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Offline whitewing

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ice cutters
« on: Sep 10, 2018, 03:42 PM »
Ion X vs. K-Drill/Milwaukee M18 fuel. Retiring the old Jiffy after long and faithful service - too heavy and too messy. Any thoughts from folks who have the new kids on the block.

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #1 on: Sep 10, 2018, 07:09 PM »
Bought the m18/k-drill combo last year. Hard to imagine going back. Cut 30#s off my pull from the old jiffy. Ions are pretty nice to be honest but I like the option of using my drill for work also.
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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #2 on: Sep 10, 2018, 08:55 PM »
I have a M18 with clamplate and 7 lazer and absolutely love it. The only thing I see going for the ion is that its a purpose built machine... but that said, not exactly a great selling point.

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #3 on: Sep 11, 2018, 09:09 AM »
Go Ion and dont look back...leaps and bounds the best option out there and their customer service is 2nd to none. Pricey? Sure, but as many sportsmen agree, buy the best and be done with it.
I have the 8 and 6 bits and the quick change gadget so I can use the 6 to blast 4 holes in a minute for my house tie down holes and then swap bits for my two house holes. Fast, efficient and the battery seems to stay on full charge all the time. At 68 years old I appreciate the ease of cutting after a lifetime of chiseling.

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #4 on: Sep 11, 2018, 10:15 AM »
Ion lot heavier than Milwaukee /clam set up, both work, clam set up is much faster, but who is in a hurry !!

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #5 on: Sep 11, 2018, 10:31 AM »
Go Ion and dont look back...leaps and bounds the best option out there and their customer service is 2nd to none. Pricey? Sure, but as many sportsmen agree, buy the best and be done with it.
I have the 8 and 6 bits and the quick change gadget so I can use the 6 to blast 4 holes in a minute for my house tie down holes and then swap bits for my two house holes. Fast, efficient and the battery seems to stay on full charge all the time. At 68 years old I appreciate the ease of cutting after a lifetime of chiseling.

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #6 on: Sep 11, 2018, 06:47 PM »
Ion lot heavier than Milwaukee /clam set up, both work, clam set up is much faster, but who is in a hurry !!

Compared to a gas auger the Ion is like a feather! Im sure the drill type augers are great too but I went with Ion and dont regret it!
To each his own...

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #7 on: Sep 12, 2018, 05:37 AM »
Love my ION got it 3 years ago. Although last year I broke the blades because I over tightened them when I put them back on after sharpening them. PoolGuy let me use his auger which I believe is the K-Drill setup it worked great so I think you can't go wrong with either one.

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #8 on: Sep 12, 2018, 06:13 AM »
You can discuss the cutting part to the end of the world. Pretty much (notice I said "pretty much") Ford, Chevy, Mopar. Last year I bought into some Milwaukee power. I understand Ion may be better in ways as it's a purpose built tool for cutting ice. Biggest MKE plus for me is I can walk into pretty much any hardware store in the country and buy a battery if I need to. Ion? Not so much...

I know what some of you are thinking but there are failures with everything. Maybe not frequent, but what if? Or you lose one or forget one or damage one somehow. You say you'd never forget a battery? I met two guys this past weekend that drove four hours north to fish a tournament. They'd been on the road from home about an hour and realized they hadn't hooked the boat to the truck. True story  ::) They rented a pontoon and fished out of that.  :roflmao:
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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #9 on: Sep 12, 2018, 06:43 AM »
You can discuss the cutting part to the end of the world. Pretty much (notice I said "pretty much") Ford, Chevy, Mopar. Last year I bought into some Milwaukee power. I understand Ion may be better in ways as it's a purpose built tool for cutting ice. Biggest MKE plus for me is I can walk into pretty much any hardware store in the country and buy a battery if I need to. Ion? Not so much...

