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  • Trashmaster
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    I'm sure you're right, will probably try to pick up a used 12 amp battery at the pawn shop or online, next paycheck.

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  • kasilofchrisn
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    Originally posted by Trashmaster View Post
    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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    Seriously you need the 12 ah battery for that drill.
    Not only does it provide longer battery life but according to the studies done also more torque.
    I have the 9ah battery (Ridgids largest) for my Ridgid Octane drill.
    I have a 6 ah as a backup.
    I don't have enough use on it to say how many holes it will drill though YouTube is full of those videos so no need for me to bother testing.

    Sent from my S41 using Tapatalk

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  • Trashmaster
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    I think overall, I would recommend a gas auger over this setup due to reliability.

    Unless you already happen to have a good drill, batteries for it, and a hand auger (similar to my situation where I had the perfect storm of gift cards and existing items to piece the Clam plate setup together for very little cost), I wouldn't recommend sinking the money into it. At least not for late season Interior AK ice, anyways!

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  • Trashmaster
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    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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  • FishGod
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    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.

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  • Trashmaster
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    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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  • kasilofchrisn
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    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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  • DucksAndDogs
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    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.

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  • kwackkillncrew
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    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.

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  • johnnycake
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    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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  • DucksAndDogs
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    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!

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  • Trashmaster
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    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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  • DucksAndDogs
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    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.

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  • Trashmaster
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    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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  • DucksAndDogs
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    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.

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