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Bronson
03-11-2012, 12:30 AM
Interested in feedback about which kind of transducer is best to use on your trolling motor, a puck or skimmer? I"ve always used a skimmer and had good luck and was told years ago that it as well or better than the puck. Any advantages or disadvantages to using either would be appreciated. Thanks!

CrappiePappy
03-11-2012, 04:47 AM
Have used both, but mainly pucks on TM. Never could tell any difference in 2d picture quality, but then I "was" using the old school 2d units. Only disadvantage of skimmer on TM, IMHO ... size. That may translate into more chance of hanging the transducer into submerged objects. I don't think there's any difference in the internal workings of a skimmer or puck, just a shape change for each one to perform/mount according to where they're primarily intended to be mounted. The skimmer style is intended for transom mount use (speed), but can be mounted on TM with a specificly designed bracket. The puck is designed for TM use, but can also be used internally (thru-hull).

I can't relate to this situation now, with my current setup, as my TM mounted unit has a bullet shaped transducer encased in a sleeve bracket. It lays along the bottom of the TM, very close & tight (Elite 5DSI unit). My console mounted 2d HB depthfinder has the puck transducer mounted in the bilge flooring (internal).

... cp :cool:

skeetbum
03-11-2012, 08:53 AM
I learned recently that the skimmer was built to have directional orientation, and the puck had none. From this I gather that the skimmer has a slightly forward looking nature and the puck would be straight down regardless of direction. Both work well on the TM and I have no further info to back up the directional thing.

Dutch552
03-11-2012, 06:15 PM
I've used both with my Humminbird 2D units and couldn't tell a difference either way other than the skimmer tended to scrape on stuff more from sticking out so much. I have a Minn Kota with US2 for pure convenience and I can't tell a performance/quality difference in my sonar with it either.

CatFan
03-11-2012, 07:25 PM
I learned recently that the skimmer was built to have directional orientation, and the puck had none. From this I gather that the skimmer has a slightly forward looking nature and the puck would be straight down regardless of direction. Both work well on the TM and I have no further info to back up the directional thing.

They are identical except for the plastic around them.

Bronson
03-12-2012, 10:20 AM
Thanks for the help. I noticed where one of the bass pro's said he liked a skimmer on his trolling motor as well. I've always used one but wondered if I might have been missing something by not using a puck. I'd heard the same thing that CatFan said that they were basically the same thing. Crappiepappy made a good point that being larger it might be easier to get hit. I bought a set up that runs in front of it that does a really good job of keeping it protected. Can't remember the name exactly but it's something like VeeJee. Now I can run it into practically anything.

Lonestar Proud
03-13-2012, 08:12 PM
At least with Lowrance, the puck and the skimmer transducers are the same internally. For me, I knew it would just be a matter of time till I'd hit something and break the neck on the skimmer ducer hanging on the bottom of the TM. I did, and it did. The day it broke I bought a puck and put it on and no longer worry about it breaking when I smack something.

Bronson
03-14-2012, 01:35 AM
That's where it broke on my last one, right at the neck. I'm thinking about epoxying around this one to strengthen it. Hopefully that will help.