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My two cents summed up by many of missions with both electric and gas.....Gas auger wins hands down outside in the elements and I have been stranded with the electric battery too many times. The only use I can even see for the electric is in warm and controlled environments like Ice Castle fishing.....oh and don't forget to plug in the battery right after you use it or you'll be stranded.....Don't really care for the battery version until they come farther in design.

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1 hour ago, skipparoo said:

My two cents summed up by many of missions with both electric and gas.....Gas auger wins hands down outside in the elements and I have been stranded with the electric battery too many times. The only use I can even see for the electric is in warm and controlled environments like Ice Castle fishing.....oh and don't forget to plug in the battery right after you use it or you'll be stranded.....Don't really care for the battery version until they come farther in design.

Out of curiosity, what electric setups have you used?

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Rl_sd, yes I did put my new drill on my old head. My head was the reverse equipped one but not x. 

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2 hours ago, Hawg said:

Rl_sd, yes I did put my new drill on my old head. My head was the reverse equipped one but not x. 

I was really thinking about doing the same thing... but couldn’t pass the deal up on the used legacy bit. What did you do with your old bit?

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On ‎2‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 9:42 PM, skipparoo said:

My two cents summed up by many of missions with both electric and gas.....Gas auger wins hands down outside in the elements and I have been stranded with the electric battery too many times. The only use I can even see for the electric is in warm and controlled environments like Ice Castle fishing.....oh and don't forget to plug in the battery right after you use it or you'll be stranded.....Don't really care for the battery version until they come farther in design.

You must not have tried any of the newer electric models.  I can have my Lithium 40v battery sitting in the box of the truck for hours and it still rips through the ice.  I've seen or tried some of the other versions but the new Strikemasters and Ion's are huge advancements over the ones that came out even just a few years ago.  I was skeptical as well, but used a buddy's when we were out fishing and I was sold.  Even the 10" flight works amazingly well.

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24" of ice with my 6" kdrill and Milwaukee M18 Fuel with 5amp battery I got 30 holes.  The drill came with 2 batteries so I could do 60 holes in a day without recharging. If I recharged on the ice the first battery would charge before the 2nd was dead so I could conceivably drill forever by rotating batteries. 

 

The reason I went with the Kdrill and M18 is because I needed a new drill anyways and I'd been wanting to replace my old Model 30 so financially it made sense to get the combo.  Paid $245 for the M18 on sale and $160 for the Kdrill so I'm at $405 for the combo.  

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Rl_sd, I gave it to a friend that actually pulled his house forward while his partner was drilling a hole! Bent the auger about 20-30 degrees! You can’t make that sh-t up. 

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3 hours ago, Hawg said:

Rl_sd, I gave it to a friend that actually pulled his house forward while his partner was drilling a hole! Bent the auger about 20-30 degrees! You can’t make that sh-t up. 

 

Darn right you can’t....

 

 

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On February 20, 2018 at 10:03 AM, rl_sd said:

Just my 2 cents....

 For kicks, I decided to try the drill and adapater on my Strikemaster Mora..... YIKES! It wouldn't take you long to burn up ANY brand drill with that Mora.

 

 

This really suprises me....were the blades dull? Was it a flat blade shaver (mora) or the curved blade lazer style? I know you said strike master mora......but that label is on the lazer and the mora augers I've had. 

 

I'm a little suprised if you found the flat blade shaver hard to turn with a drill......A lot of people prefer the mora flage blade because it is $40 for a new auger, cuts smooth and easy, and blades are cheap.

 

I've actually put a 10in mora on my 1200in/lb drill and turn it fine.

 

 

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10 hours ago, rl_sd said:

It wasn’t the curved blade that you are showing

 

 

That isn't a curved blade. It is a flat blade shaver. A "mora" hand auger is basicly the same design has an ion.

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Kdrill works awesome on early ice and up to around 18inches. We ran the gas next and it gas just cut faster in that thick of ice. Love having the light drill for packing and pulling out but when we are punching 100 plus holes  on 20plus inches of ice gas is the way to go. We have a few gas setup with the 6inch bit for Devils and they rip Nills or strikemaster bits they are both fast and light.

 

I do like when i hit a couple metro lakes I can pack in with the bit and just a cordless drill just nice to go light when needed in certain situations.

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