Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • 0

Stikemaster Solo Questions


Buck_Hunter04

Question

I got rid of my Jiffy Model 30 today. Looking for something lighter. I want to go with the Solo. But should I go 2hp or 2.5hp. Im gonna get it in the 8in hole. Any info would be great. Is everyone pretty much happy with these.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

12 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0

I won a 2hp solo last year and it has been a great unit, cuts great, runs great. You should be happy with it. It will turn slower than you Jiffy but cut just as fast.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

Go with the Solo Lazer Pro 3hp. There isnt much a price difference. If you go with the Solo Magnum 2hp you end up with the chipper blade. I hate Strikemaster chipper blades. Slow and annoying. Both the Lazer Mag and Lazer Pro come with lazer blades.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

If you get the 2hp your going to get the slower but more durable chipper style blade if you go to the 2.5 hp it comes with the Lazer 2 blade shaver style, faster but more prone to dulling and possible blade pitch issues if not handled properly. Once dulled the chipper will still cut and shavers are pretty much a done deal. I have the 2hp with a 4 blade shaver style (224) and its crazy fast but I have ran into some issues dulling blades one time completely my fault other time not sure what happened. Chipper blades can be sharpened, shaver style need to be replaced.

I just bought an ION this weekend and as long as you can keep he battery warm and don't drill holes like a mad man (over 800" of ice) I would recommend it over a Solo or unless you want a 10", only because the ION only comes in an 8". I drilled 18.5" of ice in 15 seconds with the ION. I think I will be selling my Solo.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

I have the 2.5 Solo with the shaver blades. I was just going to change my blades after 3 plus years but the new ones were no sharper. I fish alot each winter, sometimes 3-4 times a week but I try to take care of my blades so yes, they can last a long time if taken care of.

Great auger, cut's fast and I have been more than happy wih it's performance. You can get the larger 3hp, but I see no reason for the added power as my 2.5 cuts as good as I need an auger to cut.

As far as problems with the Solo, I know of one and that's the fuel line that could break after 2-4 years of service. It is an easy fix and costs about a $1 to fix it, least that is what it cost me.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

Buck, watch that first hole you drill, the auger will suck you down if you are not paying attention. Mine still sucks me down if I am day dreaming and I am 6'7" and north of 250......The first hole I drilled with my solo after I dumped my jiffy, the auger almost came out of my hands when it started pulling me down

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

JSK76 - Let me know if you are planning on getting rid of that 224 drill if its a 10 inch. I'd be interested in it. Those things are amazingly fast. More spendy to get new blades, but cut better than any other auger.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

Buck, watch that first hole you drill, the auger will suck you down if you are not paying attention. Mine still sucks me down if I am day dreaming and I am 6'7" and north of 250......The first hole I drilled with my solo after I dumped my jiffy, the auger almost came out of my hands when it started pulling me down

Mine was doing that at first. I took it back to Strikemaster, and they found a broken weld on the auger. Replaced on the spot.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

LRG, mine doesn't have a broken weld, I just feel the auger hit the water and it has a downward pull, because of the engine power and speed of the auger.....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

My mag 2000 shot a rod through the block. I was at Drock and they had power heads that were used to drill holes for ice tournaments and they sold me a Solo laser mag for 379(with full warranty) and man am I in love. My Mag 2000 sounded like a motor this thing sounds like an engine. I drilled over a hundred holes last weekend up north and it must have been about 5 seconds per hole. I was warned about being sucked down the hole so I was watching for it when I got near the water. I like having a primer bulb and I also like the lighter weight.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

