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BIRDDOG

Strikemaster review


Well, In my search for a quality auger early this winter I was overwhelmingly led to the Strikemaster lazer. I have enough time on it to give it a honest review. Picked one up, as many may remember it wouldn't cut a decent hole, got bound and didn't run real well. After going over the unit, found a chunk of packing tape under one of the blades but still bound once in a while and kind of a tough starter. I had a lengthy conversation with a tech, they admit that some of their augers are "aggressive cutters" meaning they WILL get bound in the hole. So, I returned it for another lazer, with all the great reviews figured I just got a lemon.

New auger, after drilling 200 holes approx., it started to become a rough starter, 10 pull avg. I used the much raved about customer service, they stuck a new carb on it, ran much better. Well, till this week. Proper gas/oil mix was used.

Now it's once again a bear to start, again, many pulls and I can get her to purr and it runs and cuts well once started. Then it's time to shut it down, nope! Kill switch doesn't work!! So I have to choke it off. I'll also mention the oil coming out of the muffler, run of oil along the side. My jacket has a stain from it, while grabbing it out of the back of the truck my jacket bumped the carb...oil stain.

So looks like another trip to the plant to get it fixed. I take care of my equipment, don't beat it or leave it in the back of the truck, I store it properly.

So, one auger, returned for a new one because of problems. Second auger, got a new carb after the first one junked out after a couple weeks and now another trip back for customer service to again have the carb looked at and to fix the kill switch.

Happy customer? No. This auger has been the fastest/lightest auger i've used. But by no stretch of the imagination the most reliable.

I will be finishing out the rest of the season after having it fixed AGAIN, they need that great customer service!! Come next winter it'll be sold for a different make. No way after 2 augers and countless problems these are as reliable/solid as so many make them out to be. No need for the "mine runs great" replies...neither of my 2 brand new ones have, many of those type replies are shameless plugs...I've learned. It's great, they have top notch CS but when the augers run and cut like crap no amount of customer service would sway me to buy another strikemaster anytime soon.

Honest, unbiased review... 2/5 stars. Take it for what it's worth. ONE UNHAPPY CUSTOMER! May sound harsh but I'm at my wits end.

BIRDDOG

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bigpike

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The older model that I own is top notch (5 years old), after I worked out a few bugs (some of them on me) it is 100% dependable cuts faster than any auger around and still has the original blades on it and I average about 4 tanks a year, this new motor and carb system has been nothing but issues for guys. My buddy is very very complete when he looks to buy an upgrade on his equipment. Seeing how happy I was with mine he went with strike master and he is currently on his 4th auger in less than two seasons, I understand your frustration because I have witnessed it first hand with him. Customer service has been top notch and he has squeezed enough info from the techs to understand what engineering issues the auger has. I think this company needs to get back to the more basic motor/ carb design they had on there last series of augers, this new one must be costing them a fortune in returns and un-happy customers no matter how nice the service is, just my humble opinion. One thing I know he did was run a special plug. I can get more info from him on this and other issues he resloved and pass it along to you, he spent alot of time on the phone with the techs..........

spd800

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I'm not familiar with the new ones, but I have a old 2000 that is about 15 years old and it still runs like a champ.

Bigpike, I think you might be to easy on your equipment. Mine doesn't get the best care, I think the only thing I've done to it was a new plug about five years ago. Try leaving it in the back of the truck for a couple of weeks and hit every bump in the road. That will teach it


Bob Schroden

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I agree that the older models were better quality.

I have a 5 year old LM-8, and I have had ZERO problems with it.

A couple of friends of mine have brand new LM-8's and they have had similar issues.

Obviously Strikemaster has current quaility control issues.


walleyedds

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I just returned a Strikemaster 2000 with less than 1 tank of gas through it.Handle snapped pulling it out after it bound up repeatedly. I do not abuse it drove it around inside the Tahoe, never dropped it. Have to say after all the positive comments on the website i am suprised it is not a better product.Have to pick up a different make!

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JakeH

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I also have a 4 year old LM10 and runs great! I went through a rough year with a few Jiffys prior to the SM. Man was that frustrating!

