The original Kluge auger designed & built by Jake Kluge with his wife Esther (right) & their son, Ken (left). Pictured in the early 1970's
Jake's original power head
The Kluge name has been associated with quality equipment for drilling ice holes since 1960. Jake Kluge developed his first gas powered ice auger in the late 1950's. He began manufacturing and selling his new invention in 1961. Kluge Manufacturing, of St. Paul, Minnesota, was the major player in the market until Jake sold his business in 1972. Many of these legendary machines are still around drilling holes today. Second and third generation Kluges have been keeping these now collectable old work horses on the ice. Some of the present day owners are third generation. Our new portable drilling products are a result of over a half century of drilling ice and working with ice fishermen to better understand their needs. Our passion is to provide the finest portable ice drilling tools to those who wish to own products that last a lifetime. Today, KECO(Kluge Engineering Co), has changed its focus from gas power to cordless electrics. We have long recognized that Jake's original drill bit design solved many of the problems related to drilling ice in freezing temperatures. Today, we now drill 6 to 8 inch holes with our newly designed ultra light patented drills. We continue to use the original chipper blade design but have created even better cutting heads. The blade set has been developed to minimize torgue, and drill quickly and smoothly all the way thru breakthru. We have partnered with A.W.C., a Minneapolis company, to manufacture and sell these new drills. Look for more information on the 'Electric Ice Auger' page.