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CaptSpike

Ice Gator 42 volt

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Anyone get to try one of these yet?

They don't show the 36 volt battery pack anymore so I assume if you need a battery pack you'll need to purchase the 42 volt LI (assuming there was no change in the drive train).

I have had some issues in the past with the different versions (I have owned the second to the latest versions of their augers) but I hope those problems are behind me now.

Anybody still considering these guys or is the ION and Strike Master LI going to be suitable options?

I do like the reverse on the Gator. ION now has that, not sure if the Strike Master does or not

Spike

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It looks like it now comes with the same 8" auger bit as ION, it's even got the ring around the blades for reopening holes and even same color. Price seams to be more competitive then I rember and they didn't come with an auger bit before. 100 holes through 36" of ice is impressive and like before, it has reverse.

If this is indeed an Ardisam auger bit and the price of 599.99 is now competitive with the ION and SM electric augers it looks to me to be a real contender. Now if someone local sold them I would be very tempted, I want to sell my old ION and get the new ION with reverse anyhow. Nothing wrong with the ION but with 100 holes in 36" of ice I wouldn't need my 4 stroke auger anymore.

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Ice Gator has a good idea & they work good when they work but Before I dropped another $500 on a ice gator (I did it twice already) I would need to see some sort of commitment from the company to offer parts for these things. I went out & picked up a Strike master Big Volt for my wheel house last year & although its not as fast as the gator it works fine & I bet if I need parts I will be able to get them.

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Can't believe someone with a heckuva lot more money than me has not bought them out yet, taken their technology, honed it, and big boy produced it. As of now would still go with the new ion as the most reputable similar substitute.

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