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MinnKota Powerdrive 70lb I Pilot


nwa1819

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I recently purchased a pre owned boat that has a MinnKota Powerdrive 70lb with I pilot. This unit when purchased new does not come with a foot pedal it only has the hand remote. After speaking with Rapid Marine and directly with MinnKota it sounds like this unit will not work with a footpedal at all, it only operates by remote. Does anyone have this trolling motor and can you confirm this is true? Was really surprised to find out the powerdrive pedal would not work. Wanted to see if anyone on here had any info otherwise I may just buy the pedal and give it a try.

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huntnfish

I have a terrova so I don’t have any personal experience but a buddy had a power drive and he tried to make a foot pedal work with no luck. I would try it with the remote and see how you like it first. I went with the terrova because I wanted the spot lock and also thought I’d use the foot pedal. The foot pedal has been in the storage compartment from day one.

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I had a 40# and a 55# Powerdrive and both could use the foot pedal control. Neither of them were I-pilot models. But, my brother-in-law had purchased a co-pilot for his Powerdrive and told me it was the best investment he made. I had reservations because I thought I would want the hands-free control of the foot pedal. I eventually decided to give the co-pilot a try and never looked back. I-pilot with GPS technology is even better and I would expect you may find that you too may find little value in the foot control. Just a hunch.

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HossFisher

I have a 70lb powerdrive w/ ipilot and have both the remote and the foot pedal.  You can use either.  The main problem is you can't use both at the same time.  If the foot pedal is hooked up, the remote won't work.  I use the remote almost exclusively once I got comfortable with it.  However, certain scenarios are nice to be completely hands-free.

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nwa1819

Thanks for the responses guys. HossFisher what pedal did you purchase that worked, the standard Powerdrive pedal?

 

Thanks again.

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On 5/7/2020 at 9:10 AM, nwa1819 said:

Thanks for the responses guys. HossFisher what pedal did you purchase that worked, the standard Powerdrive pedal?

 

Thanks again.

Unless there are specific situations where this doesn't apply, I believe Powerdrives come with the foot pedal by default. 

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gimruis

The pedal on powerdrives is notorious for having the contact points wear out.  Then you all of the sudden can't turn one direction (or both).  My old man has an older model of the power drive and he's replaced the pedal 4 times in about 15 years.  The pedal itself isn't cheap either.  If it were me, I would want the pedal even if it was going to eventually crap out.  There are a lot of situations in which you need both hands.

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When I purchased my 70Lb Power drive and added the I-Pilot the foot pedal would no longer work.

If I remember correctly I replaced a circuit board in the unit to allow I-pilot.

 

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