Eskimo Mako 43cc Quantum Ice Auger Review

Eskimo Mako 43cc Quantum Ice Auger Review

When it comes to breaking through that ice so you can begin your fishing trip, you’re going to want a device that is going to make short work of it, right? Of course you are! Especially if you’ve been looking forward to ice fishing for a while and this is the first trip of the season.

However, how many times have you gotten revved up to go on your trip only to find the ice is too thick and your hand auger won’t cut through? That’s where a gas powered auger like the Eskimo Mako 43cc Quantum Ice Auger comes into play!

Pair Of Eskimo Mako 43cc Quantum Ice Augers

In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the Eskimo Mako 43cc Quantum Ice Auger, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the ice auger had to say about their overall experience with it.

Then, we’re going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this auger is something you should consider purchasing for your own ice fishing gear!

About The Product

The Eskimo Mako 43cc Quantum Ice Auger stands out from the rest because it comes with a 10-inch auger that is 42-inches long. It features a 30:1 ratio, allowing you to cut through ice of any thickness without breaking a sweat.

You’ll find that the auger is incredibly easy to use. The 8000 RPM Viper is super easy to operate, as it features a fingertip controlled throttle. The foam gripped handle bars gives you something comfortable to hold on to while you’re making headway through the ice.


  • High performance 43cc Viper engine
  • Anti-vibration foam grip handles for added comfort and control
  • ​Primer button for quick response starting
  • ​Extra large recoil handle allows you to start engine with gloves or mittens
  • ​See-through gas tank for easy gas level detection
  • Muffler guard to protect you from hot areas
  • Finger tip throttle trigger for precise power control
  • Dual stainless steel blades and centering point for unmatched drilling speed
  • ​Exclusive centering ring on Quantum augers prevents drilling angled holes
  • ​Eskimo red powder coat paint finish is proven to be the most durable in the industry
  • Blade protector extends the life of blades (included)
Close Up Of Eskimo Mako 43cc Quantum Ice Auger

When you use this auger, you’ll quickly see why this is the preferred auger of ice fishermen, as it features Quantum blades that are incredibly durable and will stay sharp for a very long time. The blade protector that is included with this unit will extend the life of the blade, so that your auger can be used for years to come.

For your safety, there is a muffler guard on the unit to protect you from getting burned on any of the hot areas. The gas tank is see-through so that you know exactly how much fuel is left in the tank so you never run out of gas mid-drill.

We noticed how easy it was to assemble the auger—it’s as easy as attaching the motor to the auger and tightening a bolt.

When it comes to starting the auger, the first time you go to use the device, it may take a few tries, but that is expected with any new motor; however, after the first use, the motor starts with one pull. The unit doesn’t burn gas like you may think it would either.

Guy Using Eskimo Mako 43cc Quantum Ice Auger

The Verdict

If you enjoy ice fishing and want to do it frequently, you’re going to want a device that is as reliable as it is efficient. The Eskimo Mako 43cc Quantum Ice Auger can be that device for you. It is able to cut through ice like nobody’s business in a very short amount of time.

While it may be a little pricey (depending on size you choose), it is going to be a worthwhile investment.

With this auger, you’ll find that the red powder coating helps to keep ice from building up around the blades, which attributes to the efficiency of the device, but it also features dual stainless steel blades that is going to make short work of drilling the holes in the ice.

Of course, you’re going to want to make sure you prolong the life of your auger by using the blade protector after each use.

We believe that if you want to forego the chore of using a hand auger to drill out your holes for ice fishing, then this gas powered auger by Eskimo is a terrific option.

Ice is the only thing standing in the way of you and that catch of the day—this auger can help bring your closer to getting the big one!

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