I punched about 40-50 holes this weekend. Plenty of torque thats for sure. Works great!!! Would recommend it to anyone. Just have to get it out of my head I don't have a 3hp model 30 anymore. Little bit slower but easier on the arms and back when trolling for perch.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • leech~~
      Have you ever read the history of SPAM! It's very interesting! 🤭
    • leech~~
      Welcome to the forum and thanks for the ice report. I'm sure more reports on other lake will start coming in as more folks brave the ice. 
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end... It is ice fishing time!  Some resorts (not all) have pulled out fish houses and it is game on.  Some ice trails are marked and open.  Check weight limits on each ice road as conditions can vary. Resorts who have fish houses on the ice will typically transport you out to their houses using light ice rigs for convenience and safety.   As we often say, ice conditions vary greatly on Lake of the Woods.  Some resorts have trails marked across Four Mile Bay out to fishing areas in front of Pine Island on the big lake.  Some resorts are not quite open as the ice where they go out still needs some time to thicken up.   Watch your favorite resort / outfitter social media pages for up to date info.   Work through resorts and outfitters on the ice, stay on the marked trails for safety, please don't exceed weight limits and drive slowly on the ice. Anticipation is high.  The early ice bite is normally very good!   Please remember to Keep It Clean, pick up everything around you and secure your garbage. On the Rainy River...   The Rainy River is frozen up.  Some locals who know the river have been checking ice and ice fishing with some walleyes and saugers in the mix.  As ice thickens, more areas will become accessible. Ice conditions vary and on the river there is current, so much like the lake, we encourage visitors to work through a resort or outfitter for safety.   Up at the NW Angle... Resorts have been monitoring ice conditions and starting to stake trails.  They are not ice fishing yet, but the ice is looking good and some guides scouting for fish give the thumbs up.  Stay in touch with your favorite NW Angle resort for further info.   Driving through Canada to reach the Angle no longer requires COVID vaccinations or the use of the ArriveCan App (which is optional).   For those looking to access the Angle while avoiding customs, there are few options.   1.  When ice conditions allow, the snowmobile trail will be groomed and staked from the south shore up to the Angle. 2.  The Lake of the Woods Passenger service provides round trip bombardier service across the lake.   3.  Lake Country Air provides air service to both the south end and NW Angle.    
    • thefishingpublic
      Any update on ice fishing? Was out on Green yesterday and there was about 5" of ice from the launch. Didnt push it too far. Really slow fishing.    Anyone fished Ann lake in the past year? Update? 
    • Coleman
      You're not fishing too far from home I see.  I was going to pop a couple holes on Saturday to check the status, I'm on the other side of the point.  Did you mark any fish on those bumps?  
    • smurfy
      no friggin way i'd let them worthless friggin pelicans do that. i'd make me a life size leech lookin scarecrow!!!!!!!!!!!🤣🤭   just joshing ya leech!!!!!!!!!!🤗 but i seriously wouldnt allow that  to happen!!!!!!!!
    • Mike89
      seem then birds do that too!!!   it is interesting the way they herd the fish and swoop in on them...  
    • smurfy
      yep, like leech said, best asking and going through a resort on the lake. i dont know anyone that would rent out there own personal house to someone else.   google Winnibigoshish resorts you'll get a bunch. i personally like highbanks!!!!!!!
    • leech~~
      Welcome to the forum.  Those are some pretty specific questions that are best answered by the resorts on the lakes that rent houses. Let us know if you find any good deals! 👍
    • gimruis
      I have a story about Elk Lake.  Last spring after ice out, I was crappie fishing out there in one of those shallow back water areas that hold dozens of puny crappies.  I caught over 100 in a couple hours.  I went back a week later, and one of the land owners came down to his dock and told me that a couple days earlier, a flock of pelicans was in there gulping up crappies as fast as they could.  Literally.  He said they would herd them into a corner and then other ones would swoop in with their gaping mouths/beaks and suck em down like a vacuum.  They did this for 2 days straight until there didn't appear to be any crappies left in there.   He said he considered putting a halt to it because they are gluttons and he could tell it was going to make a sizable dent in the crappie population, but he let it go because it was just "part of nature."  Needless to say, when I was back there fishing the second time, I didn't catch a single crappie and I had caught over 100 a week earlier.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.