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2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« on: Aug 07, 2017, 04:02 PM »
Anybody hear when these will be back in stock anywhere and if there is any changes to the design vs last year? Last year I know they put out the gear box to add to the plate, I am tempted to buy the package with the auger but cant find anyplace that has them. If they change the design and up the price I will probably just get the plain plate for my 6" hand lazer. I am usually finding walkable ice by the time the sports shows start so I prefer to buy now and be ready as soon as the deer is hanging!

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #1 on: Aug 07, 2017, 04:43 PM »
Welcome to the site!! It's a little early for new ice fishing equipment to be out. All you can do is monitor Clam's website and keep checking back here. One of our members is a Clam rep. (Monticatgeek) and he gets on here once information starts becoming available. It would be helpful if you would update your profile with your location. Thanks in advance!!!!

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #2 on: Aug 07, 2017, 05:23 PM »
Still early but try clam Web site they have stuff for sale on there mfg web site..

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #3 on: Aug 07, 2017, 06:11 PM »
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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #4 on: Aug 07, 2017, 06:51 PM »
Anybody hear when these will be back in stock anywhere and if there is any changes to the design vs last year? Last year I know they put out the gear box to add to the plate, I am tempted to buy the package with the auger but cant find anyplace that has them. If they change the design and up the price I will probably just get the plain plate for my 6" hand lazer. I am usually finding walkable ice by the time the sports shows start so I prefer to buy now and be ready as soon as the deer is hanging!

What is you location?

I found one of the early version Clam plates on Craig's list with an older 6" mora auger on it. I got the guy down to $30 for it. The mora was the old screw on handle type and the guy cut the handle off and made an adaptor to the clam plate for it. I've had it bought for a month from the guy with the agreement that when I'm in the area I'd pick it up, and if someone else gets there first he sells it.

I've got the same plate with a 1200in lb Milwaukee and turn 8in lasers, nils, and other augers without the gear box. Taking off the chuck to put the adaptor on and putting on the plate kinda sucks, but a bare tool was $75 So I just bought and leave the drill on it.

If you have a brushless 700in/lb plus drill there is no need for a gear box if you are cutting 8in holes with a nils or mora.

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #5 on: Aug 07, 2017, 08:59 PM »
I'm just east of the twin cities in Wisconsin. I have the brushed m18 Milwaukee drill so I will stay 6" or get the gearbox. What I'm really the most anxious about is if they raised the price on their gearbox/8" combo, then I will not buy. If the price gets higher I'll carry around the gas auger when walleye and northern fishing and use my 6" with the standard plate ( if they  offer it again) for panfishing.

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #6 on: Aug 07, 2017, 09:30 PM »
I'm just east of the twin cities in Wisconsin. I have the brushed m18 Milwaukee drill so I will stay 6" or get the gearbox. What I'm really the most anxious about is if they raised the price on their gearbox/8" combo, then I will not buy. If the price gets higher I'll carry around the gas auger when walleye and northern fishing and use my 6" with the standard plate ( if they  offer it again) for panfishing.

There is no question it will be higher to offset all the crap ones they replaced last year. What is sad is that clam has got the clam plat and auger setup to about $200 without a drill........At that price a light gas auger can be bought new.

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #7 on: Aug 08, 2017, 06:34 AM »
I'm just east of the twin cities in Wisconsin. I have the brushed m18 Milwaukee drill so I will stay 6" or get the gearbox. What I'm really the most anxious about is if they raised the price on their gearbox/8" combo, then I will not buy. If the price gets higher I'll carry around the gas auger when walleye and northern fishing and use my 6" with the standard plate ( if they  offer it again) for panfishing.
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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #8 on: Aug 08, 2017, 07:05 AM »
one thing I just don't get about the auger kit is that the plate on their website is priced at $69.99. The 6" hand auger is priced at $79.99. But the 2 together are priced at $169.99. Why is the kit $20 more? And who would pay $20 more for it?

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #9 on: Aug 08, 2017, 10:57 AM »
From what I can tell, the kit has the gearbox that cuts the RPMs to the auger in half and comes with the 8" auger. The gearbox increases the torque so you can use the larger auger without burning up your drill. Last year the kit was $169, hopefully it stays the same this year with the updated gearbox.

Last year at Fleet Farm, the plate was ~$60, Gearbox was $69 (an had issues) and then the auger was another $60-100, depending on size, so it is a better deal than buying separate.

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #10 on: Aug 08, 2017, 02:00 PM »
on the clam website they have last years kit for $169.99. Just the plate and auger. No gear box mentioned. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong one.

http://stores.clamoutdoors.com/clam/augers/drill-auger-conversion-kit-combo.html


They have the 8 in kit with the adapter, but they don't have a price on it.

http://stores.clamoutdoors.com/clam/augers/8-drill-auger-conversion-kit-combo-w-hand-auger-geared-adapter.html

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #11 on: Aug 09, 2017, 10:51 AM »
I would buy the Clam Plate for $70 and an 8" Lazer auger can be purchased for around $90. This way if anything does go wrong, you will have the option to drill the old fashioned way- by hand!
Clam is basically charging $100 for just the auger,

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #12 on: Aug 09, 2017, 06:38 PM »
I'm extremely happy with my 2nd generation metal gear box from Clam. So far so good.. Works great with an 8, and smokes it with a 6...

