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Monday, December 19, 2022
By Dave Graybill
I made a radical ice fishing change last year. I took my auger and adapted it so I could use an electric drill. I was considering a gas powered unit, but they were pretty pricey. It appeared that a gas unit would take up a lot of room on my sled and then there was the gas issue. Mixing fuel, carrying fuel and the possibility of it leaking didn’t appeal to me. Going electric eliminated all of these issues. I found a good price on a 25 volt drill and also bought a heavy duty battery to go with it. When I shopped for an adapter I made sure it was one that had a cup at the top end, so if the adapter came free of the drill my auger wouldn’t fall through the hole in the ice. I made the right choices. This unit cuts through the ice very quickly. The drill came with a handle that really helps keep the drill level with the auger. I love it so much I look for people with hand crank augers and gladly drill a few holes for them! I far as I am concerned, the electric is the way to go.