Nils USA Hand Auger

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Item No.: 103837

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Nils USA Hand Augers feature a one-piece cutting head instead of individual blades. This design offers a stronger overall 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 longer. The curved blades quickly cut through the thickest ice with little to no downward pressure applied. Nils USA Hand Augers have cushion grip handles for cutting comfort. The offset handle design brings the drilling hand out, farther away from the centerline 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 headcover to protect the blades from damage and to protect users from the blades. Nils USA Hand Augers are power-coated blue with red cutting heads. The auger assembly/cutting head section of these hand augers can be used in conjunction with the Nils USA power auger powerheads.

  • One-piece cutting head
  • Constructed of high chromium steel
  • Offset handle design
  • Folding handle for easy transport
  • Can be used with the Nils USA power auger powerheads
  • Includes:
    • Plastic cutting headcover

Ratings & Reviews

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2/2/2013 12:00:00 am

Truly Impressed

by Love to Fish -

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!

2/12/2013 12:00:00 am

Nils Hand Auger

by saltr -

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.

2/15/2013 12:00:00 am

Nils hand auger

by Gforce -

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

2/15/2013 12:00:00 am

I converted from battery drill to Nils.

by ReaganRanger -

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.

2/14/2013 12:00:00 am

Cuts like butter

by jlindy -

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

2/15/2013 12:00:00 am

Great Product. worth the investment

by Travis -

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.

2/18/2013 12:00:00 am

Great Auger

by The Fishman -

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.

1/14/2014 12:00:00 am

Easy to operate

by Lucygoose -

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.

1/20/2014 12:00:00 am

Blades were re sharpened awesome.

by Salmonemia

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.

1/31/2014 12:00:00 am


by Dan -

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

1/31/2014 12:00:00 am

6 Nils auger

by Oz -

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

2/15/2014 12:00:00 am

Works almost too good!

by Scoot

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.

11/13/2014 12:00:00 am

the best auger on the market

by junior

this is the best auger you can buy. I sold my gas auger when I bought this one because I was tired of gas leaking all over. Drilled 8 inch holes through 26 inches of ice and it wasn't that bad

12/1/2014 12:00:00 am

best hand auger made

by junior

these augers cut so good I sold my power auger. last year i was cutting 7 holes every time we set up through 26 inches of ice. Im also on the 4th year with the same head that came with it when i bought it

1/7/2015 12:00:00 am

Great Auger, Quality made

by Riverfisher -

I bought the 4 1/2 " auger like it so well I think I am going to order a 6" also. Drills crazy fast with little effort. I know a couple guys with 6" augers that say the same thing. Very top quality the flighting on the auger shaft is welded all the way not just tacked on. Seems to have very good paint also. One other thing I noticed is that the auger does not catch at the bottom of the hole when you get drilled through. There is no bolts on the blades to catch, this is nice especially if your using a cordless drill. You won't be disappointed!

1/27/2015 12:00:00 am

Best hand ice auger on the market PERIOD!!!

by Alexg166 -

Awesome auger, simply the best hand ice auger on the market. You can use it with power head as power auger or use it as hand auger. very versitile

1/29/2015 12:00:00 am

should have bought this years ago

by ifishinxs -

This auger is a pleasure to use. I find myself wanting to put more holes In the ICE. Great product.

1/29/2015 12:00:00 am

Best hand auger on the market.

by Zibby56 -

I bought 8" auger last November, went ice fishing January 24. Ice was about 8" tick. It took me 15 seconds to make 8" hole. Perfect.

2/1/2015 12:00:00 am

Nils 6 hand auger is the best

by FM

Looking for an alternative to my gas auger I bought a 6" Nils hand auger (as opposed to the Nils 6" "orange" auger designed for a cordless drill) a couple months ago (11/14) along with an adapter for use with a cordless drill. I coupled this with a Milwaukee 18V Fuel hammer drill with extra capacity batteries for a power head. The ease and speed of drilling holes is unbelievable. Powers through at nearly 2" of ice per second with my drill (really… it cuts crazy fast). Late Janurary I was going through 16" of ice easily in less than 10 seconds. A month ago I drilled about 40 holes through 12" ice and still had half of a battery charge. Makes moving around and finding fish a lot easier, quicker, and somewhat stealthier. Of course this is the 6" model, though with a good, high torque drill the 8" will also cut super quickly I'm sure. The cutting head is razor sharp so you gotta be careful taking the guard on and off. Have not yet tried to use the handle for hand auguring but for sure will for earliest ice in future years. Best ice fishing purchase in a long time. My 8" gas auger will be gathering dust unless I'm specifically pike fishing. Highly recommended, well worth the extra coin. Treat it nice and it should stay sharp a long time. The head can be resharpened at a reasonable price. If you are fishing for species larger than panfish like big pike and walleye you'll want to get the 8" auger.

