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mrpike1973

Do you guys like using the extension so you don't bend over as much? Any one need it for thick ice or waste of money?

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monstermoose78

It will save your back it’s worth it

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Rick G

Gonna need it this yr;). Definitely not a waste of $$$

If the ice gets much thicker this winter Im gonna break the gas auger back out, lol

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Poseidon

How many batteries do you guys bring along?  I went out to Horseshoe the other day and drilled holes until both my batteries were dead and never marked a fish.  With 18" of ice, i bet i'm only getting 10-12 holes per battery.  15 max.  I thought i would get closer to 40 holes per battery in 18".  I'm using the exact Milwaukee drill they recommend with the 5 amp-hour batteries...

Moral of the story is... i'm tuning up the gas auger. :angry:

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mrpike1973

Thanks for the replies I will be getting one today. Poseidon one thing to check is your blade sharpness Last year I thought my drill was getting weak I put new blades on and away I went.  With this open winter they tend to dull faster just an idea. I'm getting about 15 -18 holes per battery in 20 inches of ice also with same set up.

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Borch

I've got a 9 ah battery ordered in addition to my 5 ah batteries.   I'm thinking I should be in better shape.  But with the ice getting pretty thick I'll be switching to my gas auger soon.

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Poseidon

MrPike, you using the 6" or 8" k-drill?

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mrpike1973

That would make a difference now wouldn't it?  Oops my mistake I have a 6 inch just got done fishing today with 5 amp battery I got 27 holes at 19 inches of ice. I noticed the drill seemed warm after drilling 5-6 in a row but no problems. I don't have a gas auger any more but I see what the guys are saying about a power auger.

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Poseidon

Yeah, ok, I'm using the 8. My drill also overheated after punching 5-6 holes in quick succession. Thanks for the responses... sorry for hijacking the thread

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Hawg

The blades are WAY too aggressive. Complaints will start soon with the Ice this year, Kdrill had ideal conditions the last couple years but this year the over aggressive angle will become obvious.  I wanted one so bad I could taste it, then tried one, no longer want one.   Ion shaver blades are much easier to turn. 

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eyeguy 54

after yesturday I gotta find an extension for my nills. thick city! 

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Hawg

I’m not sure what all augers the clam extension fits. I know it fits ion because that’s what I use.. These things go right inside your drill and are adjustable from approximately 6 inches up to probably 14 to 16 inches, they work great. Take a look at them next time you see them in the store to see if they fit your auger. Mine stays on it all the time.

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mrpike1973

Hawg did K Drill change the K Drill Pitch?

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Hawg

Not that I know of. First time I used one and constantly had to clear the shavings and drill kept cutting out. Drill is a 1200# fuel. 

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BriGuy88

Not sure how everyone else is drilling their holes with the k drill, but I have the 8" on a clam drill plate with the M18 fuel drill and don't have any problems with the drill overheating or the bit not cutting.  In 20" of ice, I clear the shavings 2 or 3 times during the cutting process and the drill cuts like a hot knife through butter.  Instructions on the k drill float are pretty clear that you should clear the shavings to prevent the drill from binding when cutting in thick ice.  Love my k drill!

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Rick G

Yea, the guys having issues with the k-drill/fuel combo are not claring out their ice shavings enough. I have had 0 issues with binding or overheating.  Have been drilling through ice that comes up to the foam the last three days.

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nofishfisherman

Used mine for the first time this weekend and I don't think I've ever used a better cutting auger.  Even my wife wanted to take a turn after seeing me use it and she's never used an auger of any type before.  We had maybe 18" of ice (just a guess, didn't measure it ) and I cleared the shavings a couple times with just a quick pull up at it worked slick. 

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