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eyeguy 54

no feathers ruffled,  did you not see the lol after the pow?   warm it up out there! slow the wind down!  that drill reconditioned is at 225 with all the stuff.  If I needed one I would go that way. the ryobi I got was 45 bucks. :):):) 

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Rick G

Tom, have you bought the 9ah batterys yet?  The deal is still out there 2 for $200... too good to pass up if you ask me

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Rick G
2 minutes ago, eyeguy 54 said:

no feathers ruffled,  did you not see the lol after the pow?   warm it up out there! slow the wind down!  that drill reconditioned is at 225 with all the stuff.  If I needed one I would go that way. the ryobi I got was 45 bucks. :):):) 

He has les invested in his whole set up than the Milwaukee cost...   no brainer... almst wish I would have went that rout before milwaukee/ k drill 

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Tom Sawyer
23 minutes ago, Rick G said:

Tom, have you bought the 9ah batterys yet?  The deal is still out there 2 for $200... too good to pass up if you ask me

No I have not seen such deal; where's the link....

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eyeguy 54

285 with the 2, 4 Ah batteries. All shipped right to my door. :) More cash left to buy euros!  lol  sold the old auger for 200 so didnt break the budget switching over. 

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Tom Sawyer

LOL!

2 hours ago, Tom Sawyer said:

No Ricky, I have not seen such deal; where's the link? We're all waiting............

 

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IceHawk

You guys need to get out fishing see cabin fever is setting in  LOL! you know there always biteing somewhere put all that pent up energy on those drills and start the hunt :grin: Then of course after you find them give me a call :grin:

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Rick G
5 hours ago, Tom Sawyer said:

No I have not seen such deal; where's the link....

My bad... now the cheepest i can find one is $129.99 

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Tom Sawyer
27 minutes ago, Rick G said:

My bad... now the cheepest i can find one is $129.99 

Where at Ricky?

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eyeguy 54

70 and calm in my livingroom. :):) 

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Tom Sawyer
6 minutes ago, eyeguy 54 said:

70 and calm in my livingroom. :):) 

72 here, but we have a slight breeze goin' with the ceiling fans reversed. :ok:???

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Borch
8 hours ago, BrandoKing said:

I ended up going with an Eskimo Propane auger. It works great! Cuts holes quick and easy. Only things is that it is a little heavy when I was drilling a lot of holes. Not terrible though, good way to burn off a few of the bottle bass. I just couldn't pull the trigger on the more expensive electric ION. 

Enjoy the new auger!  It should serve you well.

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Borch

I just picked up a 6" kdrill for $180 tonight.  I've got a new Milwaukee Fuel 2703-22 kit for $200 on the way.   Should be here for me to use before I switch to the Nils as I think we'll have good ice this winter. 

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Naturboy

I have a 7" drill, down sized from a 10"  the only thing I don't like about 7" is they freeze so fast.  6" must freeze even faster. Of course you don't need much of a hole to pull all those TINY fish out you guys catch. lol

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40 minutes ago, Naturboy said:

 Of course you don't need much of a hole to pull all those TINY fish out you guys catch. lol

No,... we just need to catch them fast before that 6" hole freezes shut.....

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I have been using a Strikemaster Lithium Lazer 50v electric auger the last couple years. Very happy with it, but I'm limited to about 70-100 feet of ice drilled per charge, depending on temp/hardness of ice. That's more than enough for most bluegill trips, but it's lacking when the ice gets thick and I'm trying to find walleyes on big water during full-day trips. I find myself not drilling as many holes as I would like in an attempt to ration the charge.

I just picked up an Eskimo P1 Rocket 8" propane auger. My buddy has the 10" and it's the best auger I've ever used. If anyone wants to really aerate a lake, the Rocket fits the bill. I'll use this along with the Strikemaster electric to meet all of my drilling needs. I haven't used the Rocket yet. It's in the mail. I'm excited at it's light weight in particular. 26 pounds. 

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