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Nils oil mix

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My Nils just arrived today. I'm going out to open up the boxes right now. Can I go ahead with the Saber at 100-1 right away? I've got some of those pillow packs to mix a gallon at a time.

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I ran my 1st 2 tanks at 80 to 1. I didnt cut with the 1st tank. I ran the auger on a stand for a couple hours then ran it through different rpm/speed ranges for another about 30 minutes and then ran it on the stand til it was almost out of gas.

This break in really helps get everything seated well and running at peak performance before you start rippin holes.

Dont press down at all while cutting. Let the blades and auger weight do all the work.

If you do this you will be very happy with the Nils. Watch out those blades are SHARP.

2nd tank I ran 80-1 and used it on the ice. Every tank since has been 100 to 1.

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Thanks for answering so fast. I'm just about to put it together in the next few minutes. I'm really hoping this thing will hold up better than my two year old s.m. I've had nothing but trouble with it. I had an old auger years ago with a Tanaka motor and the thing was awesome. Finally broke the gear housing casting/handle on a bumpy trip on LOW in the back of my trailer. I won't make that mistake again.

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Many 2-cycle engine manufacturers recommend running the first couple of tanks with double rich oil mixture (and some don't make any break-in recommendations).

My recommendation: yes, you can use the AMSOIL Saber for break-in, but I would recommend use 1 pillow packet in 1/2 gallon of gas (double rich) and use this for the first couple of tanks. The idea of running it unloaded on a stand at various throttle settings is not a bad idea.

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Rumor has it that Santa will bring me a Nils very soon so thanks for answering some of my ? about the break in period and the oil mix recommendations. I am pumped about the new auger not that the Jiffy was all that bad but the old boy was just too heavy for a day of chasing panfish.

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I just got mine together and running. I discovered that the 48" auger is more than I need. With the power head attached its as high as my forehead. I'm only 5'8" and I think I'm going to return it and get the 42" instead. It will still be longer than my old one. I know the ice on LOW can get 3.5' thick, but that is a rarity for me.

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That Sabre Professional is nice stuff. I use to use a double dose of the Stihl oil to get a 25:1 ratio for my Eskimo. I picked up an 8oz bottle of the Sabre and mixed at roughly 75:1 and the Eskimo runs real well on it. Since I've gone through my supply of Stihl oil I plan on switching my chainsaw, blower, weedwacker to the Sabre as well when it comes time in the spring (nice only having one mix).

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I was able to use a five gallon pail with a blanket thrown over the opening (for padding/cut down on vibration) as a "stand" to run the new Nils power head for break-in. It's just the right size opening for the handles to settle in. Those pillow packets work really nice for mixing the Saber in with the gas. I thought they might be a mess but the package is such that when you tear it open, there is just a small opening for the oil to come out.

Debated on keeping the 48" bit, but decided to ship that back to get the 42". With the higher placed handles on the Nils, the 48" makes for quite a reach. The 42" is the same as my s.master so we'll give that a try.

Two questions: Do they make an extension for Nils for those rare thick ice conditions over 3.5'?

Are there any stores that sell the Nils equipment/products or is it online only?

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No one makes an extension for the nils that I'm aware of, I built one out of stainless last year, and it was needed on LOW. I only have the 42" because I bought on sale and it was all they had left.

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Nils does make a extention. It actually is not just a long bar it has more fluting so you dont get all that slush backed up in the hole.

I havent needed a extention in the 3 or 4 years I have had mine. Thats on Red, LOW, Rainy and other deep ice lakes. I have the standard shaft not the short.

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