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Title: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 04, 2017, 09:41 AM
Alright guys, since the photo bucket crash, all pictures of my creations are now unavailable...

I'm making this one thread as a compilation of my ideas, starting with the most recent pics that are still on my phone...

First off, my drill cover, made from an antifreeze gallon jug...

(https://s7.postimg.cc/3uzqy4mbb/IMG_20160928_095702_zpsgguwihr4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3uzqy4mbb/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/zeps83i5z/IMG_20160928_113217_zpseehkdsxd.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/zeps83i5z/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/sbhwsjxbr/IMG_20160928_113134_zps1o0kltou.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/sbhwsjxbr/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/47fs86f7zv/IMG_20161016_133551.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/47fs86f7zv/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/6oes19q1kr/IMG_20160928_113352.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6oes19q1kr/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/86bpt6kb8r/IMG_20160928_113024.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/86bpt6kb8r/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/5yx9mpprfv/IMG_20160928_112639.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/5yx9mpprfv/)



Hoping you all find these items helpful..

Thanks for looking...

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 04, 2017, 09:44 AM
Well just when I thought I could post pictures, the icon is now missing?

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Raquettedacker on Nov 04, 2017, 10:05 AM
Well just when I thought I could post pictures, the icon is now missing?

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    It's being worked on now to get it back.. ;)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Shack man Shoney on Nov 05, 2017, 05:10 AM
The whole picture thing is starting to wear me out..... Hope you can post soon.
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: chilly-willy on Nov 05, 2017, 05:25 AM
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Was wondering were you were hiding lol's good to see Ya came back for more..
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 05, 2017, 07:54 AM
Thanks guys!

Looks to be fixed...

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 05, 2017, 08:46 AM
I didn't like how the throttle trigger did this...

(https://s1.postimg.cc/1d695n5ibf/IMG_20160918_123215710.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/1d695n5ibf/)

Hit the hardware store for a rubber grommet..


(https://s1.postimg.cc/889wh4dvyz/IMG_20160928_112114688.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/889wh4dvyz/)

This keeps the throttle trigger from flopping around and falling toward the plate... Takes up all the play too, so its all held just slightly against the drill trigger.. So as soon as you pull, its immediately turning.. Which to me is actually safer than trying to take up play, then getting surprised with a turning blade? Not that I had issues, just like things right...

Anyone else find the same issue annoying?

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Shack man Shoney on Nov 05, 2017, 02:09 PM
I disliked that as well Scratcher, I have been using a 4" super light spring to hold mine in place without depressing the trigger. Just makes it a PITA when the lever drops down all the way. I have also been using some fiber washers to help take up some of the extra "slap" in the linkage, It was a fine line at first between too loose and too tight but I have been happy with the last few I have assembled they seem just right. If I could post pics I would... Can't seem to get them to work yet... Another PITA!!!
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 05, 2017, 02:23 PM
Can't seem to get them to work yet... Another PITA!!!

Thanks for sharing..

When making a reply, look for the blue square add image to post, bottom left of the area you type in... Click it and go from there, seems easy enough..

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 05, 2017, 02:45 PM
Made from a zip tie, and a piece of plastic tube from a pen... Cut a V in the tip...

Used for taking really small jigs, out of really small fish...

(https://s1.postimg.cc/6viia8632j/IMG_20150121_013534934_HDR.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6viia8632j/)


(https://s1.postimg.cc/5imrwcnb4r/IMG_20150121_013629887.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/5imrwcnb4r/)

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 06, 2017, 05:37 PM
I modified my 6" Mora auger a few seasons ago.  When the ice was 30 inches, I noticed my drill auger was really slowing down once really deep.. I suspected it was the flights rubbing on the upper side of the hole (possibly due to uneven sharpening (labatt)), so I cut half the flights off, just above the middle weld..

It worked great, and as an additional bonus, noticeably lighter weight too..

Pictured left to right.. Stock 8" Mora, modified 6" Mora, and a gas 8" Eskimo.

(https://s1.postimg.cc/99t1ztnt9n/IMG_20161203_105412.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/99t1ztnt9n/)

More about the piece of aluminum later...

