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  • Clam drill auger conversion kit?

    Has anybody used the clam drill auger conversion kit? I've seen a couple references to it in the forum but nothing in-depth.

    Looking for a light power auger for ski-out ice fishing trips. Looks like you can use an 8 inch hand auger, power drill, and attach a clam hand auger extension on the conversion kit. I also like that you can still bring the auger handle to hand-crank the holes if the drill/system breaks down.

    How many holes can you drill? I know this would depend on the drill attached to the kit but just looking for a ballpark estimate.

    Thanks in advance for any input!

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    Havenít used one, personally, but I have a buddy who loves his. Iím in the market for a new auger so Iíll be paying attention to this thread. Iíve heard some of the battery powered augers are really coming on and becoming solid units. Donít have to deal with cranking them in the cold, wonít have to deal with spilling fuel or carrying propane bottles, and Iíve read the new strike master 40v can dig 70 10Ē holes on a single charge.

    I donít think itíll be as light as a clam drill setup, but I think I saw it was either 23 or 27 pounds. Either way, itís not too bad. Donít know how many holes youíre drilling, but it seems like 70 10Ē holes would suffice for most peopleís outings. Replacement batteries arenít cheap, and neither is the auger setup, but it seems worth considering. Iíve got it on my short list for a new auger. Just throwing it out there in case you hadnít considered it, yet. Iím down to that or another 10Ē P10 Rocket propane auger from Eskimo again.
    Originally posted by AGL4now
    Discovered that prayer helps sometimes. Also what a penis sheath looks like a few inches from my forehead.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply, that is helpful. I already have a couple hand augers and a drill so the clam kit would be nice and cheap. I'm just worried about how well it would work with really thick ice (using the clam hand auger extension) and at temps down to -30.

      My second choice is a gas auger but they are heavy and if they break down with the cold and thick ice then you are hosed on a ski-out excursion. Its happened to me before and I'm not keen to do it again!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Trashmaster View Post
        Thanks for the reply, that is helpful. I already have a couple hand augers and a drill so the clam kit would be nice and cheap. I'm just worried about how well it would work with really thick ice (using the clam hand auger extension) and at temps down to -30.

        My second choice is a gas auger but they are heavy and if they break down with the cold and thick ice then you are hosed on a ski-out excursion. Its happened to me before and I'm not keen to do it again!

        If youíre talking about a gasoline auger, Iíd HIGHLY suggest a propane one as another consideration. They cost a little more, but I have one and Iím not sure I could be happier. The only reason Iím considering replacing it is because itís currently at a buddyís house in Colorado and getting it up here would be a nightmare. Heís going to buy it from me and Iím just going to replace it locally. After doing a bit of research, I started reading about the electric ones.

        That said, when I switched from gasoline to propane, I decided Iíd never look back. I donít have to worry about the auger leaking in the garage/truck anymore, the propane auger starts on the second pull every single time (down to -42 so far), and Iím always going to have those 1lb propane bottles with me for stoves, buddy heaters, etc. Not only that, but weíve done side by side comparisons and that Eskimo P1 Rocket auger, even in a 10Ē, has beaten most of the augers weíve run it against. Like I said above, Iím on the fence about this electric drill for some of the reasons I mentioned, but if I end up scrapping the battery powered idea, the only other consideration is that P1 Rocket with a 10Ē blade.
        Originally posted by AGL4now
        Discovered that prayer helps sometimes. Also what a penis sheath looks like a few inches from my forehead.

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        • #5
          That's definitely worth a thought. I was worried about the propane ones significantly losing power in the cold, similar to what happens with a buddy heater at -40. Good to hear that they don't.

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          • #6
            They may run out of juice a little quicker, but I havenít seen any diminished power. I like that P1 because it was developed specifically for propane, not like their (I think) HC40 that reverse engineered a gas motor to run off of propane. Wonít solve your weight issue, though.
            Originally posted by AGL4now
            Discovered that prayer helps sometimes. Also what a penis sheath looks like a few inches from my forehead.

