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Nils USA Hand Augers feature a one piece cutting head instead of individual blades. This design offers a stronger over all cutting surface. The cutting head is constructed of high chromium steel, which is more durable than other brands of auger blades and will stay sharper much longer. The curved blades quickly cut through the thickest ice with little to no downward pressure applied. These augers do all the work.

The Nils USA Hand Augers have cushion grip handles for cutting comfort. The offset handle design brings the drilling hand out, farther away from the center line of the auger increasing the torque going directly to the cutting head. This makes drilling holes much easier than with similar sized augers. The folding handle design makes transportation and storage a breeze.

All models come with a plastic cutting head cover to protect the blades from damage and to protect users from the blades.

We stock the Nils USA Hand Augers in 4.5", 6" and 8" models. The 4.5" model is Nils USA Model UR450 and weighs approximately 3 pounds. , the 6" model is Nils USA Model UR600 and weighs approximately 4 pounds. The 8" model is Nils USA Model UR800 and weighs approximately 5 pounds. These augers are powercoated blue with red cutting heads. These are the standard length augers which measure 48".

Please note that the auger assembly/cutting head section of these hand augers can be used in conjunction with the Nils USA power auger powerheads.

For Nils USA factory authorized cutting head sharpening service, please contact:

Small Engine Repair
180 Hosmer Rd.
Ashby, MA 01431
(978)386-7707

 

Review Summary
4.9
( 68 Reviews )
of customers would recommend this product.
94%
Reviewer Profile:   Avid Fisher (31), (9), Casual/ Recreational (6), Professional (3), Beginner (3)
Pros
Easy To Use (40)
Functional (28)
Durable (24)
Easy To Maintain (17)
Lightweight (7)
Cons
Can't find any (5)
None (4)
none yet (4)
Expensive (3)
a bit more pricey but still worth every penny (3)
Best Uses
Ice Fishing (44)
(9)
Replace power auger (2)
4-20" of ice (2)
any thicker go power (2)

Works almost too good!
Reviewed:


Central MA

About Me:
After cutting holes through 9" ice in under 15 seconds, I will never lay out the money for a power auger. It is light and the folding handle design is well thought out. It's nice when you buy something that actually does what it says it does. You get what you pay for. Having a factory sharpener within driving distance is a real plus too.

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6" Nils auger
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Connecticut

About Me:
I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I was very pleased with the price and the fast shipping of it.

Pros: good quality

Cons: None

Best Uses:

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Light weight and fast drilling
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Verified
Buyer

About Me:
I put a 6 inch hole through 14 inches of ice in about 20 seconds with little effort. The auger weighs about 5 pounds. I am glad I bought this auger. Perfect for the fishing I do in northeast Pennsylvania.

Pros: Lightweight, little effort, Fast cutting

Cons: a bit more pricey but still worth every penny

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Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Fantastic!
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Verified
Buyer
PA

About Me:
Amazingly fast yet lightweight. Changes your outlook regarding moving (or scouting) while on the ice, as making new holes are so easy.

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Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Nils
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Verified
Buyer
Maine

About Me:
New to ice fishing and did not want to spend 400-500 dollars on a power auger. So glad I went with the Nils. Cuts easily and quickly. Auger was shipped quickly and arrived in grat sahpe via FedEx.

Pros: Easy To Use

Cons: Can't find any

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Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Great but....Fragile
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Verified
Reviewer
Sergeant Bluff, IA

About Me:
Absolutely the best hand auger. Cuts with little to no pressure. Went through 18-20" of ice in under 30 seconds. Takes very little effort and easy to operate. The only down side is, just like all hand augers, it's very fragile. I babied this thing as much as possible but I went through the ice in what I believed to be 5 ft of water but instead it was 20" of ice and 2 inches of water. Didn't compensate for the winter water drop. Barely tapped the bottom and now I need a new blade. I'd be more accepting of it had I dropped it or had been rough with it but when I say I barely tapped the bottom I mean it. It's that good of an auger that I'll replace the blade and be even more careful with it next time. Be very careful when operating.

Pros: No pressure, Cuts fast, light weight easy transport

Cons: Expensive, Fragile

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Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Blades were re sharpened awesome.
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Verified
Reviewer
NH

About Me:
Sent my NILS blade to the factory authorized sharpening center, (Small Engine Repair ) in Ashby mass They did an awesome job. Turn around time was less than a week, auger cut Like it was Brand New.