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 06, 2017, 05:42 PM
Also notice the difference between the size of the gas Eskimo, and the stock Mora 8"... The Mora only has 7" flights, with 8" blades.. Which makes it the lightest 8"you can get.. Also the 7" flights won't rub the sides of an 8" hole (problem with 6" mentioned above)....

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 06, 2017, 09:52 PM
Continuing....

I needed/preferred an 8" for Erie eyes.. Did it with a 6", but very touch and go at the hole...

As soon as they offered a gear box I decided it was time for an 8" electric...

Well, I liked my mod to my 6", and was needing an extension (as preferred by most) with the clam plate, and I thought.. I would cut half the flights off, then cut middle STEEL, shaft out, and replace with a longer piece of aluminum tubing, and everything mo betta mo lighter... 

Weight before...

(https://s1.postimg.cc/58ocg6uzaz/IMG_20161203_003832.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/58ocg6uzaz/)

After adding extension...

(https://s1.postimg.cc/3ahoi729t7/IMG_20161203_151005.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3ahoi729t7/)

Ready to go...

(https://s1.postimg.cc/1je8fmja7v/IMG_20161203_150857.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/1je8fmja7v/)

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 07, 2017, 07:07 AM
Couple more pictures...


(https://s1.postimg.cc/1t1bxwf397/IMG_20161206_165234.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/1t1bxwf397/)


(https://s1.postimg.cc/5nmuv13yvv/IMG_20161206_170452.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/5nmuv13yvv/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/755rayi92j/IMG_20161204_183103.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/755rayi92j/)

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 07, 2017, 07:33 AM
Mora style auger cover, made from PVC, and some shock cord...


(https://s1.postimg.cc/74vjsev4nf/IMG_20161026_232712.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/74vjsev4nf/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/3bp2fywx97/IMG_20161026_232744.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3bp2fywx97/)


(https://s1.postimg.cc/82ju6qak8r/IMG_20161026_233001.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/82ju6qak8r/)

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: DLB on Nov 07, 2017, 08:16 AM



(https://s1.postimg.cc/74vjsev4nf/IMG_20161026_232712.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/74vjsev4nf/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/3bp2fywx97/IMG_20161026_232744.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3bp2fywx97/)

Outstanding idea.  Sure beats those things that come with the auger that have broken on both of mine so its off to Home Depot for some pvc.
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: tbern on Nov 07, 2017, 08:21 AM
Ice Scratcher ,  I am enjoying reading this thread and looking at your different ideas and fixes. Looking forward to seeing more.
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: massNtrash on Nov 07, 2017, 09:47 AM
Mora style auger cover, made from PVC, and some shock cord...


(https://s1.postimg.cc/74vjsev4nf/IMG_20161026_232712.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/74vjsev4nf/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/3bp2fywx97/IMG_20161026_232744.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3bp2fywx97/)


(https://s1.postimg.cc/82ju6qak8r/IMG_20161026_233001.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/82ju6qak8r/)

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Going to be steeling that idea!
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Agronomist_at_IA on Nov 07, 2017, 03:23 PM
Scratcher,

Try and find a Jiffy jet hand auger, I think it would be right up your ally.

It has a rubber cover which is great for shaver blades. Then the Blades are curved slightly so it cuts more like a lazer. However, you can sharpen them by hand and with a wheel buffer.

I was given this 8in this summer and sharpend the blades.....jiffy want $34 for the last set of 8in jet blades....told them to eat crow and put a set of standard shaver blades on it. Then used extra hard bolts to pull the blade down onto the head and it turned the standard edition shaver blade into a jet blade.

Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 07, 2017, 05:12 PM
Outstanding idea.  Sure beats those things that come with the auger that have broken on both of mine so its off to Home Depot for some pvc.

Ice Scratcher ,  I am enjoying reading this thread and looking at your different ideas and fixes. Looking forward to seeing more.

Going to be steeling that idea!

Thanks guys, glad you like the thread...

Can't steal what's free for everyone... ;D

Just need more cold now!!

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 07, 2017, 05:13 PM
Scratcher,

Try and find a Jiffy jet hand auger, I think it would be right up your ally.

Sounds interesting man, I'll keep an eye out for one...

Thanks for chiming in!!!

