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#12262815 - 05/25/17 02:43 PM Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit?
Ltcm09 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/14
Posts: 244
Looking to get the cheapest down imaging unit just for the front of the boat

When i mark brush piles with side imaging at the console i need down imaging at the front so i know exactly where the brush pile is

does lowrance sell a down imaging unit for around 100$?

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#12263027 - 05/25/17 04:59 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: Ltcm09]
KyleW Offline
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Registered: 04/10/13
Posts: 442
Loc: Allen, TX
I've had my eye on the Humminbird Piranahamax 4 DI. I found it for around $130 in store I believe. Got a chance to play with it and thought it was a nicer unit than the similar priced lowrance units


Edited by KyleW (05/25/17 04:59 PM)

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#12263085 - 05/25/17 05:38 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: Ltcm09]
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You really don't need down imaging in the front. 2D sonar works just fine for that. My front unit can do down imaging but I don't set it to do it. I prefer 2D sonar.
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#12263269 - 05/25/17 07:56 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: Ltcm09]
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Check difference in degree of coverage before making decisipn 2d or Di.
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#12263379 - 05/25/17 09:09 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: Ltcm09]
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When you are parked on a brush pile your DI sonar will show a blob just like you will see on 2D. In Fact 2D will actually show you more detail over DI sonar. To get that crisp DI image you must be moving.
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#12263430 - 05/25/17 09:39 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: ERNEST PATY]
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Originally Posted By: ERNEST PATY
You really don't need down imaging in the front. 2D sonar works just fine for that. My front unit can do down imaging but I don't set it to do it. I prefer 2D sonar.


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#12263552 - 05/25/17 10:44 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: shut-up-and-fish]
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Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 3521
Loc: Yantis, TX
Originally Posted By: shut-up-and-fish

When you are parked on a brush pile your DI sonar will show a blob just like you will see on 2D. In Fact 2D will actually show you more detail over DI sonar. To get that crisp DI image you must be moving.


+1

my bow unit has a split screen 1/3 GPS and 2/3 2D sonar.

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#12264885 - 05/26/17 06:01 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: Ltcm09]
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Registered: 08/11/15
Posts: 2495
Loc: Longview, Tx
I've got a 587ci HD DI ill sell you. If you go look at the "post your graph pictures" my last post is the unit.

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#12265052 - 05/26/17 08:19 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: KyleW]
SARG Offline
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Registered: 04/01/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas


I bought two for my Yaks and decided a different route after installing the first one
I do like the vertical position verses the horizontal of the Helix units
The DI is MILES better then those that talk alot of smack about this unit
No,its not a 4 $$ digit laptop you bolt to your boat,it does what it says it will do for the price.
Ill get you my spare/extra for less then $100 shipped just to give it a home
I bought mine at Cabellas,check their price and thats your savings
Drop me a message and Ill get you hooked up fair and square


Originally Posted By: KyleW
I've had my eye on the Humminbird Piranahamax 4 DI. I found it for around $130 in store I believe. Got a chance to play with it and thought it was a nicer unit than the similar priced lowrance units

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#12265053 - 05/26/17 08:21 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: shut-up-and-fish]
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Registered: 07/02/12
Posts: 18581
Loc: Grapevine, TX
Originally Posted By: shut-up-and-fish

When you are parked on a brush pile your DI sonar will show a blob just like you will see on 2D. In Fact 2D will actually show you more detail over DI sonar. To get that crisp DI image you must be moving.

I try to fish blobs.

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#12265186 - 05/26/17 09:55 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: Ltcm09]
SARG Offline
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Registered: 04/01/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
^ ^ ^ RIGHT!!

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#12265203 - 05/26/17 10:08 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: SARG]
KyleW Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/10/13
Posts: 442
Loc: Allen, TX
Originally Posted By: Sarg


I bought two for my Yaks and decided a different route after installing the first one
I do like the vertical position verses the horizontal of the Helix units
The DI is MILES better then those that talk alot of smack about this unit
No,its not a 4 $$ digit laptop you bolt to your boat,it does what it says it will do for the price.
Ill get you my spare/extra for less then $100 shipped just to give it a home
I bought mine at Cabellas,check their price and thats your savings
Drop me a message and Ill get you hooked up fair and square


Originally Posted By: KyleW
I've had my eye on the Humminbird Piranahamax 4 DI. I found it for around $130 in store I believe. Got a chance to play with it and thought it was a nicer unit than the similar priced lowrance units

Sent you a PM

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#12265223 - 05/26/17 10:36 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: KyleW]
SARG Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/01/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
Your move Sir,

Originally Posted By: KyleW
Originally Posted By: Sarg


I bought two for my Yaks and decided a different route after installing the first one
I do like the vertical position verses the horizontal of the Helix units
The DI is MILES better then those that talk alot of smack about this unit
No,its not a 4 $$ digit laptop you bolt to your boat,it does what it says it will do for the price.
Ill get you my spare/extra for less then $100 shipped just to give it a home
I bought mine at Cabellas,check their price and thats your savings
Drop me a message and Ill get you hooked up fair and square


Originally Posted By: KyleW
I've had my eye on the Humminbird Piranahamax 4 DI. I found it for around $130 in store I believe. Got a chance to play with it and thought it was a nicer unit than the similar priced lowrance units

Sent you a PM

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#12265229 - 05/26/17 10:45 PM Re: Cheap Lowrance or Humminbird Down Imaging unit? [Re: shut-up-and-fish]
SARG Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/01/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
THIS!! is never considered using DI
Even in my Yak with my cheapo 4DI this indeed applies
I can mark a spot(buoy) and then cruise back over the spot moving across and get a good bit more info then I had setting over head
Not sure how that works out with my unit but some 30yrs later Im still dropping floaters with results
Originally Posted By: shut-up-and-fish

When you are parked on a brush pile your DI sonar will show a blob just like you will see on 2D. In Fact 2D will actually show you more detail over DI sonar. To get that crisp DI image you must be moving.

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