Propane Powered Ice Auger

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Propane Powered Ice Auger

Wondering what everyone thinks about the propane powered augers. Always seems like the gas one's screw up when you least want them too. Dont know if anyone has any experience with them? What are your thoughts?

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I know a few who have them. It's a novel idea and all, but you'd never get me to buy one. It might be a better idea in areas that don't get the extreme cold and thick ice as we do, because it flat out doesn't have the juice to punch a hole 24" or better without sputtering out at the end. Just my opinion. I also am extremely against all plastic and cable throttle system that the new Jiffy's have adopted. They're just asking for things to get broken.

It would be comical to see this thing used on a lake where you need an extension. My guess is that it would be practically worthless.



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I've only used mine a few times.  Each time it has cut really good.  No need to push down on the auger very hard as it digs into the ice under its own weight.

As long as you keep the propane bottle warm, you won't have any problems.  Problems were encountered when the auger and propane were left in the truck box overnight in -20 degree temp. 

Otherwise, it starts on the second pull everytime.

We'll see how durable it is in the years to come.  For the price tag, it should be durable and reliable.....

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Thanks for info...cant tell me you guys dont know more

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Pugsley destroyer you ever considered hooking one of these things up to a full 20 or even 40 lb. tank....would never run out of propane. Could run it off of a 10' hose.
 

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that would be a pain in the ass. just stick with your gas auger and carry an extra spark plug.

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A friend has a propane auger we use and it runs good but it's heavy and slower to drill holes than a gas auger but it works.  I had alot of problems with carbs until learning that Premium Gas (like 4 bucks a gallon) + Synthetic 2 cycle oil helps with this issue.  I've been out alot the last two years and she fires right up and I've never been disappointed.  OLD Jiffy Model 30. 

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The next auger I buy will be a four stroke.  I don't think i would buy the propane one just becaue it is heavier. 

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Those four strokes are really quiet and seem to run really nice too, they don't stink up the house either.    Not sure how they work left out in the cold but if i was in the market i'd have to look at the 4 stroke.

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never had a problem with my pro 4.  haven't needed the extension but it cut through 2 feet of ice with no problems and i think it has more than enough power and I have the 10"!  when its -20 below it takes two pulls to start it rather than 1.  I have drilled over 100 holes with it and i am still on the first tank.

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Neye4aneye Said:

Pugsley destroyer you ever considered hooking one of these things up to a full 20 or even 40 lb. tank....would never run out of propane. Could run it off of a 10' hose.
 

This would be a Wh*re bag unless you had bullheadmaster to carry the tank for you when you drilled.  I would watch from the pickup.