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#10912484 - 06/12/15 07:56 AM Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird
spocker rocker 8001 Offline
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Registered: 07/18/11
Posts: 88
What is everyone's opinion on which is a better unit? I have had a boat for 4 years now fishing every chance I can and been playing around with dads Humminbird 798 si but don't really know to much about it. Looking to buy one for my own boat now and just want everyone's opinion on the different brands. Thanks

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#10912501 - 06/12/15 08:06 AM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 5415
Loc: Boerne, Texas
I've had Lowrance for most of my fishing years but I think I'd get a Garmin this time. Maybe an Humminbird Onix if the price were right. Bad thing about Garmin is you have to use their map card and they don't cover a lot of Texas.

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#10912660 - 06/12/15 09:23 AM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
MrYby Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/19/12
Posts: 65
Loc: Benbrook Texas USA
I'm an old Lowrance user for years on my Skeeters. Use Humminbird on my kayaks. This past year, I needed to replace my Lowrance units with something updated. Checked around and spent a good deal of time at Bass Pro talking and looking and playing with the units. Chose the Garmin GPSMap1080 over Lowrance and Humminbird. Also bought an echoMap for the bow. Outstanding units and the best part of them is the GPS. Excellent mapping...but what would you expect from Garmin. Both units network together and I can share down-vu and side-vu using 800 Mhz Chirp.

I'll never go back and glad I made the choice.
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#10912742 - 06/12/15 10:00 AM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
HolyGrail Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/13/12
Posts: 372
Loc: Little Elm
I use Lowrance, but am impressed by what I've seen from Garmin. Also, you might get a better response to this if it were posted in the equipment section. juggle
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#10912780 - 06/12/15 10:15 AM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
Wayne P. Offline
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Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 3441
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
Originally Posted By: spocker rocker 8001
What is everyone's opinion on which is a better unit? I have had a boat for 4 years now fishing every chance I can and been playing around with dads Humminbird 798 si but don't really know to much about it. Looking to buy one for my own boat now and just want everyone's opinion on the different brands. Thanks


If you want the imaging technology like the 798 SI unit has, Raymarine, Garmin, Humminbird and Lowrance have models with it.
You can't make a bad choice with any of them. One may do a particular function better than the others.
Garmin is just getting into that technology and there is not enough user experience yet to fully compare them to the others. There is a lot of marketing, hope and anticipation, but not backed up with wide usage yet.
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#10914683 - 06/13/15 10:19 AM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: Wayne P.]
Dosser Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/15/10
Posts: 2150
My first SI unit was a Bird 998c. It was nice but I didn't like the 2d on it. Sold it last year and invested this year in two garmins with SI both 7" screens. I love them so far, and hope it continues to get better as I learn more about them. That's my 2cents
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#10914918 - 06/13/15 01:09 PM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
Fritz423 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/25/12
Posts: 506
My first was a flasher with the cylindrical transducer mounted in a toilet plunger glued to the floor of the boat. I think that was a Lowrance.

I just replaced an old Lowrance gps/depthfinder combo after 8 years of service. I destroyed it by accidently hooking my battery up backwards. I replaced it with a Lowrance Elite-7 CHIRP combo. I just put it in yesterday- I hope to get 8 more years out of this one.
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#10914932 - 06/13/15 01:19 PM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
FMJshooter Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/24/08
Posts: 1390
Loc: Belton, TX
Only got to play with Garmin demo stuff but I jave used bird and lowrance units a good bit. My opinion is Humminbird seems the simplest to use and has decent customer service.
Lowrance is a bit more complex and can give you better images in 2d and downscan if you tinker with settings but customer service is pretty poor. Garmin seems like good all around stuff simple to use and great images but pricey and new to the game. I see them taking market share as more folks make the switch. I think the panoptix is the beginning of what's going to be the new standard in electronics, real time images vs scrolling.


Edited by FMJshooter (06/13/15 01:32 PM)

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#10915099 - 06/13/15 03:27 PM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
JRR Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/24/04
Posts: 454
Loc: Collinsville, Tx,
I bought Garmin 93sv but it's in box, can't get boat off lake texoma, marina still flooded.......

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#10915100 - 06/13/15 03:28 PM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
JRR Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/24/04
Posts: 454
Loc: Collinsville, Tx,
Oh, didn't like the way hummingbird info on side of screen takes up screen space rather than superimposed. Will have the garmin on dash and move lowarance elite 5 to trolling motor.

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#10915123 - 06/13/15 03:39 PM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: Dosser]
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Bigfoot Seeker

Registered: 07/02/12
Posts: 14345
Loc: Grapevine, TX
Originally Posted By: I'm...Clingy!
My first SI unit was a Bird 998c. It was nice but I didn't like the 2d on it. Sold it last year and invested this year in two garmins with SI both 7" screens. I love them so far, and hope it continues to get better as I learn more about them. That's my 2cents

Keep us posted. I'm I interested in those.
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#10915389 - 06/13/15 06:36 PM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
Bill.B Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/11/15
Posts: 14
Loc: Texas, Arlington
I just went from an Old school Hummingbird 100SX to a Garmin 73SV I played around for at least an hour at BP asking all kinds of Dumb Questions about all three Brands of Fish Finders in the 700-1200 Dollar Range .

I would keep going back to the Garmin Unit it felt the Easiest to Navigate and since buying I couldn't be More happy with my purchase .

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#10917392 - 06/14/15 10:13 PM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
Bovine Offline
Angler

Registered: 07/20/14
Posts: 342
Loc: Lewisville
I have a lowrance unit and if i had to get something new id get a hummingbird with structure scan
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#10922881 - 06/17/15 11:42 AM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
Knot Normal Offline
Angler

Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 374
Loc: Southeast Texas
I have a byrd 899 si di combo and like my smart phone it makes me feel stupid, but it is a great tool(operator error is my only problem) hopefully I will get better with it. The gps is fantastic. The Down imaging is flawless. Get back with me in 5 years!
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#10923331 - 06/17/15 02:07 PM Re: Lowrance vs Garmin vs Humminbird [Re: spocker rocker 8001]
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Registered: 09/25/06
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Loc: NRH/Fork again ! GET THE NET
I just bought a Garmin 93SV,..best bang for the buck !!!

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