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Title: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: tritonmike on January 16, 2020, 05:11:37 PM
hey all, looking for any feedback on the garmin force trolling motor. I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on getting one. I've read a lot of good things on them and I already have the garmin electronics to pair with it. Just wondering if anyone has heard anything bad about them?
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Joe P on January 17, 2020, 10:19:01 AM
I don't think there's too many of them out there yet. But everything i've read about them has been positive.

No brainer if you already have the garmin units  8)  You have livescope?
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Curt - RI on January 17, 2020, 08:15:20 PM
From what I have seen, they are just now starting to show up at marine dealers, so they are still pretty new to the public.

The reviews I have read are mixed. Almost everyone says it is the quietest motor they have had.

But most are also saying that the spot lock (or whatever Garmin calls theirs) is not good. I read that in a handful of the reviews and they all said the same exact thing, that it wanders, forward and then backwards, and then forward again. Not tight locking at all.

Personally, I won't spend this much on a TM, but if you're looking for a TM to pair with your Garmin electronics, that I don't blame you for considering it.

The reviews at Tackle Warehouse were pretty much balanced, with some negative and some positive.

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Garmin_Force_Trolling_Motor/descpage-GFTM.html?from=nebass
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Joe P on January 18, 2020, 02:32:23 PM
Just got back from the boat show and seen the new Lowrance Ghost on a couple of boats.

Impressive looking motor, looks solid and very clean looking the way they route the wiring.

As for the spot lock Curt i've seen similar reviews on the Ultrex too!  The calmer the water the more they wander!
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Curt - RI on January 18, 2020, 02:40:53 PM
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As for the spot lock Curt i've seen similar reviews on the Ultrex too!  The calmer the water the more they wander!

That's interesting, Joe. I have heard nothing but good about the Ultrex from anyone I've talked to or read about.

One of the reviews that I read on the Force specifically mentioned that it wandered even in the wind.  :hmm:
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Curt - RI on February 06, 2020, 10:39:20 AM
@tritonmike We had a server glitch last night that wiped out your last post  :crying:

Be sure to keep us up to date on what you decide to buy!
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: tritonmike on February 07, 2020, 01:15:38 PM
well, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the garmin force, just gonna wait till the tackle/boat shows coming up to see if there's a deal to be had. I'm also going to be getting three lithium ion batteries for it. I'm on the fence between Dakota lithiums and ionic's. I like the ionics Bluetooth capabilities but Dakota gives an 11 year warranty so just shopping for more reviews on them also.
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Eric-Maine on February 08, 2020, 08:13:45 PM
Paul Mueller from Ct. is 2cnd currently on Bass Elite St Johns. I am sure he is using one. Live again tomorrow. Lot of Non Ultrexes competing.
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Joe P on February 09, 2020, 10:56:47 AM
Paul Mueller from Ct. is 2cnd currently on Bass Elite St Johns. I am sure he is using one. Live again tomorrow. Lot of Non Ultrexes competing.

I'm seeing a ton of lowrance ghost trolling motors on both Bass & BPT live streams.
I checked out the ghost at the boat show and was impressed, looks to be built very solid!
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Curt - RI on February 09, 2020, 01:18:37 PM
I'm seeing a ton of lowrance ghost trolling motors on both Bass & BPT live streams.
I checked out the ghost at the boat show and was impressed, looks to be built very solid!

I'm guessing most of the Elite guys running them are probably sponsored by the manufacturers.

It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out in the marketplace. As for me, I could never drop $3000+ on a TM.  :nope:
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Joe P on February 10, 2020, 09:23:58 AM
As for me, I could never drop $3000+ on a TM.  :nope:

It's a tough one swallow but that's where the market is now.  I think Power Pole is getting the market also.
Hopefully all the competition will drive the prices down! 
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Curt - RI on February 10, 2020, 10:46:53 AM
It's a tough one swallow but that's where the market is now.  I think Power Pole is getting the market also.
Hopefully all the competition will drive the prices down! 

I wish the competition would drive the prices down. But as long as people are willing to drop 3 grand on a TM, prices won't drop a penny.

Look at the bass boat prices now. $100,000 for a bass boat??  :facepalm:

Outside of the very basic aluminum bass boats, everything is $30,000 and up. And glass boats are through the roof overall, with an average price of $50,000+.
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: tritonmike on March 10, 2020, 06:11:06 PM

Well, I have decided to go with the garmin force trolling motor I ordered it and will have it by Friday! I also did a lot of research on the lithium batteries and I ordered the Dakota lithium 36 volt package which is 3 12volt batteries and a charger for each one. they are warranteed for 11 years (3000 cycles). they don't charge tax and it's only 10 bucks for shipping. it came to 2409. they have been supplying some of the pro's for a few years now and they have an awesome rep. Can't wait to get this stuff all rigged and ready to go. I also have 2 garmin 93svultra's and the panoptics/livescope to install.  getting excited!!

Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Bob W - RI on March 10, 2020, 08:12:45 PM
Tritonmike,  Are the three chargers of any size or weight. I should just go look at their website.  I too have the two Garmin 93sv units and the Panoptics Livescope. Just an FYI on these, you will need the Garmin GMS-10 network hub for the two to talk to each other at all. At that time you can also share the panoptic. The NMEA-2000 cable will not do it. Love the 93sv's with the touchscreen with pinch option that most units don't have. Good luck with yours. Sure you will love it.


