Basically, this is a Motor Guide with a different label and works very well.
Sturdy mount, control head is easy to reverse for bow mounting (which I did but see prop/mount interference warning below), plenty of power, plenty of battery life and quiet/smooth enough.
Be sure to get extra props/attaching parts as the prop nut is easy to loose grip on as it is put back in place after prop removal.
The prop is a different material than its Motor guide counterpart and is a bit too easy to damage but, well, don't try to dig a channel with it.
Beware of the fact that the prop will hit the mount if the motor is raised all the way up and tilted all the way out with the prop facing down (positioned for stowage in bow-mount config). DON'T OPERATE THE MOTOR IN THIS POSITION. You'll destroy your prop or burn up the motor. This is not as likely to occur in transom mount config because the control handle caces away from the prop as versus pointing in the same direction. So... when you move it up and out all the way, the prop is facing away from the mount. (Not so when you've reversed the control head.)
The only other negative, so far, is the lever that depresses the tilt release binds against the mount if you go all the way past the last upper tilt slot. Not really a big deal but requires that you pivot the lever up out of the way so you can get to the top of the tilt release and operate it directly. Also the lever has pretty sharp edges so handle with care.
I may opt to remove the lever completely... we'll see.
Over-all? It's a great motor and, if i ever break it beyond repair, wear it out or just want another trolling motor, I will buy another one.
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