Have you been searching for the legendary Clam ice auger drill plate? Then you are in luck because I have done some extensive research on this drill plate that you can attach to your Clam hand auger so that you can save your arms from falling off and power through the thick ice with ease.
With this drill plate conversion kit, you can save a ton of money by not having to purchase expensive gas or propane augers. Better yet, you won’t have to drag along gas and oil with you every time you go ice fishing.
Not only that, but you won’t have to worry about mixing the gas and oil, which can be a messy job, especially out on the cold lake in the middle of winter.
To power the auger, you will want to use an 18-volt cordless drill. Make sure the drill has a good-sized battery on it. I recommend that you use a lithium powered battery with high torque. The drill is only used to turn the auger blade. It doesn’t support the auger blade torque because the ball bearings take the load. This alone will prolong the life of your battery and your drill.
I recommend purchasing a Milwaukee 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2 in. Drill Driver Kit to use as the drill on your Clam auger. Or some other brand name similar to the Milwaukee. Also, when drilling, you are going to want to keep the drill at low speed. Doing this will give the auger more torque to drill through the ice with. The more torque, the more power. The more power, the faster you can drill through the ice, and the more holes you can drill until the battery runs out.
There are a few steps on how to assemble the drill plate and how to attach your drill to the plate and auger. First, there are a few tools you’re going to need to assemble the drill plate.
Disassembling of the chuck on the drill is no longer needed in this new version of the clam ice auger drill plate. This version comes with a hexagon motor shaft that fits right into the chuck head. This saves a lot of time in assembling of the drill plate, which gives you more time out on the ice fishing.
Put the hexagon end of the motor shaft into the chuck of the drill and tighten the chuck just like if you were putting in a drill bit. Next, you take the plate that the drill will be mounted to and install the vertical bracket that comes with it. You will have two 1” ¼”-20 screws, two nylon lock nuts, and four flat washers. Loosely tighten the nuts because you will be making adjustments later on when you fix the drill to the plate and auger shaft.
You will want to put on the trigger linkage. Place the trigger rod through the bolt that’s on the plate. Then put the trigger paddle into the small slot that’s in the vertical bracket using the shoulder bolt, ¼”-20 Nylon Locknut, and a flat washer. Make sure not to tighten too hard at this point to allow for final adjustments.
Put the motor shaft that’s in the drill through the plate and the ball bearing assembly. You will need a 1/8″ Allen wrench to adjust the two set screws.
You will want to install the U bolt that you will find around the drill handle. Tighten this down with the flat washers and plastic knobs. Make sure the drill is sitting flat against the vertical bracket. This ensures that the trigger paddle can be adjusted to push against the drill trigger fully.
Now you will want to adjust the paddle height. Doing this will enable you to be able to pull the drills trigger entirely using the trigger paddles.
Once the trigger can be pushed all the way in by using the trigger paddle and linkage, then you can tighten the four bolts down that hold everything in place.
Now that the Clam ice auger drill plate is assembled you can attach it to almost any hand auger you want. You will need to take the top handle of the hand auger off before putting on the drill.
The Clam ice auger drill plate is an excellent choice in a drill plate assembly. It is lightweight but with enough torque to get through the thickest ice. I’ve been told that this auger set-up can drill 40 plus holes in a single charge! Now to me, that is Power. Especially for an electric type auger.
You can also pick up a 16″ extension for the auger itself if you’re tall and need more height. And there is the conversion kit combo that comes with the drill plate and the hand auger but without the handle for the hand auger. The price for the combo kit is a little higher than the drill plate alone but cheaper than purchasing the whole hand auger and drill plate separately.
Either way, it’s easy to assemble and easy on the wallet. What more could you ask for? I recommend buying one of these, especially if you want to lighten that load you haul out onto the ice every day. It will make your hole drilling much easier, and you will enjoy ice fishing that much more — no-fuss no-muss.
Now you can say goodbye to gas and oil augers Today!
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section below. Happy fishing and remember You Can Have Your Fish And Eat’em 2!