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: dangle on Nov 07, 2017, 05:38 PM
I like your mods ice scratcher. I gonna use some of your mods.thanks.
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 07, 2017, 06:06 PM
Thanks Dangle...

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Been using Down East rod holders on the lip of my flip over, but they just weigh too much....

If I'm actually walking out on Lake Erie, we're talking four miles before its all said and done...

Can't stress how much weight matters..

Decided to make some really simple, adjustable, lightweight rod holders..

(https://s1.postimg.cc/2rsjy66r57/IMG_20161215_200708888.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/2rsjy66r57/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/1az6al9ce3/IMG_20161215_200856926.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/1az6al9ce3/)

Rod holders made from aluminum stock from the hardware store, and lightweight PVC cut from a piece sold for a sink drain..

The slots were made in the lip of the sled by taking another piece of the same aluminum in a pair of vice grips. Heat the aluminum up with a propane torch, using it to melt the slot. The process will make a meleted burr around the slot, easily removed with a sharp knife..  Works great for me..

Other items on the front edge of the tub are an ashtray (always take everything out), mounted same way as the rod holders, lid similar to auger cover posted earlier...

The longer piece in the middle is a piece of PVC ripped in half, it holds my clam plate handle perfect...

The ripping cuts were made using a table saw, the cross cuts made with miter saw... Seemed ultra dangerous and shady so be warned and please keep your fingers!

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 07, 2017, 08:27 PM
Also, hard to see, but in the same picture above, under the stock fx 100 bench, is a 5lb propane tank, and a milk crate...

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 11, 2017, 08:57 PM
Made a wind bar for my FX 100, made from a spring loaded tent pole. Also prevents the cover from getting burnt on the heater if it should get inadvertently flipped up while it was on... Also allows for moving the shanty without shutdown/cool down...

Some pictures...

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(https://s7.postimg.cc/mgkcx1rjb/IMG_20150217_155911043_HDR_zpspixprm4e.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/mgkcx1rjb/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/um2ev8anb/IMG_20150217_155932334_zpsywmy09bj.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/um2ev8anb/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/40zvzp353/IMG_20150217_160020186_HDR_zpsmjyuhjvb.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/40zvzp353/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/40zvzpikn/IMG_20150217_165135_zpsruzisxp0.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/40zvzpikn/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/x3e62jrzr/IMG_20150217_165531_zpsipi3try3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/x3e62jrzr/)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 13, 2017, 08:20 AM
My sled design, with much inspiration from our dear Smitty....


(https://s7.postimg.cc/akqq6dlnb/IMG_20150121_233754_zpsefxiwyxi.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/akqq6dlnb/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/59btlqcg7/IMG_20150120_230013025_HDR_zpsqj12cxvt.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/59btlqcg7/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/detvjx39z/IMG_20150120_230045009_zpsemnrvnk3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/detvjx39z/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/hb77fxquf/IMG_20150121_020319221_zpsssc9oap7.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/hb77fxquf/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/glof3l5qf/IMG_20150121_212339816_zps8ir5cn4c.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/glof3l5qf/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/pgp9e4ho7/IMG_20150128_144759060_zpsmluhxdce.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/pgp9e4ho7/)

The metal rails used on the skis were sourced from a bed frame...

5/8 birch plywood for the risers, 1x6 for the cross pieces..

My design is different from most Smitty sleds by how the weight sets on the skis. Skis are designed and engineered to have the weight load where the bindings are. This also allows the skis to flex more acting like a suspension system. I've seen skis break when mounted too close to the front, it takes away the spring, and creates a sheer point on the front edge of the block.. Never seen one get broken pulling by hand though..

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 20, 2017, 04:51 PM
One way easy ticket assist from mother nature....

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b2hOB76SdtQ



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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: walleyes on Nov 20, 2017, 07:22 PM
Some nice work.
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Post by: fishyholes on Nov 20, 2017, 07:57 PM
Mora style auger cover, made from PVC, and some shock cord...


(https://s1.postimg.cc/74vjsev4nf/IMG_20161026_232712.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/74vjsev4nf/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/3bp2fywx97/IMG_20161026_232744.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3bp2fywx97/)


(https://s1.postimg.cc/82ju6qak8r/IMG_20161026_233001.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/82ju6qak8r/)

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Great idea and thanks for sharing!  That Mora cover is garbage at best and dangerous way too often.

Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 20, 2017, 08:46 PM

Great idea and thanks for sharing!  That Mora cover is garbage at best and dangerous way too often.

Thanks man, the width for it to work is pretty specific, I'll have to measure what ended up working..

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: matzilla on Nov 21, 2017, 10:36 AM
very well done! love the auger lightening and blade cover
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Post by: RStock521 on Nov 21, 2017, 11:16 AM
You guys think the PVC auger cover would work for a Nils?  Going to be buying a Nils, and I've heard the stock cover is garbage.  Was going to buy a Cold Snap, but PVC is cheaper...
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: chilly-willy on Nov 21, 2017, 03:02 PM
You guys think the PVC auger cover would work for a Nils?  Going to be buying a Nils, and I've heard the stock cover is garbage.  Was going to buy a Cold Snap, but PVC is cheaper...

Plastic bucket and a bungee cord to hold it on??
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: mbart on Nov 21, 2017, 05:41 PM
You guys think the PVC auger cover would work for a Nils?  Going to be buying a Nils, and I've heard the stock cover is garbage.  Was going to buy a Cold Snap, but PVC is cheaper...
Use a Strike Master lazer cover on my Nils


(https://s18.postimg.cc/952a26ktx/009.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/952a26ktx/)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 21, 2017, 06:00 PM
You guys think the PVC auger cover would work for a Nils?  Going to be buying a Nils, and I've heard the stock cover is garbage.  Was going to buy a Cold Snap, but PVC is cheaper...

All augers, EVERY KIND, except Mora, come with, or have aftermarket cover options that are suitable... They just don't make anything good for them, so I made that.. It won't work the same with a Nils, at least I don't believe, I don't have one in hand..

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 21, 2017, 06:02 PM
Thanks for all the support and comments guys...

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 21, 2017, 06:03 PM
Use a Strike Master lazer cover on my Nils


(https://s18.postimg.cc/952a26ktx/009.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/952a26ktx/)

Looks like a good option!

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: walleyes on Nov 21, 2017, 06:51 PM
Some good work ice scratcher, respect a man that thinks outside the box a little.
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Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 21, 2017, 07:36 PM
Some good work ice scratcher, respect a man that thinks outside the box a little.

Thanks, I respect your signature!

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: chilly-willy on Nov 21, 2017, 07:49 PM
All augers, EVERY KIND, except Mora, come with, or have aftermarket cover options that are suitable... They just don't make anything good for them, so I made that.. It won't work the same with a Nils, at least I don't believe, I don't have one in hand..

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Maybe a large pvc pipe cap and a bungee cord?? I am sure ice scratcher will figure one out he's macgyver  of the ice fishing world.. lol's  so let not hi jack the thread over a little cover..so time to start a thread about it..
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Post by: GasBlaster on Nov 21, 2017, 09:10 PM
I love the PVC cover . I used the idea on my mora .   For Nils it's hard to beat the cold snap covers . There not homemade or cheap but they work and fit great .

http://www.coldsnapcover.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=141/mode=prod/prd141.htm
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Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 21, 2017, 09:19 PM
I love the PVC cover . I used the idea on my mora .   For Nils it's hard to beat the cold snap covers . There not homemade or cheap but they work and fit great .

http://www.coldsnapcover.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=141/mode=prod/prd141.htm

GB,

That's what I've read about the cold snap covers, they just work great...

I think about half of the moras never get broken, because they blow away, so light and flimsy... Lol..

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 21, 2017, 09:23 PM
Maybe a large pvc pipe cap and a bungee cord?? I am sure ice scratcher will figure one out he's macgyver  of the ice fishing world.. lol's  so let not hi jack the thread over a little cover..so time to start a thread about it..

Thanks CW!

I thought about a PVC cap, seemed totally logical, easy and.....(after a few phone calls)

Not cheap lol..

Anything over 4" was just nutz expensive..Like over $25 or so...

But I'm always looking for alternatives, and would love to share if I find something..

