Lowrance sonar

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  1. fishrod

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    In my mind I'm in the UP!
    Im looking at getting a new graph. Its between an Elite 9ti2, or a Hook reveal 9 triple shot. Anybody hav any experience with either? I like the price of the triple shot better than the elite, but im still on the fence.
     
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    Will you want to network it with another unit? The Ti’s will network to another Ti, but the Hook won’t. And the Hook has buttons while the Ti has a touch screen and minimal buttons. Touch screen is great for marking a ton of waypoints when using structure scan, but buttons are better for when you need to do something with the unit when driving on plane and bouncing around on the waves.
     

  3. kroppe

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    I have had a Lowrance for about 7 years and like it. I am not familiar with the recent models but have had good experience with the HDS 7 Gen2 Touch.
     
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    I had the last version of the TI and now have the last version of the Hook TS. Wouldn't recommend either and get a Humminbird instead. The lowrance lower cost products just aren't very good. Fought with both units on 2 different boats blanking out the bottom portion of the screen. Both resulting in Warranty replacements of the unit. The Helix line I had on my last boat was much better.

    Put the TI9 on my parents boat in Florida in February and it seems to still be working, but time will tell. Bought this one before I bought the Hook this spring that didn't work.

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  5. zboat

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    An Elite 7 ti came with my Angler Qwest tritoon it's 3 years old (2 yr. Warranty) and it died. I have been trying to get A hold of tech support to see if it can be repaired but can't get through to them. I don't know if it's because or the Covid thing or what. Not too pleased with Lowrance right now
     
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    I have a Gen 1 HDS 10 and a Hook 7 Triple-shot. I love my HDS, but the Hook 7 Triple-shot has had some issues. The transducer broke on it, just from the force of the water while running. It is the triple-shot, with side-scan, so the transducer on those things are like 8-9 inches long. I fixed it and had to "beef" up the bracket so it won't break again (hopefully). I used super-glue and some 5200. Ugly for sure, but strong. I also put it on a spring-loaded door hinge, so that when I am up on plane, the hinge will give and lessen the torque on transducer where it mounts to the bracket.

    I have to give Lowrance "props" for their customer service though. I had issues with an older Eagle GPS on two occasions that ruined week-long fishing trips. After the 2nd time, I wrote a letter to their SVP of Customer Service & Quality and he called me. They let me upgrade from the 5" Eagle to the HDS 10 for $750. At that time, the HDS-10 units were going for $2500. I only paid $500 for the Eagle, so that was a no-brainer.

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    If you get a hold of them they will likely offer a discount on a refurbished unit. From my experience, they dont do repairs
     
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    They will to repairs if it is still under warranty or if the units are still in production. The process is convincing the customer service gatekeeper to authorize this route. Then you mail the unit in, and it ends up at their facility in Mexico. They will eventually look at it and send something back to you. There are a lot of horror stories about people not getting the right equipment back, or missing items. And then there’s the whole lost package thing that happens a lot.

    So it can be done, but it’s quite the challenge.
     
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    I swore several years ago that Lowrance will never see another penny from me and have not gone back on that word.

    I currently own 5 different Humminbird units spread across 3 boats and an ice unit. The only problem I ever had - a transducer went bad - they replaced for free even though the unit was out if warranty.

    The last time I actually got through to a human at Lowrance's Customer Disservice / Tech Support line, their tech specialist admitted that he didn't have a clue about my issue and I probably knew more about the unit than he did.
     
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  11. Walley Gordo

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    I'm with you Quack Addict I had a couple Lowrance products never again. Their customer service is non existent. Now have 3 Humminbirds and never had a single issue. Oh and if you need to talk to tech support they actually answer the phone.
     
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    I have 3 humminbird units. One is for ice fishing. I wanted to up grade to a new unit on my big boat and have a buddy who has a hook7 on his boat for 3 years now and really like some of those features on it. I decided on a ti 9. First year with it. So far l am very happy with it. Love the touch screen. I haven't been good to my hands over the years and my eyes aren't as young as they use to be so touch screen for me is great. The transducer is big but watched a couple you tube videos on placement and settings and it works great. I think sometimes its Ford vs Chevy on things. People have good or bad with both. I went to a local big name store and had a nice young man walk me through all the pros and cons of all of the style of units l was interested in. Hope this helps.
     
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    One thing Lowrance does better that the others is clearly positioning th different models by functionality. The Hook series are designed to be stand alone units without touch screens. The Ti is a mid tier with touchscreen and limited networking. The HDS is top of the line with touchscreen & buttons, and will network to any current or previous HDS unit made. With any of them, put on the right transducer and you can get 2D, down scan and side scan performance.
     
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