I know what some of you are thinking but there are failures with everything. Maybe not frequent, but what if? Or you lose one or forget one or damage one somehow. You say you'd never forget a battery? I met two guys this past weekend that drove four hours north to fish a tournament. They'd been on the road from home about an hour and realized they hadn't hooked the boat to the truck. True story  ::) They rented a pontoon and fished out of that.  :roflmao:
I can see that happening, Ive forgot boots, bait bucket, jet sled. good points esox. I am an ion guy never looking back. Whatever you choose to make life easier for you will be the one.
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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #10 on: Sep 12, 2018, 10:28 AM »
You can discuss the cutting part to the end of the world. Pretty much (notice I said "pretty much") Ford, Chevy, Mopar. Last year I bought into some Milwaukee power. I understand Ion may be better in ways as it's a purpose built tool for cutting ice. Biggest MKE plus for me is I can walk into pretty much any hardware store in the country and buy a battery if I need to. Ion? Not so much...

I know what some of you are thinking but there are failures with everything. Maybe not frequent, but what if? Or you lose one or forget one or damage one somehow. You say you'd never forget a battery? I met two guys this past weekend that drove four hours north to fish a tournament. They'd been on the road from home about an hour and realized they hadn't hooked the boat to the truck. True story  ::) They rented a pontoon and fished out of that.  :roflmao:

Ya anything can happen like the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2004 and Cubs in 2016. As far as the guys with the boat that is why I made a promise to myself to never start drinking before 8:00 am.

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #11 on: Sep 12, 2018, 03:27 PM »
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As far as the guys with the boat that is why I made a promise to myself to never start drinking before 8:00 am.
;D

Not knowing the guys, I can't say for sure, Denny.
My guess would be, that they were all hyped up for the tourney? May of been a little green to tourney fishing?

Of course, there very well may have been some "tea" involved....  ;)

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #12 on: Sep 13, 2018, 07:13 PM »
Ya anything can happen like the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2004 and Cubs in 2016. As far as the guys with the boat that is why I made a promise to myself to never start drinking before 8:00 am.
Denny you Drink Bush. No alcohol in that beer.  ;D
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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #13 on: Sep 14, 2018, 05:52 AM »
Denny you Drink Bush. No alcohol in that beer.  ;D

Bush was the presidents, Busch is the beer.  ;D

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #14 on: Sep 14, 2018, 10:00 AM »
Best buddy and I both bought augers beginning of last year. He got the Ion X and I got the Milwaukee m18 Fuel with the 7-1/2" K-drill bit. They both cut great, they both have great batteries that last a long time. They are approximately the same money all said and done. My setup is a little lighter, I use the drill all year long and I also use the drill to set my ice anchors for my portable. After the season he said he wished he went the route I did, because I got a great cordless drill out of the deal and I have multiple batteries since I bought the combo kit (I needed a new impact driver as well). But very safe to say he is not upset at his purchase, the Ion X is one heck of a nice auger. There is something to be said about a dedicated ice auger, I like the ergonomics of his setup better than my drill system, but only slightly. Basically you can't go wrong. I would buy whatever system speaks to you. I came from a 10" Jiffy that was a bear to cut with and either of these augers is going to lighten up your setup big time.
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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #15 on: Sep 14, 2018, 11:31 AM »
, Busch is the beer.  ;D

Well, sort of,if you are using a loose definition
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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #16 on: Sep 14, 2018, 02:10 PM »
SirCranksalot, I was pretty much expecting you to speak up for hand augers.

Oh, well.  :-[

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #17 on: Sep 14, 2018, 03:12 PM »
Nils with a drill works great. Still use my gas as well.

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #18 on: Sep 18, 2018, 06:54 PM »
Denny you Drink Bush. No alcohol in that beer.  ;D

Unless someone else is buying  ;D

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Re: ice cutters
« Reply #19 on: Sep 18, 2018, 07:07 PM »
I was in the same place last year and what pushed me over the edge towards ion was the ability to drill a 10" hole.  I like a 10" hole for larger fish especially when it is cold and the holes are icing up.  My secondary concern was killing the drill drilling holes.  The ion has a quick change adapter so that with a push of the collar you can change over to the anchor driver.  I never had an issue with the battery even drilling for 3 people (30 plus holes 24" ice 50% battery)  I will probaly have someone make an adapter so I can use it with my nils.

 



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