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I bought a new Minkota Powerdrive trolling motor last fall.I found today if I want to use the i pilot feature my corded foot control is no longer usable.I'm torn between taking the I pilot back to Cabelas and staying with the foot contorl or converting to the handheld remote i pilot .Please give me some advice guys.I'm new to these electric trolling motors.
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Forget the foot pedal, I have had a Terrova with Ipilot for 3 years, haven’t used the foot pedal yet.


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The only time I’ve ever used mine is when I accidentally stepped on it lol
I use my foot pedal for jigging and remote for trolling.
I use the remote for walleye jigging and sometimes jigging musky (if its rough water). Casting I use the foot pedal. Calm seas musky jigging I use the foot pedal.

My terrova ipilot link can run with both... What's different with the PD?
I bought a ulterra last spring. Mine came with foot control and remote. I've used the foot control when I forgot the remote in the truck. My pedal does almost everything the remote does!
I use the remote for walleye jigging and sometimes jigging musky (if its rough water). Casting I use the foot pedal. Calm seas musky jigging I use the foot pedal.

My terrova ipilot link can run with both... What's different with the PD?
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i pilot has spotlock ,tracking capabilities ,cruise control ,etc. None of these features with foot control.
My pedal has a anchor on it. So it has spot lock! And cruise control!
powerdrive units foot control does not have these features.
The PDv2 has to have the pedal completely removed, and the plug is populated W/i-Pilot/Link input.

I've had the standard i-Pilot and am running the Link now - 7 years and no pedal now....
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My terrova ipilot link can run with both... What's different with the PD?
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If you can still return the motor you can trade it for the Terrova then you have the option of using either the remote or the foot pedal. I have had the powerdrive ipilot for several years and have never missed the foot pedal except for jigging the river when if I'd had the foot pedal I could have jigged with 2 rods.
There was a thread on walleye central a couple years ago showing how to wire a powerdrive to use either the remote or foot pedal. I actually saved the instructions but never got around to doing it.
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If you can return it do so . If you think you want both the remote and foot pedal now it is just going to eat at you and eat at you . Get what you want now and BE HAPPY. As you know fishing is just going to get your money on one thing or another. At least it does with me
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Ok guys,thanks for your input.Return is not an option as I have used the motor for a week or 2 last fall.I pilot it is going to be! Too many good features on it to worry about no foot pedal.I'm old and onlyfish one rod at a time
That is a decision that you WON'T REGRET, EVER!!!! I can't think of a time that I went fishing w/mine and did not use it...;)
Use the remote, my pedal is disconnected and stored in a compartment. I only keep it handy in case the remotes battery dies.

Also, I found out you can program multiple remotes to a single iPilot, so I purchased a second remote to use if a person gets a fish, there is a second controller. Got tired of handing remote back and forth
I carry multiples as well. Also carry extra batteries.

If you really want to have some fun, program your remote to your buddies TM. Next time you are jigging, pull up next to him and move is trolling motor all around! I still have a buddy that thinks his TM is possessed!
Use the remote, my pedal is disconnected and stored in a compartment. I only keep it handy in case the remotes battery dies.

Also, I found out you can program multiple remotes to a single iPilot, so I purchased a second remote to use if a person gets a fish, there is a second controller. Got tired of handing remote back and forth
Ya what he said.
I carry multiples as well. Also carry extra batteries.

If you really want to have some fun, program your remote to your buddies TM. Next time you are jigging, pull up next to him and move is trolling motor all around! I still have a buddy that thinks his TM is possessed!
That's kinda evil.. :evilsmile lol
I carry multiples as well. Also carry extra batteries.

If you really want to have some fun, program your remote to your buddies TM. Next time you are jigging, pull up next to him and move is trolling motor all around! I still have a buddy that thinks his TM is possessed!
You won’t be sorry!


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Ok guys,thanks for your input.Return is not an option as I have used the motor for a week or 2 last fall.I pilot it is going to be! Too many good features on it to worry about no foot pedal.I'm old and onlyfish one rod at a time
I would upgrade to the Terrova instead of upgrading the PD. Then you can have both the remote and the foot pedal.
I bought a new Minkota Powerdrive trolling motor last fall.I found today if I want to use the i pilot feature my corded foot control is no longer usable.I'm torn between taking the I pilot back to Cabelas and staying with the foot contorl or converting to the handheld remote i pilot .Please give me some advice guys.I'm new to these electric trolling motors.
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