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what would be easier to make holes?


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I always bring the Nils no matter how thick. I feel that the pounding on the ice MIGHT have some affect. I have never attached the hand auger part and I am sure it would be easy but pull starting the Nils is not that tough and 15 to 20 holes later I am fishing.

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I use a hand auger until there's 12 inches of ice, but my power auger is a big heavy one. I'm thinking hard about getting a lighter auger like a Nils this year, with something like that I would start using the power auger much earlier

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If it's only a few inches I go with the chipper. Once it gets to about five inches I switch to the hand auger until it gets to about 8 to 10 inches. Then bring on the power.

This is what I suggest also.

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I remember someone saying about how ice divers didn't hear much for noise from a power or hand auger, but they could almost feel every thunk from a spud bar. Something to think about.

And you guys running the Nils, you should really try the hand auger handle for Old School sake. I promise you, that same grin that appeared on your face after using the powerhead, well, it will appear again when you use the hand auger. smile

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I will use a hand auger only until about 4 inches. At 5 inches I break out the power. So pretty much I only use my hand the first two times out in the season because I like to be as light as possible just in case. I am a wussy...but I figure I paid good money...I might as well use it.

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On first ice I all way have the spud in hand testing the ice as I walk out. then use it to open my holes untill the ice is 6".

I feel kinda silly using a power auger on 2"or3" of ice.

when the ice is thin I dont like to bring to much out with me a couple poles floating boat cushion rope and the chipper.

Jimalm I see your point abought pounding on the ice I may have to get a hand auger. RR

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