Electric or Gas Powered Ice Augers: Which One Do I Need For 2019?
Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is ramping up. Before you know it Christmas will be here and with that comes ice fishing!
Having the appropriate gear is essential in any form of fishing. With ice fishing, next to having a cell phone in case of emergencies, an ice hole digger is your most essential piece of equipment.
The biggest things to consider on deciding on purchasing an electric ice auger or gas powered are the following questions: Where are you fishing? How often are you fishing? How many inches of ice will you approximately drill through this season?
Electric or Battery Powered Augers
Following environmentally friendly trends in everything from electric (battery) powered lawn mowers to heaters to our vehicles, there are definitely some things to like about electric powered augers.
No Gas Fumes
When drilling in a confined area (like in your ice shelter), the carbon monoxide fumes will be present in the air you breathe. That could be enough to turn off a newbie or child who’s come along for the thrill.
Gas Engines Can Leak, Flood and Start Hard
With gas augers, you’ll always have to remember to bring or mix more fuel. When refilling the tank, it’s almost assured some fuel will end up on your hands, gloves and possibly your expensive coat and other gear. No need for fuel with electric augers.
Easy to Start
No priming an engine or cord to pull. Just push a button and your chewing the ice up.
Better Battery Technology
Lithium battery technology has carried electric augers much further in recent years with faster charging (2-3 hours) and more importantly, longer battery life that simply leads to more holes in thicker ice. Very convenient for the hard-house angler who only punches a handful of holes in a shelter, then maybe a few tip-up holes outside, about any electric auger will get the job done right.
Most units weigh as little as 20 lbs. compared to 30-40 lbs. for the gas powered ones. Lighter weight means it’s easier to pack and haul out onto the ice, especially the farther from shore you go.
Gas Powered Ice Augers
Gas powered augers have been the standard for over 60 years. They’re durable, reliable and more powerful than their electric brethren.
Power From Start to Finish
Easy to chew through the thickest ice at the latest time of the year. You can stand on the back of your pickup tailgate with a few extensions and as long as it has fuel, the power will be consistent to eat up four feet of ice or more.
Gas powered engines can be tuned up at about any small engine shop during the offseason. Electric powered units can’t be disassembled and maintained – at least not yet.
Easy to chew through the thickest ice at the latest time of the year. You can stand on the back of your pickup tailgate with a few extensions and as long as it has fuel, the power will be consistent to eat up four feet of ice. Gas powered are a necessity in extreme regions in like Canada, Northern Minnesota and the Dakotas.
If your a large guide service operation, drilling a couple hundred of holes a day, you’re going to want the gas powered version.
The electric ice auger technology is evolving every year and there are a lot of varying opinions from veteran ice anglers. Regardless, the electric craze has exploded the last few years and it’s only going to keep getting bigger and better!
Electric powered augers may be the the only one the average angler will ever need. But for the hard core who like to fish in extreme conditions, gas powered may still be the tool of choice.