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Nils Master Ice auger

Anyone ever tried a Nils Master Ice Auger?  I have heard they are really good but the max hole size is 8 inch.  Here is a sale at Cabelas on this auger.

http://www.cabelas.com/ice-augers-nils-power-auger.shtml?WT.tsrc=CSE&WT.mc_id=shoppingebay&WT.z_mc_id1=1083154&rid=40&mr:referralID=311669be-205a-11e1-931b-001b2166c2c0

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I assume you are in the market for the 4.5" model because of all those little weenie perch you catch. 

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Did you notice that the regular price and the sale price are the same? I do wish that I owned one. The Tanaka engine they use is the same one that Hilti uses on their portable hammer drill- nearly bullet-proof.

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Everything I've heard about them says they rip through the ice like a hot knife through butter. 

There are some videos on youtube of them tearing things up.

I wonder if the auger portion would bolt up to a jiffy or strikemaster? I didn't look at the shaft size, but if a guy wants to try one on their own powerhead that would work. 

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Enslow-Kind of limiting yourself aren't you even it does cut well?  Get a 10 in something else.

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What's the advantage of 10"? I've never fished with one, only 6's and 8's.

 

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I don't limit myself to pan fish or small wallleyes.  Large fish are much easier to get started in hole if it's larger.  We also fish frequently for big pike.  A 6 is useless and and 8 only slightly less useless for this. 

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We have one up at Scenic Sports in Williston.  I seen them at the show and have been researching them the last couple years so I ordered one in.  The only downfall I can see is they dont have the ripper blade in case of fishing the river or dirty water. If you fish alot of lakes I would say its the way to go!

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Looked hard at them but went back to Jiffy because of the ripper blades and dirty ice. Weight was good but if memory serves me there is no starter point on the auger which is a must.

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I have got big fish through 8" holes you just have to be good... I hate 10" holes I grabbed  my lil brother right before he went under in one of those bigass holes when we were lil pretty scary.

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I catch big eyes through 8" on Winnipeg, so it's not like it's critical for bigger fish.
An 8" "slightly less than useless"?? There's countless large eyes landed every year through puny nearly useless holes.

 

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buckmaster-Like I said, I fish for big pike quite a bit.  I don't care how "good" you are.  Landing a  large pike in an eight hole is not advisable.  I consider "large" mid twenties to thirty lbs.  Do a little math and for simplicity treat the pike's girth as a circle and see how much room you have  with an eight inch hole.  Also , attempt to release a living fish back into the water complete with skin and I think you'll find a ten inch will work better.

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guywhofishes-You must have not seen the pike portion of my post but even for 10 & 12 lb. walleyes I favor  a ten inch.  Easier to get to the hole without playing them to death before you attempt to release them.  If you keep them for a mount most of the time there's also fewer  marks.

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guywhofishes Said:
I catch big eyes through 8" on Winnipeg, so it's not like it's critical for bigger fish.
An 8" "slightly less than useless"?? There's countless large eyes landed every year through puny nearly useless holes.

Agreed!  I have both bits.  It is fun to look down the bigger hole, but not really needed.  More mental than anything. 

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

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"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

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I just got the Nils HAND auger in the mail, and will be taking out soon, I will let you know how it cuts. Wont be able to help you out regarding the power head.

I have heard alot of good things about Nils augers.  I wish 10 inch holes were an option, 10 inch holes are awesome for sight fishing. but yeah, you lose more stuff down the hole.

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guywhofishes Said:
I catch big eyes through 8" on Winnipeg, so it's not like it's critical for bigger fish.
An 8" "slightly less than useless"?? There's countless large eyes landed every year through puny nearly useless holes.

Agreed!  I have both bits.  It is fun to look down the bigger hole, but not really needed.  More mental than anything. 

I like 10 inch holes so just in case I need to take a swim there plenty of room for my fat a$$ to fit haha, nah i like 10inchers too, but yes keep kids away, never fun steppin in a big ol hole, I have seen a dog almost go down before, wasn't real funny


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fishmahn Said:
I don't limit myself to pan fish or small wallleyes.  Large fish are much easier to get started in hole if it's larger.  We also fish frequently for big pike.  A 6 is useless and and 8 only slightly less useless for this. 

