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Ice auger suggestions

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Sprinklerman, Dec 18, 2011.

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  1. Sprinklerman

    Sprinklerman Member

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    I am in the market for a different power ice auger. I have a jiffy that brakes down alot. Any suggestions on what to buy. Mark Mauch
     
  2. Hilltop

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    When I had a shop that was the brand to sell. They were the best. Jiffy has a new one out runs on propane. Pricey but what isnt. I would take a look at it.

    Al Brackett in the UP of Mi.
     
  3. ntgr8

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    Go with a strike master electric. Will drill holes all day, plenty of power, onboard battery. No gas to mess with always starts. Trust me
     
  4. shannon391

    shannon391 Active Member

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    Make sure you burn premium in your gassers, I like electric also.
     
  5. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Premium fuel does not automatically mean it does not have ethanol in it. Inquire first.
     
  6. Stl Flyn

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    Dyn-O-Mite! Jimmy
     
  7. j2jake

    j2jake Well-Known Member

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    The best thing would be a ticket to a warmer climate! Merry Christmas from warm sunny Flordia. Jake
     
  8. Dahaub

    Dahaub Active Member

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    Don't know a thing about the augers just want to caution you on ice fishing. Go by the unwritten rules and don't fish alone and always have a plan if the unthinkable happens to one of you. I helped bury a good friend last spring when he broke one of those rules. Good luck fishing this season. Dan
     
  9. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I had a Jiffy, thought it was the cats a**. Then I got an electric and would never go back
     
  10. coot shooter

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    I have been using Strike Master augers for 10+ yrs.
    For the money they put a Jiffy to shame, and I have had both brands.
     
  11. shannon391

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    No one ever drowned through the ice with a life jacket on. I have one of those vest style ones with cool pockets so I don't look like a total nerd.
     
  12. ORG

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    Get an Ice Gator. Go to icegator.com and look at their product. It's a 24 volt electric WITH reverse. I had a Strikemaster for 20 years, and it ran great. Then bought the ice gator 4 years ago and it's the best. The reverse lets you push all the ice chips down under the ice, a feature other electrics don't have. In a fish house, no fumes, and you don't spend all your time scooping out the ice chips. I ice fish quite a bit, and I'm still on the first set of batteries.
     
  13. apmech23

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    I bought a Jiffy Propane Auger last season, love it, always starts on the first pull, even at 20 below, can drill a ton of holes with a single one pounder, only went through 2 bottles last year and i fish every weekend, very happy with it!
     
  14. gaustin

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    I here a lot of good reviews on the propane models, personally I have not had the pleasure to run one yet. What I can give an honest opinion about are the StrikeMaster Augers. The new Solo engines on them are the best on the market for 1st pull start-up's to the sheer power of ripping through 26" of ice. My Lazer Pro has 2 full ice seasons under it and never once failed me. I run Opti-II one mix in my fuel and have yet to change the spark plug. We cut a lot of holes in a day so the electric are out of the question.....Gregg
     
  15. loop02

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    I don't know how much ice you drill, but on Lake Erie, we get 10-12". I saw a guy with a hand auger converted to use a battery drill. I thought it was a joke. He dropped a hole in the ice in about 30 seconds. I borrowed it, and drilled some for a test. I have one now.
     
  16. Model Number 12

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    I have an Eskimo gas auger and have had good luck with it. Make sure you use treated fuel in it. Bad gas seems to be the main problem with them.
     
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