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Anyone care to chime in on this already abused topic lol. I’m at the crossroads of the two. I fish in a lot of water depth in that 7-8ft range where my old pro series would struggle to anchor up. I have a 18ft redfisher. I would like to know y’all opinions between the 10ft blade or the 12ft talon. Pictures would greatly be appreciated so I can see the heights. Thanks!

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based upon years of customer service, and they ability to DIY fixes 90% of the time with the tech on the phone or via email...there is no choice to me - Powerpole.

I have owned 1 six footer, and 4 8 footers, wish I had bought the 10's for MA17.

With a Talon, from what I've heard, almost anything needs to be diagnosed and repaired by a OEM representative.

DC

 

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I can't speak on the depth you are looking at but one vs the other it's Powerpole...hands down.  I had one of the original 8ft Talons on my 2000v and it was very sporadic whether it wanted to work or not.  I don't know if it was a battery issue or something mechanical but it left me cussing more than once.  I have an 8 ft powerpole now and have no issues with it working and holding the boat in place. Unless they've improved the Talon, I wouldn't have another one...

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POWERPOLE   100% the best customer service of any marine product you’ll ever buy.  I’ve owned several 24 v 80 lb and now a 36 v 112 lb ... every once in a while you’ll have a glitch....call them....no questions asked except what your address is to send you a replacement part. They are in League of their own with Customer Service.

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I’d throw an anchor or find shallower fishing spots before I chose a Talon over a Power Pole. Have you ever had to have warranty work done on your MinnKota trolling motor? If not, trust me it’s quite the process, even with a good service center you’re gonna be without it for a week or two. I couldn’t imagine having to service one of the Talons, I guess you’d have to drop the boat off and hope they get to it sooner rather than later. 
 

To me the best attribute that rarely gets talked about is the simplicity of the PowerPole design, for instance I had a circuit board fail on the water, swapped it with no tools. Or you can go this direction...

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What Jason says ☝️

I run dual power poles and have run 10's and 8's. Their customer service is absolutely amazing. Literally just last week I broke a knuckle when I didn't double check both were up and jumped it up. . Way out of warranty. 200+ in parts which I tried to pay for but they shipped at no charge because (their words)  "could have been the remote." They talked me through remote reset too. Parts at my door little over 24 hours after I broke it. So many issues with my Minn Kota motors and stinky service.

You didn't mention bottom your anchoring in but our NE Florida mud is mucky and soft and I suspect thats not what the Talon was designed for. The PP works flawlessly in the muck as there is not place for it to accumulate. I went back to 8's as the 10's don't hold as well in shallow water due to their "grasshopper leg" effect when trying to anchor in say 5 feet or less. Too much felt. Hope this helps...

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If you fish a lot of mud talons are a disaster. 

Ive had every powerpole made and ran dual 12 foot and 8 foot talons for a while. Powerpole is by far simpler and more reliable. If you buy a talon get the tilt bracket so you can routinely tilt it up and lubricate the whole thing.

I went with talons because I used to travel a lot bass fishing and the extra depth was a huge advantage. Now that I don't do it that much I went with powerpoles and no way id take them off. 

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Recent event, Was in an outgoing tide off a point with my 8' PP and the pole was torqued sideways holding me in mud and I'm up at the front of the boat. All of a sudden I hear a "pop" noise and I realize I'm drifting and I look back and the entire spike was bent to the left of the aluminum U channel that it retracts up into. Turns out that the entire knuckle at the top broke and the spike was hanging on by one thru bolt which I removed at the ramp. Next day talked to Todd at PP and I had a complete replacement of all broken parts the next day. I'll always have a PP, I don't care how much they cost, their service after purchase cannot be matched by anyone, anywhere. What is a Talon anyway?

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Most will disagree with me.  Had Talons on Hewes and another boat, have PP on Pathfinder.  Both seem to hold well in similar conditions. Talon is faster down and up. Talon lets me 'anchor' in tighter spaces.  I prefer the Talon   That said, not sure either is a 'bad' choice and  PP reputation for customer service is outstanding.   

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I have owned three PP’s and can say that after 20 years of owning , that Power Pole has the absolute BEST Customer Service  than any other marine supply company out there. I know a few fishing guides that have went from Talon to PP....but I have never heard anyone say they were getting rid of their PP to buy a Talon.

that being said....I can only speak about PP because I have never owned a Talon.  They may be just fine....but, I’m not switching.

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PowerPole for what others have said and also because I have to lower them slightly to get in and out of my boat garage. They're on my bass boat. I have not found the need for them on my flats boat. Don't want the extra weight. If I need to stake out on that, I use my push pole, TnA Sticks or the anchor mode of my Rhodan TM.

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I'm in the same boat as the OP.  What I'm seeing is the PowerPoles are finicky, pumps stop working, hoses need to be replaced, and they physically break, but who cares they have great customer service.  This makes me even more confused.

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On 4/29/2020 at 9:04 PM, SkinnyH2O said:

I'll always have a PP, I don't care how much they cost, their service after purchase cannot be matched by anyone, anywhere. What is a Talon anyway?

YEP...I have mine are 6 years old...for $100 i (errrr.....coto rebuilt ) the entire bolt system in about 2 hours....like new.

Do that on a TALON ???

dc

 

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9 hours ago, fin-addict said:

10 blade any day or the pro series II.

I’ve had two of the pro series II, the first one was 7 years old when I sold the boat with no problems, and the current one is a 2009 year model and I have replaced the pump and both hyd lines one time. Not bad in 12 years of steady use...I forgot to mention, all parts were sent to me free of charge by PP and at that time, the PP was 8 years old. 👍🎣

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