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Bone to Pick With Eskimo

Post By: BroncFan      Posted: 1/2/2020 9:06:09 AM     Points: 262    
3 years ago i purchased a new Eskimo HC40. I was tired of gas smell on my hands and wanted a propane auger. First year was great, fired up right away and drilled quickly. The following year i go to pull out the auger and it's locked up. I took it in to one of there warranty service shops and was told it wasn't covered that the cylinder had filled with oil because i stored it improperly. The unit was stored vertically in the same stand i built for my old gas auger. So of course i read through the owners manual (again) to see what it said and i quote "store the unit with the spark plug facing up or the unit upright in the operating position when storing for long periods of time". So at the time i was frustrated but paid the fee and collected my auger and i guess forgot about it. Well, guess what has happened again this year? This time i made sure to get a hold of someone at Eskimo and they have let me know that i stored it improperly and it is on me. Apparently, despite what the owners manual states you have to store it on its side with the spark plug up otherwise the head fills with oil. To me thats a poor design and a poorly written owners manual. Very frustrated and i will be making no further Eskimo purchases and hope that this influences at least a few of you to look elsewhere. The consumer is not completely powerless.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Jan. 2, 9:12:25 AM     Points: 12453    
Time to go electric my friend.
 Reply by: BroncFan      Posted: Jan. 2, 9:17:05 AM     Points: 262    
Very strongly considering it. Just frustrating to have to sell an auger i thought was going to be a long term purchase.

Recommendations on Electric?
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Jan. 2, 9:42:56 AM     Points: 12453    
Well itís what you would prefer. I run a Milwaukee 18 fuel brushless hammer drill with a 6 kdrill and a 6 inch nils master auger. Both have their places in use.

Also you can get the ion or strike master electric drills. Many people love those too. Iíve never had one but wouldnít mind getting one. One of these days.

If you go with the drill auger combo donít skip out on the drill. Buy the best one you can afford.

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 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jan. 2, 11:08:08 AM     Points: 14220    
BroncFan, I have had an ION for 4-5 years and love it. Yep cost some money to buy but it works without hesitation every time, no fuel of any type to worry about. Yes you do have to charge the batteries but that is super easy. Another great benefit it if you have a shelter, you can cut a hole inside with no worry of fumes.
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: Jan. 2, 3:02:33 PM     Points: 741    
I've had the HC40 for several years and it has been complete money. Of course, you have to remind everyone that uses it to set it in the proper position, as noted on the handle. This thing sips gas, on the order of maybe a tank every 2+ seasons with no charging needed. This auger has saved many, including two gas guys at Antero the other day when it was -31F.
 Reply by: BroncFan      Posted: Jan. 2, 8:02:35 PM     Points: 262    
excerpt from Page 9 of the owners manual and I quote

"store the unit with the spark plug facing up or the unit UPRIGHT IN THE OPERATING POSITION when storing for long periods of time"

 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Jan. 2, 8:56:28 PM     Points: 6766    
I'm so tired of my Gas auger not starting and running well, I just bought a Milwaukee 18V Brushless drill and the Nils adapter plate today. Screw the gasoline smell! Almost bought the Ion drill, but with this new set up, I'll have a nice drill for the non-ice season.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jan. 2, 9:31:07 PM     Points: 30143    
4-stroke engines such as the propane ones have no place in the auger industry IMO. Too many moving parts and fluids for its conditions.

Go buy a nice drill, you can use that part all year. Then just an adapter to use the auger bit from your current rig. This coming from a guy that still kinda likes his 2-stroke.
 Reply by: BroncFan      Posted: Jan. 3, 9:15:09 AM     Points: 262    
I already have a Milwaukee 18V. I know it's kind of silly but i have some reservations about the smaller hole size. I certainly can't claim to have ever brought a fish up that wouldn't fit through a 6" but still it's in the back of my head. I think i can get past that though. Also, as I think about it. I'm thinking about taking my 5 year old out this year and a 6" hole as opposed to a 10" might not be that bad of an idea.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: Jan. 3, 9:27:41 AM     Points: 3772    
Unless you are someplace where you are targeting monster fish (going for trophies at Granby for example) a 10" hole is ridiculous. I switched to a 6" auger from an 8" a few years back for 90% of my fishing, and haven't had an issue. But, there is actually a good reason to use the smallest auger you can get away with. I switched to a 6" because it takes significantly more energy as you move up in size, and I have hand augers. While 2" might not seem like much, it actually increase the surface area by almost double. So even with an electric auger, you will get many more holes out of a smaller auger before the battery runs out.

6" circle equals an area of ~28"
8" circle equals an area of ~50"
10" circle equals an area of ~78"
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: Jan. 3, 9:57:37 AM     Points: 44    
If the cylinder is filled with oil just take the spark plug out and drain the oil out.
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: Jan. 3, 10:19:34 AM     Points: 2320    
My experience with Eskimo products is that they are low-end quality.

I have had the Jiffy Pro4 since 2011 and it still runs great, I just don't use it much in CO anymore. My Milwaukee drill and Nils conversion can be used nearly all season in CO.
 Reply by: Pitbull44      Posted: Jan. 3, 11:09:49 AM     Points: 155    
I use the strikemaster lite flite auger and dewalt drill combo. Got it in December and have tried it on 4 different lakes. I'm pleased with it.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jan. 3, 11:33:41 AM     Points: 8070    
From the top down . . .Milwakee Fuel 18 voilt,Clam conversion kit,Niles auger.
Its the diggity bomb!

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