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MK Ultrex vs Garmin Force vs Ghost #13446365 02/21/20 01:03 PM
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I am currently looking at new trolling motors and have narrowed it down to the Ultrex MDI, Ghost and Force. I have seen a few videos on the subject and reviewed some comments on other sites, however I would like to hear from owners/users that have experience with these products. Thanks to all that participate.

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Re: MK Ultrex vs Garmin Force [Re: reelswift] #13446451 02/21/20 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Bcbbs
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Wondering if you had any experience with the Ultrex or Ghost and if so maybe expand on reasons for preference.

Re: MK Ultrex vs Garmin Force [Re: reelswift] #13446597 02/21/20 03:14 PM
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Why is the Motor Guide tour pro getting no love? True cable steer and works with any graph. I have my eye on it.

Re: MK Ultrex vs Garmin Force [Re: Kuhuna] #13446623 02/21/20 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Kuhuna
Why is the Motor Guide tour pro getting no love? True cable steer and works with any graph. I have my eye on it.


I did not know the MG was compatible with any graph so that opens up the menu. Back to research LOL

Re: MK Ultrex vs Garmin Force [Re: Kuhuna] #13446677 02/21/20 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Kuhuna
Why is the Motor Guide tour pro getting no love? True cable steer and works with any graph. I have my eye on it.



No love, because they won’t ever build one to sale! My bud had one on order for 3 months and they missed their release date and have no new release date at this time. He canceled the order and bought a ghost.

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Originally Posted by reelswift
I have narrowed it down to the Ultrex MDI, Ghost and Force.



Sounds like you haven't narrowed anything down then lol

Motorguide missed the mark so bad with their new motor. I can't believe they showed up 4 years late to the party. If they keep going the way they are I cant imagine they'll be in business long.

I have an Ultrex and although I don't have any experience with the garmin or Lowrance, I've been very happy with my Ultrex.


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I just looked at a video on the MG that explained the features. It looks like it is pretty well made and might turn out to be the best all around TM out there, especially if you like cable steer.

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Originally Posted by grout-scout
Originally Posted by Kuhuna
Why is the Motor Guide tour pro getting no love? True cable steer and works with any graph. I have my eye on it.



No love, because they won’t ever build one to sale! My bud had one on order for 3 months and they missed their release date and have no new release date at this time. He canceled the order and bought a ghost.


Did you forget that the other trolling motors did the same thing?


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Re: MK Ultrex vs Garmin Force [Re: reelswift] #13446722 02/21/20 04:26 PM
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I am in the same boat... that being said, I'm leaning towards the Force because I run all Garmin graphs... The thing to look at is the software update and if it worked. The issue was the anchor lock (whatever Garmin calls it) was not accurate and constantly over correcting to keep you on the spot... if that issue was worked out, I think the Force is a solid choice.

That being said, I think it comes down to compatibility with your electronics. My 2 cents....

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The MG cable steer is appealing to me in case of an electronics failure. With the cable steer you can keep fishing if there is a steering motor failure.

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I have narrowed it down to the Ultrex MDI, Ghost and Force.



Sounds like you haven't narrowed anything down then lol

Motorguide missed the mark so bad with their new motor. I can't believe they showed up 4 years late to the party. If they keep going the way they are I cant imagine they'll be in business long.

I have an Ultrex and although I don't have any experience with the garmin or Lowrance, I've been very happy with my Ultrex.


LOL you are right there are many variables to consider and at $3K I really need to get the right one for my purposes
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1. I am gravitated towards the Ultrex because I have HB graphs but one needs updating so that opens up the competition and started considering the competition.
2. The Ghost was somewhat entertaining but lost some interest after watching a video that showed it to be very loud underwater.
3. The Force is definitely interesting with consideration to garmin graphs including live scope but have heard it struggles to stay on position with anchor/spot lock feature also it appears to be very large .
4. Tour Pro is interesting with the ability to communicate with several brands of graphs not sure how well though with consideration to Helix G3 graphs and I have heard they are not readily available yet.

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I may have experienced the before and after on that, updated second trip out. first trip/set up it went nuts after I calibrated the compass, settled down but did some 360s at full speed for a few seconds. update stopped it I guess, last trip it worked perfect and held me within a few feet of my spot in moderate wind. overall I am lovin this set up. have a 93 sv plus at bow and console and use the phone app. it is on 36v and I can almost pull a skier behind the 202, couple mph faster than the 112 fortrex I had. have fished in boats with the ulterra and ultrex and they too were impressive but with all the bells and whistles on the force I went with it. totally happy with it so far, just broke for about 6 months now. lol not used to puttin almost 6k into boat stuff all at once.




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I am in the same boat... that being said, I'm leaning towards the Force because I run all Garmin graphs... The thing to look at is the software update and if it worked. The issue was the anchor lock (whatever Garmin calls it) was not accurate and constantly over correcting to keep you on the spot... if that issue was worked out, I think the Force is a solid choice.

That being said, I think it comes down to compatibility with your electronics. My 2 cents....



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