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#12369414 - 08/02/17 10:41 AM Minn Kota vs. Motorguide
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Registered: 02/29/16
Posts: 34
Loc: Temple, Texas
I have narrowed my search for a trolling motor I thought. I will not be using the link to my fish finder. Spot lock will be the primary function I am using. Are the two brands about the same or which is better? Your opinion is greatly appreciated.

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#12369502 - 08/02/17 11:27 AM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
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#12369508 - 08/02/17 11:29 AM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
Mo Offline
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Anchor feature on Motorguide xi5 is excellent, I have had one for a couple of years.

My understanding is the current generation of Minkota is comparable( earlier versions
not so much)

I just fished with a guide in Connecticut , that had the Minkota , the auto deploy feature
is great , but is it worth the $$$$. ?

this probably doesn't help much. Sorry ,
Best advice is don't buy a used , first generation Minnkota and expect it to hold you to
a tight spot.


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#12369518 - 08/02/17 11:36 AM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
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I think they are both very comparable. Motorguide won't cost you an arm and a leg though.
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#12369587 - 08/02/17 12:28 PM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
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#12369608 - 08/02/17 12:41 PM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
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Registered: 08/13/07
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Loc: Downtown Tomball, Texas
I had a Tour 109 Motorguide on my boat for four years, recently replaced it with a Minnkota Ultrex, unbelievable piece or equipment! I have not had the Motorguide with their version of spotlock so I cannot offer a comparison.
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#12369698 - 08/02/17 01:51 PM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
Little Mac Offline
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Registered: 08/02/17
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I have the new Minn Kota Terrova & the spot lock is spot on. Holds my 22' pontoon even in fairly rough water

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#12369921 - 08/02/17 04:34 PM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
dk2429 Offline
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Registered: 03/28/16
Posts: 170
Loc: Pearland, TX
MotorGuide... Had a an old MotorGuide Magnum 80# on my old boat ('97 Stratos 201 PE.) That thing was still running the day I sold it about a year ago. Never did a damn thing to it either. Have a 2012 Minn Kota Maxxum on my new boat... Biggest POS I've ever owned. Bout to rip it off and replace it with a MotorGuide
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#12369992 - 08/02/17 05:23 PM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
21xs Elite Online   content
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I had an XI5 and liked it very well except for the deploy and stowing. Got my Ultrex at the first of the year and I never plan on owning anything else. MinnKota all the way.


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#12370198 - 08/02/17 07:39 PM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
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Give David at shut up and fish a call. He can give you the pros and cons on them plus get you a good price
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#12370306 - 08/02/17 08:54 PM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
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Motorguide had all this going back in the 90's with the PinPoint motors. They followed any depth you set in, followed the shore line, would back track and lock on. They have been in the technology business of how this works much longer. When I get one it will be Motorguide.
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#12370349 - 08/02/17 09:18 PM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
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Registered: 07/09/13
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Loc: Universal City, Texas
Grew up using Motor Guide....Had the Pinpoint....ALL I CAN SAY is Minn Kota is head and shoulders above them for the bracket which is integral part of any troll motor.

Have used Maxxum, Fortrex and now Ultrex and will NEVER go back to Motor Guide even though I use Lowrance and cannot connect.
No experience with Motor Guide Spot Lock but can tell you that Minn Kota is EXCELLENT. Used this spring at Falcon in 20+ MPH
wind and was able to sit over a brush pile and slay the crappie non-stop.

Just sayin....
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#12370376 - 08/02/17 09:34 PM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: Donald Harper]
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Originally Posted By: Donald Harper
Motorguide had all this going back in the 90's with the PinPoint motors. They followed any depth you set in, followed the shore line, would back track and lock on. They have been in the technology business of how this works much longer. When I get one it will be Motorguide.

They may have started it but MinnKota has it about as close to perfect as you can get right now.

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#12370400 - 08/02/17 09:51 PM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: 21xs Elite]
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Registered: 03/26/15
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Loc: Jack County
MK. More power, way better remote too. The new generation spot lock is great.

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#12371543 - 08/03/17 06:50 PM Re: Minn Kota vs. Motorguide [Re: AQUA11]
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Registered: 01/12/07
Posts: 1964
Loc: Plano, TX
I have the old generation Terrova. The spot lock sucks. I've always been a MK kind of guy for whatever reason. But my next TM will be the MG Xi5. I have taken a test ride (thanks Blue Nitro) and it's spot lock works, unlike my Terrova. It will be my next TM for the simple reason it's anchor feature works and it will communicate with Lowrance, which I have.

I haven't personally seen the newer MK models but they have had years to redeveloped what they should have gotten right the first time. So I will just have to accept the fact MK's spot lock will work as advertised.

For me, these are the considerations between the two.

1. Does it communicate with your FF? If this doesn't matter to you then you're open to either one. I want to communicate, so it's MG for me.
2. Do you want/need auto stow and deploy? If yes, then MK is your only choice.
3. Do you want to operate with a remote and/or foot pedal? Both units have these. If you use the foot a lot (I don't) make sure the foot pedal of the TM fits your style. If using the remote, which I do, then MK's remote is superior to my chagrin. MK has a display screen, MG doesn't.
4. If $ is a concern, MG is less expensive. You will just have to consider if the cost difference for MK for the remote display, and stow/deploy feature is worth the price difference.
5. Noise hasn't been mentioned. I don't know about the new MKs but the MG is a whisper compared to the MK Terrova I have.
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