Pros: Fast service, Good Work

Cons: none

Best Uses:

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Easy to operate
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Vermont

About Me:
This auger was worth the money. It cuts effortlessly through thick ice with no downward pressure like the add says. Its also nice and light to carry around. Good quality product.

Pros: Light Weight

Cons: color!

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Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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awesome auger
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Verified
Buyer
fargo, nd

About Me:
Cuts through the ice like a hot knife through butter. Very glad I purchased and would definitely recommend. I've used other hand augers and gas augers but this one is the best yet. With both hands going in a circular motion it just seems to cut really well. Can go through a foot of ice in well less than a minute. No heavy gas auger to haul around or mess around with gasoline.

Pros: cuts well

Cons: none yet

Best Uses:

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Nils 6" auger
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Verified
Buyer
Hampton, Minnesota

About Me:
none

This auger works great. I watched a video on it and was sceptical, but it really works great. It turns easy, cuts fast, folds for transport and is very light. Used it to cut 14 holes in 18-20" ice over half a day of fishing and have no complaints.


Pros: Cuts fast, light weight easy transport, Folding handle

Cons: none

Best Uses: 4-20" of ice, any thicker go power, drilling more than 15 go power

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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"Great Auger"
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Brighton, MI

About Me:
none

I bought this auger after reading all the great reviews for it and using a friends on the ice. I got the 6" and can cut 12 to 15 holes one after the other without breaking a sweat. This auger cuts three times faster, at least, than my Lazer, and with hardly any effort. I'm totally stoked and impressed with my Nils. This auger will cut as fast or faster than most power augers. We'll see how long it stays sharp, though, I cut 50 to 100 holes on each trip to the ice and I fish a lot. Overall, best hand auger I've ever used or seen, period.


Pros: Fastest auger ever

Cons: none yet

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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I converted from battery drill to Nils.
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Verified
Buyer
Wisconsin

About Me:
none

I had a jiffy 6" that I converted to a power auger with an 18volt battery drill. I got tired of keeping my batteries warm and recharging all the time and did alot of research and came up with this little guy. Drills through anything with minimal effort. Very sharp blades do all the work, all you do is move your hands. Gets a little, not super easy, with over 20" of ice but for anything thinner than that I love it.


Pros: Cuts Ice quickly, Fair price, Minimal effort needed, longer than most handies, awesome cover design

Cons: annoying telling everyone what your using

Best Uses: 4-20" of ice, any thicker go power

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Great Product. worth the investment
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Verified
Buyer
Erie, PA

About Me:
Have tried mostly all other major brands of augers

Great Auger.  Cuts with no problems and no effort.  Just turn the handle and the auger does the work. Handle folds down out of the way for transport.


Pros: Easy To Use

Cons: a bit more pricey but still worth every penny

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Nils hand auger
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Verified
Buyer

About Me:
none

  I had 15 inches of ice to drill through and I beat the power augers.


Pros: none

Cons: none

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Cuts like butter
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
NW Illinois

About Me:
none

Great auger.  Does exactly what it says it will do.  I would definitely recommend. 


Pros: Cuts very fast

Cons: none yet

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Smooth and quick
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Verified
Buyer
Marcellus NY

About Me:
none

Having ice fished for over 40 years I have used many augers.  Starting with the spoon model working up to the powered ones and the lazer model I still kept thinking there is something better out there.Now I think I found it.  The Nils I bought is one smooth and quick cutting auger that puts a smile on my face.  I'm cutting many holes each time I'm out trying to get to the panfish and perch. This unit bores those holes without pressure or hangups.  This unit is a keeper.


Pros: smooth and quick

Cons: none yet

Best Uses: any ice

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Nils Hand Auger
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Verified
Buyer
Upstate NY

About Me:
Advanced

One of the fastest cutting hand augers I have used.If the blades hold up it will be well worth the extra money for this premium auger.


Pros: Speed, light weight easy transport

Cons: Expensive

Best Uses: 6" Holes

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Great Hand Auger
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Waverly, NY

About Me:
none

I've used it over a dozen times since I received it.  Cuts through the ice with ease.  Let my buddy try it, who swears by Strikemaster.  Now he's he wants one. 


