"Hey, I catcha nudda crisco"
Duct tape is like the force. It has a dark side and light side and it holds the universe together.
I can be thru 6-8" of ice before my buddies can even get a power augar started. I got a good 5 years of steady use out of it, but I just had the blades sharpened and we shall see how that worked.
And +1 on the smaller diameter. Mine is 8" (I believe) and I've never had the need for anything larger.
+1 on not banging your blades on the ice. Even a rough set down can effect them. I would also by a hand sharpener and use after you go out each time. It is much easier to maintain a blade then try and re sharpen it after several uses. If you do get new blades you will save some $$ and you can by one of my favorite tools. The Eskimo redneck chisel ($35) is amazing, the shape of the staggered tip makes a huge difference. I cut through 2" of ice with each hit. I now use a gas auger for thick ice and the redneck for 7" or less. It also works great for old holes and checking ice thickness, I painted one inch bars on mine for accuracy. P.S. Don't use your hand auger to poach old holes. I still want to kick the guy in the ice hole that threw his trash down his hole. I hit his Mt. Dew cans and trashed a new pair of blades. blankity blank litter bugs.
Sorry it has been a while since I have posted on the board, but with ice time starting it time to get my big fish on again ... Freeze baby Freeze
+1 for the strikemaster lazer. I have one in 8” and love it, very fast!! The only thing I like better about the old blue Mora is the offset and collapsible handle. But if you go with the Nils you’ll get that option as well.
But I still opt to take the power auger with more than 12”, Call me a wimp.
" Si vis pacem, para bellum "