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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #20 on: Dec 04, 2017, 09:25 AM »
I agree gas is done.  But I do have a propane I bought a few years ago and will likely be a few more years before I can convince the wife I need another new auger.  The main reason I went propane was so I can drill holes for days without having to have access to power.  In hind sight I rarely go on multi day trips and probably have never drilled more holes in a day than what an electric would do.  I think if I had electric I would drill less holes to start with, I often perforate an area before fishing it and often drill plenty of holes I never even fish.   

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #21 on: Dec 04, 2017, 04:14 PM »
 Throw my two cents in!.... before everyone extinct the gas auger last season where the temp was -24F and windchill @ -32F.... the Ion(1st gen) and Eskimo propane fail to work where as the gas auger work. It wasn't unil after we got the tent setup and will heated up, the battery for the Ion began to work. Even then, it's was really boggy. That being said the new StrikeMaster Lithuim is intriguing to me for those non-extreme days.

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #22 on: Dec 04, 2017, 04:16 PM »
No unprotected battery is happy at + -30...

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #23 on: Dec 04, 2017, 04:33 PM »
Throw my two cents in!.... before everyone extinct the gas auger last season where the temp was -24F and windchill @ -32F.... the Ion(1st gen) and Eskimo propane fail to work where as the gas auger work. It wasn't unil after we got the tent setup and will heated up, the battery for the Ion began to work. Even then, it's was really boggy. That being said the new StrikeMaster Lithuim is intriguing to me for those non-extreme days.
The only way my Strikemaster/Honda 4 stroke will be extinct is if I shoot it. It starts on the second pull when cold, doesn't leak gas, weighs a pound more than an 8" Ion, and I don't worry about keeping a battery or propane cannister warm. Nothing against electric or propane, but why replace what works well for me? :blink:
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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #24 on: Dec 04, 2017, 09:18 PM »
I have used both the Ion and Ion X the last 2 years.  They are cutting machines and extremely light.  My experience with both was battery life has not been good in extremely cold conditions.  Buy an extra battery and keep it in a small cooler with some heating packs.  Should be good to go!

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #25 on: Dec 06, 2017, 02:39 AM »
I might have to switch to ion. My auger is a pain in the cold and seems like once or twice a year i need to recoil the pull cord spring

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #26 on: Dec 06, 2017, 10:24 AM »
If you are on a budget and not afraid of mechanical maintenance and following the manufacturer's recommendations don't write off the gas and even the old 2-stroke option.  You can save some $$.  I bought the Eskimo Mako 2-stroke last year on a sale and paid<$300.  Used a dozen times.  It runs great and starts easily...just pay attention to routine maintenance and off-season procedures and these things work fine.  I started it several times last year in sub-zero conditions.  If you want no-brainer operation and don't wan't to fiddle with maintenance then the battery operated is probably a great choice...you just have to have a way to keep them warm in more extreme conditions.

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #27 on: Dec 06, 2017, 03:38 PM »
Love my Ion.Canyonferry last year drilled 18 holes in 24 ins of ice on one batteryand still had power left.

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #28 on: Dec 06, 2017, 04:08 PM »
Just purchased a Mako M43 for $284, and have used gas augers for years.  Sometimes when I'm walleye and perch fishing I drill 50+ holes a day, and with a full tank of fuel and extra tank if necessary I can do that no matter what the temperature is.  I'm a little wary of electric, as stated batteries don't do well in extreme cold conditions.  I would be open to propane, but with the money I saved I can go on quite a few fishing trips.

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #29 on: Dec 07, 2017, 04:44 AM »
I'm a little wary of electric, as stated batteries don't do well in extreme cold conditions

Says all the naysayers that haven't tried them/won't try them. I've never had problems with the ION batteries in any temperature & I don't go out of my way to keep them warm !!

          

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #30 on: Dec 07, 2017, 05:15 AM »
I am starting to get tired of my gas auger because I can never get the darn thing to start when I am on the ice and have been considering getting one of those new electric ice augers. I was wondering if anyone has any feedback, good or bad, on electric augers? The promos make them look pretty sweet. Thanks in advance! Can't wait to get out this year...
The absolute "best of all" IMO - is the Milwauki M18 cordless, with a 5AH or 9AH battery and a lightweight auger, like the Kdrill or a Finbore augers (Nils if you want the best); no plate, just a drill adapter and safety mechanism to prevent loss of the auger bit.
Super light weight, the Milwauki batteries are resistant to the cold.  I left mine in the back of my truck (purposely) last year for 2 weeks, in sub zero weather.  Took it out and went to drilling holes.  I use both, a Finbore 6" and Nils 8" augers and the system worl=ks great and is reliable.  I moved away from gas augers 10 years ago and then moved to lightweight because of back problems.  Never looked back, in either case.  The new cordless drills and battery technology are the greatest.
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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #31 on: Dec 08, 2017, 11:30 PM »
Going to have to pick up an ION X it sounds like!!

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #32 on: Dec 10, 2017, 10:15 AM »
I just bought the 10 Strikemaster Lithium 40v. I bought that over the Ion because it comes with a free extra battery. I will make sure I give a report if we ever get fishable ice in western Montana...

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #33 on: Dec 10, 2017, 12:19 PM »
I love the gas auger when the ice gets thick but it sure is heavy, leaks gas at times, and is noisy as hell. These lithium augers look awesome!

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #34 on: Dec 10, 2017, 12:26 PM »
The absolute "best of all" IMO - is the Milwauki M18 cordless, with a 5AH or 9AH battery and a lightweight auger, like the Kdrill or a Finbore augers (Nils if you want the best); no plate, just a drill adapter and safety mechanism to prevent loss of the auger bit.
Super light weight, the Milwauki batteries are resistant to the cold.  I left mine in the back of my truck (purposely) last year for 2 weeks, in sub zero weather.  Took it out and went to drilling holes.  I use both, a Finbore 6" and Nils 8" augers and the system worl=ks great and is reliable.  I moved away from gas augers 10 years ago and then moved to lightweight because of back problems.  Never looked back, in either case.  The new cordless drills and battery technology are the greatest.
.       X2 their batteries are by far the best in cold weather !!!

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #35 on: Dec 10, 2017, 05:13 PM »
Thinking my old gas is a backup....hoping Santa brings a new batt ice auger

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #36 on: Dec 10, 2017, 07:04 PM »
Ok, has anyone tried the 10" auger bit on the ION?  I'm debating how it works, as I'm currently using the 8"..

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #37 on: Dec 10, 2017, 09:04 PM »
The reverse on the ION is pretty awesome
Did any one mention that ION's come with a auger extension
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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #38 on: Dec 10, 2017, 10:18 PM »
I forgot about the extension too.  Also, the batteries from the original Ion and Ion-X are interchangeable.  If you're like me and buy the original Ion, you can either right away buy an Ion-X battery as a backup, or wait a couple years like I'm going to do then buy it then.  The benefit is you have a larger capacity on the original, which isn't much different than the Ion-X from what I've read.

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Re: Electric Ice Augers
« Reply #39 on: Dec 10, 2017, 11:21 PM »
Ok, has anyone tried the 10" auger bit on the ION?  I'm debating how it works, as I'm currently using the 8"..

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