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Re: [SkunkedAgain] Strawberry 3-10-2019 In reply to
I use a Rigid to turn my 8" Nils and have not had any troubles. I cant imagine not having the handle on it, it would twist your wrist off. I have been using it at the Gorge and the ice is averaging only about 16 inches.
(This post was edited by nofish2 on Mar 14, 2019, 5:39 AM)
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Re: [nofish2] Strawberry 3-10-2019 In reply to
Glad to hear someone that has the Rigid drill, I've heard a lot of good things about that drill... plus it's hard to beat a Nils... Sounds like you have a great set up...

I found I need a longer auger after the berry this week... I got a Mora auger that I'm using and have loved it all season, but now it's getting a little too short for the 3' ice depths, especially when you get water on top... need to find me an extension I guess, or I guess it's almost soft water season, so maybe think about it next year... But I have went two years without taking my gas auger, so maybe it's time to sell it... Just hate to lose the 10" holes... If I were a rich man, that 10" electric would sure be nice, but I'm not, so I'll be happy with what I have... Good luck... J
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Re: [kentofnsl] Strawberry 3-10-2019 In reply to
So I went to home depot tonight and there were 18 volt with batteries ranging from 2.0, 4.0 and 5.0. Not sure what all that means. I couldn't get any help there so I left empty handed. I would like the most torque of course. What are your thoughts.
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Re: [nobites] Strawberry 3-10-2019 In reply to
Those are amp hour ratings. The drill will determine how much torque you receive not the battery. The amp hour ratings determine how long it will provide power before needing charging. For drilling holes, in the ice, the higher amp hour rating the better. I use a 5.0 amp hour battery.


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Re: [nobites] Strawberry 3-10-2019 In reply to
My Ridgid is a 18 volt 4AH battery, I would think I can get at least a dozen holes out of each battery, But I have never counted. I am sure this is the same for every drill, you need to run it on its slowest speed setting to get the most torque out of it.
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Re: [kentofnsl] Strawberry 3-10-2019 In reply to
Thanks for all the advice about the milwaukee drill. I did get one this past week...fuel, 18 volt 5.0. It has so much more torque than my dewalt. I just need to take it out one more time on the ice to see how it really measures up.
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Re: [nobites] Strawberry 3-10-2019 In reply to
Hey Nobites, I saw where you said you burned up your Dewalt. I had the same experience. New 20 V Dewalt, on soft slushy ice. It started to smoke. I let it cool down, but every time I started again, even on easy drilling, it smoked again - and then died. I found a new motor online for $20. There was a Youtube video about how to change it. You do have to solder the connections but it worked great. I have a new drill again.

I then read a bit more about how to use the Dewalt. Mine had a 1 and 2 setting. For drilling ice holes it works best on 1. Also the clutch has different settings, use the straight "drill" setting (no clutch release). I am using my repaired drill for ice with a Nils auger, I just don't try to power it through. I take it a bit easy. So far it works great.

If your old Dewalt is a 20 V and you haven't discarded it. Think about putting in a new motor. $20 is pretty cheap to repair. If it otherwise is in decent shape and you decide not to be bothered with repair, I would consider a deal for it.
(This post was edited by brookie on Mar 19, 2019, 1:36 PM)
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