If you are looking for a good drill that you can use those few months out of the year when you go out and ice fish then you need a proper ice drill. You need one that works well but one that will not ruin your budget. If you are like me you want something that is not going to fall apart right away but you do not need to pay a lot for a top-end model because you are only going to use it a few times a year. This is where the Jiffy PRO4 Lite Propane Ice Drill comes in.
The features of this ice drill include that it is super lightweight. By lightweight it means that the unit itself is about 30 pounds. You do not need to fill it with gas, so you do not have to worry about smoke, false starts or the smell of gas on your hands. According to the manufacturer, it has such a clean, overhead-valve engine with multiple positions that it can be used indoors.
It starts easily in cold weather. It is also powerful but quiet, so you will not scare off any of the fish you are hoping to catch.
The Main Benefits
This is a quiet but powerful ice drill that can drill 8-inch holes. The engine will not smoke or flood, and there is no choke. The fact that it operates on propane makes this perfect to carry along on those long early morning drives to the lake. You do not have to stop and gas it up. You do need to be careful about removing the fuel canister after use to keep it in good shape.
It is easy to carry but really powers through ice that is about 24 inches thick. It also drills pretty quickly. If you are on a long fishing expedition you might need more than one canister of propane, but this is not going to load you down on your journey all that much. You just want it on hand in case.
Most of the time you can get dozens of drills done on just one canister. Some people have had their Jiffy Pros for years and are still on the first canister. It should start even if the weather is about minus 25 degrees F, and that should happen on the first or second pull at most.
The blades might freeze up if you are out all day fishing, so just be mindful of keeping them free of moisture or ice. You want to continue to enjoy and use it but this is a minor detail and oftentimes, the blades are fine. They are strong enough that you do not need to push the auger into the ice when drilling. Let the machine do the work for you.
You can buy it on Amazon. I’d recommend buying it new there unless you find it online or at retail camping and outdoors stores for a better price.