Waterproof trolling motor for homemade ice eater

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  1. Mike Perry

    Mike Perry Elite Refuge Member

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    I have a couple of unused trolling motors that I am going to use to make ice eaters. Question is after I cut down the shaft to fit the trolling motor inside the PVC pipe or bucket, how do I make the hole where the wires go into the motor waterproof?
     
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    several applications of silicone. maybe 3m 5200?

    I would recommend you abandon this idea and just pony up for the real deal. I played around with a 52lb thrust trolling motor and finally just threw it away. Never regretted a penny I spent on the ice eater.
     
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    Holman_04 Senior Refuge Member

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    Just remember, a trolling motor moves a fraction of the amount of water that an ice eater does. Not sure your bucket is going to add a whole lot to the effectiveness. Probably get the same effect just clamping the trolling motor as is to a couple posts pounded into the bottom
     
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    CookMan Elite Refuge Member

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    You are a smart and wise man. Great advice for the fuge.
     
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    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    Trolling motor good for moving some decoys around but not so much for opening up a hole. Like said above, spend the schekels for an ice eater.
     
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    mpkowal Senior Refuge Member

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    Most DIY projects end up sub par,products have been tested and m ost of the glitches worked out.
     
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    DANNY NEWELL Elite Refuge Member

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    You can make an ice out of a sump pump
    a lot cheaper than buying an ice eater.

    Danny
     
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    Cappy_TX Elite Refuge Member

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    We used a 90# thrust Minnkota for several seasons. Attached it to a pair of T-posts with a 2X4 cross member to clamp on to and it was located about 20 yards from the blind. On a fully charged battery, it would run for 4-5 hours wide open, clear a 40 yard hole and really set the decoys in motion. 100_6003-8.jpg 100_6001-8.jpg 100_6040-8.jpg
     
  10. no harm-no fowl

    no harm-no fowl Senior Refuge Member

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    I haven't done it yet, but a 1 HP sump pump runs about 2 bills. With a little modifing it can be turned into an ice eater easily. That's a $500 dollar savings.
     

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