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Old 03-08-2006, 11:38 AM
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Which is a better trolling motor and why? Looking around the 4hp range for pulling a sea eagle raft around the lake/river.
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Old 03-08-2006, 03:12 PM
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Default RE: Minkota or MotorGuide?

Minnkota hands down. Better battery longevity and the prop is better suited for the weeds.
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Old 03-10-2006, 12:20 AM
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Minn kota especially since they had come out with the carbon fiber shaft. you dont want to know howmany shafts ive bent on motorguides I used to be all about motorguide but when minn kota came out with their carbon fiber shaft well lets just say the minn kota has lasted me 4 fishing seasons where in 4 years I could have gone through atleast 2 motorguides a season.
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Old 03-21-2006, 02:05 AM
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I'm a MinnKota man as well. I bought a Motorcraft once when Walmart was out of MinnKota. When I noticed there was no wing nut on the shaft ,the prop was tiny and the handle was extremely short..I took it back and found another Walmart.

Minnkotas are not perfect though here are some problems I've had.

Switch in my 27 thrust went out. I replaced it very simple 29.00
Eventually burned the motor up. I had it for 10 years

Broke a prop in two pieces once. I now carry an extra prop and wing nut.

Last year an retaining ring.came off which released my armature on my 48 pound spider {Minn kota} I still got it for parts. I may fix it later. As you can see ..they are easy to work on. Had it for 4 years


I now have a 40 pound thrust and am having a little trouble with the switchThese motors get alot of use. I fish at least once a week. Had ittwo years. Here is the online parts store's address.http://www.northlandmarine.com/MinnKotaQuickRef.htm
Minn Kota Transom Mount Parts Diagram


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Old 03-25-2006, 01:53 AM
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Default RE: Minkota or MotorGuide?

having to replace switches is common with any trolling motor especially if they are used alot, also if they happen to get wet even though trolling motors are designed to be around water, I dont care any electrical switch that gets wet will corrode. replacing switches you will just have to expect.

And you will have to evgentually expect the motor to burn out too, theres no magic trolling that has armatures and brushes that never wear out. atleast brushes are pretty inexpensive to replace. Armatures on the other hand can be quite pricey.
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Old 03-25-2006, 11:39 AM
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Very true. I still have my 48 lb and it works.I just need a retaining ring. Cause when your fishing the armature pops out about 1 " causing motor to shut off. If ya push the armature back in it runs
I'll fix it when i get a round to it.
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