The Best Hand Ice Auger????
Posted 02 January 2008 - 05:06 PM
I think I've got most brands and models represented... if I missed one let me know, maybe I can add it later?
Posted 02 January 2008 - 05:55 PM
Posted 02 January 2008 - 07:34 PM
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 09:25 PM
Posted 02 January 2008 - 09:34 PM
But I do hear great things about the Fin Bor III
Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:03 PM
It works great when connecting to cordless drill.
Posted 03 January 2008 - 12:22 AM
OK...I admit it....if there's a foot of ice....I bring the jiffy
Posted 03 January 2008 - 12:30 AM
Posted 03 January 2008 - 07:44 AM
Posted 03 January 2008 - 08:49 AM
If you primarily fish for perch and panfish, get the 4" model...it is the fastest auger i've seen.
Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:37 AM
I use a 4 inch for panfish and a 7.25 for bigger fish!
Posted 03 January 2008 - 07:52 PM
Posted 04 January 2008 - 02:55 PM
Just my 2 cents
Posted 04 January 2008 - 03:54 PM
Posted 06 January 2008 - 09:50 AM
I hear strikemaster is another good brand.You can't go wrong with finbore.
Posted 06 January 2008 - 05:06 PM
Posted 06 January 2008 - 07:56 PM
The Swede bore, Mora, etc. will get the job done if they are in good shape but have shorter lives. The Finn Bore and others are in a league all their own. Any auger that requires much downward pressure to cut just wears both you and the auger out. The upward pressure of the ice on the blades will slowly warp the steel until your cutting angle gets worse and worse. It's less noticeable with soft ice (late season) but can kill an auger in no time.
I ice fish a lot. Love to backpack and check out new lakes. Never used a gas auger but I will burn 25+ holes in a day through northern Ontario March ice trying to find fish or just get a "feel" for a lake. The Finn Bore is all I use.
Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:37 PM
They all cut fine when the blades are sharp and as mentioned before shimmed right. The different handles get me - never liked my Jiffy handles. Most comfortable for cutting the thick ice was the nils but they were not around when I bought my last one.
The Jiffy does cut a mean fence post hole. That's why I had to buy a new one.