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  1. #1
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    Jiffy or Strikemaster?

    Well not really a dead on forum for this question so I chose ask a pro. Doesnt mean I only want to hear from pro's. I am betting a few guys that view this site also ice fish.

    This year I am stepping up to the pump on a gas auger. Both the Jiffy and the Strikemaster are the same price.


    Which one would you get and why?

    Thanks

    Dave

  2. #2
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    I have a Strikemaster that I bought new almost 20 years ago. Sharpen the blades once every other year, other then that - no problems that were the fault of the auger. One brainfart - left the auger upright in a partially drilled hole once at Higgins Lake - just to make it easier to find in the snow. Hole filled with snow and slush through the night, come time to leave - froze solid. Chipped at it for almost 3 hours with a tire jack to get it out. Lesson learned.
    Wife wanted to get me a new one for Xmas this year - I asked her why?
    No Jiffy experience - sorry.

    FishingJoe

  3. #3
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    I have a jiffy 9 1/4 inch cut and love it!!! I have not ran a strikemaster. My jiffy starts easy and no problems!!!
    ~Rollin' in the waves~

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishingJoe View Post
    One brainfart - left the auger upright in a partially drilled hole once at Higgins Lake - just to make it easier to find in the snow. Hole filled with snow and slush through the night, come time to leave - froze solid. Chipped at it for almost 3 hours with a tire jack to get it out. Lesson learned.

    FishingJoe
    other than the one stated another reason to NOT drill a partial hole is when you leave and the hole fills up with snow it turns into a real ankle breaker if someone steps in it !

    had my jiffy seems like forever with no problems, its the one with the throttle on top and the single handle
    Man up and get a pair - Salty's Balls
    you can't beat a big weenie !

  5. #5
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    I have friends that have both no complaints either way while i was using them. I still use a hand lazer 6 and 8 inch.

    If i was to be in the market i would be looking at an ice gator. Got a fried that has one and this thing is simply amazing. http://icegator.com/index.html

  6. #6
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    Many years ago I bought a gas powered post hole digger, at a farm store, red color, don't remember the name. Last year I noticed it spun the same direction as my manuel 8" Lazer auger. I removed the lower dirt diggin' half from the powerhead and then welded up an adaptor to accept the lower 1/2 of the ice auger, with no modifications to the auger. I didn't get to thrash it much, but worked like a champ while we had ice.

    Dave

  7. #7
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    I have trout fished for 15+ years though the ice with my 10 inch jiffy .I would get the 10 inch if your going to fish big fish or use a flasher in the same hole your fishing, if your going gas go big I did have a smaller one 6 I think it was I used it for a year, lost to many big trout that did not fit in the hole sold it bought the ten and never went back. Both brands are good but go big as you can get.
    All I have ever done was put gas in and use it, I should get blades but after 15 years why there still working LOL
    Jonny B

  8. #8
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    Buy the Cadillac, go Jiffy Propane...

  9. #9
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    I bought a used Eskimo Pirhana about 10 years ago for $125 and it is still going strong, starts up every year with just using Sea Foam in the gas/oil mix. Once every couple years I have to sharpen the chisel point and anneal it. Cuts and runs better than most friends Jiffy's. Not sure what Eskimo prices are nowadays but you may want to look at them too.

  10. #10
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    Jiffy 10 inch for 15 years. no problems. No experience with s.m.
    <img src=http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd34/floorboy1/Seacraft/seacraft20logo.gif border=0 alt= /> 23' Seacraft Tsunami/Sceptre.

  11. #11
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    I have the Jiffy 3hp, 9 inch and really like it. That being said keep in mind the weight of the auger you are going to purchase. There are others out that are lighter and of equal quality. Dont overlook the new Jifffy propane, they work well.

  12. #12
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    Unhappy

    I have been a long time Strikemaster lazer bladed power auger user and for the most part I like them but I have had two problems over the last 10 years with mine.

    1st was on a weekend adventure to Little Bay De noc where the Ice had a lot of sand that had blown out onto the ice and mixed into it. Even with two sets of sharp blades I was only able to drill about a dozen holes before my auger was totally useless and had to rely on my friends serated bladed auger (I think it was a Jiffy) to save the day.

    2nd was last winter fishing with a big group of fishing buddies on White Clay Lake my Strikemaster locked into the ice so tight that the only way we could get it out without leaving it there was to use Salty's ice chisel to spud out a 20" hole down next to the bit . Took around 30 minutes to free it. Very embarrassing to have happen

    When I go looking for a new auger I'll for sure be looking at the new propane Jiffy and the others.

    NFN

  13. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by No-Fish Nick View Post
    I have been a long time Strikemaster lazer bladed power auger user and for the most part I like them but I have had two problems over the last 10 years with mine.


    2nd was last winter fishing with a big group of fishing buddies on White Clay Lake my Strikemaster locked into the ice so tight that the only way we could get it out without leaving it there was to use Salty's ice chisel to spud out a 20" hole down next to the bit . Took around 30 minutes to free it. Very embarrassing to have happen :ee

    NFN
    Only thing that would have made it worse was if you had an audience.............COME ON!!!!!
    <img src=http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd34/floorboy1/Seacraft/seacraft20logo.gif border=0 alt= /> 23' Seacraft Tsunami/Sceptre.

  14. #14
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    the new jiffy propane my friend purchased last year doesn't like to start if the fuel cylinder gets very cold. had to warm up the L.P. cylinder all the time. maybe it's just his that had the problem , but it was not fun having to warm it up after it cooled down.

  15. #15
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    Ive had a strike master for 15 years and never a problem. Its light weight, starts quick, and drills holes as fast as any other ive used:) No issues with the blades either.

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