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#11862653 - 10/03/16 05:33 PM most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor
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thats why im posting this in the crappie section, if it needs moved , plz do.

Ok I noticedmy MINN kOTA Terrova shaft started delaminating, which has a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser, which I am. So I called Minn kota and told them my issue and they told me I had to call an authorized Minn Kota repair shop and arrange warranty thru them. So .. I called TEXAS BOAT WORLD, and they told me it would cost 99.00 for them to verify that my shaft was indeed defective. I didnt think this was right so I went and read my warranty paperwork, and it said I could either take it to a authorized dealer OR send the defective part to Minn Kota in minnesota. SO I called the 1800 number and talked to a Minnkota rep, and they tried to tell me I HAD to go to a authorized warranty center. I read the warranty provisions to them, and then they changed thier tune and said they would sent me a brand new shaft. The shaft comes with the lower housing already attached. So all you have to do is transfer the guts of the motor into the new housing. Doing this will save me 99.00.
I dont blame texas boat world, because there is no labor allowance in the warranty that pays them to handle the warranty part, , and they shouldnt work for free, but I didnt like how minnkota tried to steer me into a 99.00 [censored] charge when they were aware that they could handle the in warranty item directly. This is saving me a shipping charge. I dont have to send them the old one, so that is nice too.


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#11862656 - 10/03/16 05:35 PM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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#11862669 - 10/03/16 05:38 PM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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Minn Kota just doesnt want top be hassled with in warranty issues, so they try to flick you off like a booger onto someone else. Some folks actually read thier warranty paperwork and hold them to it.
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#11862691 - 10/03/16 05:51 PM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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Whoever does the warranty work should be billing manufacturer. That's part of their deal. Sounds like they don't wanna hassle getting paid from Minnkota.
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#11862706 - 10/03/16 06:00 PM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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the shaft is warrantied, NOT the labor. I can do it myself, so thats why I didnt want to take it somewhere. heres what I envisioned happening , ok, because the guts of the motor have to be transfered from one housing to another, by the time you leave the authorized dealer, I bet you would be 250, to 350 dollars lighter than when it all started.
The composite shafts are not near as durable as I thought they were, so hopefully this will save the next guy a few bucks and some hassle.
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#11862862 - 10/03/16 07:30 PM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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The unbreakable Minn-Kota shaft myth. I can't name how many shattered shafts I've seen over the years...not that the bent shafts of a Motor Guide are any better.

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#11863823 - 10/04/16 09:42 AM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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when it splits, it leaves you in a pickle,. you cannot lift it thru the mounting jack to the upright position, so I had to go to the bank, and peel off some of the laminations, in order to push it up thru the hole . it split like if you broke a live branch over your knee,. it splintered and made a horrible cracking sound.. I was idling with the big motor, and didnt even feel it before I heard it.
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#11864089 - 10/04/16 11:59 AM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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Glad you got MK to not further hassle the issue. Product is only as good as it said until it goes bad. I'switched over to MG Xi5 about a yr ago and have been happy so far. Let's hope that mine won't have issue soon.
Since your Terrova is serving you well, no reason the spend more money than you have to, but if it goes south on you, Xi5 might be a better choice. Quieter and it sticks...

Good luck LP
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#11864218 - 10/04/16 12:58 PM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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Originally Posted By: leanin post
when it splits, it leaves you in a pickle,. you cannot lift it thru the mounting jack to the upright position, so I had to go to the bank, and peel off some of the laminations, in order to push it up thru the hole . it split like if you broke a live branch over your knee,. it splintered and made a horrible cracking sound.. I was idling with the big motor, and didnt even feel it before I heard it.

Was the motor in the stowed position? Your original post says the shaft started delaminating. Which I thought meant the chrome plating was coming off. I'm confused by mention of the horrible cracking sound.
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#11864318 - 10/04/16 01:48 PM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: Ken Gaby]
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Originally Posted By: Ken Gaby
Originally Posted By: leanin post
when it splits, it leaves you in a pickle,. you cannot lift it thru the mounting jack to the upright position, so I had to go to the bank, and peel off some of the laminations, in order to push it up thru the hole . it split like if you broke a live branch over your knee,. it splintered and made a horrible cracking sound.. I was idling with the big motor, and didnt even feel it before I heard it.

Was the motor in the stowed position? Your original post says the shaft started delaminating. Which I thought meant the chrome plating was coming off. I'm confused by mention of the horrible cracking sound.


there is no chrome on the shaft. it is a composite shaft, made of fiberous lamentations. when they crack, the lamentations break free, and peel, like bark on a tree.
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#11864740 - 10/04/16 05:33 PM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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Glad you got it worked out! A lesson for us all!

I too switched to MG xi5, and am glad I did because it lets me fish for crappie more than fiddle with the trolling motor. When it works - it is great!! thumb

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#11864764 - 10/04/16 05:47 PM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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competition is good, it creates better products, and customer service, because folks arent going to accept inferior products and sketchy customer service and warranty support if there is a viable alternative.
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#11865400 - 10/05/16 04:05 AM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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This is why I never run my big motor with my TM still in the water. It's a little more work on my part but well worth the effort and piece of mind.

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#11865651 - 10/05/16 08:44 AM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: leanin post]
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I'm excited to check out the new MK. A mix between an Xi5 and a fourtrex would be the perfect TM to me. I like cable steer on bridges and timber and spotlock of the Xi5 on brush and docks. To have both without having 2 TM's on the front deck would be great!! thumb

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#11865663 - 10/05/16 08:50 AM Re: most crappie fisherman are heavily reliant on their trolling motor [Re: maxj]
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Originally Posted By: maxj

This is why I never run my big motor with my TM still in the water. It's a little more work on my part but well worth the effort and piece of mind.


look at the alternative, if the trolling motor wasnt down, I would have likely either smacked my prop, my lower unit, knocked off a transducer, ect. none of them have a lifetime warranty, my trolling motor shaft does though, and uncle Minn has plenty. ( roflmao HELL THEY EVEN THREW IN A FRESH BATCH OF STICKERS)...
Ive sunk a couple boats in my lifetime, and broke a few components, but if you want to catch fish consistantly like me, you cannot be a timid soul, or a worry wart. fish hard or go home worrying abt a little scratch on your boat or a broken component. The coolers of big slabs im catching on belton right now, ease all the repair pains. banana
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