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    TM Upgrade 52# MG to 80# Fortrex...
from Takideezy #10378 #10378  
7/9/2012 2:09:16 PM


  I am contemplating a TM upgrade from my current 10 year old 12V 52# MG to the 24V 80# MK Fortrex. I'm currently running two 27 class AGM's in parallel and understand the wiring change necessary to convert to 24V. My primary reasons for the switch is the MG's poor performance in the grass. I'm tired of pulling the motor every 5 minutes to clean off weeds.

Two questions...assuming that I run the new Fortrex same as the current MG, will new technology and 24V operation yield better battery life? Also how much better is the MG in the thick stuff?

Thanks and Takideezy

Edited 7/9/2012 2:26:20 PM

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   do it-don't look back from Beartrap   7/9/2012 4:47:21 PM
 MK will go thru grass like a goat on seminole and most of guys i know have switched to MK long ago....
just a guess but i think your battery life will be much better because you're gonna be able to run the MK on much lower time get 30 series batteries and you can cut grass all day and have almost as much juice at end of day as do in the morning...

   Yes and Yes from fishintechnician #13154 #13154  7/9/2012 5:14:32 PM
 When I had an old 12 volt I had to run two batteries in parallel also. The 24 volt system will run just as long as two in parallel and it will give you a ton more power. Switch you won't be disappointed.

   You'll like it, especially if it has Lift Assist from billsp from NJ #10585  7/9/2012 6:01:14 PM
 Also, put it a recessed TM tray if your boat doesn't have one. Lot easier on the legs and lower back.

   10 years on a reliable MG and Switch to MK?? from humminbird #11206 #11206  7/9/2012 7:46:49 PM
 Stupid is as Stupid does. I have had more trouble with MK's and none with MG's. MK shaft is sure to bend in time.


   Brand doesn't matter from fishintechnician #13154 #13154  7/9/2012 8:42:04 PM
 You need the 24 volt system! Get whatever brand you ave confidence in!

   You might consider a 36v system from Spookchucker #10778 #10778  7/10/2012 7:11:51 AM
 If you do, you will never go back to a 24 volt system.

   Thank you! from Takideezy #10378 #10378  7/10/2012 8:25:02 AM
 I appreciate the comments. Anyone interested in in a used 12V, 52# thrust,54" shaft Motor Guide?

   MG is like Timex; takes a licking and keeps on ticking from humminbird #11206 #11206  7/10/2012 7:04:07 PM
 10 years plus and it is for we need to sat anymore.




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