Augers are essential to have for any ice fishing enthusiast. You need them to make a holes in the ice, so that you can fish in the waters beneath the thick layer of ice. People use many different things to make holes in the ice. Truthfully, there are lots of tools that can get the job done, but none of them are designed specifically for it. Such tools, which are intended for ice fishing enthusiasts who want to make holes in the ice, are called ice augers. You might have heard it before because ice augers are very important part of ice fishing gear. With today’s post, i wanted to review ice augers in general, what are they used for and how much they cost. Also i wanted to talk about different types of augers, how to decide which type you need and how to avoid getting scammed.
Most basic type of ice auger is hand auger. These the simplest – they don’t have engines or anything like that. There’s a handle, spiral-like body and pointy end. Figuring out how to use it quite simple too. If you can’t do it right away, watch some YouTube videos and you’ll figure it out quicker than you think. Hand augers are also the cheapest, mainly thanks to their simple structure. Their one drawback is that they require human labor and take up your energy. For those who do not take ice fishing too seriously and only go out casually, hand augers are more than enough. On the other hand, if you have habit of digging lots of holes in the ice and notice yourself getting tired during the process, you might want to consider getting powered version which makes the whole process more efficient.
Powered augers also vary. Main distinction is the fuel. Until very recently, most powered augers used gas or some kind of petroleum, but as of today there are many powered by electricity, too. Battery powered augers cost a bit more than its counterparts, too, probably because of the fact that technology is so new. Some people say that electric augers are more reliable, but i highly doubt that. Overall, i would recommend getting gas powered or hand auger if you have tight budget, and getting electric one in case you’re not worried about that. Gas powered augers do tend to sometimes have problems starting up, but not all of them. So i’d recommend doing proper research and reading reviews before buying any product. You don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for an auger that you’ll have to replace soon.