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Agronomist_at_IA on Nov 21, 2017, 10:00 PM
Use a Strike Master lazer cover on my Nils


(https://s18.postimg.cc/952a26ktx/009.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/952a26ktx/)

That's not much better then the nils cover.....Cold snap can't be beat.
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 21, 2017, 10:29 PM
On that Mora style PVC cover, just to add, I also drilled small drain holes in the bottom, so no matter the position of the rig, it will drain as things melt. Don't have to worry about rusting as much...

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(https://s2.postimg.cc/9e9p7xplx/IMG_20161026_232206696.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9e9p7xplx/)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Rugburn on Dec 07, 2017, 08:02 AM
I've been a fan of your fabrication & designs Scratcher, all well done! But lets face it, not everyone has your talent for it. I came up with a rod holder system I'd like to share with you and the group. I try to keep things as cheap and down dirty as possible, something the most challenged can fabricate. Here is my rod holder system I've been using for several years on three different flip shacks. You will need a heavy coat hanger and a drill. Secure if a big fish is on unattended, and fast hook set when attended. The shape can be made anyway that works for your particular sled and rod with a little experimentation. The small drilled holes do minimal damage to the tub. Hope this helps some people save some time and money. Again, great thread Ice Scratcher!




(https://s33.postimg.cc/bgec9xmyz/IMG_1028.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/bgec9xmyz/)



(https://s33.postimg.cc/nwb23eld7/IMG_1029.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/nwb23eld7/)



(https://s33.postimg.cc/4egenpw7v/IMG_1030.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/4egenpw7v/)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Dec 07, 2017, 08:35 AM
I've been a fan of your fabrication & designs Scratcher, all well done! But lets face it, not everyone has your talent for it. I came up with a rod holder system I'd like to share with you and the group. I try to keep things as cheap and down dirty as possible, something the most challenged can fabricate.

Thanks Rugburn!!

Awesome design, I know you're capable of some metal work even I'm not able to do..

Quick, simple, cheap... But most importantly, effective!!

Love it man...

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Rugburn on Dec 07, 2017, 09:47 AM
Here is a few more pics of the old Yukon 2 man. Some are inward facing and some out. There are no rules, whatever works for your particular rod. And it's easy to make in field adjustments for a visitor with a different rod butt. The big deal is near zero weight, zero cost.

(https://s33.postimg.cc/4v67nvehn/IMG_1031.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/4v67nvehn/)


(https://s33.postimg.cc/597jn6vxn/IMG_1032.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/597jn6vxn/)


(https://s33.postimg.cc/ofkqqgk63/IMG_1033.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/ofkqqgk63/)


(https://s33.postimg.cc/61et05zt7/IMG_1034.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/61et05zt7/)

Didn't want to hijack your thread, just add to it!
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Dec 07, 2017, 10:37 AM
Didn't want to hijack your thread, just add to it!

Heck yeah, the only issue I have with that idea is I didn't think of it first... ;D

Really like the no weight, no cost..

Theoretically, I know aluminum wouldn't allow for more than a couple adjustments before work harding a snapping.. Stainless slightly tough for field adjustments.. Heavy coat hanger wins, but to keep rust at bay, maybe electrical shrink wrap before or maybe even after bending?

Anyone else that has innovation or ideas, please feel free to share...

Thanks again Rugburn!!

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Rugburn on Dec 07, 2017, 04:24 PM
The key to the hole location lies in getting it close to the vertical wall of the tub, when leverage is applied downward on the rod tip, the tag end (down side) of your new rod holder makes contact with the wall. Bomb proof.

Plastic dip stuff would dress it up!   ;D
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: icejohn on Jan 21, 2019, 08:52 PM
Alright guys, since the photo bucket crash, all pictures of my creations are now unavailable...

I'm making this one thread as a compilation of my ideas, starting with the most recent pics that are still on my phone...

First off, my drill cover, made from an antifreeze gallon jug...

(https://s7.postimg.cc/3uzqy4mbb/IMG_20160928_095702_zpsgguwihr4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3uzqy4mbb/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/zeps83i5z/IMG_20160928_113217_zpseehkdsxd.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/zeps83i5z/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/sbhwsjxbr/IMG_20160928_113134_zps1o0kltou.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/sbhwsjxbr/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/47fs86f7zv/IMG_20161016_133551.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/47fs86f7zv/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/6oes19q1kr/IMG_20160928_113352.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6oes19q1kr/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/86bpt6kb8r/IMG_20160928_113024.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/86bpt6kb8r/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/5yx9mpprfv/IMG_20160928_112639.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/5yx9mpprfv/)



Hoping you all find these items helpful..

