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  1. #16
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    Good info Claremont7, thanks for sharing

  2. #17
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    So really what everybody is saying is if you buy 6 jiffys and a half dozen strikemasters you would end up with 12 very nice augers.....
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  3. #18
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    I owned a Strikemaster and a Jiffy (the big heavy one) for over 20 years. They both worked well. I now have one of the newer Jiffy's (bought pre-propane) and it works great too. My friend's new Strikemaster works equally as well. You can't go wrong with either choice.

  4. #19
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    Last season my 21 year old heavily used Jiffy died. A month ago I did a lot of looking and decided to buy the new Jiffy Pro 4 Propane auger over an electric auger. I decided that I was sick and tired of dealing with carrying a gas can, mixing gas, and having the gas smell on my hands and gear. The pro 4 is a little heavy but I was impressed with how easy it starts. I took it out of the box, filled it with oil, screwed on a can of propane and it started on the first pull!!!. It is really fast and is a lot quieter than the old Jiffy. Strikemasters are quality augers also. I have buddies that own them. Either brand would get the job done.

  5. #20
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    I got one of the pro 4's a few weeks ago I love that thing always starts first pull quite no smell. I heared the same about if it's way cold out having to warm the bottles. I have had to put my old jiffy in the fish house more then once when it was 20 below before it would start. I just take the bottle off if it's realy cold and toss it in the truck for the ride to the lake or in the fish house while fishing. I also got a 15 dollar adapter to fill the 1lb bottles of my 20 at home that works well and way less money.

  6. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by floorboy View Post
    So really what everybody is saying is if you buy 6 jiffys and a half dozen strikemasters you would end up with 12 very nice augers.....
    Sounds like that just about sums up the discussion!
    Dave Mull
    Paw Paw, MI

  7. #22
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    I have a strikemaster 8000 with a slightly modified engine running 45 Hp on nitrous.
    I drill a 4 ft circle through 8 ft of ice under 2.2 seconds.
    Kinda a drag to hang on to...I'm over 300 and I fly like a discus...land like crapola.
    It takes 4 men to start..and 20 inches just to prevent sinking.
    I have tried reprogramming with my smart phone..but it still wont just quit without a flameout.

    I have heard the EPA may out law it next year.. :)

  8. #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taperbill View Post
    I have a strikemaster 8000 with a slightly modified engine running 45 Hp on nitrous.
    I drill a 4 ft circle through 8 ft of ice under 2.2 seconds.
    Kinda a drag to hang on to...I'm over 300 and I fly like a discus...land like crapola.
    It takes 4 men to start..and 20 inches just to prevent sinking.
    I have tried reprogramming with my smart phone..but it still wont just quit without a flameout.

    I have heard the EPA may out law it next year.. :)

    Ling OL!!!!!!!!!


    Seems like cabin fever is setting in and thanks for brightening a hump day!
    Dave Mull
    Paw Paw, MI

  9. #24
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    If we do not get more cold weather any power auger will not be any good!!!!!
    ~Rollin' in the waves~

  10. #25
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    Just my two cents...sorry for bumping...

    To everyone who is in favor of the Strikemaster Lazers and jiffy power augers....Have you ever had the opportunity to use or even look at the Nils Master Ice augers ?
    This company has been, with many other European companies, building the finest augers to ever hit the ice and they've been doing it for a lot longer than any companies on this side of the ocean.
    Nils Master power augers are by far, the fastest cutting augers on the market not to mention the Lightest, most durable and have the best engine of the augers out there.
    Another great feature is the adaptability of these power augers to hand augers in only a few seconds.
    If any of you giuys in the construction business are familiar with "Tanaka" Power equiptment like this https://under-the-open-sky.com/best-ice-augers/ you'll know what I mean about the best engine because all Nils Master power augers use Tanaka engines which are built for the long haul. These engines are rated for 600 hours of hard use and they never quit whereas the Techumsehs are rated for only 200 hours and frequently suffer early expiration if not taken care of closely.
    Nils Master augers have a much longer and more agressive screw to speed up ice chip removal which makes hole cutting much faster with less strain on the clutches and engine.
    Cutting heads are made from Chromium stainless steel and hold an incredibly sharp egde for years. These heads are also as rust free as they get.
    The Tanaka power head makes much less noise than the competition and actually sounds like a big can of bumble bees when running at 3000 to 6000 rpms.
    Max rpms are 11,000 on these engines.

    There are many interesting videos on YouTube on this topic.

  11. #26
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    Ran an 8” Jiffy for 20 years with only regular engine maintenance & sharpening blades.

    I’m now in my 3rd season with my 8” Ion & love it for the obvious reasons of no fumes, quiet & weight.

    I have no issue with battery usage as I’m only punching 2 dozen holes per outing.

    In Michigan some of the sports stores have “auger days” where you can demo augers which could help finalize your decision.

    Whatever you choose, it sure beats using a hand auger on ice over 6” thick.

  12. #27
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    The propanes are junk after a few years, stick with the time tested traditional fuel.

  13. #28
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    Went to the Kdrill 3 years ago and never looked back !! Handles anything the yooper winters can throw at it ! Also doubles as a awesome slusher !!

  14. #29
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    Tell ya what brother, if youíre serious about ice fishing pick up the strikemaster 40vt lithium. Battery powered but they claim it cuts 1000 inches of ice on a single charge. My experience is 900+. Iíve ran gas forever and Iíd be hard pressed to go back it it holds out 10 years. Get a second battery and youíre good for more than a weekend. Itís a sweet unit, but just came out last year so the long term diagnosis is yet to be determined. Short term diagnosis is that itís an amazing unit.

  15. #30
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    Tell ya what brother, if youíre serious about ice fishing pick up the strikemaster 40vt lithium. Battery powered but they claim it cuts 1000 inches of ice on a single charge. My experience is 900+. Iíve ran gas forever and Iíd be hard pressed to go back it it holds out 10 years. Get a second battery and youíre good for more than a weekend. Itís a sweet unit, but just came out last year so the long term diagnosis is yet to be determined. Short term diagnosis is that itís an amazing unit.

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