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Garmin 93sv, Lowrance 9 TI total scan

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I'm going to be purchasing one of these units here soon (maybe as soon as Friday if I can snag the BF special at BPS)

 

I have an Motorguide XI5 on the boat already which has me interested in the Lowrance, however I'm not sure how much I would use them together.

 

I played with both units at BPS for a short while and the touch screen on the Lowrance is cool, but on the water rocking around with a wet hand?  No telling.

 

I've read on a few forums the horror of dealing with Lowrance customer service if there's a problem with a unit, anyone care to share a recent story?

 

Then you have the Garmin with the CV transducer drama, anyone have one of these without the GT transducer?  (CV Transducer doesn't have a true down scan element)

 

Currently all I have is a Garmin 53dv(non gps) on the boat, and we'll other than water temp and depth I find it pretty useless on the water's I fish which are all 25ft or less.

 

Garmin 93CV Pros
Pricing ($600)

Ease of Quickdraw (none of my lakes are HD on their mapping)

 

Cons:

Questionable downview

more button pressing to navigate.

 

Lowrance 9 TI pros
Links with my Xi5

True total scan
Touch screen?  Maybe a pro

 

9 TI Cons

Price ($400 more not on sale)

questionable customer support

 

opinion of owners that have experience with these units?

 

Thanks in advanced!

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I have owned both Garmin and lowrance and we’re in the same situation upgrading as you and I went with 93’s........in 2 days they will be even cheaper than what I paid

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12 hours ago, NHBull said:

I have owned both Garmin and lowrance and we’re in the same situation upgrading as you and I went with 93’s........in 2 days they will be even cheaper than what I paid

Thanks for your reply, have you had the boat on the water with the 93cv?  Impressions?

 

What Lowrance unit did you have before?

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47 minutes ago, JETSWU87 said:

Thanks for your reply, have you had the boat on the water with the 93cv?  Impressions?

 

What Lowrance unit did you have before?

I've played with the 73sv Echomap unit in store and I thinks it's a great unit. Your lake may not be HD but you could use Quickdraw to fix that. 

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3 minutes ago, 12poundbass said:

I've played with the 73sv Echomap unit in store and I thinks it's a great unit. Your lake may not be HD but you could use Quickdraw to fix that. 

The quickdraw is one of the main features drawing me towards the garmin.  I have 6 lakes within 30minutes of me here that don't have quality mapping.  Looking at the videos of the garmin in use the quickdraw looks ridiculously simple.

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6 hours ago, JETSWU87 said:

The quickdraw is one of the main features drawing me towards the garmin.  I have 6 lakes within 30minutes of me here that don't have quality mapping.  Looking at the videos of the garmin in use the quickdraw looks ridiculously simple.

this is pushing me towards garmin as well (striker plus 5cv) also seeing that they bought navionics you may be able to upload the maps so they can add them into the navionics card as well.

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34 minutes ago, Scarborough817 said:

this is pushing me towards garmin as well (striker plus 5cv) also seeing that they bought navionics you may be able to upload the maps so they can add them into the navionics card as well.

No SV?

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4 minutes ago, 12poundbass said:

No SV?

up here its a little pricy if i want the sv i have to go with the 7sv and that will run me at least $650cad

 

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1 hour ago, Scarborough817 said:

up here its a little pricy if i want the sv i have to go with the 7sv and that will run me at least $650cad

 

Holy crap!!!

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53 minutes ago, 12poundbass said:

Holy crap!!!

So I'm going with the 5 instead which is only 400

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13 minutes ago, JETSWU87 said:

I did some significant reading last night about the CV52 vs the GT52 transducer drama...holy cow, so much to digest.

 

http://www.***/showthread.php?t=827658

 

After that's all said and done it has me gun shy on the garmin. 

Don't let that drama get to you. Honestly at first I was too but then I started reading more and researching more and I saw through all the B.S. and the butt hurt people. I'm guessing by your link and the fact that it's blocked that you probably read the same thing I did on the same forum? 