Thanks for looking...

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I like it...saw the same on YouTube...thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 21, 2019, 09:43 PM
I like it...saw the same on YouTube...thanks for sharing.

Certainly welcome..

What YouTube video? I'd like to see that if you have a link?

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Sylvanboat on Jan 22, 2019, 04:07 PM
The PVC cover is clever but your hand is still near the blades when using. I suggest one of the Cold Snap covers. You pop the cover off and on with your foot, and your hands are ALWAYS safely out of harms way.
(https://i.postimg.cc/SYmKb5Nh/image.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/SYmKb5Nh)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Sledracerxcr on Jan 22, 2019, 04:09 PM
Alright guys, since the photo bucket crash, all pictures of my creations are now unavailable...

I'm making this one thread as a compilation of my ideas, starting with the most recent pics that are still on my phone...

First off, my drill cover, made from an antifreeze gallon jug...

(https://s7.postimg.cc/3uzqy4mbb/IMG_20160928_095702_zpsgguwihr4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3uzqy4mbb/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/zeps83i5z/IMG_20160928_113217_zpseehkdsxd.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/zeps83i5z/)

(https://s7.postimg.cc/sbhwsjxbr/IMG_20160928_113134_zps1o0kltou.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/sbhwsjxbr/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/47fs86f7zv/IMG_20161016_133551.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/47fs86f7zv/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/6oes19q1kr/IMG_20160928_113352.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6oes19q1kr/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/86bpt6kb8r/IMG_20160928_113024.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/86bpt6kb8r/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/5yx9mpprfv/IMG_20160928_112639.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/5yx9mpprfv/)



Hoping you all find these items helpful..

Thanks for looking...

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: kayl on Jan 22, 2019, 04:10 PM
The PVC cover is clever but your hand is still near the blades when using. I suggest one of the Cold Snap covers. You pop the cover off and on with your foot, and your hands are ALWAYS safely out of harms way.
(https://i.postimg.cc/SYmKb5Nh/image.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/SYmKb5Nh)

Except that his cover is for a Mora auger and Cold Snap doesn't make one for a Mora.
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 22, 2019, 05:23 PM
Except that his cover is for a Mora auger and Cold Snap doesn't make one for a Mora.

Exactly, and Mora covers stink, and nobody makes an aftermarket that works...

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Eddie Spaghetti on Jan 22, 2019, 05:58 PM
Great ideas Ice Scratcher!
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 22, 2019, 06:00 PM
Great ideas Ice Scratcher!

Thanks man!

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: kayl on Jan 22, 2019, 07:13 PM
Exactly, and Mora covers stink, and nobody makes an aftermarket that works...

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Yup! I made one like yours and love it! Thanks for the idea! :)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 22, 2019, 09:13 PM
Yup! I made one like yours and love it! Thanks for the idea! :)

That's awesome, glad to hear!!

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: richy on Jan 23, 2020, 03:08 PM
hey scratcher is that 1.5 or 1.25 sched.40
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 23, 2020, 06:32 PM
hey scratcher is that 1.5 or 1.25 sched.40

The rod holders?
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: 1moslab on Jan 24, 2020, 01:19 PM
those are just some killer modifications and inventions scratcher .thanks allot for sharing .love weight saving ideas being we have to pull by hand here in pa and I take way to much tackle
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: hlabrada on Jan 24, 2020, 02:18 PM
bought some yoga blocks for my Clam xl6000 for a floor.  Keeps the shanty dry and warm
(https://i.postimg.cc/7fxQ64XF/IMG-3165.png) (https://postimg.cc/7fxQ64XF)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cvC9RcpT/IMG-3166.png) (https://postimg.cc/cvC9RcpT)

(https://i.postimg.cc/w704RrG7/IMG-3167.png) (https://postimg.cc/w704RrG7)

