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Offline kenP

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Favorite spud bar?
« on: February 15, 2016, 11:39:27 AM »
I have some friends that can make me a spud and wondered whether any of you have tried anything like the Jiffy Mille Lacs and if you would recommend that type of head configuration - any cons that I should know about?
Also, what are the typical dimensions - about 4' long and 3/4" diameter?
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Favorite spud bar?
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Re: Favorite spud bar?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2016, 12:40:38 PM »
I have the Mil Lacs and I don't like it and would not buy one again.. If you make one it needs to be about 54" long x 1"round steel bar stock , the blade should be about 2 3/4 across x 5" tall x 1/2" thick for chopping holes. Bigger and heaver if you can handle a big gun..

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Re: Favorite spud bar?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2016, 03:06:52 PM »
yikes, 5' long 1.00 round stock. that thing is gonna be heavy. Mine is a 4 1/2' piece of 5/8" rebar with a blade welded to it. The blade is 2" x 3/8" x about 4" long and has a small "T" welded to the other end. The blade has a simple single bevel edge ground on it. the whole thing weighs around 5 lbs give or take, I've never put it on a scale... I might have to now that I think about it. I've used it to open holes and check ice as I go and it works fine. I'm sure if I had to I could chop a hole in the ice with it pretty easy. I put a length of foam pipe wrap on it to make it fill my hand better and added a 1" web tether so it doesn't end up at the bottom of a lake like the last one did.
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Re: Favorite spud bar?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2016, 04:20:17 PM »
yikes, 5' long 1.00 round stock. that thing is gonna be heavy. Mine is a 4 1/2' piece of 5/8" rebar with a blade welded to it. The blade is 2" x 3/8" x about 4" long and has a small "T" welded to the other end. The blade has a simple single bevel edge ground on it. the whole thing weighs around 5 lbs give or take, I've never put it on a scale... I might have to now that I think about it. I've used it to open holes and check ice as I go and it works fine. I'm sure if I had to I could chop a hole in the ice with it pretty easy. I put a length of foam pipe wrap on it to make it fill my hand better and added a 1" web tether so it doesn't end up at the bottom of a lake like the last one did.

I used mine to chop holes before I started to use all the power tools,, No more chopping ice for this guy,  If you just want something for checking ice it does not need to be as heavy.

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Offline kenP

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Re: Favorite spud bar?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2016, 05:58:51 PM »
Yes - just using to check ice thickness
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Re: Favorite spud bar?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2016, 06:53:21 PM »

I own 3 spuds but for just checking ice for safety and Eskimo economy spud works fine and retails around 20.00 and won't wear your arm and shoulder out

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Re: Favorite spud bar?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2016, 06:58:14 PM »
I never owned a SPUD BAR TILL THIS YEAR...
WITH ICE CONDITIONS the WAY THERE WERE and STILL ARE..
I FIGURED I NEEDED 1.
I MENTIONED TO FM one DAY I WANTED TO PURCHASE one..
HE DIRECTED ME TO DICKS SPORTING GOODS SAID HE WAS THERE THE DAY BEFORE and THEY HAD 3 LEFT.
SO I RAN UP AT 9.30 am and SURE AS SPRING WILL BE HERE ,THERE WAS 1 LEFT.$ 19.99,,GREAT DEAL.
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5 '  LOOP for strap and sharp as a KNIFE....
WAS A GREAT INVESTMENT..
THANKS AGAIN FM. :)
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Re: Favorite spud bar?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2016, 07:56:20 PM »
Harbor freight 20 bucks works fine for me lol

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Re: Favorite spud bar?
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2016, 08:22:33 PM »
I use a regular wooden handled ice scraper. Like ya would use on your drive or side walks. Its heavy enough to check for weak spots & does not wear your arm out using it. I had made 2 out of rebar over the years. Both of the are on the bottom of a lake.  :-[ :-[

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Re: Favorite spud bar?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2016, 09:45:24 PM »
My brother welder some galv. tubing to an old axe blade. Nice idea, but way too heavy. I took a grinder and shortened the tube and removed a bunch of material so it was symetrical and more of a triangle shape. Paired it with a broken shovel handle and put a loop through it; it's served me well for the last few years.

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