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What's A Good, Budget Depthfinder ?

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Hopefully $100 maximum. Nothing fancy needed. Mainly for the depth and to find weeds. Thanks

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I tried to stay under $100 when I bought my first depth finder. I spent days on the Internet researching different models and features to get the best display and strongest transducer signal for my money. I ended getting a Garmin 300 for $170 otd from some marine shop in California.

For your budget, look up the Lowrance X4 or Garmin Echo 150. The Hummingbird cheapy looks just that, but its probably just fine as well.

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I believe the Fisheasy 245 model is the only one in your price range. It has a dual beam. B&W display. It's made by Lowrance. I still have a Lowrance X47 on the bow of my boat for 8 years now. It's the cheap model but all I really need is depth and temp, as most of my fishing is done in shallow water. Got the side imaging on the console so I feel important :grin:

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I believe the Fisheasy 245 model is the only one in your price range. It has a dual beam. B&W display. It's made by Lowrance. I still have a Lowrance X47 on the bow of my boat for 8 years now. It's the cheap model but all I really need is depth and temp, as most of my fishing is done in shallow water. Got the side imaging on the console so I feel important :grin:

Thanks. I'm leaning toward the Garmin 150 for $99, but I'm considering uping the budget to get the Garmin 200(for 5" screen) for $139 I think. Are the Garmins pretty good, reliable units? They seem to get very good reviews.

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Out of the "cheapo" units, I have been more impressed with the newer Garmins. I've had and used Humminbird, Eagle, Lowrance. Again, this is for the cheaper units. I would go for the 200, myself.

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Thanks Dave. I'm leaning toward the Garmin 200. A few places have it online for $135.

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I just bought a Humminbird 170 at walmart for 99.00. Works pretty well do far, dual beam, works at fast speed and seems to have a good response.

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I have a 160 bird on my trolling motor and while it has the 5'' screen I don't think it's any nicer than the Eagle I had on one of my old Kayaks.

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do what i did on my previous boat. I went to my local marina and told the guy that if anyone comes in wanting to upgrade there electronics and want to get rid of there old one to contact me. I had a guy call who sold me a eagle gps/fish finder unit for $50. He said it came with the boat and wanted a Side Imaging unit.

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do what i did on my previous boat. I went to my local marina and told the guy that if anyone comes in wanting to upgrade there electronics and want to get rid of there old one to contact me. I had a guy call who sold me a eagle gps/fish finder unit for $50. He said it came with the boat and wanted a Side Imaging unit.

I'm with this guy,if you take your time searching it can pay off.I got my nav package(35' bertram not a bass boat) off of a local guy that needed to make a boat payment.Open array furuno radar,chart plotter,gps,auto pilot the works for 2500.

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Thanks Dave. I'm leaning toward the Garmin 200. A few places have it online for $135.

That's what I have. Does the job quite well.

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