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Review on the K-drill

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eyeguy 54

you are the drillin king !:)

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river rat316

What amoerage batteries do you have? I finally got my gearbox back from clam this week..... a little to late... I am so glad they used us for product testing and ended up screwing me out of going electric this year, I am selling it early next season and going with the k-drill

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AlwaysFishing23

Great review Rick G! I've always been all for Gas augers but it seems seems electric is better than I think it is. I could defiantly see myself making the move in the near future.

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monstermoose78

I am getting me some of the 9 amp hour ones

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mrpike1973

I love my 6 inch K Drill however the blades seem to dull faster to me once I figured it out. Happy as a clam. I do regret selling my power auger. I bought a 8 Eskimo power auger for when I go to Mille lacs. the K drill will work just fine but I liked having the 8 inch hole for eyes up there harder to turn there head in a six inch hole. I know you can drill 2 holes together but for me it just worked. Short story Rick G is right on I love my K drill. Would recommend to any one and it's so much lighter when runnin and gunnin.

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Hawg

There are still the guys that argue up and down about electrics but they are getting fewer and fewer. They are all very strong people though,I wouldn't want get into a fight with anyone that drills 200 holes a day and carries around a 35# + auger ;)

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Wanderer

I like the electrics too but it will be a necessity for me to finally give up my gasser for good.  One tank on it can cut many, many holes.  Batteries are expensive so I don't plan on buying extras for those days I plan to explore.

 

I think it was mentioned on the forums before: With the mapping apps and gps we have available now, we probably all drill fewer holes over the season than we used to.  The problem I have though is I don't repeat locations many times over the winter. Heck, not even lakes that often.  I've been carrying the gas, electric and hand auger pretty much all winter.

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AlwaysFishing23

I would say gas augers are still getting better. For example my solo engine always starts never leaks and emissions are very very low. I don't think I burned a half gallon of gas the whole winter and I drilled maybe 500 holes max still not a lot but pretty good for only using a cup or so of fuel an outing. Not saying electrics are bad but for me I just can't pull my self away from the convince of gas. Every winter I think I do give more and more respect to cordless drill or electric set ups. Well then also with this last winter we had a goo full 24 inches of ice for maybe 3 weeks this it starting melting fast

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BriGuy88

I also decided to take the plunge this year and get a K-drill towards the end of the season.  I went with the 8" model paired with a Milwaukee M18 Fuel with 5ah batteries.  I had the opportunity to try an Ion on the ice this year before deciding and for me, the K-drill setup offers more because of the ability to use the powerhead for other things throughout the year.  I was a little skeptical that the 8" model could be effectively run with the drill, but after this season, those doubts are gone. 

 

The true test was 3 weeks ago up by Cross Lake with 2 feet of good solid clear ice.  All I can say is WOW!  Fast, clean holes will be in my future for quite some time!  The 8" model will likely run the batteries down faster than a 6" model would, but for as many holes as I drill in an outing, I'll take the slight loss in number of holes for the trade off of a larger hole.  Plus, I have the option of getting a 9ah battery if I want to drill more. 

 

I used to be a die hard Strikemaster guy, but I'm now sold on Milwaukee red and K-drill orange!

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Jim Uran

Great review, and it IS a dang game changer, that thing is so light and it drills with ease. Rick let me use his up on Cass Lake ice and it ripped! 

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grab the net

Can't say it any better than Rick did.  Light weight, ease of cutting, re-drilling old holes, it does it all.  18V brushless fuel, two 5ah batteries go a long ways for the average guy.  Highly recommended, plus you have the drill for the rest of your jobs around the house.  I went with the 6"

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Northlander

I sold my K drill and went back to my Nils. The slush in the hole doesn't matter because I just reverse the drill and push it back down the hole. K drill is lighter but much shorter than my Nils. The Nils is faster by a bit and for me it being taller is the big draw. Both are great. I like them better than the Ions.

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