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Offline Mr.Sodus

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Augers
« on: Sep 29, 2022, 06:24 AM »
Need some input here. I've had spoon augers, Mora's, junk gas augers, Lasers and now I want a propane.
So, my question: Jiffy or Eskimo? Is there a different/additional manufacturer out there? I know I want the 10". Just looking for some reviews on that type of ice chewer. Let's do this!
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Re: Augers
« Reply #1 on: Sep 29, 2022, 06:33 AM »
I have never used an Eskimo but have used my buddies 10Ē jiffy. Works great and never had a problem starting it even -14*.   But itís heavy.
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Re: Augers
« Reply #2 on: Sep 29, 2022, 06:42 AM »
Thanks! I just want the most reliable one.
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Re: Augers
« Reply #3 on: Sep 29, 2022, 07:37 AM »
If you are stuck on getting a propane dinosaur ...I recomend the Eskimo as ( I believe )they turn clockwise .. which means should later on if you wish to add a composite auger drill unit it will work/lighten the load .. Jiffy turns counter clock wise ...I dont believe there is a composite drill unit which turns counter clockwise ...I believe even Jiffy new ccompostie electric auger now turn clockwise so no help there. My only other concern is parts for propane augers ...should something need replacing could be hard to find . Also the Eskimo Propane Augers are going at a premium now ...would not be my first choice at all .
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Re: Augers
« Reply #4 on: Sep 29, 2022, 08:32 AM »
I have a Eskimo P1 auger for 4 seasons now. Runs great and drills fast! I have had no issues at all. Eskimo would be my choice for a propane for sure. The blades also hold up well,I redrill alot of old holes in my permanent shack with ease, still has original blades cut like new.

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Re: Augers
« Reply #5 on: Sep 29, 2022, 08:57 AM »
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Re: Augers
« Reply #6 on: Sep 29, 2022, 10:12 AM »
I've had a 10" Eskimo P1 for 5 years and it's been great and trouble free. As mentioned above, it cuts old holes no problem and I've gone thru 2 sets of blades in that time. Just sent them both out for sharpening this fall. It usually starts within a few pulls and I've used it down to -20C with no issues.
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Re: Augers
« Reply #7 on: Sep 29, 2022, 01:14 PM »
Thank you!
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Re: Augers
« Reply #8 on: Oct 05, 2022, 12:14 PM »
Still use a hand auger here .....but only after the ice gets too thick for me to spud. ;D ;D

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Re: Augers
« Reply #9 on: Oct 27, 2022, 11:16 AM »
I replaced my gas auger last year with an option to use with my DeWalt 20v. Lighter, no fuel required, no spark plug, smaller overall. Love it, I'll never go back to a fuel-driven model. Fish 307 had a few options. I stopped at their shop on Saturday, they are currently closed, they are moving the shop to a new location.
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Re: Augers
« Reply #10 on: Nov 03, 2022, 05:41 AM »
Iíve got the Jiffy 46xtreme and absolutely love it.2 years without any problems,and it cuts fast

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Re: Augers
« Reply #11 on: Nov 03, 2022, 10:27 AM »
I've had the Jiffy pro4 for a number of years now and absoultely loved it!  Past tense!!!  Actually it started the second pull "every" time.  It started religiously and "never" let me down.  I paired it with a 10" lazer auger, made by jiffy, as well.  The unit was used mainly for walleye fishing on Saginaw bay, so I didn't really worry about it being so heavy, as I nevery carried it by hand.  I said loved because of one flaw they have.  Having said that, I must say that it was I, or in this case, someone else, who ruined it.  The directions state there are "only" two ways to lay the auger down.  I actually put markings on the case so that I could determine which way to lay it down, while the cover was on.  You can lay it down with the carberator up, standing on one of the handles.  Or you can lay it on "one" of the side, I can't remember which on, at this moment.  If you lay it on tehe wrong side or handle, your screwed.  The oil leaks out into the carberator and the unit will have to be taken into an authorized shop for repairs.  After a number of years with no problems, it happened.  The auger was layed on the wrong side.  I took it in to get it fixed (3) times now, at $60 a trip.  The auger will start up and run great, until it is under power.  Then it abruptly bogs down and won't cut butter!  The problem is that the "authorized" shop won't take it to the ice, to adjust the carberator, once they clean it out!  I have the mechanical skills of someone trying to fix a broken pair of chop stix, sooooo, I have an auger that I use to love, but now despise!  If you go with the Jiffy, don't ever, ever, ever, law it down the wrong way!!!

