In the Minn Kota lineup there are two main options. The Fortrex and the Maxumm.
The Fortrex is the top of the line with a load of standard features. There is only one freshwater (Black) model available that is hand controlled.
FORTREX 36 Volt, 112 LB Thrust, 52" Shaft. New it is $1230 with a $112 available till June 1.
The Maxxum is a more economical but tournament proven setup. It is available in two models for 24 volt.
MAXXUM 24 Volt, 70 LB Thrust, 52" Shaft, 5 FWD 3 REV Speeds. Retails for $750.00
MAXXUM 24 Volt, 80 LB Thrust, 52" Shaft, Variable Speed Control. Retails for $950.00
I wish I could recommend one based on personal experience, but I use the digital/remote control Minn Kota Ulterra with auto deploy/stow and trim. Can't use a foot control and have never used a hand control. Have several friends that use them and they all swear by either of these Minn Kota models, depending on how much you want to spend.
If you don't fish saltwater, then there is no real advantage to the Riptide products. If you are shopping the used market, don't be afraid to buy either one if the price is right.
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