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LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS #9787969 03/03/14 12:01 AM
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IM LOOKING AT BUYING NEW GRAPHS AND GPS COMBOS WITH DOWN SCAN AND SIDE SCAN IN THE 899 OR THE HDS SERIES WHAT DO YALL PERFER AND WHY

Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788005 03/03/14 12:11 AM
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Lowrance cause that's what I am used to. I'm not saying I would not switch but once you start down a path its kind of a pain and expensive to change. Whichever you do Get the biggest one at the console you can stand to pay for or put 2 on the console. If you start graphing a lot of stuff, which you will, You will appreciate the bigger screen or extra unit. I currently have an hds 8 on the console, next boat will have 12 or 2 9s at the console.

Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788021 03/03/14 12:14 AM
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Has anyone tried Garmin yet? are they still behind Lowrance and Hummingbirds? Lowrance works great for me, but I use Garmin for non-fishing stuff.

Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788037 03/03/14 12:17 AM
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THANKS GUYS MORE INFO PLEASE I THINK THERE IS A BETTER BANG FOR YOUR BUCK WITH THE BIRDS

Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788045 03/03/14 12:19 AM
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I've used both and it's all in what you like honestly because both are good at what they do. I currently have a 998/898 on my boat and love them. The only reason I left the Lowrance stuff behind when I outfitted this one was because of poooooor customer service I'd received from them. The product functions great, they just didn't do anything to take care of you if you had a problem. I hear that's better now but I've come to love the Humminbirds now so that's what I'll probably stick with from now on.

Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788054 03/03/14 12:22 AM
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I have HB but like Lowrance so I would recommend getting one of each.


Problem solved!


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Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788064 03/03/14 12:24 AM
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Why are you yelling at everyone with the all caps?


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Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: Douglas J] #9788347 03/03/14 01:23 AM
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Originally Posted By: Doug R.
I have HB but like Lowrance so I would recommend getting one of each.

Problem solved!

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Exactly. I have an 1198 and 998 Hummingbird and two 332c Lowrance. Works for me.



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Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788392 03/03/14 01:30 AM
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How is the customer service at Lowerance?


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Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788413 03/03/14 01:34 AM
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I've used both and I'd say go to basspro or cabelas and mess with both units and see which one u prefer ... I think lowrance has a great sonar and hbird has the better side imaging, both have insane mapping ...




Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788414 03/03/14 01:34 AM
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CS is about equal at both. I've got one of each and have had to use CS for both in the past few years.

FWIW, if I had the money to buy two of the most expensive units from one brand, it would be a Lowrance without a doubt. HB is good, but Lowrance is better IMHO.


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Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788441 03/03/14 01:40 AM
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I had a Lowrance HDS go out and sent it to them, they sent me a brand new one no questions asked, I wasn't even the originally purchaser.

Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788446 03/03/14 01:42 AM
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Go out in a boat with each one, see which works better for you. They definitely don't look like the demo mode when being used on the water.

Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: Rob Lay] #9788540 03/03/14 02:02 AM
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Originally Posted By: Rob Lay
I had a Lowrance HDS go out and sent it to them, they sent me a brand new one no questions asked, I wasn't even the originally purchaser.


I had a 7 I bought brand new, when I registered it they told me I only had 3 months of warranty left on it. I said I'd email them the receipt and they could see I had bought it the day before. They told me not their problem and I had 3 months of warranty and that was that.

It was ok though, the next time I decided to drop 2800 bucks on electronics I spent it somewhere else. If they've gotten the service aspect back though, they've got a nice product.

Re: LOWERANCE OR HUMMINGBIRDS [Re: hoghead2007] #9788571 03/03/14 02:08 AM
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Lowrance replaced one for me out of warranty. At the same time within 6 months they had 3 different models on retail shelves and quit updating the gen 1 units awful quick. Oh, they never sent me my rebate either, let's not forget that!

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