then I will need to buy the bigger dewalt batteries. they look spendy. I have 7 ryobi batteries now. 2 are the 4 amp. 600 pounds should be plenty from what all are saying. I can take the 2 , 4 amps back and grab the dewalt. hmmmmmm, decisions desicions. lol
Making sure all equipment is in working order is one thing I always try to take care of before taking my first trip of the season. Nothing is quite as frustrating as a flasher with a dead battery or an auger that wont start.
I have always been a big believer having the proper equipment with to stay safe come first ice.... These items include a spud bar to check ice thickness, a section of rope, a life jacket and a set of ice picks. Having a second person with is also a smart move when the ice is thin. Talking to those "in the know" about local bodies of water and current ice conditions is also a good thing to do. Remember, first ice is usally not a consistant thickness, so use caution...and trust your gut...if something feels not right, it usally isn't.
Good luck and stay safe, my friends :-)