Anyone ever had an Strikemaster Lazer hand auger that wouldn't cut. I have an 8" Lazer and I put new blades on it and it still won't cut. I called the dealer and they said the auger was probably bent. They could put in in a jig and bend it back to specs but said the metal has a memory and in time would return to the previously bent position. Anybody ever experiment trying to bend one to original shape?
I'm surprised you bent it. I've had a seven inch SM Lazer Hand Auger for 11 or more years and I'm still using the original blades. I have the attachment that can be used with a drill. I don't have a gas auger. I have however bent the shaft inside my cordless drill. (I don't recommend a compact drill for this)
SM said they would bend the blades back to spec for $5.00 plus shipping. The company Rep also said that the metal has a memory and even though they may get it straight they eventually will bend again. A friend of mine said he could bend it straight. I don't know how he could tell how much it was bent but after he got finished it took such a bite out of the ice I can barley turn it.
The pitch on the auger is bent so the blades do not line up or cut correctly.
I've had D'Rock in Arden Hills Mn which is a Strikemaster repair center fix a few of my bent auger's over the years. They have the jig and it only takes few minutes. Your friend will not be able to do it without the jig. What generally happens is when people are augering a hole they slam the auger bit into the ice and it bends. Never bang the auger bade or push excessively you are just asking for trouble.
I would look for a Strikemaster repair facility near you not sure shipping it will be cost effective. Depending the shape of the auger you want to look at getting a new one. I picked up a new 6" Lazer at the end of last year for $39 which is a steal.