My HB 596c DI just ate another transducer today. I dropped the TM into the water at just about the same place at Ray Bob that the first transducer went out. Lo and behold, the head unit said transducer not connected. After some fiddling with it I got it to read depth but the 2D sonar was unreadable and the DI didn't show much detail. It had been working all day until then. Cable is intact and I didn't hit the 'ducer on anything. I seem to have bad luck with HB transducers.
On that note, since my 998 HDSI needs to be factory repaired, I'm highly considering a switch to Lowrance or Garmin. Are their transducers and units any beefier or less prone to failure? I've had a Lowrance in the past that had zero issues. All the 'Birds I've had I've had problems with. Not sure if I want to stick with them.
Does Lowrance have a SI unit that doesn't require a separate structure scan box?
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