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The Best Hand Ice Auger????

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Poll: Best 6" hand auger???? (82 member(s) have cast votes)

What is the best 6" hand ice auger?

  1. Jiffy Jet (1 votes [1.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.22%

  2. Jiffy Mora (1 votes [1.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.22%

  3. Strike Master Lazer (9 votes [10.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.98%

  4. Eskimo Quantum (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Eskimo Barracuda (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Normark Fin-Bore III (49 votes [59.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 59.76%

  7. Normark Swede Bore (14 votes [17.07%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.07%

  8. Nils Master High Velocity (8 votes [9.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.76%

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#1 Burtess



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Posted 02 January 2008 - 05:06 PM

There are always people asking for advise on buying a hand ice auger, what brand, model, etc...

I think I've got most brands and models represented... if I missed one let me know, maybe I can add it later? :)


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Posted 02 January 2008 - 05:55 PM

Well my vote as always,is the fin bor 3,but have heard some rummblings about the Gas nils being a great buy aswell.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 07:34 PM

I have had the Fin Bore, the Swede Bore and the Strikemaster Lazer. Out of those 3 I would recommend the Strikemaster as my first choice with the Fin Bore a close 2nd. The Swede Bore I would never recommend. It was my first auger when I was an ice fishing newbie. They are not even close to being in the same class as the other 2.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 08:18 PM

The best ice auger is the one that you have with you when you're on the lake. Any one will do the job if it is looked after and maintained. I've always brought a few shims with me to adjust the cutting angle of the blade. That has saved the day so many times, I couldn't count them all. Not all ice is created equal. Be prepared to fine tune your equipment.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 09:25 PM

I got rid of the 8" finbore b/c it was too darn heavy. The 6" swede was around half the weight. most of my icefishing involves long snowshoe treks and oz's count. I like that I can apply more pressure with the shorter auger.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 09:34 PM

My favourite auger, by far, is the one that my buddy is using to punch the holes - so I don't have to! - lol

But I do hear great things about the Fin Bor III


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Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:03 PM

I prefer Strikemaster Lazer.
It works great when connecting to cordless drill.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 12:22 AM

I use a swedebore.....only because that's what I have, and that's what I'm used to. I can drill a hole with it just as fast as the next guy with a finbore or strikemaster. I just can't seem to get the hang of the offset handles on the finbore. I change my blades every season, as soon as there is a foot of ice. Then by the time the season is over, the blades are getting a bit dull, but just fine for early ice.....until there's a foot again....then I replace them.

OK...I admit it....if there's a foot of ice....I bring the jiffy :)


#9 Aaron Shirley

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 12:30 AM

Normark Fin Bore 3 gets my vote. Cuts like butter.


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Posted 03 January 2008 - 07:44 AM

I got rid of a CTC brand not sure which one and got myself the strike master laser. Night and day difference, I'll never go back.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 08:49 AM

Finbore III all the way...used the Mora and Swede bore and they require a substantial amount of effort compared to the Finbore. You really don't need to apply much downward pressure with the Finbore as it just slices and eats up ice chips. I have the 8" and it is fairly easy in ice up to about 12"-14", anything thicker than that and a gas auger becomes more practical. If you do go with the Finbore remember to activate both your hands when cutting...the offset handle is designed to make use of both your hands.

If you primarily fish for perch and panfish, get the 4" model...it is the fastest auger i've seen.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:37 AM

I use a 4 inch for panfish and a 7.25 for bigger fish!

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 07:52 PM

FinboreIII for me. Had mine for 2 years blades are still great!

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 11:17 AM

Fin Bore III

I've got 2 a 4.5" and an 8"

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 02:55 PM

I have owned a few and the Strike Master gets my vote.My 7" Strike Master would cut ice like it was jello.I liked it so much that when it came time to buy a gas auger I went with a Strike Master.I have used Jiffys in the past but in my opinion the Strike master wins hands down.
Just my 2 cents

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 03:54 PM

CTC is offering a couple Normark augers this week at 40% off. 6" for $44.99 and 8" for $49.99. Both have fold down handle for those tight on space. :santa:

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 09:50 AM

Well I have never used any others I have an 8 inch Finbore III and think it performs well drilled 3 holes 18 inches deep with ease yesterday.
I hear strikemaster is another good brand.You can't go wrong with finbore.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 05:06 PM

Most of us haven't used over 3 type of these augers, so it's hard to compare them fairly.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 07:56 PM

I've owned a Jiffy, Swede bore and the Finn Bore. Also used a Mora.

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.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:37 PM

I own a finn bore now but have owned a swede and a Jiffy. tried a Nils last year

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.

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