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Ion Auger

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Just brought my old strikemaster gas auger in to the shop after I ripped out the pull cord. I was looking at the Ion augers. They've been out a while now. I looked at prior posts on them. Any buyers remorse? I'm a 20 hole puncher typer fisherman when I go out. No permanent house. Would love to know if everyone is loving their Ion or should I stick with my old gas auger?

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I've got one and with this depth of ice--about 2 feet----I don't know whether you'll be able to get your 20 holes. I can get 10-15 holes

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Dairyman, is yours a 10inch? If not you should easily get 30-40 holes, everyone else does.

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I bought one in Dec. Took it to Canada last week fishing out of portables. Drilled 30-40 holes a day through 18" of ice with temps in the mid teens. It was dead at the end of each day, I think it would have done more if the battery had been kept warm. My buddies 3hp solo sat in the Ranger most of the day and we just used my Ion because it so convenient to just set it down and drill, no starting and warming up. I think I am going to get an extra battery and the heated carry case for it next year. I had a 3hp solo and have no regrets switching.

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I bought one in Dec. Took it to Canada last week fishing out of portables. Drilled 30-40 holes a day through 18" of ice with temps in the mid teens. It was dead at the end of each day, I think it would have done more if the battery had been kept warm. My buddies 3hp solo sat in the Ranger most of the day and we just used my Ion because it so convenient to just set it down and drill, no starting and warming up. I think I am going to get an extra battery and the heated carry case for it next year. I had a 3hp solo and have no regrets switching.
If you want to keep your battery warm, a 6pack sized cooler and pack a couple of hand warmers around it. Just don't set the cooler on the ice.

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On Saturday I gave my Ion a good test. 27" of ice, drilled 44 holes, and I think I could have gotten a 45th. Mine is from the first year they were released, so I think this is the third season on the original battery. No signs of weakening.

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One more lover of the Ion here. Drilled ~30 holes on Saturday through 20" of ice, and it was still showing full power.

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Used mine up on upper red last week and we had 24-27 inches of ice depending on where we set up at. Had to use the extension because of the slush bucket. I was using my 10" bit and gotta say i was getting about 6-8 holes before the battery started to decline rapidly. That 10" bit cuts so much more ice, but its nice to have the 10" hole with electronics being in the hole too. I take the 8" with me too if i plan on going off and using my portable and wanting to punch more holes.

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Bought an Ion this yr to keep the fishouse clean and its a great tool for fishing, always starts, reverse is cool, haven't ran out of battery yet, 27 holes in 24" fo ice with 8", keep the battery warm and it will last a long time, might need a longer extension but have the old auger for deep ice.

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Nope they slice right through like butter . I've used several augers over the years & these ions are the best by far that I've ever used . 2 yrs on mine now used it quite bit & couldn't be happier! No more gas or propane for me !

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