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Offline BrianF

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Lite Flite Blade Life?
« on: Jan 12, 2022, 02:52 PM »
What kind of life should be expected from the 8" model and can these be sharpened (by a diy CAMF like me)?

I know it depends on lots of factors but....  but my Jiffy blades lasted forever and pretty sure will outlast the auger. Shaver blades (on hand augers) for me in the past seemed to last a season or two at most before noticing performance issues.
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Offline kpd145

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Re: Lite Flite Blade Life?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 12, 2022, 02:57 PM »
I'm on my third season with my original blades. I do not have any dirty ice where I fish.

Auger has been used ALOT

I'm gonna get new blades probably half way through season, my last trip I did feel I actually had to apply a tiny bit of downward force, whereas before, the auger literally pulled the drill through the ice.

I have not a single bad thing to say about the lite flite. I love it!
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Re: Lite Flite Blade Life?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 14, 2022, 08:55 AM »
Mine is going two season strong and still cuts like butter. Take care of the blades and it should last you for a long time. Get another set of replacement blades to keep as a spare in case of an emergency. You never know when you'll run into dirty ice.

Offline glenwyo

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Re: Lite Flite Blade Life?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 18, 2022, 12:24 PM »
What kind of life should be expected from the 8" model and can these be sharpened (by a diy CAMF like me)?

I know it depends on lots of factors but....  but my Jiffy blades lasted forever and pretty sure will outlast the auger. Shaver blades (on hand augers) for me in the past seemed to last a season or two at most before noticing performance issues.
Really depends on whether or not the ice has dirt/sand in it. Many reservoirs in Wyoming get lots of dirt on the ice from strong winds and many shorelines are rock and dirt with few trees. I have drilled through ice where the dirt was not noticeable because it was mixed in a few inches below the ice and my lazer blades where basically useless as soon as it hit the dirt-laced ice. Auger cuts great but a small amount of dirt will ruin them. With "clean" ice I could probably get a couple of seasons before replacing them.

Offline hnd

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Re: Lite Flite Blade Life?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 22, 2022, 05:18 PM »
we had poor luck with shaver blades fishing lots of sandy shallow backwaters.  we switched to chipper and have been happier. 

 



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