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Corn Cob
02-10-2006, 08:24 PM
Anyone have any good or bad experiences with a Minn Kota TM with Power Drive and Auto Pilot?

02-10-2006, 09:35 PM
I was asking the same thing the other day. I hope someone has some good advice . I have never used the powerdrive version of TM. But I gonna have to get a new TM in teh next few weeks to go on my new boat . Hope everyone gives both of us some help.

Not to cloud your subject, has anyone ever used the Motor Guide TM with the remote foot control. If so list the pro's and con's . Really leaning toward the Auto Pilot too just need some feedback before dropping the bomb on the wifey. $$$$$$$$

02-10-2006, 10:10 PM
I get them in my shop all the time. Lots of broken mounts, and loose sloppy bushings.

The motor itself is as good as ever, and no problems with the steering components, they just need to beef up the mounting system IMO. Most are getting broken while in the "stow position" and running rough water, the mount just can't stand the pounding.

02-10-2006, 10:24 PM
I have the salt water version with 70 something lbs. I've run in some rough water, 2-5 foot swells and never had it break any mounts. As far as the fish ability of it, I love it. The auto pilot is a dream when I'm bream fishing or crappie fishing. I set the auto pilot and the adjust the speed it will follow the straight line set at the intended speed. I can flip slow troll and never have to worry about boat direction. Also when the current or wind is strong I can set the auto pilot, then adjust the speed so that the boat will sit in the same position. If the back end of the boat begins to tail around the motor automaticaly adjust itself to swing it back in line. My intentions were to buy the remote, but they were out of stock. Since I have been using it I don't really see the need, because it works so well, hands free anyway. If you plan to buy, buy big. The only mistake I made was buying the biggest they had at the time and it was to small( around 60 some lbs.), but right after I got that one they upgraded the lbs and they allowed me to trade up and pay the difference. I hope you get what makes you happy.

02-10-2006, 11:13 PM
i growed up on a foot control and can't make the switch to the remote. or maybe its just some kind of "control issue" i have????course if i had the nerve to buy one, i'd learn to adjust! most of the guys i've seen win the tournaments i lost use them! slowtrollin...they can't be beat!

02-11-2006, 05:27 AM
Have had 3 different ones on last 3 boats I owned, no problems, auto pilot is the greatest invention since pockets on a shirt.
Would not be without one, the remote,called co-pilot, is great especially if you fish by your self,works from any where in the boat, will turn the motor as fast as the foot control. In fact I have my foot control unhooked and stored in a dry compartment,not sure I could find it. Any way just my opinion.

02-11-2006, 06:16 AM
Anyone have any good or bad experiences with a Minn Kota TM with Power Drive and Auto Pilot?
I got my auto pilot three years ago. I do a lot of slow trolling for stripers and crappie and it's the best thing since sliced bread. When I first got it, it started going crazy and I had two compasses replaced, under warranty of course, but the last two and a half years I have had no problems at all. Minn Kota had a problem with their compasses back then but I finally got a good one I guess.

Barnacle Bill
02-11-2006, 06:30 AM
Anyone have any good or bad experiences with a Minn Kota TM with Power Drive and Auto Pilot?

They are GREAT!!

frank lawhead
02-11-2006, 09:04 AM
Ran One 2-3 Yrs. [year Around] No Problems ---

02-11-2006, 11:51 AM
:confused: Just wanted to let u know about my problems with my TM My first aoto pilot had trouble with the compass this is not fun when u fish with 8 rods at one time buy your self and you are trying reel and net your fish at the same time. I lost this TM on Lake Wylie SC in rough water fishing Crappie USA tourn. (allways slide collar down on shaft new and old style TM) My second TM allso has trouble with the compass but is still on my boat and not on the bottom of a lake! Minn Kota has a great idea with the auto pilot feature but they need to fix this flaw. Allmost every auto pilot owner i talk to on the lake has had this problem with thair auto pilot I wish another TM company would come out with a AP and fix this problem. Hope this helps you Good Luck

02-11-2006, 04:47 PM
I have had mine one year and i really love it. It is a power drive, 80lb thrust, 60" shaft on a 3 log pontoon boat. I crappie fish, troll bandits, troll jigs, spider rig, fish over crappie bed, bass fish some, bream fish some. I gave it a good work out last year trolling alot and i really love mine. I have a Lowrance fish finder on the Minn Kota and two co/pilot remotes and it all works like a charm.

The only thing i have wondered about, is i have two fish finders, one b&w and one color, both Lowrance. The b&w works great on the Minn Kota up front and the color works great at the helm with another transducer at the back. They both work good when both is turned on. If i put the color up front on the Minn Kota, it seems to not show as much or do as good on the Minn Kota, like it does on the back transducer. I might have the senstivity set to high or the fact the trolling motor is down deeper or maybe the Minn Kota doesn't read as wide of an angle as my back transducer. The 102c works on the Minn Kota but it just doesn't show as much on it as it does my back transducer and my b7w Lowrance seems to work fine on the Minn Kota and shows alot. Maybe it is just me but i really love mine and haven't had any problems. I wish i could push a button and it put it's onself in the water. I would think anyone would love the auto pilot and it comes with a long corded foot pedal.

02-11-2006, 04:50 PM
The B&W fishfinder i use up front on the Minn Kota is a Lowrance X135 and it seems to work really good.

crappie tracker
02-11-2006, 05:21 PM
can not tell you much about the ap right now because mine will not be here untill tuesday. but i will let you know . from what i have read and talking to people with them they are great besides the compass problem and it seems to be geting better.

02-12-2006, 06:21 AM
One more thing that I have found out in the last three years using mine. If you are fishing under some big electric transmission lines and the tm starts going in circles, don't throw the motor away, get away from those big lines. It's happened to me twice under some big lines at Lake wylie in Crowders Creek!! They say those things put off a lot of magnetism and I guess that is what drives the compass crazy.

Barnacle Bill
02-12-2006, 07:58 AM
can not tell you much about the ap right now because mine will not be here untill tuesday. but i will let you know . from what i have read and talking to people with them they are great besides the compass problem and it seems to be geting better.

Most compass problems are caused by the TM not being properly installed. With the boat in the water and with a normal load, check the shaft and be sure it is within 5 of vertical. It is true that Minnkota had a bad run of circuit boards and they were replacing them free of charge. I had one of the original ones when they came out with them and had problems with it every once in a while of it wanting to turn in circles. Once I adjusted the shaft properly, I no longer had that problem. The newer ones also operate much smoother.

02-12-2006, 08:10 AM
Minn kota recently (last 9 months or so) developed a new compass board for the auto pilot. It is completely enclosed, seems to have taken care of their problems. My buddy had lots of trouble out of his, adjustments, turning in circles, etc. Called Minn kota they sent him the new compass board, motor has given no more problems. Board is easy to put in your self, something like 3 screws and 4or 5 color coded wires. really very simple. Call minn kota and tell them about the problem, they have first class customer service. possum1

02-12-2006, 08:48 AM
possum1= does the compass board go in the head of the motor ?

02-12-2006, 09:07 AM
Yes, about 4 screws takes the top cover off the motor head, then 3 or 4 screws takes the actual compass board loose, unplug about 5 color coded wires, reverse the process, done. Instructions come with it. Very simple really, takes maybe 15 minutes. His was under warranty, so it was free. possum1

02-12-2006, 09:31 AM
There can be problems with any electronic product. For my money I will buy MinnKota Autopilot if I ever replace the one I have. I still like a foot control for some fishing situations however. Vertical jigging deep water and shooting piers.