The Watersnake Tracer FWTCS54TH-42 Trolling Motor works perfectly and exceeds my expectations. After several long runs at full speed, it appears to run efficiently, and battery life is excellent.
My only reservation about it is that the packaging was completely inadequate--a flimsy cardboard box that had broken open during shipment. I'm sure it was not FedEx's fault; the motor weighs about 20 lbs and was not secured inside the light-duty box. No parts were missing, but plastic parts inside the top portion had been broken, and the speed switch was rattling around inside the housing. I was able to repair the broken parts and make the motor work. But I had to use glue and several long, self-tapping screws, and the repair is obvious from the outside.
Because of the damage caused by the cheap packaging, I recommend picking the motor up at a Walmart store--and making sure it works properly before accepting it.
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