Author Topic: Advice on auger extension length for use in wheel house  (Read 451 times)

Offline Mrpike1973

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Hello just bought a new wheelhouse never drilled in one before using a Clam plate and 6 inch Strike Lite auger would you go 12 or 20 inch extension. Hoping to drill holes with house half up. I bought a 20 and it goes equal with my nose now but not sure if I should return it and get a 12 I fish in central MN

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Re: Advice on auger extension length for use in wheel house
« Reply #1 on: Sep 25, 2022, 12:45 PM »
Does it have a sunroof to open?

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Re: Advice on auger extension length for use in wheel house
« Reply #2 on: Sep 25, 2022, 04:01 PM »
My pistol bit and drill has an 8 and Iím fine late in the year. I would say 12 would be fine. You donít need any till you get over about 2 feet of ice, depending on what your auger section is. Iím also in central Mn.

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Re: Advice on auger extension length for use in wheel house
« Reply #3 on: Sep 26, 2022, 07:58 AM »
I had to use 2 1/2' of extension in my shack in N/W Ontario this winter, usually 18' is enough.

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Re: Advice on auger extension length for use in wheel house
« Reply #4 on: Sep 29, 2022, 07:56 AM »
I just checked my pistol bit extension and itís 8 inches. Like I said in the previous post Iíve never had a problem with it and I fish right up to the last day of the season if ICE permits, close to you (central Mn). I wouldnít want anything less so six might be marginal but 12 in my book would be perfect.

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Re: Advice on auger extension length for use in wheel house
« Reply #5 on: Sep 29, 2022, 08:04 AM »
If it's too short, yer screwed. If it's too long, yer not. Just like an extension ladder.
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Re: Advice on auger extension length for use in wheel house
« Reply #6 on: Sep 29, 2022, 09:23 AM »
I have a suggestion ...this may take some doing . Get the Clam Plate extension ..which goes from 6" to 16" ...here is the tricky part ...get/make a sleeve/collar to accomidate the SM inside diameter and will fit over the CP extension ..you may  have to drill some more holes in the CP extension .. it is hollow so should be easy. You may be able to retro fit the one of  Clam Plate adapter to accomidate for the sleeve .

There are folks on Ebay that have made all sorts of adapters ...primarly for the Nils to Clam Plate ...tsome do custom work.

https://www.scheels.com/search?q=clam+drill+auger+extension+16+inch&lang=en_US

https://www.scheels.com/p/clam-k-drill-power-auger-adapter-for-conversion-kit/71992110737.html#q=clam%2Bk-drill%2Bpower%2Bauger%2Badapter%2Bfor%2Bconversion%2Bkit&lang=en_US&start=1

https://www.reedssports.com/k-drill-adapter-for-clam-drill-plate-kit-idrladpc-042221890961
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Re: Advice on auger extension length for use in wheel house
« Reply #7 on: Sep 29, 2022, 10:08 AM »
If it's too short, yer screwed. If it's too long, yer not. Just like an extension ladder.

That depends on how much headroom you have in your shack - I've got just over 6' at the peak. With an Eskimo P1 with an 18" extension I can just barely angle my auger into the hole with maybe an inch of space to spare. I should have gone with a 12" extension.
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Re: Advice on auger extension length for use in wheel house
« Reply #8 on: Sep 29, 2022, 11:07 AM »
I would expect that people take that into account and check first...
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Re: Advice on auger extension length for use in wheel house
« Reply #9 on: Sep 29, 2022, 09:45 PM »
Heís in central Minnesota.

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Re: Advice on auger extension length for use in wheel house
« Reply #10 on: Sep 30, 2022, 08:05 AM »
I'm in southern Minnesota.
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