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Old 01-09-2014, 08:26 PM
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Default $650 bucks in your pocket. Which Auger??

So i have about $650 bucks to spend on an ice auger. Not sure which route to go. I'm not a hard core, out every spare minute guy but I do like to have quality gear that i can depend on.

I'm open to any fuel type and brand just dont have much experience with augers.

So let me know what route you would go and why, or if there is anything to stay away from.


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Old 01-09-2014, 08:32 PM
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:39 PM
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Eskimo Z 71 ........... 10" blade - starts easy, cuts fast and easy.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:39 PM
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I'd look at the strike master 4 stroke. It has no where near the power that some of the other units have so it'll take a extra few seconds to cut the hole but it is very light and very easy to pull and start. Its also nice to fuel it up from the gas pump and to not worry about having a mixed gerry can in the back of the truck.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:44 PM
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ion its on sale at cambodian tire...500 bucks
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:46 PM
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ion its on sale at cambodian tire...500 bucks
My vote would be this as well. Perhaps an extra battery with your extended budget.

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Old 01-09-2014, 08:53 PM
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Eskimo z51 or z71 all the way
Starts in cold weather
First pull and it starts after storing all summer.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:57 PM
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I have a fantastic Auger, bought for well under that budget. If I had to do it all over again I'd make the exact same decision...

Ion Hands Down!
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:59 PM
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Strike master 2 stroke. Cold weather starts no issue
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:14 PM
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So I don't know much about the Ion but like the idea and being on sale is a bonus. How long have they been on the market. Any body have a couple years on one? How are they holding up. As far as I can tell no option to go 10". Not a deal breaker but the ten would be nice.

I also have the z71 10" on my list.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:22 PM
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Buy my 8" hand auger and pocket the other 600.00 bucks. Way more benifits if you enjoy big arms, being more fit, and ladys oggling you with there eyes wishing to be your wife. Myself, I got sick of the constant female attention and bought a used gas auger. I like it. Alot. Strikemaster.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:45 PM
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Buy my 8" hand auger and pocket the other 600.00 bucks. Way more benifits if you enjoy big arms, being more fit, and ladys oggling you with there eyes wishing to be your wife. Myself, I got sick of the constant female attention and bought a used gas auger. I like it. Alot. Strikemaster.


Lol I love the thought that went into this. I had a 4 inch hand auger and after spending what must have been 20 min and just making it through the ice I had a very nice older gentleman tell me I needed to fish another 20 feet out if I wanted to get anything. I stayed where I was cause I was to exhausted and got skunked. Now I own a jiffy 10inch. A few years old now and I hear the new ones aren't that great but I love mine. I don't maintain it at all and in a couple pulls she warms up for every time.

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Old 01-09-2014, 09:46 PM
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Eskimo Z71 is my next auger for sure !!!!!!!
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:47 PM
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:49 PM
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Eskimo Z71 is my next auger for sure !!!!!!!
with the large numbers of fish you catch, you could just pee on the ice and fish the wet spot and do just as well, save all that gas!
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:54 PM
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with the large numbers of fish you catch, you could just pee on the ice and fish the wet spot and do just as well, save all that gas!
Your lucky i like your wife or my next underwater camera will be the one thats attached to your forehead!!!!!! And stop telling all my ice fishing methods to the world......LOL
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:13 PM
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You Can have the top of the line strikemaster 4 stroke or strikemaster lazer pro 3hp 2 stroke. Can't go wrong with either !
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:26 PM
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NILS is light and reliable
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So I don't know much about the Ion but like the idea and being on sale is a bonus. How long have they been on the market. Any body have a couple years on one? How are they holding up. As far as I can tell no option to go 10". Not a deal breaker but the ten would be nice.

I also have the z71 10" on my list.
My son had one last year, I liked it and it worked well. When my Jiffy (1997 )finally dies I am going to try one.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:02 PM
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Z71 all the way! It really rips. A REAL machine! I have a s33 stingray and its just fine but just no where near the auger the z71 is. The biggest and best
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:00 AM
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I picked up a ION this year,,, absolutely love it !!! thats my suggestion!! cuts holes like butter wow... and no messing around starting it. push a button and it goes.. LOVE My ION!!!
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:03 AM
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Buy my 8" hand auger and pocket the other 600.00 bucks. Way more benifits if you enjoy big arms, being more fit, and ladys oggling you with there eyes wishing to be your wife. Myself, I got sick of the constant female attention and bought a used gas auger. I like it. Alot. Strikemaster.
That is a classic! Lmao
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:59 AM
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Thanks guys. I'm going to have a look around and see what I can find in stock in red deer this weekend. I really like the idea of the Ion. I wonder how the battery life will be with always being out in the cold. I know I have killed a couple drill battery's leaving them out in the cold.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:06 AM
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I'll be out fishin' the north end of Sylvan Saturday if you want to see one in action or try before you buy.

Cold is not an issue w/the Ion in my experience.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:08 AM
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ion its on sale at cambodian tire...500 bucks
Where did you see the ion on sale. I was just on their site and I couldn't find a sale price. Not that it matters they don't show any stock in any of the stores in or near red deer.

Any body know anywhere else in the red deer area that would carry the ion??
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:31 AM
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I prefer convenience, if you plan to walk on early in the seasons the ion would be super convenient, z71 is heavy
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:55 PM
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i saw in in a cambodian tire flyer about a week ago...i still have the flyer....but the sale expired on the 8th......

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Old 01-10-2014, 04:22 PM
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i saw in in a cambodian tire flyer about a week ago...i still have the flyer....but the sale expired on the 8th......

boooo
oh well its only $50 bucks if i go that route.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:25 PM
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ion its on sale at cambodian tire...500 bucks
And I allways thought it was Ukranian Tire. Go figure ha ha
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:27 PM
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I'd go with whatever the latest and greatest Strikemaster is out there. Bought mine back in 1995 and she still cuts great. I think I've had it in the small engine shop once for a tuneup. Funny thing is I got it in the states for just around 200 at a Pamida store at the end of the season. Good investment!
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