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It's not the guy who rants and raves on every single forum...

 

That was the *** thread where they did some side by side testing.

 

What setup do you have?  What do you think of it?  Any screen shots?

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4 minutes ago, JETSWU87 said:

It's not the guy who rants and raves on every single forum...

 

That was the *** thread where they did some side by side testing.

 

What setup do you have?  What do you think of it?  Any screen shots?

I don't currently have any. I've just been doing my research on "down seeing" sonar and "side seeing" sonar. In general terms that's what I call them because each brand has their own name.

 

I will say I was dead set on Humminbird at first. Then I found the Striker units and loved the price. Then the Echomap units were found and I'm sold. 

 

Each unit has their positive and negative. I read about side by side comparisons as well. I watched a video Lowrance put out (maybe you did too) where they did a side by side with a Garmin unit. Basically IMO it was a smear campaign. If seen the same where the Garmin unit picks up things the Lowrance unit doesn't. The same can probably be said for a Humminbird and Raymarine unit. 

 

The whole lawsuit deal is irrelevant to me. I don't care about what was done, some people who rant and rave on the forum we're both referring to have nothing better to do. Besides I believe it was dismissed and all that came from it was the name change from "downvu" to "clearvu". 

 

Like I said before no matter what brand you buy you're going to get a great unit. Each brand has something the other doesn't. For me Garmin is the route I'm going to go. It's in my budget, I getting mapping where I'd have to cough up I've $100 if I got another unit. I only have to spend $20 to link two units together to share waypoints. Again over $100 with another unit. So like a lot of us it comes down to money. As far as the imaging goes, @slonezp set me strait, I don't need a pretty picture. I can see rocks, wood and others. I don't need to see the fish turd on the third largest rock. 

 

Don't read too much into what this guy says or that. You can't go wrong. The best thing to do is keep reading and keep an opened mind. The more informed you are the more comfortable you'll be with your decision.

 

Sorry it's so long. 

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May I ask what was it that you read that's making you rethink things a little? 

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I'll PM you as the it doesn't seem this board allows you to link to other sites.  haha forum drama?!

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You wont have a problem touching the screen with wet hands in rough water, I think its harder using buttons and a arrow in rough water. Both units will have quick drawing to them. With the Lowrance you can Navionics SonarChart Live on the unit and watch the contours being drawn live. All you have to have is a valid Navionics card and valid Navionics App. At the moment you will get better maps using a Lowrance with a Navionics card in it. They haven't made a switch yet where Navionics card are ready to rock N roll into Garmin units. As far as a customer service side, I have talked to both companies and both of them treated me equal. Everything is so competitive now they have to have good customer service. I like the Lowrance TI units its a good unit for the money. The only down fall is you sacrifice the networking capabilities where in the HDS series you have the ability to connect to units together. 

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Well a lot has changed since this post.

 

To update:

I purchased the 93SV at basspro on black Friday, after going out 3 times with it I'm not happy with the image quality on the unit.

 

Pros:

2d sonar is nice
quickdraw mapping for free is cool

built in mapping (but my lakes lake any real detail)

Easy install

Menu system is simple

Price

 

Cons:

SI quality is ok, but looks not near as quality as the competition

DI quality leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion

Not a ton of adjustment available as the menu system is so simple

No favorite buttons for quick switching of combos

On the fly adjustments to sonar not as simple as comp.

 

Needless to say I removed the unit from my boat last night and am returning it to basspro.  I will be purchasing a Hummingbird Helix 10 SI (HDSI) that is on clearance right now for as low as $825.  Still doesn't link up with my xi5 but the image quality on these units looks far and above anything else. 

 

Below are a few screen shots of the SI/DI of the same tree in the water.

 

 

Brushright455.jpg

Brushleft800.jpg

brushontop800.jpg

Picture below is the same brush...and than another example of a SI shot with a school of fish.

Brushontop455.jpg

fishschool.jpg

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