Sorry if these questions are redundant, I've looked through six pages and didn't find what I was after.
I own a strikemaster 8" hand auger, I'm getting too lazy to cut through thick ice with it and want portability when the first spot is too slow. Two years ago I bought a used electric auger off craigslist, and can't get it to drill a hole more than a couple of inches. It just spins. I think the blades are beveled appropriately, but not 100% sure of it. Also, it's very old - might just be tired.
That said, I find myself in the market for a power auger. I hate the idea of an iffy/hard to start motor. I've got three chainsaws and a weedeater that cause occasional grief. I dread adding another +/- $400 small engine to my garage if it's going to require much maintainence. In fact, I've even looked into the chainsaw ice auger attachment http://www.lewiswinch.com/multidrill/Ice_Augers.html
For skeptics, there are some sweet electric augers that work.http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishi...3Bcat104395680
I have wondered why the electric clam conversion would not work with a corded drill. In the recent discussion about hand augers, everyone mentioned the drawback is draining 18v batteries. Does a truck or suv generate enough power (I'm no electrician but I believe the issue would be generating enough amps) to run a stout corded drill, transferring that energy to a clam?
If I go with gas, are there machines worth avoiding? Of course I could buy anything local, I will also be in a cabelas in less than a month. If I have to I can look into checking the box on the plane, or shipping it up with a friend. From what I can gather the jiffy propane augers and nils get the best reviews, eskimo seems to be a step down, and strikemaster is a bit of a gamble - depending on the motor. Anyone have any enlightening perspectives?
I guess I should mention right now I am leaning toward the eskimo mako 43cc 8"