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Lowrance, Humminbird or Garmin #13428549 02/05/20 10:28 PM
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I just changed rigs to a 08 Ranger Z22 and it has older technology Lowrance electronics on it. So I want to upgrade those. Lowrance, Humminbird or Garmin and why please.


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Re: Lowrance, Humminbird or Garmin [Re: Big Kid X21] #13428582 02/05/20 10:46 PM
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I use Lowrance because they link with my MG Xi5 trolling motor which is a nice feature. I would get which ever will link to the trolling motor I have or plan to get....


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after being a lifelong bird user (over 40 yrs.) I just went to garmin.
2 93sv plus, 1 bow/1 console and the force trolling motor.
loving this set up, graphs/tm/phone all link with wifi from the units, updates are super simple using the phone, can create your own 1' contour maps if you want to. images are a lot better than my 898/998 were, graphs do a ton more than the birds did.

so far with just 2 trips with the whole shebang I am more than impressed.


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Re: Lowrance, Humminbird or Garmin [Re: hopalong] #13430136 02/07/20 02:51 AM
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Originally Posted by hopalong
after being a lifelong bird user (over 40 yrs.) I just went to garmin.
2 93sv plus, 1 bow/1 console and the force trolling motor.
loving this set up, graphs/tm/phone all link with wifi from the units, updates are super simple using the phone, can create your own 1' contour maps if you want to. images are a lot better than my 898/998 were, graphs do a ton more than the birds did.

so far with just 2 trips with the whole shebang I am more than impressed.


Agreed and the touch screen is sweet.


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Re: Lowrance, Humminbird or Garmin [Re: hopalong] #13430169 02/07/20 03:16 AM
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[quote=hopalong]after being a lifelong bird user (over 40 yrs.) I just went to garmin.
2 93sv plus, 1 bow/1 console and the force trolling motor.
loving this set up, graphs/tm/phone all link with wifi from the units, updates are super simple using the phone, can create your own 1' contour maps if you want to. images are a lot better than my 898/998 were, graphs do a ton more than the birds did.

As a current Garmin guy I like them. However to compare a brand new Garmin to a 7-9 year old technology Humminbird is not applicable. They have all got better images than older equipment.
There is a forum BBC (bass boat something) and you can see lots of good discussion and pics of all 3 brands.

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Originally Posted by shadboy
[quote=hopalong]after being a lifelong bird user (over 40 yrs.) I just went to garmin.
2 93sv plus, 1 bow/1 console and the force trolling motor.
loving this set up, graphs/tm/phone all link with wifi from the units, updates are super simple using the phone, can create your own 1' contour maps if you want to. images are a lot better than my 898/998 were, graphs do a ton more than the birds did.

As a current Garmin guy I like them. However to compare a brand new Garmin to a 7-9 year old technology Humminbird is not applicable. They have all got better images than older equipment.
There is a forum BBC (bass boat something) and you can see lots of good discussion and pics of all 3 brands.


Bass boat central is the forum


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Re: Lowrance, Humminbird or Garmin [Re: Big Kid X21] #13430523 02/07/20 02:22 PM
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pick a vendor and build your electronics around the brand. Example...choose Lowrance and choose a trolling motor like Motorguide that works with it.

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Originally Posted by shadboy
[quote=hopalong]after being a lifelong bird user (over 40 yrs.) I just went to garmin.
2 93sv plus, 1 bow/1 console and the force trolling motor.
loving this set up, graphs/tm/phone all link with wifi from the units, updates are super simple using the phone, can create your own 1' contour maps if you want to. images are a lot better than my 898/998 were, graphs do a ton more than the birds did.

As a current Garmin guy I like them. However to compare a brand new Garmin to a 7-9 year old technology Humminbird is not applicable. They have all got better images than older equipment.
There is a forum BBC (bass boat something) and you can see lots of good discussion and pics of all 3 brands.


agree, the comment was as an overall upgrade it is night and day. they all have their special thing it is just brand preference any more.


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Long time bird owner, just bought a new boat went with Gen 3 units and an iPilot Terrova , so far I am happy. All have their benefits, as do Ford, Chevy and Dodge.

You really want to get confused, take a look at Jacob Wheeler's set up on the front of his boat.


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Yeah it can be super confusing as to which ones interact with what and all. So start off maybe simpler and be like "do I like my motorguide/minn kota/garmin/lowrance trolling motor and does it have some sort of ipilot/steering built in??" and if the answer is "yes" then key your other electronic purchases towards them. I like motorguide and I like lowrance BUT if starting from brand new then I am really interested in the garmin technology and imaging!


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Originally Posted by bassmanrudy
Yeah it can be super confusing as to which ones interact with what and all. So start off maybe simpler and be like "do I like my motorguide/minn kota/garmin/lowrance trolling motor and does it have some sort of ipilot/steering built in??" and if the answer is "yes" then key your other electronic purchases towards them. I like motorguide and I like lowrance BUT if starting from brand new then I am really interested in the garmin technology and imaging!



garmin has me hooked now (pun intended).

still need to learn the graphs a little better but overall I am really liking mine.


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Humminbird may be the most affordable but I think it boils down to what your interest are.

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Yeah it can be super confusing as to which ones interact with what and all. So start off maybe simpler and be like "do I like my motorguide/minn kota/garmin/lowrance trolling motor and does it have some sort of ipilot/steering built in??" and if the answer is "yes" then key your other electronic purchases towards them. I like motorguide and I like lowrance BUT if starting from brand new then I am really interested in the garmin technology and imaging!



garmin has me hooked now (pun intended).

still need to learn the graphs a little better but overall I am really liking mine.


LOL I like the pun!! I think having more options now with the trolling motors will help the market as a whole. I like self contained units as you have less to hook up/rig. But that of course means if one thing goes then the whole unit is usually bad.

I have fished a lot of the Opens and its great to see all the different anglers setups and getting to ask questions about it. That being said I haven't fished with anyone yet that has the forward looking "live sonar" but may get too later this year if my Rayburn Open co-angler thing goes thru!


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IMO, Birds have the best side imaging and mapping available, lowrance has the best 2D, and Garmin obviously has the best forward facing (Live scope).








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Yeah it can be super confusing as to which ones interact with what and all. So start off maybe simpler and be like "do I like my motorguide/minn kota/garmin/lowrance trolling motor and does it have some sort of ipilot/steering built in??" and if the answer is "yes" then key your other electronic purchases towards them. I like motorguide and I like lowrance BUT if starting from brand new then I am really interested in the garmin technology and imaging!



garmin has me hooked now (pun intended).

still need to learn the graphs a little better but overall I am really liking mine.


LOL I like the pun!! I think having more options now with the trolling motors will help the market as a whole. I like self contained units as you have less to hook up/rig. But that of course means if one thing goes then the whole unit is usually bad.

I have fished a lot of the Opens and its great to see all the different anglers setups and getting to ask questions about it. That being said I haven't fished with anyone yet that has the forward looking "live sonar" but may get too later this year if my Rayburn Open co-angler thing goes thru!



one thing I like about my system is the wifi link from graph to trolling motor, even the power wire has a tube on the base to run it thru. very clean install. I went from bird 898 bow/998 console and this is night and day better as far as side/down image, sonar with chirp is much better. now I just have to get them fine tuned, friends step father is the garmin traveling tuner that does the pros boats and is going to help me out sometime this yr. when he can.

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