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Fishing in Louisiana

Trolling motor?

I've had two brand new minn Kota edge hand control motors and both have given me problems with the fifth gear working properly. Thinking about buying a new one but haven't really used one too often throughout my years. The ones that I have had have -to me- been a pain. Having to twist the handle then steer and reel leave me lacking proper bait retrieval. Looking at a v2, this one eliminates the cable and has a smaller power cord. Never used a foot controlled motor before. I was looking for the crowds input on this. Anyone ever had problems learning to maneuver these things the v2 in particular?
November 15, 2012 at 8:15pm
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Posted November 15, 2012 at 8:38pm
trolling motor

i have a foot control minkota edge and never had any problems in 4 years, so far anyway!!!

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Posted November 16, 2012 at 12:16pm

I have a Minnkota 40lb works great I wento to W-Mart and got a BIGFOOT wich is a button that goes in the negative wire for trolling motor. It can be screwed down to deck or just laid on deck so you can move it around where you want it. You can then set handle at whatever speed you want then all you have to do is press button with your foot. Though you still have to steer by hand it is a lot better than having to twist handle to start and stop.

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Posted November 16, 2012 at 6:24pm
i prefer motorguide

everytime i did a side by side compare (and i have owned several of both brands over the years because i am very hard on them) the motorguide was equal to or had better torque and battery life and for quality i just felt the min kotas werent as well made and constructed.

thats just my 2 cents and we can talk ourselves into liking something because we are used to it but i will allways choose motorguide over min koto if i have a choice

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Posted November 17, 2012 at 7:19pm
I had a Motorguide 'Rust Bucket'

'Keakar', has Motorguide ever fixed their corrosion problem? I had one on a 2004 used rig I bought, and it nothing but a 'rust bucket'. When it finally died, I bought a Minn Kota 80 #/24 volt and have had it for 5 years now and have had absolutely NO problems, AND, no corrosion.


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Posted November 18, 2012 at 11:47am
Minn Kota Liked.

Hey Cajun-Pete, do you have a maxxum or edge? Variable? Been pricing a 70 Maxxum with the variable speed. Thanks.

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Posted November 18, 2012 at 12:50pm
'In These Days of Hunger'

We have a 'Owner's Instruction Manual' for MotorGuide 700,600,500 Series HVT Series Skeeter Series and Ninja Series plus all Great White Series...
It has General Imformation/Installations/Battery and Wiring/Operation/Maintenance/and Trouble Shooting Indexes...would anyone know the value of this booklet...cheers ???

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Posted November 19, 2012 at 4:05pm
Reply to Poppincork

'Poppincork', my Minn Kota 80 Pro is not a maxxum. It does have variable speed however. I have a start/stop foot button on my deck and I control steering by hand. When my Motorguide (was on used boat when I bought it) died, I bought this Minn Kota new from a Dealer on Ebay who wanted to reduce his inventory. It normally sold for about $1,150 - $1,200 and I got it for $650, plus $50 shipping. Couldn't pass it up. I have a 19' bayboat and it works fine for me.


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