Pros: Easy To Use, Cuts very fast, light weight easy transport

Cons: Can't find any

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Great Auger
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Central NY

About Me:
Custom rod builder

Great auger, fast cutting, easy to carry.  Best hand auger available.  Glad I changed, my back and neck injuries won't flair as fast now.  Do yourself a favor and buy one of these.  It's worth the extra cash!


Pros: Fast cutting, light weight easy transport

Cons: a bit more pricey but still worth every penny

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Truly Impressed
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Wyoming

About Me:
Avid Angler

I have been ice fishing for many years and have tried several different hand and power augers, but never a Nils. I prefer hand augers over power augers but had always put up with slower drilling because that's just the way it's supposed to be, right? I was wrong! I received my first Nils 6" hand auger and put it to use in January 2013. Upon arriving at the lake I told my 14 year old son to drll a test hole to check for ice thickness. I busied myself getting gear ready and unloading when he came back and said there was 10" - 12" of ice and we should be safe. I asked how far off-shore he had drilled the hole, expecting him to say he had just drilled one hole about 6 feet from the bank because he had returned fairly quickly. I did not believe him when he said that he had drilled 4 holes as far out as 50 yards from the bank. WHAT! I looked out at the lake and saw his tracks and the four test holes and I was absolutely shocked.

The remainder of our first day on the ice with the Nils was nothing short of amazing. Hole after hole it performed far above our expectations. It has been a long time since I have been genuinely impressed with a piece of equipment. Thank you Nils for an excellent product and a no-hype marketing approach!


Pros: Easy To Use, Functional, Cuts fast, little effort

Cons: Can't find any

Best Uses: Replace power auger

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Best Manual Auger!!!
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Verified
Buyer
Utah

About Me:
none

Okay guys being a woman this has got to be the best manual auger on the market for me.  Unlike other manual augers I've owned that require a HUGE amout of downward pressure this one didn't just start turning and before you know it you're through the ice.  Great for me and used it several times to punch numerous holes.  Wish I would've got one like 5 years ago.  So from a woman prespective this Auger is worth the money!!! TIGHT LINES!!!!!!


Pros: Cuts fast, Cuts great, Cuts Ice quickly, Light to carry, little effort

Cons: Can't find any

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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NICE AUGER!!!
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Verified
Buyer
Winterset, Ia

About Me:
none

I used my new 8 inch Nils Auger for the first time the other evening. The fish weren't biting, so I drilled many holes.....didn't take too much effort, so wasn't afraid to drill another. Performed just as described. I would reccomend this auger to anyone who doesn't have a motor auger. Super Auger! (:


Pros: Cuts very fast, little effort

Cons: None

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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NICE AUGER!!!
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Winterset, Ia

About Me:
none

I used my new 8 inch Nils Auger for the first time the other evening. The fish weren't biting, so I drilled many holes.....didn't take too much effort, so wasn't afraid to drill another. Performed just as described. I would reccomend this auger to anyone who doesn't have a motor auger. Super Auger! (:


Pros: Cuts very fast, little effort

Cons: None

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Great Hand Auger!
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Verified
Buyer
Bristol, Vermont

About Me:
none

Awesome auger! Cuts even better than I expected. Would highly recommend it.


Pros: Super sharp, Cuts great

Cons: none

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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6" Nils Hand Auger purchase review
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Montana

About Me:
none

I had heard nothing but acceptional reviews of the Nils hand augers. I decided to spend the 3x the cost of most other hand augers, and see if they were all they were cracked up to be. I got it on Xmas eve, but it was a couple days before I could get out. I'm really really really glad I had my jiffy power auger, as the nils just skittered around and around and around......never biting into the ice, let alone drill a hole!!! I called FishingUSA and they sent me to NilsUSA. Of course this problem "has never happened before", and Nils had me send the head to NH so they could "test and evaluate" it for possible problems (at my expense I might add). I'm still waiting to hear back from Nils, like I said, I'm SO glad I have my Jiffy 30 so I'm not wasting precious fishing days............waiting..............waiting................waiting...............


Pros: NONE

Cons: Doesn't work, right out of the box!!!

