Eskimo High Compression 40cc Propane with Quantum Ice Auger (8" or 10")
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- 8 inch diameter auger
- 42 inch auger length
- High compression 40cc 4-cycle engine
- Quick release bottle holder holds 1 lb. Propane cylinder
- Auto-Prime fuel System - no more need to prime the engine before starts; just flip the switch to on and begin Drilling
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Refined Propane Power
In 2014, Eskimo introduced the HC40, the first ice fishing power auger designed from the ground up to maximize the benefits of high-octane, high-compression propane fuel. Rather than simply tweaking an existing gasoline engine to use propane, Eskimo's engineers designed an entirely new engine. The release of Eskimo's P1 Rocket Augers builds further on the success of the HC40. The P1 features updated styling, reduced weight, weldless cast bottom and an all-new transmission that results in astonishingly fast drilling speeds.
Cleaner Running & No Mess
Propane has many advantages over gas including no mixing of fuel and oil, no messy spills or leaks and less exhaust fumes. You can also transport it inside your vehicle without worrying about cleanup or stains.
Eskimo propane augers are very easy to use. Simply twist on a readily-available 1 lb propane bottle, clamp it down, flip the switch to 'on' and pull the over-sized mitten grip recoil. You no longer need to fill a tank or prime the engine.
The HC40 and P1 augers both use fine-tuned, high-compression 40cc engines to give you tons of power when drilling. They can turn an 8" or 10" auger bit with ease even in thick, hard ice. All of this power is turned into efficient, smooth cutting.
All Eskimo power augers are backed by an industry-leading 5-year warranty. Our world class, US-based customer service team is always just an email or phone call away from providing fast, honest and useful help.
|P1 8" Rocket Auger||P1 10" Rocket Auger||HC40 8"||HC40 10"|
|Engine Type||4-Cycle Viper||4-Cycle Viper||4-Cycle Viper||4-Cycle Viper|
|Auger Style||Rocket with Cast Bottom||Rocket with Cast Bottom||Quantum||Quantum|
|Handlebars||Aluminum Roll Cage||Aluminum Roll Cage||Steel||Steel|
|Propane Tank||Standard 1 lb||Standard 1 lb||Standard 1 lb||Standard 1 lb|
|Weight||26 lb||28 lb||32 lb||34 lb|
Size: 8-Inch Auger
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Read the troubleshooting guide, said if it doesn't start to check the sparkplug. Hmmm... Where oh where is that spark plug? Have to take off the cover to get to it. Sort of a pain, especially if you're on the ice, but no biggie (Hint - You'll need a Phillips screwdriver and a plug socket for that). Pulled out the spark plug, and the gap is covered in oil. I was really careful to keep the unit in the right position (as marked on the cover), but probably it was flipped the wrong way during shipping (and Eskimo does warn in their instructions about a hard start if that happens) . Wiped off the plug, carefully put paper towel in the hole to wipe up any extra oil, replaced the plug and tried it again. Still nothing. Put a plug tester between the wire and the plug, definitely spark between the two.
Then I thought maybe the issue was that the plug was fouled beyond repair, so get a new plug. Not so easy. The model of plug they use wasn't stocked locally anywhere I could find (CMR6A). So I ordered some off Amazon, once they arrived I put one in. Still wouldn't fire up.
Called Eskimo, heard great things about their customer service so I expected them to help me out. Talked to a customer service rep, she sent me to the warranty department. Immediately from there it went to voicemail. Left a message with my number, name, and the issue. but they never called me back (I gave them two days).
At that point I just decided to return the unit to Amazon. That was the only part of this purchase that went well. Credited for my full purchase price literally hours after I dropped it off at the UPS store.
If the unit would have worked I'd probably be very happy with my purchase. Auger is balanced very well and not very heavy, the drill has a nice point on the bottom and looked like it would go through the ice with no problem. My concern is that if the unit is ever set the wrong way it seems very difficult to fix it doing the standard things like replacing a plug. And if you do need to remove the cover to get to that plug, putting the cover back on is not so easy either because it's tricky to get the 3 screws to all line up. Don't even bother with that if you're on the ice, that's a job for home.
I love the idea of a propane auger, but at least for me this one didn't work out. I'm still on the ropes. Might try buying another and see if I just had bad luck with the first one. But I'm not thrilled with the support from Eskimo. Two year warranty on the auger, but Tommy Boy quotes about warranties are ringing in my head right now...
UPDATE : I'm still keeping my review at 2 stars for now. Bought the same model from a local retailer, this time there was no container of oil in the box (it was included when I bought it from Amazon). So had to wait until I could get some 0W-40 to try the auger out. Fired up after 8 pulls, so I'm happy about that. Also got a call from Eskimo's warranty department that went to voicemail. I'll give them a call back tomorrow and find out what happened. Hopefully there's a good reason why it took them 3 or 4 business days to return my call.
UPDATE 2 : Took the auger out this weekend, started up no problem. Cut about 20 holes, went through the 16" ice like a hot knife through butter. Also was a lot quieter than the gas augers out on the lake, my friend has a nice gas auger but wants this one instead. Changing the review to 4 stars, can't give it 5 due to the issues with the first one and the customer service problems but if you get a working one you'll love it.
I bought it, it arrived very quickly, the directions to put it together were simple, started easy etc. Brought it out on the ice the next weekend and it worked well. It cut holes just as expected. But I noticed it was leaking oil...even though I always kept it in the correct position. I double checked the oil level to make sure it wasn't too full and the oil was right where it was supposed to be. I thought that maybe there was a gasket that was dry that needed to get saturated to "seal" up. That week I kept the auger upright in the garage and it did not leak. The next weekend when I used the auger and laid it one the ice (arrow pointing up) it leaked again. I contacted ardisam and told theme of my issue. They emailed me a ups label to send it back for a replacement. They definitely get a 5 for customer service. Hopefully when the new one arrives I can change my rating to a 5.
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