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Lowrance Elite 9Ti or Garmin Echomap plus 93sv

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What's up fellow fishermen/women?  I'm looking at these 2 units and they're both the same price right now through bass pro.  What're your thoughts on these? I haven't found many differences between the two.  It reads like they're both touchscreen.  Does anyone know if you could mount the transducer for either model on the trolling motor?

 

I'm going to be fishing lakes for largemouth, stripers, and smallmouth.  My nitro has an old small Lowrance as of right now.  Thanks for your input. 

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I'm a fan of the Garmin's for the fact that they come with preinstalled maps.  Depending on your trolling motor you should be able to mount the transducer on it.  The new transducers, especially the side imaging ones are pretty big.  I have a Minn Kota Maxxum 65 and the TM head has a fin on the bottom front end of it (skeg) and my 53dv transducer barely fits behind the skeg without interfering with the prop.  If the skeg on your TM is in the back like some are it should fit no problem as the transducer can stick off the front of the TM head wiithout any issues.

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14 minutes ago, moguy1973 said:

I'm a fan of the Garmin's for the fact that they come with preinstalled maps.  Depending on your trolling motor you should be able to mount the transducer on it.  The new transducers, especially the side imaging ones are pretty big.  I have a Minn Kota Maxxum 65 and the TM head has a fin on the bottom front end of it (skeg) and my 53dv transducer barely fits behind the skeg without interfering with the prop.  If the skeg on your TM is in the back like some are it should fit no problem as the transducer can stick off the front of the TM head wiithout any issues.

I believe the Elite 9Ti has navionics.  Transducer mounting ability isn't exactly a deal breaker for me, but I'll probably put the unit on the bow.  Thanks for your input, as I have limited knowledge with fish finders.

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10 minutes ago, Justin Roberts said:

I believe the Elite 9Ti has navionics.  Transducer mounting ability isn't exactly a deal breaker for me, but I'll probably put the unit on the bow.  Thanks for your input, as I have limited knowledge with fish finders.

I am in the same situation with regards to deciding between these two products.  I am definitely mounting mine on the trolling motor so I decided on the Garmin.  On the BPS site under Questions, Lowrance Tech Supprt stated that they don’t recommend mounting their transducer on the TM because of the size. That was the deciding factor for me. 

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I'm interested in this. I came to to ask the exact same question 

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The Garmin can definitely be trolling motor mounted.  I had one on my old boat and it came with a TM mount in the box but I transom mounted mine.  I still have the TM mount in the garage as a matter of fact.

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Precision Sonar and Russell Marine make a trolling motor mount for the Lowrance Totalscan transducer. I just bought the Elite 7ti last week at Bass Pro for 499. I wish I would’ve known the 9 was going to go on sale.

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1 hour ago, Osprey39 said:

The Garmin can definitely be trolling motor mounted.  I had one on my old boat and it came with a TM mount in the box but I transom mounted mine.  I still have the TM mount in the garage as a matter of fact.

If the transducer is the GT40 like the one my 73sv I use at the console came with it will not fit on the bottom of my trolling motor head.  It would be too long and would interfere with the prop due to the way the skeg is positioned.  My skeg looks like this:

 

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If the skeg was like the one below it would fit but would probably stick out some in front of the tip of the TM head.

 

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