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RVRAT

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Thanks for the honest review Birddog...Ive got a 7year old 3h.p. Eskimo...I was thinkin of getting a new one as they are faster and lighter...This thing ALWAYS starts within 3 pulls but its a tang and a bit slow...but reliable..I think Ill stick it out another year at least...also I hate all the plastic parts in the new augers...Hopefully the tank I have keeps goin...nothin worse then spendin good hard earned money on something that doesnt deliver what promised...Good luck...Jay

fish2live

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i have a strikemaster lazer mag express and it has not once had any proplems. a couple tips for you bird dog go to a 40:1 or 50:1 mixture or go to amsoil 100:1 and this will cure the oil problem. mine did the same thing until i started mixing 40:1 next year i will go to amsoil 100:1 mix. as for the kill switch do not use this to stop the auger alot of the reason people are recking there recoils are from this it bangs real hard when used and strips them. instead use the yellow compretion button to shut it down just leave the togle switch on all the time.
doing these couple things i believe will give you a better experience with strikemaster.


jetro

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I bought a new Lazer Mag 9 inch this year. It came with a Chinese built auger flighting that cut really aggresive and would bind up at the bottom of the hole. Mike the product manager exchanged it for a swedish built auger flighting that cuts like it should (hot knife thur butter).
Mine runs pretty good, but is cold blooded at first start.


jtimm

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I thought that Strikemaster's quality has been on the downslide the last few years. There has been alot of unhappy customers from what I've seen also. Just to mention if you do get a Jiffy they run the same motor on their 2 HP model if your unhappy with the Strikemaster motor, you'll likely be unhappy with the Jiffy. You could look at the Nils auger, alot of happy customers with these units. Expensive, but lighter, faster,and they have an Industrial 2 stroke Tanaka motor on them. Sorry about your Strikemaster expierience! A guy shouldn't have all these troubles with a spendy new piece of machinery!

troutsrus

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I also am the owner of a Strikemaster Mag 2000. It has been an awesome auger and has drilled LOTS of holes. Only problem ever was one of my buddies with Gorilla features jerked the pull rope out. I repaired it and its been a real workhorse. Sorry about your luck with Strikemaster , but I had bad luck with my Jiffy and sold it to move to Strikemaster , so I guess every mfgr. has problems.

Kooty

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I got my new LM8 shortly after you. It was also binding, ran to SM, got a new set of blades and it's been a champ ever since. I've got to have close 300 holes on it so far. Third tank of gas anyway. Starts on 2-3 pulls, cuts smooth and none of the other issues you've described.

When I worked at Gander, I sold hundreds of these augers, albeit 4+ years ago. We had several issues with the 2000 series one year, but the LM were and are still the premium auger on the market in my opinion.

I've heard the 2 strokes from a few years back are better due to less emission BS, but I have absolutely no complaints. This is my 5th LM.

One thing you may want to consider and I don't know the answer to these questions. Does Jiffy, Eskimo or Nils offer out your back door support?

Hope your luck changes on your next auger no matter what it is.

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JDEAN

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I got on about 5 year's old and have had no problems. I even have the same plug in it.

Sorry to hear about your bad luck.

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mrwalleye

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Birddog try the JIFFY STX PRO it's quiet and cuts so smooth even a kid could use it.

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mwodziak

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I have a MAG III that has run perfect for more than 10 years, and last year I put a lazer drill on it. Never once did it ever bind up. I recently had wrist surgery and have been running it all this winter without problems.

Advice for anyone looking for a used auger: Find a used a SM Mag III and get a lazer drill from D-Rock in Roseville for 90$.

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dandorn

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Quote:

I'll also mention the oil coming out of the muffler, run of oil along the side. My jacket has a stain from it, while grabbing it out of the back of the truck my jacket bumped the carb...oil stain.

BIRDDOG




Let me know if SM buys you a new jacket or picks up the dry cleaning tab.
I have a few stains from my SM auger on my parka as well.


spd800

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Would this not be from any two cycle engine (or four) if you rub up against the muffler?

BIRDDOG

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Quote:

i have a strikemaster lazer mag express and it has not once had any proplems. a couple tips for you bird dog go to a 40:1 or 50:1 mixture or go to amsoil 100:1 and this will cure the oil problem. mine did the same thing until i started mixing 40:1 next year i will go to amsoil 100:1 mix. as for the kill switch do not use this to stop the auger alot of the reason people are recking there recoils are from this it bangs real hard when used and strips them. instead use the yellow compretion button to shut it down just leave the togle switch on all the time.
doing these couple things i believe will give you a better experience with strikemaster.