I have experience with many different sizes of holes.  They all work, but the smaller ones usually have the best overall experience IMO.

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I have experience with many different sizes of holes.  They all work, but the smaller ones usually have the best overall experience IMO.

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fishmahn Said:
guywhofishes-You must have not seen the pike portion of my post but even for 10 & 12 lb. walleyes I favor  a ten inch.  Easier to get to the hole without playing them to death before you attempt to release them.  If you keep them for a mount most of the time there's also fewer  marks.

I agree that a ten inch hole is nice for big pig walleyes but i have never seen an 8 inch hole mark up a fish.  sounds pretty fishy fishmahn. 

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10 inch hole doesnt really take any longer to drill, and some of us need that for it to fit...

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10" holes are kid getters and boot grabbers and leg breakers --- if you dont fish with kids not a problem --- if you do be careful

Why do think they made the first augers with a 8" hole? 

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enslow-*lol*  Just goes to show people on this site will argue about anything.  I mentioned "large fish" see above post for a ten inch and to do a little math.  Apparently you didn't do that.  A March pike in the 45, 46, 47" length can have a girth of over 25".  Divide that girth by Pi ( 3.14) and see what you get.  Okay,...Now tell me how you get that up an eight inch hole! 

P.S. Did I mention I want the skin and flesh to remain on the fish???

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fishmahn Said:
enslow-*lol*  Just goes to show people on this site will argue about anything.  I mentioned "large fish" see above post for a ten inch and to do a little math.  Apparently you didn't do that.  A March pike in the 45, 46, 47" length can have a girth of over 25".  Divide that girth by Pi ( 3.14) and see what you get.  Okay,...Now tell me how you get that up an eight inch hole! 

P.S. Did I mention I want the skin and flesh to remain on the fish???

i have a 10 inch and an 8 inch auger.  I prefer the big hole but the auger is heavy.  I also learned the formula to calculate circumference back in grade school,  thankyou...

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enslow-Hmm, YOu stated you have the best overall experience with an 8 inch and have never seen an 8 mark up a fish and you can calculate approx. diameter.  That leaves me to believe you've never landed a large fish..  You seem to have failed to read the specifics of my post but told me it sounded "fishy":   So,  once again tell me even in "theory how you land a pike with a 26" girth or larger in an 8 inch hole and not see it marked up or filleted before it reaches the surface.

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fishmahn Said:
enslow-Hmm, YOu stated you have the best overall experience with an 8 inch and have never seen an 8 mark up a fish and you can calculate approx. diameter.  That leaves me to believe you've never landed a large fish..  You seem to have failed to read the specifics of my post but told me it sounded "fishy":   So,  once again tell me even in "theory how you land a pike with a 26" girth or larger in an 8 inch hole and not see it marked up or filleted before it reaches the surface.

I don't know how to catch fish, i just pretend to know how...

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fishmahn Said:
enslow-Hmm, YOu stated you have the best overall experience with an 8 inch and have never seen an 8 mark up a fish and you can calculate approx. diameter.  That leaves me to believe you've never landed a large fish..  You seem to have failed to read the specifics of my post but told me it sounded "fishy":   So,  once again tell me even in "theory how you land a pike with a 26" girth or larger in an 8 inch hole and not see it marked up or filleted before it reaches the surface.

Post pics of the pike you caught with over a 26" girth.

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Normal size walleyes have a harder time turning around in smaller holes if the fish happens to pop off the hook.

Plus my leg fits down a 10" hole, not too fun when its cold out!

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Fishmahn, I pulled my 10 inch auger out of storage just because of your advice.  This is the old 3.5 HP version from the late 90's.  This auger is a heavy beast. 

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enslow-Good man!  Now when that then once in a lifetime monster shows up  you'll be ready and also in better shape. 

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fishmahn Said:
enslow-Good man!  Now when that then once in a lifetime monster shows up  you'll be ready and also in better shape. 

I fish shallow a lot and the 10 inch helps for big fish.  I just hope i can get the auger running tonight.

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    10" hole also gives you a few more days of chopping open before having to re-drill, if you don't keep your house heated at all times; if you get set on the "honey hole"

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