Opinions on ice auger with cordless drill adapter....

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Opinions on ice auger with cordless drill adapter....

I'm just curious if anyone has used an adaptor to use a cordless drill to power an ice auger? Thinking about it as a cheap and lightweight alternative for a gas auger. Please let me know if anyone has used one or seen one in use?

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Joined: Monday, December 31, 2001 - 12:00am

I too have wondered how they could possibly have enough power to cut the ice, maybe only a 4" hole????

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Never seen one before, but I would be very skeptical that it would actually work.

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Its an intersting idea.


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I know a few guys that use them say that they are great for drilling inside your permanent house because there is no smoke and plenty of room. From what i have heard you need a drill with enough amps (cranking power-torque?). I would imagine if you drill alot of holes in thick ice the battery would wear pretty fast. Like to see one first hand myself. I think you convert a hand auger.

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I dont think it's what itis made out to be. I worked outside all the time with Dewalt cordless tools, once again, what does a battery do when it get's cold. And to claaim that they wil drill 20-30 holes on a single charge. I'm sceptical. I'll leave that one on ebay for someone else. Let me know if i'm wrong.

 

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I bought a lazer 7 inch hand auger and made my own adapter and it works fine, but I only used it in Utah on ice about 14 inches thick, I got between 4 and 6 holes per 18 volt battery, Dewalt,I just made an adapter using a 1 x 1 x 3/4 inch copper tee, I soldered a 9 inch piece of 3/4 pipe with a cap soldered on the end into the tee,, This is your handle to guide it while drilling and to keep it from falling down the hole if it should slip out of the drill, I had to tap the tee over the collar on the end of the auger shaft, there is enough play as not to bind when drilling, I used a 10 inch drill bit extension to adapt to the drill chuck, had to grind the big part, or female end of the extension to fit into the shaft, then drill a hole through it for the thru bolt that come with the auger to hold the crank handle on,, just take several batteries with,, it works fine,, quiet, compact, does put a bit of strain on the wrist, but this can be made cheap.. wouldnt want it on an 8 inch though and a 6 would drill even easier,,

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You can get 12 Volt augers that run off your vehicle battery or a portable one if you don't take your vehicle on the ice, I have seen them for around $100.00 I even saw one last year made out of a 12 volt starter motor for a vehicle, that thing had tons of power but turned a little slow compared to the gas ones. Never seen one you could run with a chordless drill.

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I have to correct myself on the holes drilled per battery,, it was more like 8 holes per battery, these were newer bateries, some older ones dont hold a charge as long after they have been used repeatedly,of course they have more powerful drills now also,

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With my 6" auger and 18 volt Dewalt I was able to drill 17 holes on Devils Lake the end of Jan. I wouldn't be without one now. It's a great back up to the gas auger or if you don't want to smoke up the shack. The key is new or sharp blades on the auger.


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A buddy of mine has a 8" Mora hand auger, and I run a 10" Jiffy Model 30. On early ice we have opted to use the hand auger many times when ice was not drivable. I have a Milwaukee 14 amp drill with two batteries. We used the adapter to drill about 22 holes in 12" or less ice and still had power left. The key is to let the auger cut and not to force it down. We also carried the batteries inside our coats and kept them close to the heater in the house.

On one trip last year he left the batteries in the back of the truck on the way to the lake. It was around 0 and he barely got 4 holes in 15" ice from a single fully charged battery. Early ice, they are a lot nicer to use and less weight than any gas auger, and the extra few minutes of time in drilling is not a big deal.

I bought a hand auger and made an adapter just to have one myself. We used in a few times this winter already, but ice is getting thick enough that the Jiffy is doing the work.

I was a nonbeliever until we tried it. Bought the adapter for $3.00 on a clearance bin. Best $3.00 on a piece of ice fishing equipment I have seen!

In my lifetime I have seen fence row to fence row farming and the return of CRP and game to the landscape.Now we face again the prosepect of fence row to fence row again! Sportsman are our own worst enemy in that we fail to look forward and focus to much on the now!

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it sure isnt a cheaper option considering the $200 drill it takes to run it.

Hardwaterman
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Fish that would be true if you bought a drill just for this. It is no different than a person buying a big diesel truck to pull the boat he had to have. It is all relative. I have had my drill since the late 90's so all I have invested is the cost of an auger and a little time on the adapter. Less than $35.00 for a good light auger for early ice!

In my lifetime I have seen fence row to fence row farming and the return of CRP and game to the landscape.Now we face again the prosepect of fence row to fence row again! Sportsman are our own worst enemy in that we fail to look forward and focus to much on the now!

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So where can I get the items for this drill auger? Sounds like a good item to me. I already have the 19v drill and 2 spare batteries. Do you just use a hand auger with an attachment to fit a drill??

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hardwater, where did you get the adapter?

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EBAY has several, just search for "ice auger"

Hardwaterman
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hardwater, where did you get the adapter?

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We picked up our first one at Fleet Farm on a clearance bin. From that I made one out of some tubing! They range in price from $8.00 to $18.00 depending on the type.

In my lifetime I have seen fence row to fence row farming and the return of CRP and game to the landscape.Now we face again the prosepect of fence row to fence row again! Sportsman are our own worst enemy in that we fail to look forward and focus to much on the now!