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#1359223 - 04/15/08 07:38 AM
Strikemaster Strike Lite
Perchwich Offline
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Registered: 02/06/08
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A friend of mine just got a great deal on a Strike Lite. Just wondering what everyone thinks of it. What are the pros and cons? Has anyone run into problems with it in any situations? Any input would be great, thanks.

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#1359304 - 04/15/08 08:25 AM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Perchwich]
Froggy4371 Offline
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Got one this winter and love it!

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#1359314 - 04/15/08 08:30 AM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Froggy4371]
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I don't have one myself, but the only bad I've heard is with the plastic auger breaking.
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#1359316 - 04/15/08 08:30 AM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Perchwich]
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Best unit out there untill later ice. When the ice gets thicker you need to clean the hole 4 or 5 times or the ice gets pushing on the plastic flights and snafoo they break into little pieces. Strikemaster has takencare of me on this. Buy a 224 bottom for that auger and now your a hole cutting machine. Good luck!

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#1359424 - 04/15/08 09:36 AM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: ice-man/vexilar-king]
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Yup i have heard that the shaft of the auger is metal, but where the strikelight really looses its weight is that the auger part (the swirlley part) is plastic. Sounds like they have the POTENTIAL to break but not alot of them. there are alternatives such as buying the metal shaft, but then you loose the lightness that the strikelight has to offer, but you still dont have to mix oil. other than that i havent heard too much bad about the strikelight. but like always they have some of the best customer support around, not to mention they are local, so if you dont have a SM its a great choice.

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#1359550 - 04/15/08 10:45 AM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: JigginIsLife]
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I had my shaft break......they took care of me well with a 224 bit.........cuts like it was butter now.
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#1359778 - 04/15/08 12:40 PM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: JP Z]
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 Originally Posted By: jpz
I had my shaft break


Same thing happen to mine. You have to clean your hole out when the ice gets thick or it will break. This is the only problem I have had.

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#1359915 - 04/15/08 01:55 PM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Biff Tannen]
fadal Offline
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only probably I have had is the ice sticks to the blade then you cant cut a hole. But the cure is cooking spray now it works slick.
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#1359937 - 04/15/08 02:17 PM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Biff Tannen]
Sandmannd Offline
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 Originally Posted By: Biff Tannen
 Originally Posted By: jpz
I had my shaft break


Same thing happen to mine. You have to clean your hole out when the ice gets thick or it will break. This is the only problem I have had.


Man, I hope you guys are still talking about augers. OUCH!!!!!

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#1359962 - 04/15/08 02:38 PM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Sandmannd]
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Had my Strikelite auger bit get stuck in the hole after drilling 30+ inches of ice.Ice chips built up in the plastic shroud on the bottom, and when the water filled the hole, I had a mess to deal with.I then quickly learned to clean out the hole a couple of times before punching through, on thick ice.I really thougth I was going to bust that thing off.Got it out after really pulling the heck out of it.If needed,I will put the metal auger bit from my older 2 hp Lazer on it.The 4 stroke engine is a breeze to start,and has plenty of power.I like the Strikelite,for the most part.
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#1360060 - 04/15/08 04:06 PM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: fadal]
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 Originally Posted By: fadal
only probably I have had is the ice sticks to the blade then you cant cut a hole. But the cure is cooking spray now it works slick.


Rain X also works I was told. I also use Pam Cooking Spray.

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#1360423 - 04/15/08 08:52 PM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Biff Tannen]
ozzie Offline
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a guy I know just took a auger from his lazer mag and uses the strikelite head and he loves the thing...I have used it also and it cuts great...the plastic auger is junk!!
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#1360584 - 04/16/08 12:53 AM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: ozzie]
Bothun Offline
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Saying the flighting is junk is a little extreme i'd say. I cut well over 500 holes with mine this year and haven't had a problem. If you are hard on your augers no matter what it is, you will have problems. Take care of them and it will remain that way for much longer.
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#1360692 - 04/16/08 06:55 AM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Bothun]
Perchwich Offline
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Loc: Bloomington, MN
Thanks for all the input guys. Sounds like my buddy got a heck of a deal. I guess I'll just have to warn him to spray his shaft before getting into the the thick stuff. We don't need to hear anymore about clean holes and broken shafts!