Best Uses: Anchor, bean pole, yard art

Would you recommend this product?  No

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there is number one then all the rest
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Verified
Buyer
Pulaski, New York

About Me:
Avid Fisher
think over the past 35+ yrs of ice fishing i have used every hand screw on the market i have 2 tanaka [nills] in 4&6" that are 25+ yrs old my 6" has a cracked flight which was of my doing, that i am getting welded but just in case it doesn't hold i just purchased another,i don't baby my stuff , and i ice fish 3 months a year and average 5 day a week , and i'm a run and gun guy thats a lot of holes and the people they recomend for resharpening the heads are super,if needed, best single piece of equipment in my ice arsenal

Pros: Fair price, Durable, Easy To Use, Easy To Maintain, Functional

Cons: Can't find any

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Only worth while hand auger!
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
MT

About Me:
Avid Fisher
Fantastic augers! I have both the 6" and 8" hand augers, and they both work great. The 6" will rip through 9" of ice in 13-14 turns. Don't bend the blades and they will last a long time.

Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Maintain, Functional

Cons: none

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Excellent
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
southern Wisconsin

About Me:
Beginner
My first auger. Was using my Grandfathers handmade chisel. I found the Auger light to carry, and quick to make a hole. The blade is sharp. I was careful to keep the blade protected during transport/storage, and sprayed it with WD-40 when not in use. After about 5 times on the lake, and maybe 30 holes - still looks and works like new. I like the offset handles. Makes sense that both hands do the work, and the lack of downforce allows the blades to do the cutting, which they did with surprising speed. I would watch power augers working next to me, but was not at all jealous. Also saw people using standard augers and pushing hard to make the blades cut. Ice was about 12" thick. Expect to get many years from this auger. Definitely worth the extra price.

Pros: Lightweight, Quick

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Nils Master Hand Auger Tops Them All!
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Verified
Buyer
Northern Vermont

About Me:
Avid Fisher
It sure beats the Swedish type auger that I used before!

Pros: Less effort needed, Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Must Have for Ice Fishing
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Verified
Buyer
Enosburg Falls, VT

About Me:
Avid Fisher
This product cuts through ice much easier than any hand auger I have used before. It costs more than other augers, but you get what you pay for and this auger is worth the difference.

Pros: Easy To Use, Easy to transport, Durable, Functional, Easy To Maintain

Cons: None

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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money well spent!!!!
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Verified
Buyer
colorado

About Me:
Avid Fisher
Thus is the best investment I have ever made In my entire life,it cuts about an inch a second!!!!

Pros: Fastest auger ever

Cons: none

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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It's as good as they say.
Reviewed:


Verified
Buyer
Bangor, Maine

About Me:
Beginner
I recently moved to Maine and naturally wanted to get into ice fishing. All the locals here said, "Get a Nilsmaster" when it comes to augers. My first time out I had two holes drilled in 10 inch ice and a crappie on before my buddy had tied on his jig.

Pros: Easy To Use, Functional, Easy To Maintain

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Awesome auger
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Verified
Buyer
missoula,montana

About Me:
Avid Fisher
Easy to use

Pros: Durable, Functional, Easy To Maintain, Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Great 6" Hand Auger
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Verified
Buyer
Central WI

About Me:
Casual/ Recreational
Best hand auger I've ever used. Very little effort after getting used to the offset handles. Power auger won't be seeing much use, even in the thicker ice. 8" will be in the arsenal next year.

Pros: Easy To Maintain, Functional, Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Best Hand Auger Available
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Verified
Buyer
Loveland, CO

About Me:
Casual/ Recreational
The Nils auger blazed through 23 inches of ice in about 40 seconds. There is no comparison with any other hand auger. It is worth the money since you will spend every bit of that going through poor quality augers.

Pros: Functional, fast, Easy To Maintain, Durable, Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Temperamental Auger
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Verified
Buyer
Utah