(https://i.postimg.cc/18dWJqPS/IMG-3168.png) (https://postimg.cc/18dWJqPS)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 24, 2020, 08:22 PM
those are just some killer modifications and inventions scratcher .thanks allot for sharing .love weight saving ideas being we have to pull by hand here in pa and I take way to much tackle

Thanks for the kind words bro! Yeah if you are hoofing it, weight becomes a major priority..
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 24, 2020, 08:23 PM
bought some yoga blocks for my Clam xl6000 for a floor.  Keeps the shanty dry and warm
(https://i.postimg.cc/7fxQ64XF/IMG-3165.png) (https://postimg.cc/7fxQ64XF)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cvC9RcpT/IMG-3166.png) (https://postimg.cc/cvC9RcpT)

(https://i.postimg.cc/w704RrG7/IMG-3167.png) (https://postimg.cc/w704RrG7)

(https://i.postimg.cc/18dWJqPS/IMG-3168.png) (https://postimg.cc/18dWJqPS)

Nice, you can play basketball in that thing..
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: crrockwell14 on Jan 28, 2020, 09:01 AM
Hey Ice Scratcher! Got anymore mods? I am loving what I have seen so far and I will definitely need to look into using some of them myself!
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 28, 2020, 08:59 PM
Hey Ice Scratcher! Got anymore mods? I am loving what I have seen so far and I will definitely need to look into using some of them myself!

Thanks man, I might have a couple/few more, I'll have to think about some things to add here..

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Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: rdhammah on Mar 18, 2021, 12:05 PM
Mora style auger cover, made from PVC, and some shock cord...


(https://s1.postimg.cc/74vjsev4nf/IMG_20161026_232712.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/74vjsev4nf/)

(https://s1.postimg.cc/3bp2fywx97/IMG_20161026_232744.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3bp2fywx97/)


(https://s1.postimg.cc/82ju6qak8r/IMG_20161026_233001.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/82ju6qak8r/)

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I am now in the need of a new blade protector. What size PVC did you use for this blade protector? assuming one end cap is glued and the other is loose. is the loose end larger than the outside diam of the PVC? How wide did you cut the slot?
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: jrjach75 on Mar 18, 2021, 01:28 PM
I am now in the need of a new blade protector. What size PVC did you use for this blade protector? assuming one end cap is glued and the other is loose. is the loose end larger than the outside diam of the PVC? How wide did you cut the slot?

I made one of these covers using 1 1/2" PVC for my 5" mora hand auger. I don't know if this design works on a lazer auger. Yes, glued the one cap on, and the other is also a cap that just fits around the outside of the PVC tube. Make sure you leave some extra length on the pipe section so you can get the removable cap on. I cut my slit at about 3/4" wide and test fit and adjusted from there. I wanted a pretty tight fit, it ended up at roughly an inch wide. A Dremel makes pretty quick work of it, just do it outside because the dust from that PVC is super fine and gets everywhere. I used a shock cord on my cap, just drilled holes and tied a knot, and also added holes to the tube part of it so any water could drip out.
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: rdhammah on Mar 18, 2021, 07:26 PM
thanks! I just might have some scrap 1 1/2" downstairs. so 1 1/2" caps on both ends

Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: jrjach75 on Mar 19, 2021, 07:46 AM
thanks! I just might have some scrap 1 1/2" downstairs. so 1 1/2" caps on both ends

Yep, just the standard PVC end caps.
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: TKfishing on Mar 19, 2021, 03:05 PM
Yep, just the standard PVC end caps.

Did you sand a little off the inside of the removable cap to make a looser fit? or does the pipe with the slot cut out flex enough that it isn't an issue taking the cap off when cold?
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: jrjach75 on Mar 19, 2021, 03:21 PM
Did you sand a little off the inside of the removable cap to make a looser fit? or does the pipe with the slot cut out flex enough that it isn't an issue taking the cap off when cold?

It was a tight fit until I cut the slot. I didn't sand anything on the inside of the cap, but I did file off the sharp edges from that end on the pipe and chamfered the outside edge so it would go on easier.
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Mar 19, 2021, 03:32 PM
Could you just cut the slotted piece longer and skip the caps?
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: rdhammah on Mar 19, 2021, 04:51 PM
Could you just cut the slotted piece longer and skip the caps?
no, because the caps keep it on the blade
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Mar 20, 2021, 07:07 AM
Fair, thanks for clarifying. Need to replace my mora cover, the rubber rope snapped.

