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ss13 posted 01-22-2003 11:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for ss13   Send Email to ss13  
Being a trolling motor greenhorn, I was wondering what the difference between scissors mount bow trolling motor like Minn Kota All Terrain/Bow and a standard bow mount troller?

I have a 13' Super Sport with existing mount holes for a Minn Kota bow mount. Was considering patching the holes and going with no troller at all. But am now seeing some of the bow scissor mount motors for as low as $224 on iboats.

Opinions, Insight?

prj posted 01-23-2003 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
I believe the "scissors mount" describes the action of the pivot point as motor is moved from horizontal storage to vertical deployment.

As such, this scissors mount is a much longer base platform which might have difficulty finding a home on your boat's bow step pad.

Head over to the BPS or Gander or whatever outdoors shop you've got up in the cities and eyeball the bow motor bases. That'll give you your best view of the options.

Finally, recognize that Motorguide IS NOT an option.

acassidy posted 01-23-2003 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for acassidy  Send Email to acassidy     
After really looking at the Trolling motors ( &, I ended up getting a bow mount tiller handle Motorguide for my Montauk. All Terrain bow mount, is a heavy-duty spring loaded regular scissor mount. If you are looking at a regular scissor mount most are around the same size, long and narrow. If you are looking for one with a small footprint look at the Minn Kota Powerdrive. I bought a Motorguide because they use all metal in their construction and are very well made. Minn Kota uses a lot of plastic, but a lot members on this site really like them. Archie
Dick posted 01-23-2003 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I also mounted a Motorguide tiller handle bow mount on my Montauk.
I bought it through a friend that owns a tackle shop and is a repair station for both Motorguide and Minn Kota.
I have no complaints I think he steered me to the right motor for me.


ss13 posted 01-23-2003 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for ss13  Send Email to ss13     
What is the deal with Motorguide?

Being from Minnesota, one rarely sees anything other than Minn Kota, so again, just trying to get a grip on the hype and what would be best for an 13 Supersport used for fishing about 25% of the time.

Upon your lead, acassidy, I've located a 36lb. thrust Evinrude Minn Kota at Cabellas for $179. Any word?

Jiles posted 01-23-2003 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jiles    
In the early Fall of this year, Wal-Mart had a 40# thrust Minn Kota on sale for $139.00. I have no regrets. I fabricated a mounting plate from 1/4" aluminum, and screwed it to the embedded wood under the step pad of my 13 sport.
Dick posted 01-23-2003 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Both Motorguide and Minn Kota make good motors, both have made bad motors.
Some people seem to have a problem with Motorguide because it is owned by Brunswick.
prj posted 01-24-2003 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
I didn't know that MG was owned by Brunswick. If I had, it would not have affected my opinion.

I did, however, have a MG that was not a high quality or long lived product. I have also had several friends with MG problems reinforcing my opinion based upon a limited survey.

This does not mean that MGs are inferior.

acassidy described your option best ss13. The MK Powerdrive has the small footprint.

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