Bob W.
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: tritonmike on March 11, 2020, 03:05:20 PM

thanks, I do have the black box for the livescope. just gotta rig it all up. the chargers they give you for the Dakota batteries are small and not really made to install in boat. I went on this site: lithiumhub.com they sell the Ionics batteries and I bought a 4bank charger for my boat for 319 bucks. it charges the 3 lithiums and my AGM battery for my motor.

Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Bob W - RI on March 11, 2020, 06:04:52 PM
The livescope comes withe the transducer and a black box for the electronics for it. You still need a Garmin GMS-10 network hub so the units can share data. This is sold separately for about $200.00. I got mine from TH Marine seeing Basspro doesn't sell them. It comes with one RJ45 cable but I you willth need a second one. I got my extra cable at West marine. They come in 6ft and 20ft and have the Garmin nut over the connector. PM me if you want.
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: tritonmike on April 10, 2020, 10:05:09 PM
Well, I got the garmin force trolling motor and I'm happy to report that I love the thing! It's very responsive with the wireless foot pedal and the anchor loc is spot on. I tried it in the river with crazy current and it held it right there. The motor pulls my stratos 295 at 4.8 mph crazy!! And it's totally silent!! You cannot hear the servo's when steering the boat and you can't hear the motor running at all! even at top speed all you hear is the water running off the boat. I also have the lithium ino batteries by Dakota lithium. I used the trolling motor three days for a total of about 22 hours fishing and the batteries still had 98 percent charge!! and I ran it hard and in current and wind,plus used the anchor loc a bunch. then I charged the batteries back up to 100 percent in about two hours! Can't beat that! I'm very happy with it so far and for someone like me that likes to fish fast it sweet! Also the panoptics livescan is unbelievable! I'm still learning how to tune it in but I could see fish swimming around submerged weeds and you can even see you lure! Well I hope you all stay safe and get out for some fresh air and fishing!
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Joe P on April 11, 2020, 10:51:03 AM
Sounds like a nice setup :thumbup:  Garmin has really stepped up they're game lately!
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Curt - RI on April 11, 2020, 12:19:08 PM
@tritonmike Really glad to hear it! Glad you like it and glad to hear that it was money well spent  :thumbup:

Please continue to keep us updated in tye coming months, both with positive and negative feedback  :nod:
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: tritonmike on April 11, 2020, 07:03:34 PM

yes I will continue to keep all informed on these products. the one feature on the garmin force trolling motor that I'm not crazy about is the skeg, it's plastic and removable with 4 screws. I know I'm gonna whack something and rip it off lol. so the replacement skegs are 19 dollars and I bought a couple spares just in case. their thinking on this is that it would do less damage to the motor itself if you hit something hard?!? time will tell on that.

Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Bob W - RI on April 11, 2020, 07:20:36 PM
Nice job and good luck.
I am sure the more you use all of it, the more you going to like it.


Bob W
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Curt - RI on April 13, 2020, 11:41:30 AM
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the one feature on the garmin force trolling motor that I'm not crazy about is the skeg, it's plastic

That is kind of odd, but I guess I can sort of understand their logic when it comes to sacrificing the skeg to protect the actual lower end of the trolling motor. It'll definitely be interesting to see how that works out for you, especially fishing places with lots of boulders  :hmm:

And thanks for the continued updates. Much appreciated  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: tritonmike on May 15, 2020, 09:09:18 PM

well, I have gotten to use my garmin trolling motor about a dozen times now and I am happy to report that it works awesome! I love the anchor lock feature it keeps my boat spot on! the only thing I don't like is the skeg, it's made out of plastic. they say it protects the motor from taking a hit?! it bolts on with four screws and the replacement skegs cost 19 dollars. I just scraped the bottom in a cove and it took the skeg right off. so needless to say I bought two more spares for future accidents. other than that its great I love the way all the wiring is hidden and with the remote pedal there's no big loop of cables to get caught up on. also the Dakota lithium batteries are sick! I fished four days with out charging them. then it only took 3 hours to charge them back up. it's full power all the time.

Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Curt - RI on May 20, 2020, 09:31:00 AM
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I just scraped the bottom in a cove and it took the skeg right off.

Well, that's not good! Hopefully they will improve the material so they don't break as easily.  :yes:

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I love the way all the wiring is hidden

Sounds like some good planning went into this part of it. Definitely a good idea  :thumbup:

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with the remote pedal there's no big loop of cables to get caught up on

So, is the foot pedal wireless? If so, what powers it?

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the Dakota lithium batteries are sick

Gad to hear you like them, @tritonmike !! The price is still way out of reach for me, but at least I know they're a good product  :thumbup:

Thanks for posting your feedback on it so far  :yes:
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: Joe P on May 20, 2020, 09:45:41 AM
Hearing a lot of good reviews on this motor!  Glad you like it  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Garmin Force trolling motor
Post by: tritonmike on May 20, 2020, 02:21:05 PM

I love the trolling motor so far. and yes the foot pedal is wireless it runs on 2 AA batteries that are supposed to last all season. it also comes with a cord and plug so you can wire to your boat power if you want.