Ice augers have come a long way. When you have over 6 inches of ice, it’s time to upgrade from a hand crank auger. It makes ice fishing go quicker and easier and more enjoyable.
The first was made by StrikeMaster, which was a hand auger in 1946. In 1976, StrikeMaster committed to make a gas powered auger. Now they are many different brands of augers and their are different types. They have gas powered, Propane Powered, and Battery Powered ice augers.
Eskimo is a brand of Ardisam, Inc is a manufacturing company located in Wisconsin in the Island City of Cumberland. It is known for quality products, Ardisam has produced a variety of seasonal sporting goods for the past 50 years which has lasted 3 generations in a family business.
Jiffy is a brand of Feldmann Engineering & Mfg. Co Inc. located near Plymouth Wisconsin. Started in 1947 in a cheese factory building near Plymouth, Wisconsin, by Marvin H. Feldmann as a proprietorship. The business was founded in 1968.
Building legendary gas, electric and hand augers around three core elements: Power, Speed & Lightness, StrikeMaster continues to win the race to the bottom of the hole. With 65 years of experience of reaching fish through the ice, each model features premium components, which other auger producers don’t have. New to the Ice Auger line-ups is HT Enterprises. They are based out of Campbellsport, WI. And finally Ion came charging in this winter with a Electric Auger that cuts like a gas auger.
Electric Augers: Weight is very important to many fisherman especially in early ice conditions or you need to move around to find the fish. Pulling a sled with all your ice fishing gear, including a powered auger can get heavy especially when you have a few inches of fresh snow on the ice. Having a lightweight auger can make your day. This is where electric ice augers have an advantage over the other augers even the fairly new propane ice augers. Propane augers are light weight and provide many advantages over gas powered augers, but electric augers will be lighter.
Propane Augers: There are a lot of advantages to a propane. They are said to be the fastest augers out of all the augers and be twice as fast as the gas auger. The other big advantage with the propane auger is not clogging up the carborator. Eventually down the road, the gas and oil mixture in the auger will gum up and clog the carborator and have to keep cleaning it. Propane you won’t have the problem of crap getting through it. It’s not all good though. The down side to propane augers is the cold. Once it gets too cold outside, the propane will not run in the auger. It really all depends on the auger if it will start during the cold or not.