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Ice fishing doesn’t have to start with the noise and smoke of a gas engine. StrikeMaster’s range of electric ice augers provides a quiet and rechargeable way to cut through inches of ice.
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The 40 V ice screw and its 24 V “little brother” can drill up to 100 holes through 16 “of ice with a single charge – 100 8” holes with 40 V and 100 6 “holes with 24 V. Are you looking for something simpler? The Lite-Flite Lazer plugs into your home cordless drill for an affordable way to get on the ice.
What would you rather do: put your auger on a charger before you set off, or do you have to stop at a gas station every time you head towards hardwater? We like saving time and money.
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Getting through thick ice efficiently and throwing lines in the water is what everyone wants. In the past, it was a two-stroke engine that could handle a large auger drill.
Cordless batteries have come a long way, however, and StrikeMaster trusts these to shred ice, just like their gas-powered models.
In addition, the brand has responded to winter anglers asking for a lighter, more mobile option on the ice.
These three drilling options are designed for various uses (and ice), from ultra-portable to heavy-duty.
StrikeMaster Lite-Flite Lazer Drill Unit
An easy and quick option for ice drilling that Lite-Flite Lazer Attaches to any professional 18v drill press (or higher) with a half inch chuck. It also works with a StrikeMaster screw head. This device uses serrated stainless steel Lazer blades to cut through ice.
For reasons of stability, the Lazer Drill Unit has a hexagonal steel shaft and a reinforced T-connection to the slide. There is also a feature that stabilizes the drill as you slide through the ice. At 4.4 pounds, the Lite-Flite is 1.6 pounds lighter than the brand’s next lighter 6-inch auger bit.
Weight: 4.4 lbs. with 6 “auger; 5.3 lbs. with 8” auger
Price: $ 180; $ 200
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Lithium 24V Auger
This is the compact but powerful full auger from StrikeMaster that can drill up to 100 holes. It can run forwards and backwards and has a dead man’s safety switch with a power switch. Impact-resistant handles help you drill more evenly when the going gets tough.
The powerhead is a brushless DC nut with a gear ratio of 50: 1. The 24 V lithium-ion battery has a status display and a control system to extend the service life. According to StrikeMaster, there is enough juice in it to drill 100 holes with a 6-inch auger (or 50 holes with an 8-inch auger) before it needs to be recharged – which only takes 2 hours.
Weight: 13.3 lbs. with 6 “auger; 14.3 lbs. with 8” auger
Price: $ 380; 400 dollars
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Lithium 40V Auger
This is the largest electric snail that StrikeMaster makes. A 40 V 5 Ah lithium-ion battery supplies the engine’s torque and power. It charges in 2.5 hours.
Like the 24 V auger, it has stainless steel Lazer blades, ergonomic handles, and dead man and power switches with four LED displays. The planetary gear has a gear ratio of 15.9: 1.
Weight: 24 lbs. with 8 “auger; 27 lbs. with 10” auger
Price: $ 550; $ 570
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Electric ice snails provide a way to get through thick ice without hearing the sound and smell of a gas powered motor. That means fewer refills – and spills – which is inherently better for the environment.
You’ll spend less time driving to gas stations and more time jigging for your next catch. Switching from gas to electricity will also reduce maintenance if you store the auger for the warmer months.
It should be noted that StrikeMaster grants a limited manufacturer’s guarantee of 2 years on its motors, batteries and chargers.
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