i bought this adaptor because i had a hand auger, but it seemed to take too long to drill holes by hand. I saw some videos on Youtube using cordless drills to cut holes in the ice, and this seemed like a good idea. I have an 18 volt cordless drill and a couple batteries. why not?
The adaptor showed up in the mail. it wouldn't fit inside the auger. I took some sand paper, and sanded it til it fit in. the holes didn't line up, and i couldn't get the bolt in. so i drilled out the holes in the adaptor a tiny bit, and it fit perfectly.
so, i took it to the lake the next weekend. connected my electric drill to the auger and started drilling. i was all smiles for the first 6 inches, but then the battery died. i put in the other battery, got another inch, and it died. i took off the adaptor, put the handle back on, and finished the day drilling holes by hand.
the bottom line for me is this: The product worked fine! but i don't own a power drill strong enough to drive my 6 inch auger blade through 18 inches of ice.
at that point, my choice was to go out and buy an expensive cordless power drill to drive my auger, or simply buy a gas powered auger. a local store was having a close-out sale on Eskimo power augers, and I picked one up for less than a new heavy-duty 24 volt cordless electric drill. I went fishing with 2 friends at an ice fishing derby. I cut about 30 holes over 2 days for the 3 of us in 18 inches of ice without any problems at all.
If you already have a really powerful, heavy-duty 24 volt cordless drill and a couple batteries in good condition, i think this product is a great idea.
but if you are planning on drilling lots of holes for you and friends in thick ice over several days, a gas-powered auger is probably the way to go.
Best Uses: Ice Fishing
Would you recommend this product? No