Gorilla gluing magnets to the bottom of the cover only lasted 3 or 4 trips

This looks more reliable.
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: esox_xtm on Mar 20, 2021, 07:13 AM
Fair, thanks for clarifying. Need to replace my mora cover, the rubber rope snapped.

Gorilla gluing magnets to the bottom of the cover only lasted 3 or 4 trips

This looks more reliable.

If your old cap is still good and the "rubber rope" is the only thing wrong I've used the shock/bungee stuff to replace the solid rubber. Lasts for years (and years).
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: hardwater diehard on Mar 20, 2021, 07:26 AM
Fair, thanks for clarifying. Need to replace my mora cover, the rubber rope snapped.

Gorilla gluing magnets to the bottom of the cover only lasted 3 or 4 trips

This looks more reliable.

If your old cap is still good and the "rubber rope" is the only thing wrong I've used the shock/bungee stuff to replace the solid rubber. Lasts for years (and years).

This works well as a replacement for my 6 in SM Lazer cover

https://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece-ball-stretch-cord-set-47302.html?_br_psugg_q=ball+bungee+cords
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Mar 20, 2021, 07:31 AM
Thanks esox and diehard.

I actually have a few dozen of those bungee ball cords in my camping gear, bought them to hang a huge tarp over the tents last year as a rain guard. Never even opened the package. Will give it a shot today, augers, shanty and spud bar are the last of the gear I need to store
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Mar 20, 2021, 08:04 AM
Thanks esox and diehard.

I actually have a few dozen of those bungee ball cords in my camping gear, bought them to hang a huge tarp over the tents last year as a rain guard. Never even opened the package. Will give it a shot today, augers, shanty and spud bar are the last of the gear I need to store

Yup...

Thanks again gentlemen!


(https://i.postimg.cc/zbj8LkCS/92-C260-C1-E38-E-47-D1-8-B6-A-06-ACA0029-EFE.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/zbj8LkCS)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: hardwater diehard on Mar 20, 2021, 09:14 AM
My idea more like this ...may have to drill a hole in one end and tie a knot


(https://i.postimg.cc/QFQS2R0X/mora.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/QFQS2R0X)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Mar 20, 2021, 09:26 AM
Gotcha. Tie a know and hook the ball where the rubber cord would be.

Will look into that
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: hardwater diehard on Mar 20, 2021, 09:39 AM
Gotcha. Tie a know and hook the ball where the rubber cord would be.

Will look into that

https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=378717.30

Some IS members were adding a SM center point to the Moras ..by drilling and tapping the auger .

Don't have video but have pics. Center punch where you want point. Drill 1/4 pilot hole followed with 5/16 drill tap size. Tap hole with 3/8 hand tap. (Tap/drill set for $8 at Lows or Home Depot). I use washers for spacer to get proper tip height. I use Titanium or Cobalt hardened drill bits.
Welded nut also great idea. What size nut did you use.


(https://i.postimg.cc/66hbqQtM/20201122-095916.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/QVHJnhB7)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: SirCranksalot on Apr 03, 2021, 07:07 PM
Love your mods Mr Scratcher. I enjoy poking about at that sort of thing as well. I liked your Mora cover that I more or less copied it.Iused ABS and 3 screw eyes for the elastic cord.
(https://i.postimg.cc/9zTf8bBF/IMG-0001-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9zTf8bBF)
Title: Re: Ice Scratcher's mods, improvements, and inventions..
Post by: SirCranksalot on Apr 03, 2021, 07:15 PM
I originally put this board at the back of my Pelican to carry my rods when moving some dist between holes. Then I found other uses for it. I find the auger is awkward to transport and takes up a lot of space in the Pelican,
(https://i.postimg.cc/cgk5ffrp/IMG-0010-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/cgk5ffrp)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sGBHm1Wv/IMG-0011-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sGBHm1Wv)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Z00Q4sQ4/IMG-0012-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Z00Q4sQ4)

(https://i.postimg.cc/xk0s76Hr/IMG-0014-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/xk0s76Hr)