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go with the gator tail...the auto reverse is really nice
I own a PD and like it. The ratchet reverse is not that conveinient but the FPR does have plenty power. The motor/boat is easy to control.
Since you are asking for input; the best advice I can give you is if you already have the boat you plan on putting the motor on call Pro-Drive and Gator Tail and schedule an appointment to have them put a demo motor on YOUR boat and drive it like you stole it. If you have to take a day off of work then do so. Both factories are less than 1 mile from each other. You are about to make a $6500 or more investment so make sure you know what you are buying.
You will hear all sorts of stuff about both motors from owners and their preferences. Some of it is a Chevy vs. Ford type argguement.
i actually own a mud buddy and love it but as far as the two that you are talking about i would go with gator tail, the prodrive has full power reverse but its not instant, you have to ratchet it around which can be a pita, the instant reverse and belt drive of the gator tail just seem easier to manipulate, plus the gator tail has the horizontal engine while the pd has the vertical. the pd been having problems with oil leaking through the seal but i think they fixed that problem. i would say gator tail tho, they are fast, built real good and has reverse. but i still love mu mud buddy.
Gator Tail. Been stranded by Pro-Drive and especially Mud Buddy. I own a Go-Devil because they are about 10 minutes from my house if I ever need anything.
gator-tail is like the ultiment 4-wheel drive machine it never let me down with water or no water just give it the throtlle and hold tight. pro-drive sucks.
pro-drive no doubt...NO mud motor can compete with the reverse hands down..just wait til they come out with hydrolic reverse there will be no competition..
It all really comes down to how you treat and maintenance your equipment. You'll always hear some bs about how a certain motor stranded someone but look at it like this ALL the big block motors are the same 35hp b&s vanguards. so this means if a motor was to strand you each of the top manufacturers motors would also have stranded you and likley it was because of neglect. So then we move to frames. I own the godevil and would never buy it again ONLY because of the steel frame, even galvanized, rusts ALOT within 4-5 years. Where the mud buddy, pd, and i believe gtr have aluminum frames which means NO rust and lighter and faster. Next I would look at how the power is transfered to the prop. gtr, mb,and gdvl have belts which absorbs the shock of a hard scag hit and is fairly simple to maintence and repair. pd had a shaft with lots of moving parts similar to a lower unit on an outboard equally used the pd will naturally have more that can and will go wrong with it. PERSONALLY I like the mb. many many options and frame sizes very high hp, up to 60, and many modification oportunities which shows the co. is recearching and doing their homeowrk. Id go mb you may disagree.
I've had my Gatortail for 2 years this march....I've duck hunted, deer hunted, frogged and fished with my motor... have 160 hours on it and it still doesn't feel any different than the day i got it.. no problems or breakdowns and hasn't ever left me stuck in the marsh... Kyle & Hoyt (big dawgs at Gatortail) are always open for any questions you may have...their service has been great... and they will return your calls if they don't answer right away. I have a good buddy that had the prodrive prior to getting his gatortail...funny he hasn't chimed in yet...but i don't think he has any regrets switching to the gatortail.... personally i wouldn't go any other route...
one other thing... for some reason... i don't know if its the way they are geared or what but I have raced with a couple mudbuddies...one 35hp and one 42hp... and beat um both pretty good... one was a 16x48 w/35mb the other was a 1844 w/42mb... i am running a 1648 w35gt... not sure why they are slower...but they are... i would have guessed them to be the same speed... they'll really be slower after i put a kit in this motor...
but anyhow... i don't think any of these motors are bad.. you are going to enjoy any one you purchase... they will all run in the mud and lillies... just find the one you like the best and get on the water
Go test drive them and make your own pick of the two!ProDrive's Full Power Reverse is a major plus!
Go with who ever you feel has the best service. Andy at the boat DR is #1 Personaly I own a mud buddy its rough and durable and you can not beat the electric trim. reverse is over rated.
Anybody like the godevil surface drive?
gator tail is hands down the best mud motor out there!!
G.Z. as far as the go devil, look at a picture of one, i'm sceptical of where they put the lubricant fill right behind the prop??? Also i don't think they offer power trim or reverse, or even neutral??? (they didn't have it when shopped for my gator tail)
Anyone know a mu buddy dealer closest to houma?
I am on the market. I have run go devil long tails for years. My friends are running godevil surfacedrives now. They like them, I just have not done my homework yet. Their is a knob you turn for the trim, it ain't electric. But sometimes, simple is better. I like go devil's service. Coco has been good to me.
My neighbor loves his mudbuddy surfacedrive.
I figure I have til August to make my decision and fork out the duckies!
Aren't the gatortails less expensive then the mudbuddy?
southern outdoors by the air port in houma had them a few weeks ago ..all the mud motors are nice but i want something simple .thats why i like the godevil surface drive ,not many moving parts on it and they go pretty fast my friend has a 27 surface drive and by himself it goes 24mph and with 3 people and 3 sacks of decoys it still goes 21 mph not bad for a 27 hp but i want a 35 hp iam still looking but godevil and gatortail or my 2 choice as of now .
I have a 23 hp vanguard go devil surface drive-galvanized frame . I have run it hard for 4 hunting seasons. I use it for running Tangipahoa River in the sandbars and logs fishing and duck hunting and run it at Manchac and Joyce WMA'S duck hunting . i use it year round . So far no problems at all .
It has jumped a million logs and been run in gravel and sandin the River and the silt mud at manchac . But Im an old man and not worried about who has the bigest baddest motor . I do check the tension on the belt every few months but have not replaced the belt as of today .
Thanks turkey! My friends sure like theirs!
I have driven both engines and hunted out of both. I personally liked the gator-tail for the way it handles. I also liked the pro-drive for the strong reverse but it seems to be more of a hassel to use it considering you have to rachet the foot for it to work. Don't get me wrong it gets you out of a bind but it's a pain to do it everytime. The gator-tail would be my choice but the only negative thing I could say about it would be its reverse. I didn't find it was as strong as the pro-drive but less hassel to use. I think you should test drive both if you could and pick the one you like best.
here's my opinion, albeit long-winded. i run a go devil surface drive, and i'm regretting it a bit. no reverse, no neutral. the neutral thing is the biggest to me, esp. while docking or trying to load on the trailer with a stiff wind or current. the go devil is bullet proof, however. i've had mine for 2 1/2 years of very hard, wide open running at the Wax, Manchac, and saltwater fishing in Cocodrie. it has a huge skeg, which gets in the way when trying to dig. it has the only three blade prop, to me it bogs the motor down in the thick muck, and i have the 35 with the 16x56 go devil boat. the prop wears down fast, esp in the sand (duh).
the advantage to the prodrive is the FPR. the prop flushes huge amounts of water to lift and float the boat because the prop is underneath the boat. the gator tail prop is two feet behind the boat and the water will hit the transom and not have the same lifting effect.
my issue with the pro drive is the violent way it handles going over logs and stumps. my buddy took me in his boat with a 35 PD at Manchac, man i thought the boat was gonna rip in half. the whole engine is behind the transom, acting more like an outboard. so when it hits something, the boat has to overcome the 300lbs motor.
to me, the go devil is the best all around engine, it doesn't do one thing very well, but if you're like me i hunt several different places so i need versatility. if i hunted just the wax, i'd go gator tail hands down.