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Offline Boglake

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Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« on: Feb 13, 2018, 03:00 PM »
Buyer beware, the new Jiffy augers are not what the old ones were.  I have a 5 year old propane auger that has had approximately 3 bottles of propane used - average use and well cared for.  The timing belt has stretched to the point where the machine will no longer start.  Only option is engine replacement for $275.  Very disappointed in the quality of this "pro" auger.  This was my last Jiffy.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #1 on: Feb 13, 2018, 03:09 PM »
I agree i won one in a icefishing contest two years ago nothing but trouble with it. junk wont start half the time on the ice should have sold it when i won it

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #2 on: Feb 13, 2018, 03:35 PM »
Ashamed of recommending them to friends, saw the warning signs with many of the cheap parts used.  My old jiffy still runs, it leaks gas and oil all over the place, but cuts ice, wish I could live with the mess.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #3 on: Feb 13, 2018, 05:35 PM »
I’ve heard nothing but bad things about the jiffy propane models. The older gas jiffy’s seem to be pretty reliable tho.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #4 on: Feb 13, 2018, 07:29 PM »
Amen to this thread. Jiffy knew they had a bad product and totally screwed the guys that bought the early propane units. They will Never get another dime of money from me. I hope they lose their shorts with the electric drill setups on the market today. The most disgusting service of any company in this market that I have ever come across.
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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #5 on: Feb 13, 2018, 08:00 PM »
I have an 1980 gas never had any issues .Anything with propane in the real cold is no good ::)
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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #6 on: Feb 13, 2018, 09:21 PM »
Your right on with the cold vs propane, the propane stoves with hoses have the same issues. I had the old Jiffy's back to the single handle wrist killers! They all ran good, most of the stuff you buy now is cheap junk. After having rotator cuffs repaired in both shoulders, I have a Tanaka, light weight and cuts like a champ, a leap & bounds over that man killer of a Jiffy. The young bucks have no issues with the gas Jiffy but will get smart when they get older. ;D
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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #7 on: Feb 13, 2018, 09:44 PM »
No problems so far with my Pro 4 generation 3, hopefully my luck will hold up. Starts on the 1st pull, just don't give it any throttle ( different from the instructions). Works well in extreme cold weather just have to keep the propane bottle halfway warm.  My only complaint it is a little heavy.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #8 on: Feb 14, 2018, 04:56 AM »
That's what I thought hookedup, then on hole number 6 of this season my auger failed and wouldn't start again.  After a trip to the jiffy repair shop the bad news came, timing belt stretched and not engaging, no internal parts sold for engine, only option replace entire engine.  Ridiculous.  Hope your auger proves better, I'm afraid they are time bombs given the quality of parts used.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #9 on: Feb 14, 2018, 05:42 AM »
Informative  posts like this made me buy a strikemster... glad I did

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #10 on: Feb 14, 2018, 05:48 AM »
strikemasters are great but still have alot of plastic parts like the handle,lucky it only cost like 35$

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #11 on: Feb 14, 2018, 06:03 AM »
Informative  posts like this made me buy a strikemster... glad I did

Prob best gas auger you can buy.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #12 on: Feb 14, 2018, 07:48 AM »
I dumped my Jiffy Model 30 5 years ago. My Jiffy was made 6 years before outsourcing, had to replace the carb every year, always had problems with it flooding, not starting, stalling etc.  Bought a strikemaster and have had no issues in the past 5 years. I always laugh when I hear someone swearing at their jiffy!
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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #13 on: Feb 14, 2018, 08:06 AM »
I hope they lose their shorts with the electric drill setups on the market today.