About Me:
Avid Fisher
Read many great reviews about the Nils hand auger. Initially I could dig holes in 13" of ice in 13-14 seconds (as fast as my power auger with new blades). Minimal effort was needed to cut the holes and could do several consecutively without a rest. My 13 yr old son could cut holes with ease! We cut 11 holes easily then on the 12th the auger dug 2-3" and would just spin on the ice! No more drilling despite several efforts! Contacted Manufacturer, was told it was debris in the ice that dulled the blades,(later took ice samples, melted them and there was minimal debris), $40 to resharpen them (this includes shipping). Blades still sharp enough to slice paper but not ice. Contacted FishUSA and was treated great, they are making things right. Loved the auger but very disappointed in the rapid dulling (one time out) rendering it useless. Reverted back to my old strikemaster lazer that I have been using on the same ice all year without problems! Several local anglers have had the same problem with their Nils this year. Have problems with the blade cover falling off. Love the off set handle design and minimal downward pressure to cut. Leaves a lot of slush to clean out of the hole likely due to the auger being much smaller than the cutting head (8"); my other augers leave less slush. I would recommend this auger but would point out several factors to consider; 1) cuts great and cuts with minimal effort when sharp but dulled rapidly for me (I expected much more from the "king of ice augers!". 2) Consider the price of replacement cutter heads and need to send off for sharpening. 3)The time saved drilling may be spent scooping slush! 4) If you can only use it in "ideal ice conditions", you might want to concider another auger with blades more readily available. 5) I read several reports of people slightly bending the cutter head rendering it useless. Appears to be thick steel but must be more fragile than expected. Treat it with care! When it works it is the best hand auger I have used!

Pros: Cuts very fast, Works great when working, Light to carry, Minimal effort needed, Easy To Use

Cons: Blade guard comes off, Must handle with care, Leaves slush in hole, Dulls easily and fast

Best Uses: Replace power auger, Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  No

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Nils 8" hand auger
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Verified
Buyer
Maine

About Me:
Avid Fisher
I have never seen a hand auger work this good. I blasted thru ice 20 inches thick in about 30 seconds. I could start the auger on previously drilled holes that had frozen over with no problems. It is worth the extra money.

Pros: none

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Nice and neat...clean shaven
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Verified
Buyer
Greenville MI

About Me:
Avid Fisher
Impressed with the speed and little effort needed to shave thru holes. I bought the 6" first, then tried the 8". So far so good. Curious to see how long the blades last before sharpening is needed or replaced.

Pros: Easy To Use, Folding handle, Functional

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Real option to a power auger!
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Verified
Buyer
Skowhegan, ME

About Me:
Avid Fisher
After using a friends 6" Nils hand auger on several recent fishing trips I convinced myself that I needed my own! On a recent fishing trip there was 20 inches of ice on the pond and the auger made a hole in under a minute with little effort on my part. A great piece of equipment for those that jig and are constantly on the move. The light weight of the auger makes it a pleasure to carry.

Pros: Durable, Functional, Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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great service
Reviewed:


Ely,MN

About Me:
Avid Fisher
Thanks for stocking this. No it's not American but we have alot to catch up to in ice fishing. Great auger, nothing else can keep up. How about some palm rods and a Russian tackle box. Thanks for the great service.

Pros: Easy To Maintain, Functional, Durable, Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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I love this auger
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Verified
Buyer
Hudson Wisconsin

About Me:
Beginner
I did a lot of research on hand augers, and found the Nils. I purchased it because I didn't want to spend 400 dollars on a gas auger to then lug gas/oil mix plus a spark plug and have another motor to do maintence on. And I wanted a hand auger that work next year not a 50 dollar pile of junk. It shaves ice like a snoopy snow cone maker. Very easy to use. I have drilled 20 holes in 3 weeks with it. And re-drilled my fish house holes. It has performed wonderfully. I bought the 8 inch model and it works great. I suppose the 6 inch or 4 inch models would be even faster. I am cutting 15 inches of clear solid ice in Wisconsin this year. It takes about 1 minute to get through it, and I am going slow, if I speed up turning it it would go alot faster, but its fishing and why hurry. The other reason I got a hand auger is to be lighter and more mobile than a gas auger. Also to be able to walk out on early ice. - Just buy one you won't be disappointed. Oh and yes the blades are very sharp taking the cover off I cut my finger. -be careful

Pros: Lightweight, Easy To Use, Functional, Durable, Cuts Ice quickly

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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nils hand auger
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Verified
Buyer
fremont ohio

About Me:
Avid Fisher
looked for a while and found this to be the best deal by far thanks ollie

Pros: Functional

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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great auger
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Verified
Reviewer
ojibwa wi

About Me:
Avid Fisher
I use my cordless drill inside the shack with it. no smelly exhaust fumes or noise.

Pros: Easy To Maintain, Functional, Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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nils auger
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Verified
Buyer
Willow River Minnesota

About Me:
Casual/ Recreational
Cuts like butter 21" of ice 45 turns of the handle. Friends are impressed.

