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Online RickWakeman

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Question about using a drill
« on: Jan 12, 2019, 06:51 AM »
I'm in the mood for switching out my gas auger for a cordless drill setup. I see a lot of people like Rigid octane but there are other "drills" with significantly more torque. I used drills in quotes because I'm actually talking about impact wrenches.
When drilling through the ice with something like the Rigid, is the hammer mode used? Is it the torque that's more important? An impact wrench would have significantly more torque but there must be a reason why no one uses them. It maybe they do and I haven't seen it.

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Re: Question about using a drill
« Reply #1 on: Jan 12, 2019, 07:00 AM »
Do not used the impact mode, as will probably ruin blades, torque is more important !

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Re: Question about using a drill
« Reply #2 on: Jan 12, 2019, 07:31 AM »
I had read in several other posts to use drill mode in the lowest power setting...and it worked for me. I have a 600 in.lb. drill on a 4" laser and have no issues whatsoever, and I am very confident it will turn a 6" as well. One rule of thumb I also read is figure 100 in.lb. for every inch of auger you are turning. Hope this helps.
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Re: Question about using a drill
« Reply #3 on: Jan 12, 2019, 07:40 AM »
Do not used the impact mode, as will probably ruin blades, torque is more important !

This is where I'm confused. An impact wrench would provide several more times torque than the hammer drill. If I understand correctly, which maybe I don't, impact provides additional rotational force, where hammer provides an up and down motion.

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Re: Question about using a drill
« Reply #4 on: Jan 12, 2019, 08:01 AM »

  I made the switch this year.  I use a Dewalt 996 drill  ( 6 ahr battery ) on a clam plate with a 6" finbore.  setup cuts very fast , better than my strikemaster gas auger.

  I did have a small learning curve and now don't apply any downward pressure...just let it cut

 The 996 is a hammer drill, I use it in drill mode not hammer, set on lowest speed for max torque

 I found the 996 0n Ebay new for about 80 bucks, and an aftermarket 6 ahr battery for about 25.

 the Dewalt 991 has the same torque rating but is a drill/driver with ne hammer capabilities.

 As soon as I get some new blades I'll be trying it with a 8" finbore

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Re: Question about using a drill
« Reply #5 on: Jan 12, 2019, 12:37 PM »
This is where I'm confused. An impact wrench would provide several more times torque than the hammer drill. If I understand correctly, which maybe I don't, impact provides additional rotational force, where hammer provides an up and down motion.
.      A impact wrench you canít shut off the impact part of it, where with the drill u can and run it in drill mode , do not run in hammer mode, only drill mode. They have a switch to change it where a impact only driver does not.

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Re: Question about using a drill
« Reply #6 on: Jan 12, 2019, 09:34 PM »
hammer drills have generally betters steel gears.   

plus they have the side handle

you do not use the hammer mode though


home depot had a variety.   go check them out.   i own a dewalt 20v lithium hammer drill.        it works super on my 6 inch mora

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Re: Question about using a drill
« Reply #7 on: Jan 13, 2019, 06:03 PM »
Thank you for the responses. I think I understand now. Going to try the Ryobi since I have the batteries but I am keeping my eye on the Rigid.

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Re: Question about using a drill
« Reply #8 on: Jan 13, 2019, 06:08 PM »
Thank you for the responses. I think I understand now. Going to try the Ryobi since I have the batteries but I am keeping my eye on the Rigid.

Make sure you get the p251. Its $47 and free shipping on amazon.

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Re: Question about using a drill
« Reply #9 on: Jan 13, 2019, 06:33 PM »
That's the one I ordered. Look forward to trying it out and getting out on the ice.

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Re: Question about using a drill
« Reply #10 on: Jan 13, 2019, 07:59 PM »
I have the Ryobi p251 and have zero complaints. They do seem to perform better with the Lithium+ HP batteries. Iíve now run mine on a bunch of different bits just to have first hand experience with how they compare.

Since this is my lightweight early ice, walking out set up Iím ok with running it primarily on a 6Ē shaver bit. Itís handled an 8Ē mora with zero issues, an 8Ē nils with zero issues, a 7Ē Lazer with no issues, and a 6Ē K-Drill with no issues. Amount of ice I can drill with each of those bits varies but that drill handles them fine.

If you put it on a clam plate watch closely at how the plate trigger contacts the drill trigger. The one beef I have with this drill is that the drill trigger could be engineering better so that it can take more of a beating. The clam trigger can pull it down and stress the connection breaking the plastic drill trigger. Itís not a deal breaker but is something you should be aware of if you throw this one on a clam plate. Because of this Iíve switched to a Kovac ice master adapter for the 6Ē bits but if I am going to use a more aggressive blade Iíll put it back on the plate.

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Re: Question about using a drill
« Reply #11 on: Jan 14, 2019, 05:07 PM »
Thanks for the info. I plan on using a clam plate.

 



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