Auger drilling is also referred to as auger boring. It involves the use of the chiseled tip of a drill bit to cut through ice or soil via a gouging motion. As the auger drill bit rotates, a hole is produced. Auger drilling is essential in a wide number of industries including: mining, construction, home gardening, ice fishing, geotechnical, and environmental sampling.
Early forms of auger drilling dates back to about 3000 years ago, where drills were used in China being made of bamboo and rope. They were used for drilling holes for various applications. This was followed by the advent of the internal combustion engine and later pneumatics and hydraulics. Presently, auger drills such as the Eskimo Silvertip Curved Blade Hand Auger have become more sophisticated, quicker, and more accurate unlike the early versions.
Augers are available as a continuous flight auger or as a bucket auger. The continuous flight auger uses a rotational head and the helical edges of the auger drill bit drives the cuttings to the surface. As for the bucket auger, the cuttings or waste are collected in a bucket and directed to the surface.
The auger sizes differ too. The smaller size augers are usually mounted on trucks and are designed for handling small projects. The biggest of them are used in bridge foundations. Smaller models of augers are also available for ice fishing and can be manual, gas, or power driven.
About the Eskimo Silvertip Curved Blade Hand Auger
This is a steel auger designed to be used in many applications. Its sleek design makes it quite appealing and it has adjustable handles. The unit is also available in various sizes so as to meet the different needs of users. Its signature feature in particular is the two-part design that makes it easy and convenient to disassemble and reassemble the implement. This also allows the user to store the machine with ease. The easy to use design of the unit is also a plus.
- The unit is available in various sizes.
- It is made of high quality steel.
- It has a red and sleek finish.
- It has an adjustable handle from 49 to 58 inches.
- Powder coat finish with a corrosion-resistant handle.
- The implement has a two-part design that makes it easy to tear it apart before storage or transportation.
- The auger pommel design allows for easy and firm grip.
- It has curved ground blades that tears easily through ice. These blades can cut a 6-inch diameter hole.
- Blades are made of high carbon stainless steel.
Pros and Cons
- You have different sizes to choose from.
- Comes in black or red colour. You can choose whichever colour that pleases you.
- Comes with an e-coat handle that is resistant to corrosion.
- It is easy to use thanks to its simple design.
- Its overall design is appealing to the eye.
- Its carbon stainless steel blades are strong and sharp to easily burrow through ice.
- Its blades are ground curved and therefore they are more efficient when tearing through the ground.
- Comfortable to hold and operate thanks to the auger pommel design hand grip.
- It is easy to assemble and disassemble for storage and transportation.
- It is made of hardy steel that can handle even the hardiest grounds.
- It is affordable.
- Its adjustable handle makes it easy to operate the machine.
- It is durable.
- Does more within a short time.
- Burrows through the ice quickly.
- Excellent quality.
- Easy to carry along and operate.
- There are a few reports of the blades breaking easily.
- Requires a great deal physical effort to operate.
The Eskimo Silvertip Curved Blade Hand Auger has won the hearts of many. I am well pleased with it and would recommend it to a friend. The implement burrows the ice easily. I was able to drill many holes within a day and yet the blades still remain sharp and strong. I loved the fact that the auger is lightweight and therefore it was easy to carry around when digging the holes. It is also notable that it is easy to operate the implement as it cuts through the ice with ease. The blades in particular impressed me the as it was able to drill an 8 inch hole deep to about 20 inches in under a minute.
In terms of quality, it is an excellent and well worth the price. As a matter of fact, it is reasonably priced too. On the downside, a few of the buyers say the machine was not strong as expected. It is also manually operated and therefore those who prefer gas or electric powered augers might not like it.
A Final Word
The Eskimo Silvertip Curved Blade Hand Auger is one of those ice fishing augers that tunnels through the ice easily given its curved ground blades. The fact that the blades are made of high carbon stainless steel means that the unit is capable of cutting through even the hardiest of surfaces. The blades are similar to those used in making knife blades and therefore are extremely sharp and strong.
Its height handlebars are also adjustable and it features a 2-piece take down design that allows you to easily dissemble the unit for storage or transportation. This unit is also extremely lightweight when compared to other hand augers. You will not get easily exhausted when working on your outdoor ice fishing expedition. Other ideal features that makes it standout are: corrosion-resistant handle, powder coat finish, appealing overall finish, and multiple sizes to choose from. Irrespective of the fact that it is manually operated, overall, this unit is highly efficient and easy to operate. Its comfortable grip handles also makes things much easier for the operator.