Pros: Functional, Durable, Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Goes through ice like it is butter!
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Buyer
New Hampshire

About Me:
Avid Fisher
I've used other hand augers before and it was hard work drilling a hole through the ice. Even gas augers are not this easy. The Nils auger effortlessly shaves its way through the ice. The waste ice looks like it belongs on a snow cone. It really is an amazing auger and I think it is all because of the blade design. The blades are part of the auger head, not bolted on separately as with other augers, so you aren't trying to cut through ice with the bolt heads and nuts that hold the blades on other augers. On the Nils the cutting head attaches to the rest of the screw at the center shaft - everything is in line and there are no dull protruding features to make cutting difficult. Believe me, this is the best hand auger you will ever buy! You won't be disappointed.

Pros: Easy To Maintain, Easy To Use, Functional

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Good Auger but Sensative Cutting Edge
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Syracuse, NY

About Me:
Avid Fisher
This is my third season with the 8" Nils hand auger. I sent the cutting head out for repair because it was dropped by me step son from the height of 1.5 feet. If you drop this head in any way, or use pressure while cutting, you risk knocking the blades out of alignment and then auger will just wobble in the hole. Thankfully Frank DeLuca in Minnesota is a Nils master sharpener and got the head cutting again for only $20 plus shipping. I might add, Frank has the head so sharp that is shaves hair on your arm. The head now cuts better than it did when new so I just sent off my spare head for him to sharpen as well. Take care of the auger blades and always have the blade guard on and you will not have a problem. Keeping the blade guard on though is a challenge because it is a poor design.

Pros: Sharp, Easy To Use, Long, Functional

Cons: Blade Cover

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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This auger lives up to all its hype
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Buyer
Upstate New York

About Me:
Avid Fisher
After 35+ years of icefishing this is the best panfish auger available.

Pros: Quick, Very reasonable priced, Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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great tool!
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Pocatello ID

About Me:
Avid Fisher
This ice auger was amazing! By hand i was out cutting people with gas powered augers! would strongly recomend to anyone

Pros: Functional, Easy To Use, Durable, Easy To Maintain

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Great Auger
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Wisconsin

About Me:
none
This auger will get you fishing before your buddy gets his gas auger started!

Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, Cuts fast

Cons: None

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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nils ice auger
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ut

About Me:
Avid Fisher
this auger cuts through ice like a hot knife through butter. I can drill twice as fast as the guys around me with power augers. Great Product

Pros: Easy To Maintain, Easy To Use, Durable, Functional

Cons: none

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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still waiting to use, but disappointed.
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oswego, ny

About Me:
Avid Fisher
when i received the auger i was disappointed. it appears that the company took an old drill head and refurbished it. they painted over old chipped paint without even sand blasting it clean. i am looking forward to trying it out soon, if it ever gets cold up here. i sure hope it works better than my old Mora. will re-review after i use it a while.

Pros: Still waiting to test out

Cons: Refurbished drill head

Best Uses: Ice Fishing



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Perfect A+
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Porter County, IN

About Me:
Casual/ Recreational
Dont have any ice to check it out yet but NILS is the best you can buy so i know i wont have any trouble.

Pros: Easy To Maintain, Easy To Use, Functional, Durable

Cons: Expensive

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Nils hand auger
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Pocatello, ID

About Me:
Avid Fisher
This is the best hand auger I have ever seen!

Pros: Functional, Durable, Easy To Use, Easy To Maintain

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing



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everything that its supposed to be
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central Maine

About Me:
Avid Fisher
this nils hand auger is so easy to use that I got rid of my heavy power auger.

Pros: Functional, Easy To Use, Easy To Maintain, Durable

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Best there is!
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Orange, VT

About Me:
Avid Fisher
Headline explains it all... Doesn't get any better!

Pros: Durable, Cuts fast, Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Out of stock?
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Connecticut

About Me:
Avid Fisher
There is nothing better at drilling in the ice than a Nils USA hand auger. But after 4 years of success, I am having a hard time getting a 2nd head or getting my original head sharpened. How such a successful product could sell out is beyond me. Someone should be fired due to lost income for this Nils product!

Pros: Easy To Use, Functional, Durable

Cons: Auger heads sold out

Best Uses: Ice Fishing



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nils 4.5 hand auger
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Iowa

About Me:
Avid Fisher
Mississippi River back water ice fishing. Very light to carry,drill many holes with ease. Best hand auger I've EVER OWNED PERIOD.

