Anyone who ice fishes knows that a quality auger--the tool that drills a hole in the ice--is a crucial piece of equipment to own. This is especially true if you plan on fishing out of multiple locations during the day. Fortunately, many modern augers are excellently made, and while hand-powered ones are still decent, power models have become very easy to use.
So when you are shopping for an ice fishing auger, I suggest looking at the following five:
StrikeMaster® Lazer Mag 2.5HP Power Auger ($449.99-$469.99)
There is nothing bad about this auger. It has a very powerful 42 cc, 2.5 horsepower motor that will drill holes in no time. It also has a 24-ounce gas tank and low fuel consumption, so can make hundreds of holes before you have to refuel. Finally, it is very easy to start with its electric starter. This auger comes in two varieties: a 6" for $449.99, and a 7" for $469.99.
Eskimo® Shark Z51 8" Power Ice Auger ($359.99)
This Eskimo auger offers great power for its price. Indeed, with a 51.7 cc engine and torque of 8,000 RPM, it's hard to find a more powerful model. It also has some nice features, like an extra large recoil handle and a muffler guard to protect you from its hot areas. I also like how this auger has ergonomically designed grips for maximum comfort.
Eskimo StingRay 33 cc 8" Power Auger ($319.99)
When it comes to electric augers, you can't find many models cheaper than this one. Despite its relatively low price, it still gives very good performance. With a respectable 33 cc, 1.2 horsepower engine, it can drill holes in the ice fairly quickly. In addition, this auger has a fingertip throttle that is easy to control.
I really love this StrikeMaster model. Although it only weighs 23 pounds, it's very powerful with a 4-cycle, 35 cc engine. Furthermore, it's the most environmentally friendly power auger on the market, as it has the industry's lowest emission rating and an emission certified engine. However, it's one of the most expensive augers available.
HT Arctic Express 2 Piece Ice Fishing Auger ($49.99-$63.99)
Here is an auger that old-school ice fishers are sure to like. While it isn't power-driven, its strong stainless steel blades make it easy to drill a hole by hand. Another nice feature is how it's constructed in two pieces, so you can transport it with ease. It comes in four sizes ranging from 4" to 8", and the price varies by size. However, even the large 8" size is modestly priced.
Floyd Saunders is a native of snowy Minnesota. He has been a downhill and cross-country skier since childhood, and he has dabbled in snowboarding, snowshoeing, hockey, and ice fishing.