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            • #7
              That's good to know. I might consider one in the future.

              I went ahead and ordered the clam drill conversion kit, I had a Cabela's gift card to use for it and want to give it a shot. I'd still be interested in hearing from others who have used one. I'll be sure to report back once I try it out, looks like it won't arrive til early Feb--just in time for a George Lake trip!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Trashmaster View Post
                That's good to know. I might consider one in the future.

                I went ahead and ordered the clam drill conversion kit, I had a Cabela's gift card to use for it and want to give it a shot. I'd still be interested in hearing from others who have used one. I'll be sure to report back once I try it out, looks like it won't arrive til early Feb--just in time for a George Lake trip!

                Please let us know how it works out!
                Originally posted by AGL4now
                Discovered that prayer helps sometimes. Also what a penis sheath looks like a few inches from my forehead.

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                • #9
                  For the last 6 years I have run my DeWalt 20v with a Nils manual auger that comes prefabricated to use with a cordless drill. It's awesome. I used to use my 4.5" auger almost exclusively as the holes were too small for even my young kid's boots to go in (but I stupidly broke it last season), but the 6" I have works great too. I can usually punch about 40-50 holes with the 6" auger in 15-20" ice on a single 5amp battery charge. That 4.5" would do over 75 in 25-30" of ice--I never actually drained a full battery.

                  Light weight, cuts very fast, quiet, no fumes, and I used the drill to drive my ice anchors for the tent anyways.

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                  • #10
                    i was going to recommend nills as well. super fast cutting light weight. and and ability to use it as a hand auger if your battery dies.
                    I will never be a "Prostaffer" its not that I am not good enough
                    but its because I refuse to pimp products for free.

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                    • #11
                      I bought another P1 Rocket 10Ē yesterday. Sportsmanís has them at nearly $100 off and they come with a free jawjacker. I couldnít say no. I guess Iíll have to deal with the weight and if it ever dies, itíll be an adventure trying to use it as a hand auger!

                      I carry a drill with me, anyways, and Iím not usually fishing far from the truck, so I may add one of these drill units as a backup.
                      Originally posted by AGL4now
                      Discovered that prayer helps sometimes. Also what a penis sheath looks like a few inches from my forehead.

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                      • #12
                        The clam plate with the right drill and auger works great have used one a few times with a Milwaukee fuel and a nilsmaster.
                        I'm currently trying out a Rigid Octane powered by a 9ah battery with an 8" (ok 7.5" in reality)KDrill.
                        So far I'm really happy with it.
                        But only one trip with it so far.

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                        "The closer I get to nature the farther I am from idiots"

                        "Fishing and Hunting are only an addiction if you're trying to quit"

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                        • #13
                          Very nice! I ordered a Milwaukee fuel for mine. A buddy has a Milwaukee charger and batteries so it will be cheaper than having to buy all that for a different brand. It will be nice to have a good drill outside of the ice fishing application too. Looking forward to putting it all together and trying it out.

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                          • #14
                            Rigid Octane and Milwaukee Fuel are both solid drills. High amp batteries are a must. The Strikemaster auger head looks promising. The K-Drill looks solid as well.
                            Your bait stinks and your boat is ugly

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                            • #15
                              OK, a report on the Clam plate setup.

                              I was able to drill 13 holes in 3.5 feet of ice at a pond in town with a warm 3-amp battery using the Milwaukee Fuel drill, clam plate, clam auger extension, and eskimo hand auger (see pic).

                              However, when I took the rig out to George Lake at -20 degrees with a fierce wind and 4.5-7 feet of ice (with use of another clam extension), I was only able to drill 5 holes using the 3 amp battery, and ended up having to attach the hand auger handle to drill more.

                              I like the performance of the setup (when it has power), the versatility of being able to go back to the hand auger configuration, how light the whole rig is. The downside is the battery life. So, I've invested in two 5 amp batteries that will hopefully get me all the juice I need.

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