Jump to content

    If you want access to members only forums on HSO, you will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member. 😀


    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  

Best light weight auger?

Recommended Posts

Looking to to replace an old Jiffy auger with somekind of lightweight model. Living in Nebraska I haven't needed the gas auger the last few years. Which model and where can I get a good deal? Looked at Scheels on Sunday and they were out. thanks....

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll echo that and say Nils and if your ice is reasonable you can leave the powerhead off and use it as a handbomber .


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd go with the srikemaster mag. Right now you can pick them on sale for around $250-$275 or if you want to spend %500 then go with the nils.

Only difference is nils cuts a second or two faster and a couple pounds lighter. Spare blades for the nils also cost close to $100.

Hope this helps.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been using a StrikeMaster Mag since the late 80's. That was when most guys where drilling by hand. Its been a good auger and IMO still is. This year I got a Nils. Let me compare it to driving and old truck. Its reliable meaning it gets you from point A to point B. Looks God awful and the ride itn't that great, the wind whistling in through the window seals is bearable, but it still does what its supposed to. Then one day you drive a new truck, its got all the bells and whistles. Nice ride, handles well, quite and you like it, a lot. Who wouldn't? Guess what its going to cost more too to have all the extras.

So lets look at a few things.

The Nils cuts fast and effortless, faster then any other auger. Thats nice but is really that important.

The Nils is light, lighter then any other auger. Thats nice but is it really that important.

The Nils doesn't need and extension, so if the ice is thick or your drilling through a wheel house your good to go. Thats nice but is it really that important.

The Nils has narrow handles, nice for drilling in shacks when your drilling up against a wall or in a corner. That nice but is it really that important.

The Nils uses a Tanaka engine. Tanaka became the first two-stroke manufacturer to certify to the stringent C.A.R.B. Tier II emissions. Tanaka uses a catalytic converter in the muffler. Hardly any smoke and none of that gaging exhaust and no spitting unburnt oily soot on the walls of your shack. Thats nice but is really that important.

When you start adding it all up all the nice things it starts to become important and its all in one package,


In conclusion buy what you feel your needs are and don't get so defensive about what auger you own, its just a tool.

And I need a new truck.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Do you have a code reader?  Try erasing it and see if it goes away?  The best investment I made was buying a cheap code reader for like $59 at Fleet Farm. I have cleared codes on 3 different vehicles over the years that I never had to bring into a shop for.  Most of them are just hiccups like misfires, once cleared they go away.   Most car dealers will charge around $80-90 to do a "Diagnostic".  I've paid for the thing 10 times over already.   
    • I'm getting a P0123 error code.  Comes up with Throttle Position Circuit High Input and Throttle Sensor Out of Range came up.  Any idea what all possibilities come with this?
    • Thank you sir. Will have to give it a try.  👍
    • sounds good Coop!!!
    • Here you go leech.   Southwest Chicken Chile   2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 small onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth 1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes 2 (10 ounce) cans Red Gold Original Tex-Mex Petite Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, or 2 (10 ounce) cans Huy Fong Sriracha Diced Tomatoes & Red Chilies 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans 1 (14.5 ounce) can (fire roasted) whole kernel corn 2 cups diced cooked chicken* Salt and black pepper to taste   *I buy a rotisserie chicken, and use all the white meat   Heat oil in a large kettle, or Dutch oven. add onion and garlic and cook until soft. Stir in chicken broth petite diced tomatoes, petite diced tomatoes & green chilies and seasonings. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Add beans, corn and chicken; simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.  
    • You really are a leech ain't ya!!!😄
    • Oh, ok I was hoping for a new Duff special home made?  😕
    • Wee Willy's White Chicken Chili Mix.    
    • Started tomatoes and peppers past weekend. Have them on a heating pad. none up yet. Tomatoes should start poking through in a few more days. Peppers take longer......next week for them. 
  • Create New...