Pros: none

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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I can't imagine this auger wearing out!!
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Rockford Michigan

About Me:
Avid Fisher
I would buy another one but I doubt I will have to unless it's for someone else

Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Light Weight, Very well made, Easy To Maintain, Functional

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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You wont regret buying this
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Rochester Mn

About Me:
Casual/ Recreational
Best auger ever!

Pros: Functional

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Best auger
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Buyer
Bridgeport , NY

About Me:
Professional
Great auger. Hands down top quality.

Pros: Functional, Easy To Use, Easy To Maintain, Durable

Cons: My friends are JELOUS

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Worth the price
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Buyer
Alaska

About Me:
Professional
This drill beats all the other junk out there hands down! Good ice fishing investment.

Pros: Functional, Easy To Use, Durable

Cons: Poor cover design

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Very light
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Easthampton, MA

About Me:
Avid Fisher
This is my go-to early ice auger. Also for hiking in to those backwoods ponds. Very light, easy to use, cuts ice like buttah!!

Pros: Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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TOP NOTCH AUGER
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Stevens Point, WI

About Me:
Avid Fisher
A great hand auger. Little effort needed to go through ice like a hot knife through warm butter. Well worth the dollars. My next power auger will be this brand. If you want a serious hand auger, this is it.

Pros: Functional

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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The best Ive used.
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Buyer
South Central, CT

About Me:
Avid Fisher
The best auger Ive ever used. Worth the price. Very easy to drill. It starts itself without excessive force and cuts fast.

Pros: Great Design, Durable, Easy To Use

Cons: Heavy

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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My new favorite ice fishing tool!
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Buyer
Rochester, IN

About Me:
Avid Fisher
I used to get all sweaty drilling an ice hole. Now I drill holes just to see how deep the ice is! It is so easy! I bought a spare cutting head immediately in case the one I am using gets dull. No sign of that! I use it for wood cutting to see if the ice is thick enough to sled the wood across the ice. I harvest the firewood on a friendly farmer's land across the lake from me.

Pros: Easy To Use, Great Design, I'm 72 and outdrill all, Durable

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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The only drawback
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Green Bay, WI

About Me:
Casual/ Recreational
I bought the 4.5" auger and was totally impressed with its performance. The only drawback is the lack of an adapter for a cordless drill. If an adapter was made for this I would sell my power auger and by an 8" Nils!!!!!

Pros: Lightweight, Easy To Use

Cons: none

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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A 72 year old ice fisher LOVES his NILS
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ROCHESTER, IN

About Me:
Avid Fisher
This 72 year old arthritic ice fisherman has been looking for this auger for a long time! It does not hurt my shoulders and is really easy to use! LOVE IT!

Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Great Design, PAINLESS, Lightweight

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Great Hand Auger
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Kenosha, Wisconsin

About Me:
Avid Fisher
Best hand auger I've ever used. My buddy and I fished northern Wisconsin with 36" of ice and I was very impressed with how quickly it cut holes. Even with an injured shoulder it was easy to drill. I can't recommend it enough. My buddy had to buy one after he used mine. It cut so easy & fast I really don't think you need a power head (unless you want to spend the money).

Pros: Lightweight, Durable, Versatile, Easy To Use, Great Design

Cons: none

Best Uses: Ice Fishing

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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Trust Me
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Verified
Buyer
Berkshire ice

About Me:
Professional
trust me. You don't have to look further. The Nils Master 8" hand ice auger is perfect. It is light and easy to use. It cuts through 12 inches of ice in about 20 to 30 seconds....depending on your "enthusiasm". You can also purchase a powerhead although I did not because I don't like the noise factor. There are no negatives to this product. Buy it and enjoy a nice 8" hole to jig or set type.

Pros: Easy To Use, Great Design, Durable, Lightweight

Cons: none

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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The only one you will ever need
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Buyer
upstate N.Y.

About Me:
Casual Fisher
The nils hand auger cuts the ice like butter no effort at all to use and really no need for the gas auger.I can drill a hole allmost as fast as my buddy with his gas auger and with out the weight.You will be really impressed with the nils hand or gas.

Pros: Versatile

Cons: none

Best Uses: none

Would you recommend this product?  Yes

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