Don't use the intended kill switch, isn't that the exact reason they put them on the auger, to shut the motor off? I'm curious how the kill is hard on the recoil? I've had three augers, 3 major brands, every one of them had a kill switch, no problems hurting the recoil on any of them. Seems odd to me that they'd install a kill but we should be using the compression.

I've watched that DVD over a few times...I'm running this motor exactly how STRIMEMASTER specifies, not like it's rocket science but just to better understand this auger. In talking with the tech/mechanic about my new carb, the oil/mix came up as I had heard here to use a leaner mix, he said "no" and they will not warranty it if I do.

Someone mentioned the oil drip coming out of the carb and how all augers do it...my eskimo and old jiffy never had a thick oil drip coming out, sure they'd get black and sooty but never a thick drip.

Well, headed out fishing now...5am. It'll start but only after wearing my arm out...it'll shut off...by the choke...

BIRDDOG

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Bret Clark

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For those of you who are binding at the bottom of the hole your blades are not tight, I learned this first hand. If you do not tighten them you will blow out the clutch.

I will say the motor on my Lazer Mag is on the cold blooded side but so was the new Jiffy I had the chance to use earlier this year. After starting the StrikeMaster I let it run at half choke a bit to warm up before pounding holes. This has helped to keep the auger from killing by getting in a hurry trying to pour the gas to a cold power head. Once warmed up the auger cuts like no other.

If you are using the choke to kill the auger you will have an oil leak. When using the choke all you are doing is flooding the machine, that gas/oil has to escape somewhere.

Sorry to hear you have had troubles but also wanted to state the. My Lazer Mag has 6 tanks run through her as of yesterday and has preformed very well for me.

For those of you who think I or other Staff members are paid from StrikeMaster because of the advertisement banners are totally mistaken, that is simply not true. It is just good advertisement for a great sponsor to this site.

If you dont know me.I will tell it as I see it without sugar coating

Again, sorry for the issues you have had with the auger BIRDDOG.

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Bob Carlson

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I would like to add alittle of my experience with this....I am running a new 8 " Lazer this year after using a Jiffy 2hp legend the past 5-6 prior! The Jiffy dripped oil out of its muffler holes some at times....I would just do my normal clean up after acouple of uses and it was good to go again! I have alwise mixed my gas at 24:1 with whatever 2 cycle oil I had on the shelf..The new Lazer will drip oil some now...but I just wrip it off....as far as any of my little two cycle motors...they all get wet and drip at the exhaust. from the leaf blower to the tiller. I have also have some problems with my new Lazer sticking near the bottom of the hole! well after reading something about that earlier this winter I was on to that problem!
As far as any little two cycle motor goes...they are all alittle hard to work with.....I think one big issue we are all dealing with here is the GAS we are all using now? I think all our smaller gas engines ran much better 5+ years ago....heck my big rider lawnmower needs to have the choke on 1/2 way to keep it running...and its been to the shop for that issue!!

all well...just a little of my 2 cents....whatever good that is!!!

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SP180

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Birddog,

Thanks for the honest report. This business of competition between companies like Jiffy and Strikemaster will always have people who like or hate them. I too have the Lazer Mag (got a new 9" for free last year). It was a real bear to start. Living up here in ND it gets real cold out there at o dark 30 and those 2 cycles the way they are set up per EPA standards makes them tough to start. I noticed on mine that the idle/govenour setting was not even touching so it never had enough idle to keep started when i tried in the am. It took 20+ pulls and a few choice words. After i adjusted it to run at an idle that was not going to make the blade turn, it now starts and catches at 3 pull. Also changed the oil concentration to the Amsoil 100:1. The auger runs well and it would cost me 300+ dollars to switch from this free one just to have the same issues with the jiffy 2 strokes (same motor).

I hope you find something that works for you and keeps you on the water.

By the way, a hand auger starts on the first pull and leaks no oil........


jtimm

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Run Amsoil Saber at 80-1 or 100-1 for no oil drip issues.

Wes

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Birddog,I have worked on ice augers for 35 years.Many brands! To this day I think eskimo is the best. I now have a Z51 eskimo cuts good,Starts good.

fish2live

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sorry it took so long for my reply kind of lost track of this post. the reason for not using the kill switch was straight from a tech at strikemaster after my buddy broke his recoil. i have notice that when you shut it of with the toggle switch it bangs and when useing the decompetion button it does not. the tech said his advise would be to use the decompretion button because it does no harm to the engine or recoil. as for why the toggle switch was to blame i do not know i am not a small engine guy so i just took the word of the tech on this one.

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