying that. But so does my Chevrolet and I still get irritated when I get a notice in the mail for a recall. I'm not sure why everyone is so defensive on this topic. It is well known that the Ion is a excellent product ranks up there with the best of the best, but no set-up currently on the market ranks #1 in weight, speed, battery life, price, etc.
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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #22 on: Sep 12, 2017, 10:26 AM »
Ok man, I guess you just want to find issues. I'm not nearly as bothered by a minor inconvenience as you I guess?Not really sure where you see "defensive"?

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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #23 on: Sep 12, 2017, 11:02 AM »
I have noticed over the years that some equipment that is great for one person may not be the best for another so what ever works best. I love using the Ion for the entire weekend on 1 battery, not having to charge it, and not having to carry 3 battery's with me. I also like the ability to re-open a hole which many don't have because I live on a lake and often fish the same holes if they were hot. Mine is 3 years old so I didn't have that problem. the only issues I've had is that you can't sharpen the blades and if they get bumped it throws the pitch off and won't drill. I may try the drill with the K-Drill for those days that I go out alone and go light without a sled.
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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #24 on: Sep 12, 2017, 12:03 PM »
I have the ION X.  We have a wheelhouse - we don't move it around much,  and my gas Strikemaster Honda didn't like to re-drill the existing holes...another goodie is that the auger will operate in reverse, blowing a lot of the drillings down the hole. 

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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #25 on: Sep 12, 2017, 09:07 PM »
I love my Milwaukee Fuel - Clam plate - Mora auger. Super fast and Ultra light are the two biggest advantages to this drill auger setup. I usually can get one assembled the way I like it in the $325-$350 neighborhood depending on battery options. In my opinion these augers provide incredible performance with tremendous value and parts readily availability almost anywhere. It's been good enough to all but retire my Eskimo gas auger, which hasent made it out with me in several years now, and most of my ice fishing buddies have made the switch and are now owners.

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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #26 on: Sep 14, 2017, 01:19 AM »
Dewalt for me!  I run it on a 6" lazer, might jump up to an 8 this year

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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #27 on: Sep 14, 2017, 10:32 AM »
Just curious , since my brother and I both have an Ion, I was thinking of selling mine and getting a drill set up. I saw several last year on the ice but it seemed like they had to bear down hard to get the hole drilled. Is this normal? What would the cost be for a good drill, extra battery, clam plate and oy K-drill auger bit?
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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #28 on: Sep 14, 2017, 10:59 AM »
I have 2 seasons on a 8 inch Nils and love it, bought a dewalt 20v drill and two four ah batteries and can drill as many holes as I can stand. The added bonus is I use the drill all summer and use the 4 ah batteries to run a electric weed eater.  The  nils drills faster than my old shark gas auger and I don't  have to worry about it starting.

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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #29 on: Sep 14, 2017, 11:04 AM »
Just curious , since my brother and I both have an Ion, I was thinking of selling mine and getting a drill set up. I saw several last year on the ice but it seemed like they had to bear down hard to get the hole drilled. Is this normal? What would the cost be for a good drill, extra battery, clam plate and oy K-drill auger bit?

I ran the 8" K Drill all last ice season. I drilled hundreds of holes with it. At no time did I ever have to put any downward pressure on the drill to get it to cut. Just the weight of the drill and battery was enough to make it go down, and cut smooth as butter. Having to push down while drilling isn't normal for a K Drill. The K Drill also drill two holes to every one the Ion X could drill so it is twice as fast, still has reverse, can reopen old froze over holes, can drill connecting holes, you have a tool you can use year round instead of a $500+ dollar bill collecting dust for 8+ months out of the year, and free lifetime blade sharpening.

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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #30 on: Sep 14, 2017, 11:10 AM »
Just curious , since my brother and I both have an Ion, I was thinking of selling mine and getting a drill set up. I saw several last year on the ice but it seemed like they had to bear down hard to get the hole drilled. Is this normal? What would the cost be for a good drill, extra battery, clam plate and oy K-drill auger bit?

I run an ion, and my buddy has a k drill, i dont think i have to put any more force on the k drill then i have on my ion, it cuts faster just because the rpms are higher but thats about it. after using both, and when my ion dies, i will go back to another ion. I really dont like that "unbreakable" plastic flighting, but I will be honest, i am a 6 foot 5 inch meat head, i break crap constantly just by my nature. But hey 10lbs for a full setup is pretty nice for those suckers that pull everything out on the ice by hand.

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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #31 on: Sep 14, 2017, 11:16 AM »
Thanks guys, what would the total price for the set up be?
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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #32 on: Sep 14, 2017, 11:33 AM »
well if you go with Milwaukee, its around 280 for drill, (M18, 1/2 drive) and 200 or so for the k drill. So 480 or so give or take if you can find deals.

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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #33 on: Sep 14, 2017, 12:34 PM »
Another option:
Milwaukee 2704-22, $245 on Amazon
Clam plate $70 (without gear box)
Clam plate extension $16
"8 Lazer, $100, keep the top part in your sled in case something goes wrong
Total: $431 before tax and shipping

I use a similar set up, the only difference is I have a 8" Fin Bore auger, uses Lazer blades. I really love the Clam Plate. Previously, I used the drill with an adapter directly to the auger. You have to be careful not hurt, twist or even break your wrist with the drill, you have to brace the drill against your body.
The Clam Plate is like using a regular auger with 2 foam handles, really comfortable.

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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #34 on: Sep 14, 2017, 06:52 PM »
Just curious , since my brother and I both have an Ion, I was thinking of selling mine and getting a drill set up. I saw several last year on the ice but it seemed like they had to bear down hard to get the hole drilled. Is this normal? What would the cost be for a good drill, extra battery, clam plate and oy K-drill auger bit?

It really depends on what you are looking for drill wise and setup wise.

With a 700in/lb brushless drill you can turn an 8in auger. I works the drill a bit in thick ice but handles the job. Anything lower is only good for a 6in unless you get a gear box.

With the 1200in/lb brushless drills they handle an 8in easy and will turn a 10in nils.


Milwaukee, Makita, Dewalt and Rigid brushless drills. Seem to be the most popular.

About any hand auger works great. The Nils and Kdrill work well for wheel house holes since they have Points to guide the bit when starting.

my 8in nils cuts a 8 1/2in hole with the power point cutting head. An 8in K drill cuts a 7 1/2in hole.

I'd say a drill setup can be really cheap to higher cost then a top of the line cost ice auger.

example of a cheap nice setup.

8in mora of craigslist. $20
1st gen clam plate off craigslist $30
Milwaukee 725  in/lb tool charger battery kit $170 (2-5ah batts)

$220

high cost

10in nils $360
latest clam plate $70
Milwaukee 1200in lb tool charger kit $240 (2-5ah batts)

$670


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Re: Electric auger which one?
« Reply #35 on: Sep 14, 2017, 08:34 PM »
Just curious , since my brother and I both have an Ion, I was thinking of selling mine and getting a drill set up. I saw several last year on the ice but it seemed like they had to bear down hard to get the hole drilled. Is this normal? What would the cost be for a good drill, extra battery, clam plate and oy K-drill auger bit?

I only have to bear down when the blades are dull, no clam plate, dewalt brushless hammer drill, and it's the work drill, $100 plus batteries

 

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