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Re: Augers
« Reply #12 on: Nov 03, 2022, 11:31 AM »
Have you called Jiffy and talked to one of their techs? They were always very helpful when I had a problem with a Jiffy auger. My present gas auger has a Honda engine on it which can be stored or used in any position so I don't have to worry about how I transport it or lay it down.
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Re: Augers
« Reply #13 on: Nov 03, 2022, 12:04 PM »
Had the Eskimo P1 for years till I went with a lightweight drill auger. Loved it and it drilled fast.
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Re: Augers
« Reply #14 on: Nov 03, 2022, 02:31 PM »
Have you called Jiffy and talked to one of their techs? They were always very helpful when I had a problem with a Jiffy auger. My present gas auger has a Honda engine on it which can be stored or used in any position so I don't have to worry about how I transport it or lay it down.
I did.  They told me to take it to "their" certified technician.  The problem is "their" technician won't take it out onto the ice to adjust the carberator under a workload.    I'm going to try and utube it.  Maybe someone put out a video on how to fine tune the carbs on it.

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Re: Augers
« Reply #15 on: Nov 03, 2022, 02:51 PM »
Pretty hard to find anyone who cares to help you out now days. One of the bait shops here had a bench outside with an auger mount. He would leave the auger outside until it was cold and then adjust the carb. He was another of my friends who died several years ago.
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Re: Augers
« Reply #16 on: Nov 03, 2022, 10:20 PM »
Ditch the burdon of fuel and excess weight...go electric with a composite flyte.

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Re: Augers
« Reply #17 on: Nov 12, 2022, 07:29 AM »
Own the eskimo P1 8Ē for about 5 or 6 years.  Excellent auger!  Always started up with one or two pulls from the first time on an outing and then one pull every other time to restart in the same day.  Itís done a fantastic job of cutting through the ice.  No gas/oil mixing.  One tank of propane would probably get me around 400 holes give or take thru 10Ē of ice.  No complaints whatsoever.  Since then, the last couple years I converted to electric hand drill setup which I love, much lighter and just as efficient.  Havenít really used the propane much since.

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Re: Augers
« Reply #18 on: Nov 14, 2022, 08:06 AM »
Thank you guys! We pulled the trigger on a P1 today!
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Re: Augers
« Reply #19 on: Nov 15, 2022, 03:18 PM »
Have had an 10 inch Eskimo HC-40 propane auger for a few years now and have had no complaints.

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Re: Augers
« Reply #20 on: Nov 17, 2022, 01:57 PM »
I just put an order in for a NILS USA 6" hand auger.

Over in Finland (where they're made) and elsewhere in northern Eurpoe, they used to be marketed as "Rantanen UR" as I was growing up there. Rapala then bought the brand and factory, only to sell it a few years later. This morning, I received confirmation that NILS USA is brand name in the USA - and that these are indeed the Rantanen UR augers made at the Heinola factory.

The cutting crown are still hand made in a single-piece construction, rather than individual blades, and these cut through the ice like butter. They are extremely well constructed and durable. Over there, they're widely considered the best augers around.

I have used Mora from Sweden as well, and those are good, but in my experience they won't last as long as a Rantanen/NILS. And yes, I'm an old guy ;)
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Re: Augers
« Reply #21 on: Nov 21, 2022, 06:16 PM »
My drill set up I mentioned before that I use is the 6Ē nils.  Iíve tried many different augers, gas, propane, ion and without a doubt the nils is the best you can get.  The fastest and smoothest auger I ever used.  Cuts ice like butter in no time at all.  Even impressive doing it by hand.  Have the dewalt 991 attached to it, awesome setup.

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Re: Augers
« Reply #22 on: Nov 21, 2022, 06:30 PM »
I have a Jiffy Pro4 and love that auger.  It's heavy but it always starts and runs great.  Between the 10" Jiffy and my drill setup with a Clamplate and E Drill bit, I love them both.
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Re: Augers
« Reply #23 on: Nov 30, 2022, 04:49 AM »
propane augers are obsolete unless it is the end of the world no more batteries are being made and there is no electricity to charge them. Get an electric auger with curved blades and synthetic bit. options are strike master lite flite and razr synthetic. Good luck out there I am sure propane augers will be the apocalyptic first choice.
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Re: Augers
« Reply #24 on: Nov 30, 2022, 02:56 PM »
propane augers are obsolete unless it is the end of the world no more batteries are being made and there is no electricity to charge them. Get an electric auger with curved blades and synthetic bit. options are strike master lite flite and razr synthetic. Good luck out there I am sure propane augers will be the apocalyptic first choice.
You know what gas and propane augers do better. Cut when itís bitter cold.

Last year -15*ish12-14Ē ice my lithium battery was barely making it thru a single hole. And no I donít lean on it heavy neither
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Re: Augers
« Reply #25 on: Dec 01, 2022, 06:52 PM »
You know what gas and propane augers do better. Cut when itís bitter cold.

Last year -15*ish12-14Ē ice my lithium battery was barely making it thru a single hole. And no I donít lean on it heavy neither
I agree, got and electric setup which I do love but propane and gas are more of a sure bet when it gets that cold.

 



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