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jnorm1984

Auger Question...............

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jnorm1984

I just bought a new auger shaft last winter( 2 blade strikemaster shaft) and have had very good luck with it since I bought it until just recently. I used to be able to just set it on the ice and with little effort it would glide through the ice like butter, then jut recently took it out and it won't dig in the ice any more, it just spins at the top of the ice, and to get it though I have to apply all of my weight and it is time consuming to get through the ice, and a pain in the neck. The blades still seem very sharp, nothings bent as far as I can notice. I really dont know what to do. I would would think the blades would gradually go dull, but in my case it worked wonderful on one hole, and the next one it wouldnt go though....Any suggestions???

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gorrilla

sounds like blades to me, assuming there isn't any ice build up near the blades.

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jnorm1984

Thats what I thought also at first, But do the blades go dull slowly? When this happened, I drilled one hole and it cut well, then I moved to my next hole and it wouldnt hardly break the surface layer of the ice.. Im not sure whats up...... I thinking ur right.. it must be the blades though

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hawghunter

This happens all the time on cold days, make sure all the ice is off your blades and or the bottom of the auger. When your blade area ices up it doesn’t let the shavings up the auger shaft. Causing it to sit and spin grin.gif

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gorrilla

I agree with hawghunter. When the temps are bitter like now that happens all the time. When I punch hole in this temp I put the cover back on the blades and don't just lay it in the snow or the ice really builds up.

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jnorm1984

The only thing is, is that Ive had it inside the house and thawed out since this has happened, and it still wont dig in... I think Ill probably just have to try new blades confused.gif thanks for the replies guys.

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Sportland_Bait

If you are looking for blades to exchange, we have plenty in stock at the bait shop. Blades sure can be touchy sometimes.

Jason Erlandson

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Ouimon

Blades are made to be sharpened.. Like my chainsaw; hit one pebble and the whole thing changes from cutting like butter to cutting through stone. I have a 10" power auger, have had a "#!**^%" of a time getting it to cut well, had to put a lot of pressure on it, took off the blades half-dozen times and tried different methods of sharpening, never to much avail. This year I tried a small flat file, sharpening just the bottoms of the blades in a directio of the cut, and "Viola"! I am now cutting very well through the ice, better than it cut when new! I run my chainsaw blades down to nubs.. I am good at sharpening chains... just not too keen on the finer points of blade sharpening. There is a LOT of cutting material on auger blades, and it only makes sense that a few well placed strokes of the file or stone can make a big difference in how well your back holds up the next time you have to cut 8 or 10 holes. Maybe you can get a small sharpener and see if that helps instead of buying expensive new blades. I am no expert in this field, and maybe local shops might have sharpening tips for you.

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Crappie Kid

You have to watch out how hard you set the auger blades down on the ice when you're getting ready to drill a new hole...It can mess up the pitch of the blades. It does'nt take much. This is where chipper blades are better.

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