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It's been a cold winter. I'm tired of cranking on that ice drill. Anyone have any recommendations on a gas auger? Whats the best one for the price?

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I have had a couple and currently own a Jiffy Legend 2 HP. I would highly recommend Jiffy. My dad and my brother each have Jiffy's that are 10 years old and just do the job without any problems.

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I have a Jiffy Model 30 3 HP. with a 10 inch bit, that I have had for over 10 years and I have drilled a lot of holes with it and never even bought a new blade for it as of yet. I store the auger with Sea Foam in the gas over summer and each winter I touch up the blade and the point with a flat file.
I think it is worth the extra money for a Jiffy, the only negative of the Jiffy is that it is a bit heavier that the other brands.

Later...hvactech

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Had my Jiffy #30 with a 9" auger since 1981, right around the time I think they did away the suicide bar; it was my Uncles that I learned how to drill the hard way with. For the small cost it takes, I change the plug and buy fresh gas every ice fishing season. I also replaced the the removable cutting edge probably 3 times. I would definitely buy another Jiffy, but would now consider the smaller 2hp model if I needed one.
George in Throop, PA

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The Lazer's by Strikemaster won every division up at the ice auger races on Gull lake this year.Even the people who had chain saw engines ran the lazer bits.
Strikemaster has a super customer service reputation and they tend to be a little cheaper than the jiffy's in price.
Not taking any thing away from the Jiffy models, just shooting you some more options.
Good luck,Benny

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Contests dont mean diddly because they arent factory augers. Yes the cutting blades on the Strikemaster are great but the rest isnt as well built as the Jiffy. Metal V.S. plastic in a lot of places. Thats why the strikemasters are lighter. In the long run a JIffy wins out. Ever since a guy I know bought a Strikemaster and it didnt work out of the box Ive been a Jiffy Man.
No matter what you buy if you run a 10" cut go with a 3 horse. Much safer in the long run.

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I bought mine a few years back from D-Rock landscape center in New Brighton. A buddy of mine just picked a Strikemaster lazer mag 7" without the power point for $195.

They are used to drill the holes for the Brainerd tournaments and then sold at the end of every year.

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You will not find a company with better costomer service than Strikemaster. They are local. Lazer Mag Express in my opinion is the best value on the market. I got mine last year at Thorne Bros. for $250 at the end of the season. No disapointments. I love seeing the look on the Jiffy guys face when I punch a hole and have my second one a third of the way done by the time he finnishes his.

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i've owned a jiffy 10" for 14yrs runs & cuts
good.
buddy of mine bought the new stealth woooooooooooooo does this puppy cutttttttttttt and fastttttttttt 4holes to my
1 frown.gif . if and when i have to replace "IT WILL
BE THE STEALTH" smile.gif
thats my advice.
happy drillllllllllllllinggggggggggggggg

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This past weekend on Mille lacs, 3 of us had factory augers. I have my 2hp mid 80"s Strikemaster that I customized with the addition of a 8" Lazer bit when they came on the market. My buddy has a 1985 Eskimo 10" and my neighbor has a Jiffy 10" from the early 80's. They are both 3 hp.
The Eskimo was running and cutting. The Jiffy started up and got going. I got the Strikmaster going and started to cut.
I honestly had 3 holes cut while I observed the Jiffy half way thru his second hole and the Eskimo wasn't finished with his first.
I'm not pushing Strikemaster here, just making an observation. Remember, I was drilling with an 8" bit. It's been a dependable auger for me and I would recomend it. I believe the Ice was over 30"s thick.
What ever you get, take the time to maintain it. They are all fine products.
Good Luck...

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I have been a jiffy man for years but recently I switched to a lazer express 8 inch. My style of fishing has changed over the years. I now rip more holes looking for fish then I did when I first started ice fishing. I will agree jiffy has more metal than plastic, but hands down the speed the lazers cut can't be matched. I heard the new stealths can cut quick, but I haven't had the chance to try one yet. My opinion is look at your style of fishing then go from there.

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i traded my 3hp 10 in jiffy this winter after 5 yrs,purchased as strikemaster lazor
2hp with 8in cut,hands down the best auger i've ever ran,30 lbs lighter,takes 2 pulls to start and cuts fast,nothing against jiffy
but just to heavy to haul around,do much more
run and gun type fishing now and strikemaster
is the way to go for me,jiffy worked good when i had a permanent house

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Here is the ultimate challenge. Drill 2 holes in 30 + inches of ice then see how many times you can curl you auger. Winner gets to pound his beer and have you fetch him another.

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Now thats the kind of drilling I'd like to see! Then you could have a real [PoorWordUsage]ing contest afterward.....

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Thats right Bigpike! The best "hand writing" wins! "P"ing contests are a good way to mark the teritory around your fishing spot. I write stuff like "stay outta my hole" or "if you go where the huskies go, don't you eat that yellow snow!"

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