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I saw a fishing show with a guy using a cordless drill to drive an auger. Looks appealing. Anyone here doing that? If so, what should a guy look for in a drill and connector?

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I haven't seen too many good reviews on that kind of setup.

Concept is OK, but lacks in power and can beat up a drill pretty bad.

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I was out with Aceinthehole last year and he had one. It works good. I wouldn't want to go through 24 inches with it, but it works. It takes it's toll on the drill and your batteries aren't going to last a long time. If you do a lot of hole hopping, not a good choice. But if you just like to get out on early or late ice and punch a few holes it will serve it's purpose.

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I one a few years ago on a 7" auger with a 12 volt drill. Worked ok for ice under 6" after that I run the power. You won't get lots of holes but on 2 18 volt you may get 30-40 holes. It is hard on the drill to.

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Have you ever had a bit loosen up while driving a screw, or backing one out? Same thing can happen to the auger adapter, only you may not notice until after the auger drops down the hole. Trust me, it's not fun to retrieve!

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Son has one on a Makita 18v with the good litheum batteries. Can do 12-15 holes per battery in 12-14 inches. Must be run in granny gear to avoid overheating drill, plus on higher speeds tends to hop and not bite in. Quicker than hand auger, quieter than gas, I give it a thumbs up for early ice (If you already own a good drill/batteries and have the hand auger).

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I also saw that on a fishing show over the weekend. I've been reading reviews for the last couple of days. PROS: light weight, no gas, good for early ice(maybe 6-12 in), quiet, no exhaust fumes in your shack, inexpensive assuming you have 18V cordless drill and hand auger ($15-$18 for the adapter). CONS: cannot drill many holes per battery(varies by conditions), works best on smaller diameter augers, strain on wrist(people said they had to be very careful at the end of the hole as the auger has a tough time breaking the last bit of ice), probably should buy or make a handle to stabilize and prevent auger from falling down hole, also, some people had to grind the piece that fits in the chuck for a better grip.

I have not personally tried this but think I'm going to.

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So where can I buy one of these adapters in the western subs? I have a good drill and hand auger.

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I had mine on a 18volt drill worked great for anything under 10". I could drill a hole in a few seconds. I was getting about 5 holes per battery. Works great for early ice. I got mine at Fleet Farm

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I agree with hoverman.Look pretty bad just holding your drill.I would look for the kind that have bars on them,to keep them from going down hole.I will never use my drill this way.Tools cost too much the way it is. grin

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