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66 reviews | 4.6 out of 5
was not sure about a watersnake when i bought it online but its been the best money i could have spent not only is it very powerful but its easy on the battery. It is very well constructed its all metal in the clamp and the T Bar minn kota has a plastic T Bar i had problems with that in my last motor. Its alot of bang for the buck and i would not hesitate to recomend it to anyone
I've had this trolling motor out on the water 5 times now and it has been flawless. It is very powerful and pushes my 14ft. flat bottom across the water pretty quick, even with my wife and son with me. It's easy on the battery as well. I still have not had to recharge it even after the 5 trips. One trip was 4 hours trolling around the lake and then back out the same night for 3 more hours.
Lots of power, very heavy duty constructed and the price was $60-80 less than the competition.
It works great and I am pleased with this purchase.
I bought this motor online to supplement rowing our 14' Starcraft aluminum boat on a very nice, but very shallow local lake. The motor performed well today on our first outing with it although the 42" shaft is a bit long for our boat (I managed to compensate). I also bought the EverStart 27DC-6 Marine Battery (quite heavy), the Minn Kota Trolling Motor Power Center (very nice), and the Schumacher XCS15 15/10/2-Amp Marine Battery Charger from Walmart online to complete the trolling motor package. As always, it's hard to beat the value and convenience of Walmart. A few days after I picked up the trolling motor from Walmart I noticed that the price had dropped about $20. I notified Walmart customer service and the refunded the difference. Treating customers like this is what keeps me coming back to Walmart!
Got this 54 lb thrust in mid-July. I really am pleased. Put it on a 14' Scanoe and it really moves it. Pushes up river even in swift water. Went fishing yesterday and trolled all day. Had to go about two miles back up river. No problem! I do wish the shaft was 10 to 12 inches shorter. It's pretty tall on my Scanoe. Other reviews are correct. The box was distroyed at pick up. There is a picture of the trolling motor on the box. You would think they would be more careful with it. I would buy it again.
I am very well pleased with the trollong motor that I just purchased. It arived at the store before the expected date, which was good. And the store clerk was very nice and helpful. I plan to check the internet for more deals. The savings was terrific.
The product lacks the proper packaging to prevent items loosely packed from making it to the intended destination. I'm still lacking the owners manual and warranty information.
Overall, for the price, if you get everything that your supposed to, it is a great product for the price.
I have the FWT54TH and have used it for just over two years. It works great, has plenty of power, pushes my G31544 boat with no problem; However I will no longer reconmmend it because parts are impossible to get. I need the replacement 3 blade propeller kit (55130), walmart has it listed on their website for about $19.00 but it is always out of stock. Since the manufacture is based overseas, trying to order this part has become such a headache. I dont't understand why walmart is sell a trolling motor with three blades, but never have the three blade kit instock. It is not uncommon to have to replace a propeller, this is a dumb problem to have.
Packaging was unbelievably horrible. I can’t believe it made it to me but other than that everything has been fine to this point.
the unit seems to be very good value but I was disappointed that the special prop nut and prop shaft shear pin were missing. Also, the package contained no instructions and no user manual. I found a manual online and also saw that the pictures show the motor electric cables with clips for battery connection...these clips were not included. I went to a hardware store and bought a nylon-insert locking nut for the prop and bought a couple of tensioner pins to use as shear pins; also, picked up a pair of battery cable clips to I could get on with fishing instead of waiting on parts to be sent. The motor is strong and I hope to receive missing parts in the next week or so
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.
I bought this tracer for my 20' pontoon boat and I'm thrilled with it, the first run was around three NM at high speed and used about a third of my battery, not bad. I mounted it on the bow on a simple hand made 2x6"PT bracket bolted through the for deck, reversing the power-head was very simple, I just opened up the casing and removed the brackets holding the tiller-tube and under was a 7/16" lock-nut and carriage bolt, simply undo and spin the head and re-bolt everything back up and your good to go. I feel it's a well built trolling motor and the longer shaft really works for a pontoon boat application but keep in mind that the reverse is a bit weak [my only criticism], I leave the battery hooked up and when I'm done I simply loosen the mount bolts and walk both motor and battery into the shed ready for tomorrow.
This is a pretty good value - It runs a long time on the battery without much power drain, but I was expecting a 54 lb thrust motor to move my boat twice as fast as the 24 lb thrust minn kota it was replacing - the power and speed produced is nearly the same as the lower rated motor - I can't help but wonder how the 40 lb minn kato that sells for the same price would compare?? I thought the higher thrust rating would offset the lack of a lifetime warranty on the shaft that you have with a minn kato
If you are looking for a replacement or first transom mount trolling motor for your Jon boat, then I would highly recommend the Watersnake brand. I purchased the 54lbs. thrust Tracer. I fish for catfish regularly. Those of us who catfish know current can be a big plus when locating them. This motor will push my 12' boat just fine against the main river channel current. I'm sure it will really move on in the smaller waters, but I wanted to really put it to test on the big water. I'm also impressed with how little battery drainage there is. It passes with flying colors! If this company decides to really push its brand in the larger stores and outdoor stores, I would be shaking in my boots if I was associated with any other brand. This is one of those rare occasions when I believe you get Better quality at a Lower price. If I am ever in need of another trolling motor, it WILL BE a Watersnake.
This is my first trolling motor & have used it twice. Myself and two other guys rented a wide 14' Jon boat and went out on Lake Purdy & the FWCS54TH-42 trolling motor really pushed us along and around all day and the Battery I purchased from Walmart still had 1/3 power left according to the battery box power indiactor. Great Motor,Easy on power
I have a 12" wooden boat weighs about 800 pounds loaded with all the stuff and two people it gets me wear I need to go top speed is about 5 to6 mph on full speed not bad at all have used about 15 times so far pretty easy on the battery can make it about 5 hours on high speed pretty good overall
I put the motor on a 12' John boat. The motor is awesome. If you are looking for a trolling motor, I highly recommend the watersnake. I have own other top brand names, and the Watersnake will be my only choice from here on.
With four adults on the boat, this motor moved it with ease and at a good speed. Worth the money!
It's a cheap trolling motor compared to others but it gets the job done. Definitely get yourself a spare trolling motor propellers for this model! This propellers like most trolling motors are made of soft plastic and can break, bend or cut easily. My propeller bent just by laying the trolling motor down on it's side ( Seriously ). If your out on a lake, hit some rocks, you could find yourself with a trolling motor that does not have a good propeller. Just to be fair, most trolling motors have the same types of cheap plastic propellers. For the money, it's a decent trolling motor.
In the last fishing season I have used this trolling motor as the sole propulsion for my 12' aluminum boat. I have gone through 2 batteries with this trolling motor. Added up the times week before last from my fishing logs and had a whopping 348.3 hours so far on this thing. The reason though I was adding up the hours was it stopped working out on the lake while I was trying to get out of a storm. Fifth gear went out first, then all forward gears, then reverse went out about 200 yards from the dock. Paddled in and took it home. Called Watersnake and they set me up with an authorized maintenance shop local that did the work for free. Its been beat on banged up and has found the bottom on more than one occasion. So I figure I have gotten my monies worth out of it. Its lasted a long time and the only issue is that the light on the top burns more juice when its in gear. The bushings on the shaft could be a little more stout, but then again running into rocky bottom doesnt help them either. All in all I have to say I am pleased with it.