Future 56V Ice auger?

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56-Volt Brush-less Ice Auger with the 56V interchangeable batteries would be excellent. Any thoughts? Power and run time would be great. 
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Jared, this request usually comes up a few times at this time of year. You’re not the first to request this... wouldn’t it be nice not to need gasoline for an auger on the lake? :-)
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Ego could probably add an ice auger attachment to the Multi-Tool line-up.  If needed, it could be gear driven (reduced) to increase the torque required.  Or there is this universal setup to adapt a drill:

https://smile.amazon.com/Clam-9935-4567-0792-Drill-Conversion/dp/B014JWLDD2/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&...

Actually looks like somebody already beat Ego to the game with a 40V offering:

http://ioniceaugers.com/

https://smile.amazon.com/19150-amp-hour-Electric-8-Inch-Reverse/dp/B00LDYHO3S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&...

3A and 5A, so 120W and 200W batteries.

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Already did this (a)TE, but now I have yet another set of batteries, chargers, etc. I am officially 2 stroke free which was my goal. If this is developed, make sure it has 1200lbs of torque.You only need to develop the powerhead....... there are a ton of auger attachments already available.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Ice Auger please.

Anyone else want to  see this as an EGO product?
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I'm looking to buy an electric auger soon but I already have 2 ego batteries and a charger with no tool
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Do it EGO do it EGO
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Yes, I want one.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Brushless power head for Ice Fishing Auger..

Brushless power head for Ice Fishing Auger. You wouldn't even need to make the flights and cutting blades which would allow anglers to choose from many available in the market.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Ice drill like the ION for ice fishing.

come out with an electric ice auger that is under $400
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Ego should b
e able to make just an ice auger power head for under $200, tool only, we have the batteries.
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Make it $250 and put in a 2-speed gearbox so it can double as a post hole digger. SOLD!!! :-)
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Yes. I have a gas one. Besides my generator, it's the only gas tool I own. I dislike it alot. It's on my build list, but wife says "work on the house"I!
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Talk her into a fence of some sort and BAM, you got permission to tinker!  LOL!
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Count me in! I’m enjoying using the snowblower to clear a path to the river. Now I just need to be able to pop the batteries into an auger power head when I get there!
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Need an ice auger to go w/ my Egos, chain saw, snow blower, mower, and backpack bloer
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Yes please! I would be first in line to purchase an Ego ice auger.. I think they would crush Ion who is already making battery augers. Come on Ego! Let's go fishing..
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Power Auger? Any plans to make one?.

Does EGO have any plans to make an auger? That would be pretty nice for ice fishing, it’s good to have batteries with multiple uses.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled ice fishing auger.

please make an ice fishing auger
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled ice auger.


I have several ego products I like but would like a ice auger to add to my collection please start making one 8" preferably I don't want to buy another brand and have several different batteries
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Given that the batteries don't do well when stored in the cold...I've often wondered the practicality of a battery powered auger on the lake. I suppose it's doable if you have a heated ice fishing house with generator.  I know some of EGO's competition makes them...but has anyone had real world  experience with them?   
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So the fish won't stick in the skillet? LOL
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Blue Angel. Vegetable oil would not adhere long enough to do the lubricating required like regular motor oil.
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Water is a lubricant, too.  If forces on the chain are low and speed is high, water will prevent a lot of wear.  Heck, even if it wears a little, who cares?  Just keep that chain and bar specifically for cutting holes in ice, then go back to your nasty oily chain when it comes time to dice up some tree carcass.  :-)
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Blue Angel, yes the idea is to cool the bar and chain to minimize friction. Give it a good degreasing before hand and retreat with bar and chain oil afterwards. But, I bet ice will wear a chain right smart. However, chains are cheap in comparison to owning another tool for one purpose.
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Three years ago I drove across Lake Winnebago Wisconsin. It was winter of course and the ice was about 12" thick. Several of the ice fisherman (sturgeon) used battery-powered augers. Doable.
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The chainsaw idea is not very practice for ice fishing. I believe that what most of us would like to see would be a powerhead or what amounts to a large drill motor. This could be a multi use tool and would be great for drilling through the ice with something like a Kdrill.
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Agreed. Chainsaw is not the best way to go, not to mention there are regulations on what size hole you can cut (outside of sturgeon spearing). This product may not sell as many units as the other Ego products, but it is another "gateway drug" to allow for upselling the other Ego products. Especially in the cordless or battery driven world..... Consumers tend to buy anything interchangeable. Look at dewalt, ryobi, milwaukee, etc....

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Timothy, don't think the power head would generate the RPMs necessary for your purpose. They would have to develop a more powrrful motor and battery. Limited market and would be pricey.
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Very practical and powerful tool, but they're expensive... sold in pairs so you can hold one in each hand to keep from falling over!  :-P
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And one should rotate counterclockwise. To keep from twisting us into salt water Taffy.
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YES!!!
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Do you have some diy plans for that drill?
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We’ Building a house and a well needs to be drilled. Might need a handle extension to keep’er steady!
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Battery-powered ice augers will typically run you in the at $300 to $500 range. Most battery powered ice augers I found were 40V. Gas powered ice augers will run you typically in the $200 to $400 range. A hand cranked auger will run you about $50 with a lot of lost time to actually ice fish. I suspect EGO would be competitive in this market.
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OK, so reading through the comments and getting ready to offer some thoughts I realized I know absolutely NOTHING about drilling holes in ice.  I've never done it, nor have I ever watched it being done.  So I went on YouTube and started typing "ice auger" and a suggested search was "ice auger drill attachment".  Drill attachment?  Well, I had to check it out and found this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JoA2rn-L3M

So now that I'm an expert on drilling holes in ice (LOL), I can confidently say that Ego FOR SURE could make an 8" ice auger attachment for their existing Powerhead system that would rock holes in frozen lakes all day long!

If that guy can buy a $100 18V cordless drill kit from Menards and spin twenty two 6" holes through 19" of ice on ONE of the two included (probably 1.5Ah) battery packs in about five minutes, well, the 2000W Powerhead with a 5Ah battery would literally blow people's socks off.  It would just need a planetary gear reducer for appropriate speed reduction/torque multiplication and a nice long handle sticking out to one side so your non trigger hand could counter the torque.

There you go, Ego, another legit idea for a Powerhead attachment!  :-)
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Everything you said adds up for ice fishing. Plus this would be a tool I could use elsewhere.
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Using an ice auger for anything but angering ice would make it incapable for ice augering.
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Couldn't it be a post hole digger ?  Just change the "drill bit"
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With a high enough gear ratio (slow enough speed) I’m sure it could work. And a clutch to disengage when hitting rocks.
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I think this is more in line with what Jared was proposing. Agree with Blue that a Powerhead attachment could be the way to go.
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Why, oh why, are so many people with zero experience with ice augers posting in a thread about ice augers?
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Good question.  However, by researching it a little I now know something about ice augers, which is better than nothing.  And you have to admit, drilling a hole in ice isn't exactly rocket surgery.  ;-)
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John, in case you haven't noticed, this forum is about EGO and not ice augers. Contributors here have a common interest in sharing ideas in helping others. You asked and we're trying to help plus we are trying to learn.
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And having some fun along the way. 

Also, if we know more about a subject than others here, we generally try and impart some knowledge.
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If someone would rather watch a movie than read a book...I highly recommend Grumpy Old Men to see some ice fishing in action. Just be sure to check the back seat from time to time.
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Now hang on BA. Alot depends on ice hardness, blade velocity, pressure applied, lunar phase, angle of drill, operator height and weight and so much more.
Don't sell this brain science short.