Marine Electronics Forum - airmar m260
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06-07-2007, 12:54 AM
I have a raymarine c80 with dsm250 and airmar m256 ducer that I am relocating to another boat and I don't have the mounting box for the m256.
First, does anyone know the difference between a m256 and the m260?
Second, does anyone know where I can get the mounting box for the m256 or should I change to the m260?
06-07-2007, 11:02 AM
The M260 is better than the M256. The 256 has 4 elements for 50kHz and 200kHz and the 260 has 8 elements (1 for 200kHz and 7 for 50kHz). I'm not sure where you could get a replacement box. I don't think they sell them anymore. I would go with a new M260.
I'm pretty sure they are the same box. The M256 and the M260 are the same form factor. You can check it for certain with gem electronics (1-843-210-7000). Gem is Airmar's main distributor and they can answer any, and I do mean any, questions you can think of related to current or past products.
06-08-2007, 12:18 AM
I have 1 for the 260 I would sell. Brand new never used. You need to be sure it is the same box though.
06-08-2007, 07:40 AM
M256 doesn't exist anymore per se. AirMar pulled it from supporting the inhull application about 3 years ago now, you could still get the element and use their oversized transom mount (looks kind of like a kicker motor mount) for a TM256.
06-08-2007, 09:55 AM
There is an old M260 and a new M260. They are not the same and the tanks are a different fit. The new M260 does not have the metal plate with the two metal handles... rather there is one handle and it's a mold of the transducer. Meaning the handle is actually a part of the transducers plastic mold if that makes sense to everyone. I have a picture with what they both look like but I have no idea how to embed it in this forum. If you PM me I can email it.