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Electric Ice Auger

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I am looking at buying a SM electric auger I have a gas also but was looking for something new to buy and try out this year.I would be useing it in a wheeld house mostly.

I would like your Opinion Please.

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If you are using it in permanent house I see the usage. Otherwise I don't see it...

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Hand powered or gas here, but if you already have the battery out there then you could do it. I would like to have fresh air still after drilling out my holes, but with a Jiffy this is not an option.

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I bought the SM Lectra last year and love it. I can drill all the holes I need for a day. It comes with a charger to use in your vehicle and charge after use so it is ready to go when you need to drill more. I can easliy drill 6 holes through 48" ice, proved last spring on LOW. I also have a couple extra batteries I bring with in case and also made a 25' cable to plug into my truck battery directly. I made a quick connect and mounted it in the bumper of my F-150 and don't even need to open the hood to access this. I have only had to use the truck battery once when I was drilling 10 holes in about 3-4' of ice.

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in the market for a new auger an was thinking of a 12 volt, wjats the cost on these units an how are they for reopening holes? Boar

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They are around the $375 area. I have only used to re-open one time and it worked fine. I also rewired the switch that is used to switch between internal and external so that it is actually a forward and reverse switch now.

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Give us a call. We stock reconditioned SM Electrics. You can save quite a bit.

Joe

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Hey JRfishbait I cannot send you a PM so contact me , I am interested in refurbished electric ice auger, mariotomberli@hotmail.com

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My bro-in-law has one. Works great. Just remember to keep the battery topped off. We ended up jumping to the truck a couple of times. When my gas auger retires, I'll definitely consider one.

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Ice Gator is the way to go. A neighbor of mine has the strikemaster 12 volt. He wished that he had saved his money and bought the Ice Gator after he tried mine. I wouldn't consider anything else after getting it.

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+ 1 to the Ice Gator !

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I had one and diddn't really care for it as I would get 6-8 holes in the wheelhouse before the battery would be useless. It was also too slow for my liking.

I got rid of it and my lazer mag express and bought a StrikeLite with a steel Lazer blade and have never been happier. I can drill all 12 holes out in the wheelhouse quickly and without any smoke or fumes. I also like it because I can run regular unleaded fuel that I already carry extra on the back of the ATV, no more mixing or remembering to recharge.

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I got a stike master with the wheelhouse that I got this year. I like it a lot I use to open and reopen, no problems it the why to go.

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+3 for the icegator best tool Ive bought for the ice and dependable and now they have em on sale drills all the holes an average fisherman needs with plenty of power to spare! Im on my second year I have used the 6" and 8" and they are great this weekend Im anticipating Im gonna have to put the extention on my lazer and I know Im not gonna have an issue!

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got a used SM 2 years ago from a buddies uncle and love it. have no problem redrilling. couldn't live in the wheel house with out it.

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Recently bought an ice gator to go along with my 7 inch lazer hand auger. With the factory charge on the 9 ah (smaller size) batteries I tuckered out after drilling 22 holes through 20 inches of ice,(although it was hard and clean ice) still going strong on those batteries! I can now have my hand auger option with my lazer being the auger attached to the Ice Gator powerhead and with the end of season sale at the HSOforum it was a no brainer. Let me say this, when you hit that button to start drilling, you best be holdin on!

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I had one and diddn't really care for it as I would get 6-8 holes in the wheelhouse before the battery would be useless. It was also too slow for my liking.

I got rid of it and my lazer mag express and bought a StrikeLite with a steel Lazer blade and have never been happier. I can drill all 12 holes out in the wheelhouse quickly and without any smoke or fumes. I also like it because I can run regular unleaded fuel that I already carry extra on the back of the ATV, no more mixing or remembering to recharge.

You must have had a bad set of batteries or something.. cause these things ROCKET through the ice and can easily pound close to 40 holes in 30 inches of ice with the 12v batteries !

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