Edited by Perchwich (04/16/08 06:55 AM)

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#1361144 - 04/16/08 11:17 AM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Perchwich]
FrontenacPike Offline
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Registered: 06/19/05
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I also bought one this winter and love the cut and the weight. I've taken my auger on long hikes and wouldn't trade it for anything.
The only problem I have is it leaks oil from the gasket at the base of the head, when laid down. I contacted S/M last week. The Tech told me the problem is a simple fix by adding a larger gasket. They offered to pay for shipping and fix free of cost. I'll be in the area this summer fishing and will be dropping mine off.


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#1361151 - 04/16/08 11:20 AM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: FrontenacPike]
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How did you guys, summerize your strike light augers????


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#1361212 - 04/16/08 11:53 AM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: FrontenacPike]
duckman5547 Offline
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I have had a strike lite since the first year they were out. I have had the oil leak issue 6 times. Don't let SM fool you by saying "it needs a larger gasket" they put 5 larger gaskets in mine and it started leaking oil again yesterday. I have also had problems with the plastic flighting breaking. I cut around 1000-1500 holes a year and after 3 plastic augers I now have the 224 auger and it works fine. Overall if they could figure out the oil leak problem it would be a good auger to own. just my .02
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#1361362 - 04/16/08 01:25 PM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Bothun]
munchy71 Offline
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Loc: Stuart, Iowa
 Originally Posted By: Bothun
Saying the flighting is junk is a little extreme i'd say. I cut well over 500 holes with mine this year and haven't had a problem. If you are hard on your augers no matter what it is, you will have problems. Take care of them and it will remain that way for much longer.



I couldn't agree with you more. Mine will be going on it's 3rd season (approx. 2,000 holes/season) and no problems with the composite drill unit whatsoever. That includes -30 degree days on /mille Lacs.

The operator has to realize that it is NOT a steel unit and use it accordingly...clear your holes as you drill, don't store it upright in a partially drilled hole, etc.....

-Munchy


Edited by munchy71 (04/16/08 01:25 PM)

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#1361981 - 04/16/08 07:57 PM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: FrontenacPike]
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 Originally Posted By: FrontenacPike
How did you guys, summerize your strike light augers????


What I have done now for the past two springs is dump gas out (I just use it in my lawnmower) start the auger and let it run til it dies, then hang it up. I think this upcoming fall I am going to change the oil in it.

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#1362027 - 04/16/08 08:20 PM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: zamboni]
jholland Offline
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Registered: 02/09/08
Posts: 148
Loc: Wayzata, Minnesota
We didn't break our Strike Lite until late season when you have to clear the hole many times. This was the first time we had it late-ice and we were unaware of the issue. After we figured out clearing works fine it was no issue. We figured by next season we'll put the drill unit from our old auger and replace the blade.


Edited by jholland (04/16/08 08:20 PM)
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#1362034 - 04/16/08 08:22 PM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: zamboni]
Huey Offline
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I did the same. Also pulled the spark plug and put a couple drops of oil in there, replaced the plug, pulled the start cord out until I felt some resistance. Supposedly pulling the cord part way out helps to seal the cylinder and prevent rust, etc..

For the record, I also like my strikelite. I've had mine for 2 winters now and had no problems with the plastic auger until last late (thick ice) this winter. I broke one plastic auger, then another one about 3 weeks later. The strikemaster guy recognized me when I went back the 2nd time and he gave me a lazer mag metal auger. That added 5 lbs, but it cuts great.

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#1374727 - 04/25/08 05:00 PM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Huey]
Dan Brelje Offline
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Loc: Russell Lake Sask. Canada
Had problems with the plastic auger as well. Took it to Big Lake and they swapped it for the metal version on the express. No problems since

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#1394798 - 05/09/08 06:29 AM
Re: Strikemaster Strike Lite [Re: Dan Brelje]
Ed Carlson Offline
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I seen 3 flighting failures this winter, all late deep ice.

What I suspect is the issue is the heavy slush binds up on top and below the shorter flighting and the forces combined with the cold is too much for the present design.

Strikemaster as usual warranties all 100%, or replaced it with the metal flighting of your choice.

I would have to wonder that if the flightings were run farther up the shaft and thickened as it rises if it would solve this issue?

A great auger for sure...any that comes from a 30 year Jiffy guy.

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