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Foot pedal or co-pilot?


herm

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The foot pedal on my Mkota Powerdrive 55 won't turn the motor anymore. Should I see if it can be fixed? Buy a new one? Or get a Copilot? Sounds like this is a common problem on older units like mine. New pedal is $100. Copilot is about $150. Don't know repair bill. Thoughts and suggestions welcome. I use the unit quite a bit. Thanks in advance.

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Just installed the new Co-Pilot on my 1850 Fishhawk. Wore out the other one. Greatest thing since sliced bread. Foot pedal a PITA for me after using the Co-Pilot. I only needed the new "hockey puck" but quickly learned that neither Cabela nor Minnkota would offer just the hockey puck (control unit) and you had to buy whole new package. Oh. Minnokota WOULD sell the hockey puck, but the guy said $85. I said "Holy %^$#, I might as well just buy the whole new unit." He sorta smirked and said...."yeah." It totall pii--me off but

I went back to Cabela's and got the whole package. The ONLY way for me to control my boat in comfort.

Don't leave the dock witout it.

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Btw, you can get a wireless pedal that works with the co-pilot if you want. Check the auction site.

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Depends on your fishing style. I do more bass and muskie so Im casting a lot while and on the trolling motor at the same time so my hands are tied up with more important things so the co pilot would be more of a hassle. I could see it nice if you do more walleye fishing.

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You can get a new pedal for $69 from Fish Lectronics in Fridley,mn. Just got one for my 55 power drive....

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Isn't that just great. The technical services/parts guy at Minnkota told me limited avail and $85! Hows that for first class service! Man that really p--s-- me off.

I am assuming we are talking about the same little hockey puck remote? Cabela's phone guy did a great job trying to find one for me and then gave the he best and proper number for Minnkota, because he just "knew" they'd be able to help.

I used to be a big Minnkot booster-got half a dozen around here. But this experience makes me think twice next time.

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Ooooops! Just noticed your post said "foot pedal". Sorry for the bad post.

But I'm STILL p--ss-- at Minnkotta.

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definitely go with the copilot. I have two pedals as reservce in case the remote quits for some reason, but havent used them.

Too many problems over the years with those cheap pedals, the co pilot has been rock solid.

I fish walleyes and muskies all the time and I make subtle adjustments with the remote and it way better than having to stand on a pedal, kick the pedal, adjust the speed with my foot or reach down to slide the speed, etc etc.

Never going back to a pedal.

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Since the pedal isn't working now, take it apart, clean it up and see if you can get it working again. I did that once or twice with my old PD. There are a couple of springs that are tricky to get back on as I remember, but it's not rocket science. Nothing to lose.

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