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#11078749 - 09/02/15 11:51 AM Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide
RobertWMoseley Offline
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Registered: 08/12/09
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Loc: Corpus Christi
I've got a bent shaft on my 36V Minn Kota Maxxum trolling motor and am going to be replacing it this weekend when TW starts up its labor day sale. I am not trying to start a war or anything crazy just wondering what brand everyone prefers. I have always had Motor Guides up until this Maxxum which was on the boat when I purchased it. I am leaning towards another Minn Kota so the holes and plug etc. will all match up with what I already have. However; I have always been happy with the performance of my Motor Guides before so I'm not real sure what I want to do yet.
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#11078767 - 09/02/15 12:01 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: RobertWMoseley]
SB6 Offline
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Registered: 03/29/11
Posts: 12
Loc: Texas
minn kota fortrex is awesome

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#11078770 - 09/02/15 12:02 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: SB6]
RobertWMoseley Offline
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Originally Posted By: SB6
minn kota fortrex is awesome


That's the one I am going with if I get a Minn Kota.
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#11078778 - 09/02/15 12:04 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: RobertWMoseley]
JacksonBean Offline
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Registered: 06/23/10
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Loc: Greenville, TX
Just replaced my Motor Guide with the Minn Kota 101 and it's so much more quiet and seems to cut through vegetation much more easily.

Having used both, I don't see me buying a Motor Guide again.

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#11078780 - 09/02/15 12:05 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: RobertWMoseley]
TXBeerHunter Offline
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If you want a objective opinion, I'd check with some marine electronic folks who service both, and sell both. They can tell you about repair histories etc. Usually don't have a lot of problems with them, but when you do, it is not a good situation, unless you have a spare you take with you.
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#11078790 - 09/02/15 12:07 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: TXBeerHunter]
RobertWMoseley Offline
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Registered: 08/12/09
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Loc: Corpus Christi
Originally Posted By: TXBeerHunter
If you want a objective opinion, I'd check with some marine electronic folks who service both, and sell both. They can tell you about repair histories etc. Usually don't have a lot of problems with them, but when you do, it is not a good situation, unless you have a spare you take with you.


I've called a couple of shops thus far with mixed reviews. Being that almost everyone down here fishes salt water exclusively Minn Kota rules.
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#11078825 - 09/02/15 12:25 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: RobertWMoseley]
WillieKetchum Offline
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Registered: 06/11/15
Posts: 547
Loc: Huntsville, TX
I've had a Fortrex (MK), iPilot (MK) and now a xi5 (MG). Taking the autopilot out of the equation, I'd prefer a MK over the MG.

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#11078873 - 09/02/15 12:47 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: SB6]
Drodge Offline
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Registered: 05/22/12
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Originally Posted By: SB6
minn kota fortrex is awesome

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#11078929 - 09/02/15 01:15 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: RobertWMoseley]
armadillo joe Offline
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Registered: 04/22/05
Posts: 15570
Loc: Lake Fork
I had Motor Guides for about 30 years and when we were visiting a relative in an assisted care facility there was a guy who had a certificate for a Minn Kota he had won in a drawing. He had no use for a trolling motor and asked me if I would give $500 for it so I gave him the money. I put it on my boat 5 years and wish I would have changed sooner that Fortrex is a great motor.

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#11078933 - 09/02/15 01:17 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: RobertWMoseley]
fishinginthedark05 Offline
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Registered: 03/10/11
Posts: 112
MK

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#11078943 - 09/02/15 01:22 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: RobertWMoseley]
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 3923
Loc: crowley
MK fortrex
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#11078983 - 09/02/15 01:42 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: RobertWMoseley]
RobertWMoseley Offline
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Registered: 08/12/09
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Loc: Corpus Christi
So far all votes for Minn Kota. Surprising but good because that's the way I was leaning.
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#11078995 - 09/02/15 01:48 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: RobertWMoseley]
Tracker Tim Online   content
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Registered: 09/25/06
Posts: 2766
Loc: Murphy, TX
If you own a Fortrex and had to fish on a boat with a MG, you would understand. The MG is an ancient dinosaur compared to the MK.

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#11079051 - 09/02/15 02:16 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: Tracker Tim]
RobertWMoseley Offline
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Registered: 08/12/09
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Loc: Corpus Christi
Originally Posted By: Tracker Tim
If you own a Fortrex and had to fish on a boat with a MG, you would understand. The MG is an ancient dinosaur compared to the MK.


You're the second person to tell me that.
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#11079059 - 09/02/15 02:22 PM Re: Replacing Trolling Motor: Minn Kota VS Motor Guide [Re: RobertWMoseley]
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Minn Kota for me
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