They will, believe me. Just my opinion, but anyone buying an internal combustion powered auger these days is a damn fool. Unless Jiffy can make a crazy good drill powered auger they will be out of business soon.
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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #14 on: Feb 14, 2018, 08:39 AM »
I love my model 30. Yeah it's had some issues from time to time but they've all been cheap and easy to fix (i.e. gas leak due to a stuck diaphram). I've never gone out and not been drill holes which is what matters to me.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #15 on: Feb 14, 2018, 02:22 PM »
I sold a jiffy model 30 and went with the Jiffy model pro 4 lite propane to drop some weight and get away from the gas and mess of the fuel dripping everywhere.
So far the pro 4 lite has been a champ not saying it won't crap out any time. I have fished below 0 many times this year and i have seen recoils break and carb issues on a few of the bigger stealth and model 30 this year on the same trip on remote lakes.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #16 on: Feb 14, 2018, 03:06 PM »
Get an ion

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #18 on: Feb 14, 2018, 05:26 PM »
I'm looking at an Ion now, thanks for the feedback, really wanted to let people know my experience with jiffy before they buy. 

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #19 on: Feb 14, 2018, 08:49 PM »
I have a 36 yo model 30 that still runs great. Bulletproof. But it is a tank. First or second year I had to get the 12" extension for 36"+ of ice. Haven't had to use the extension since.

Couple of years ago bought a NILS hand auger to lighten to load. May convert it to a drill in the future.

I saw a post on the NH board about problems with a new ION. I've never used one so can't offer first hand info on them.

A buddy got the 10" Strikemaster Lithium 40v Auger this year and said it cranks. I'm trying it out this weekend.

Good luck on whatever you get.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #20 on: Feb 15, 2018, 02:37 AM »
I've had a jiffy pro 4 for since the start of the 2012 season. No major issues aside from breaking the plastic throttle, was still operable by manually pulling the cable. All in all, I like it. It is a little heavy, but I like a ten inch hole for the amount of togue fishing I do, maybe some day I'll need it.

That said, when it came time to buy a cordless drill last year, I bought a Milwaukee Fuel to keep my options open!

 
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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #21 on: Feb 15, 2018, 06:09 AM »
Ion all the way!

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #22 on: Feb 15, 2018, 03:17 PM »
I guess everything has good and bad.  You can get bad chevy's, ford's and jiffy's.  I happen to love me Pro 4.  I have had it for about four or five years now, without any problems at all!  Well, I guess that's not entirely true.  Yesterday while drilling a hole the auger fell off and now sits in 21 foot of water.  My next auger will be bolted on, not just a pin with rubber over it!!!

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #23 on: Feb 15, 2018, 03:43 PM »
Again, thought my pro4 was a good machine, took great care of it, no reason for timing belt to stretch beyond use after 4 bottles of propane through it.  If you own one and you're happy beware, how many holes until you're in my shoes?

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #24 on: Feb 16, 2018, 05:35 AM »
I had the Jiffy 4pro and after spending money trying to get it to start better I just gave the thing away to a coworker and went out and got the new Ion.  love it.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #25 on: Feb 16, 2018, 06:00 AM »
I had one as well, buddy and I were fishing on long and throttle broke while in a hole needless to say I just let it spin out of control until the little green propane bottlw flew off at a high rate of speed, coulda been dangerous.  Returned it for an ion 3 years ago and havnt looked back since. Besides the thermal popup probably my best purchase.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #26 on: Feb 16, 2018, 04:36 PM »
Anyone out there who wants to give me their pro4, please message me!  All take all of em I can get.

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #27 on: Feb 16, 2018, 05:12 PM »
You'll need them, as no internal engine parts are sold from jiffy!  Frankenauger!

Bought an ion today, gave it a short test run, amazing!


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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #28 on: Feb 16, 2018, 06:21 PM »
You'll need them, as no internal engine parts are sold from jiffy!  Frankenauger!

Bought an ion today, gave it a short test run, amazing!
8 or 10” ion?

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Re: Jiffy Propane Auger Junk
« Reply #29 on: Feb 16, 2018, 06:29 PM »
10" incredibly smooth cut.  No size jokes please.

It was nice to not have to worry what end of the auger was up when I set it down!  The little things...

 



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