Like most, I haven't had a good chance to really test it in 2ft..

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #13 on: Aug 10, 2017, 05:09 AM »
I would buy the Clam Plate for $70 and an 8" Lazer auger can be purchased for around $90. This way if anything does go wrong, you will have the option to drill the old fashioned way- by hand!
Clam is basically charging $100 for just the auger,


no, they include the handle for hand drilling if the battery fails. Says it right in the description.

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #14 on: Aug 10, 2017, 09:30 AM »
Last year I bought the K-Drill 8". I currently have it powered by a M18 Fuel Milwaukee 1/2" Drill.  That thing eats the ice.  I did notice with the extension bar on the drill right at break through of the bottom of ice it would slightly grab.  I wonder if a Clam plate would help this.  The down side is I would have to assemble the drill onto the plate after drilling in my anchors for the portable. 
Is the ice thick enough yet?

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #15 on: Aug 10, 2017, 05:42 PM »
I would buy the Clam Plate for $70 and an 8" Lazer auger can be purchased for around $90. This way if anything does go wrong, you will have the option to drill the old fashioned way- by hand!
Clam is basically charging $100 for just the auger,


If it were me I would get the 7 inch mora auger for like $15.. then buy the mora to laser blade conversion kit $40.. have it fixed so screws don't strip out of adaptor plate..  I did this my self with a drill press  and a few drill bits along with some nylock nuts and lock washers and new gRade 8 bolts..   the auger I put it on had the offset handLe like a nils it cuts as fast and efortlessly as a nils but cheap to sharpen blades of a laser auger..  put that on the 7 and hook it to the clam plate ...  I like the screwed on handles cause you can find then at  garage sales for like $15 they also sell a adaptor for the screw on handle for the clam plate.. for around $20 last I looked but have seen it sell for as much as $40...  got to remember the 8 has those bars that jam up at bottom of hole and are a plan pain in the arse at the end of the hole to get threw the ice..  that's were the mora is a tad better..  if you ask me.. by the way all adaptors can be found on ebay..

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #16 on: Aug 10, 2017, 09:52 PM »
Personally,

A clam plate/mora IMO is about the best setup. Find a used clam plate, and a used mora you got maybe $50 into the thing. This whole speed thing is just stupid. Your talking a difference of seconds punching holes. plus cheap blades and way to sharpen.

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #17 on: Aug 10, 2017, 11:17 PM »
Personally,

A clam plate/mora IMO is about the best setup. Find a used clam plate, and a used mora you got maybe $50 into the thing. This whole speed thing is just stupid. Your talking a difference of seconds punching holes. plus cheap blades and way to sharpen.

That's about it really, totally agree...

Make a hole, pretty quick, cheap, efficient.. Stops making holes, sharpen her up at the kitchen table with a beer... Done...

Continue, in your spare time read about how somehow, Lazer blades are better, with leftover time read about how nobody has really figured out how to sharpen Lazer blades, and how Nils are so picky to keep in tune also..

Next day, go fishing with your cheap ultra sharp mora, and ponder why anyone would choose different..

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #18 on: Aug 11, 2017, 07:54 AM »
I just think some setups like the clam plate,gearbox and nils  auger head or other expensive auger bit,  plus expensive drill just doesn't make sense to me to drill  a hole in the ice.im running a 6 inch mora or 5 inch lazer that I got at a garage sale cheap,a icemaster drill adapter powered by a porter cable drill and get over 40 holes in 6 inches of ice.cheap setup..for the price of a Milwaukee drill,nils head and all the clam box and gear reducer I could get a light gas auger.i do understand the lightweight part tho.

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Re: 2017 clam drill plate adaptor
« Reply #19 on: Aug 11, 2017, 06:09 PM »
That's about it really, totally agree...

Make a hole, pretty quick, cheap, efficient.. Stops making holes, sharpen her up at the kitchen table with a beer... Done...

Continue, in your spare time read about how somehow, Lazer blades are better, with leftover time read about how nobody has really figured out how to sharpen Lazer blades, and how Nils are so picky to keep in tune also..

Next day, go fishing with your cheap ultra sharp mora, and ponder why anyone would choose different..

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With a drill and clam plate the mora is all you need but I am drilling buy hand that's why I got the blade adaptor...  argonomsit_at_ia  and ice scratcher  are correct its just a matter of a few secound for a drill... so why not just go garage sale shopping and find a cheap mora to use?? 

 


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