2/2/2015 12:00:00 am

Amazingly fast - Faster than most power augers you see on the ice

by Chadx -

Really just amazing. With absolutely no downward pressure, the Nils 6" hand auger goes through 18"of ice in about 10 seconds so the one reviewers estimate of 2" per second was about right on. Can easily punch 3 holes without stopping and get them set up and then punch more holes. The 6" diameter auger was actually so easy, I ordered the Nils 8" diameter hand auger to compare knowing it has about 50% more surface area and would take 1.5 times as long to auger a hole. After using the 8", I am going to sell the 6". Was punching holes this weekend in 16" of ice in about 12 seconds. So yes, about 1.5 times longer than the 6" auger. Time will tell how these blades hold up and if the fast, effortless augering will continue. From discussing with others, you want to always baby the head. Immediately put back on the guard so you don't bump the blades. Even minor dings will impact performance. Don't auger it in a few inches and leave it stand there; put the blade cover back on and put it in your sled. You don't want the head freezing into a hole and then you leveraging it out, potentially flexing anything. That probably applies less to the Nils head compared to other auger blade designs, but good practice anyway. When you get home, always dry off the head and spray/wipe with WD40 to prevent surface rust, but be CAREFUL. Blades are razor sharp. Do not mess with the blade unless you can focus on what you are doing. You will slit your fingers or glove. Also, be careful when augering. I must have bumped my gortex pants with the blade after pulling it up because I discovered a 3" slit in my pant leg when I got home. Slit right through 2 layers of material. Treat this auger well and it should last years before needing an authorized dealer to sharpen (don't try to sharpen yourself unless you REALLY know what you are doing with auger blades because all augers are particular with angles and sharpening procedures). Really just amazing that I walk out on the ice with this auger and someone nearby says "The ice is 18" thick. You can borrow my gas auger if you want". I politely decline and then punch through the ice in about 10 seconds. Then I hear "I guess you don't need it". Though, it really is about blade quality and sharpness (and maintenance). I don't own a gas auger and don't plan to. And won't fight a cheapo hand auger. Not worth it. Pay 1/2 the price, get 1/4 the quality. Pay for the Nils or other high quality hand auger or you'll end up frustrated. When you can punch a hole faster than the guy next to you gets his gas auger started (after 20 pulls), it's pretty satisfying. And then he pushes down hard and it still takes his gas auger 25+ seconds to get through, it's even more. Granted, that is someone that doesn't maintain their equipment, but it seems like that scenario is the norm compared to the number of guys that have well maintained augers (gas, battery, or hand). Happy fishing!

11/7/2016 12:00:00 am


by Jigman13

I have the 8". Few yrs back in NJ we had 18+" of ice and I was blowing through it with the nils hand auger. You have to take care of the blades. Respect the value and it'll treat you well. I avoid dirty ice with it so I don't nick the blade. Also, be conscious of where you're drilling so you don't bury it into mud or rocks. I purchased an extra blade head in case the one I've been using for the last 3 yrs starts to dull. But even after 3 seasons of use I can still shave with the original head! You won't be disappointed by this hand auger!

2/5/2017 12:00:00 am

Holes Made Easy

by EdK46 -

Using a 20V Max DeWalt Hammer Drill and a Clam Plate connected to the Nils hand auger via a Clam to Nils adapter found on ebay and you have the perfect lightweight electric power auger. Take along a spare battery and you are good to go for alot of holes. Easy to use and in the unlikely event that you run out of battery power you can switch to manual mode where the Nils design and quality lets you drill quickly with minimal physical effort. I love this set up. My son has an ION and prefers to use my auger setup when we hit the ice together.

2/20/2017 12:00:00 am

Best auger money can buy.

by Butch857

3rd year using this auger. Teamed up with a Dewalt 20 volt brushless drill this thing rocks. Went ice fishing 10 times this winter with a 4.0Ah battery, usually drilling 4 or 5 holes per trip. I wanted to see how long the battery would last. Never charged or changed the battery all winter. What a combo... still had 1/2 battery life left over..

1/18/2018 12:00:00 am

Best Hand Auger I've Ever Used

by Dawgone -

By far the best hand auger I've ever used other than the 6" Nils I already have. Right now we have 18 - 20 inches of Ice . This auger punches thru with little effort and no down pressure.

12/4/2018 12:00:00 am

No Bull, Just fantastic cutting and quality

by Enor Mussbalz

I've owned a Nils Convertible for 3 years now and am still impressed with the durability of their cutter heads. Having gone thru a number of hand augers and one oversized gas auger, this is hands down the best auger I've ever owned, or ever used. I have bad shoulders, so the ease in which the nils cuts is a real plus. I bought the convertible so I could attach my Milwaukee Fuel M18 permanent magnet drill to it. The last few trips out last year had me drilling 40 plus holes thru 24" of ice in about 12 seconds. All on about 40% of my 5AH battery. The auger and drill combined still didn't cost what an Ion costs, and I've got the bonus of having a really nice drill around for home projects. Should my drill fail for whatever reason, I can still operate the auger manually....and it will still out-cut the eskimo/strikemaster/mora competition! In a nutshell, If you've got the budget, buy the Nils. You won't be disappointed.