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Minn-Kota Talon 15 20.27%
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:13 AM
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Wink Power Pole Or Minn-Kota Talon

Just wondering for saltwater use on a smaller boat whitch is better [quality, Speed, Sound], Minn-Kota Talon, or The Powerpole? I have a powerpole on my boat, and have never used the Talon. What do you think?
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Power Pole. There's a comparison video somewhere on the web....power pole holds better and practically indestructible.
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My opinions: Vote power pole, reasons:
1. Great customer service, probably unbeatable.
2. Superior strength
3. When in use it is down and somewhat out of the way, not always in the up position like the talon
4. When using you don't have to go all the way up or even half way up to re position, just up enough off the bottom to move the boat and re deploy. So the whole all the way up and down deployment speed argument isn't really an argument.
5. New wireless pump

Negatives: You do have to mount a pump and they are more expensive but you get great factory support with the price tag.
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Power Pole.
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How many people voted just to see the pole results?





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Hopefully someone with a Talon will respond. I'm interested in an anchor for my Tunneled jet boat for river fishing. Minn Kota is a phenomenal company and i've always experienced great results with their trolling motors and on board chargers. Obviously they are new to the game with the Talon... The Power poles are tried and true... Just want to hear negatives or positives of Talon from those that actually own one and use it.
I know that the Talon wins the battle regarding price and installation (and the fact it comes with a wireless remote; wheras you have to buy the PP remote, atleast from what i read in the past)

sales pitches and youtube videos are okay... THT first hand experience from real anglers is what we're hoping for.
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I have a Talon and really like it.
My reasons for purchase are the following:
No hydraulic pump
2 remotes included
Minn Kota name (I have a MK trolling motor and charger and have had no issues)
Easy to install (It look maybe an hour).
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lebest... thanks...

I'll be using an anchor in flowing inland rivers primarily... does the Talon have SOLID holding power? I'll be using it anywhere that my trolling motor can hold in current, so i'm not looking to be able to hold in class III rapids, etc.

thanks in advance
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I would go with the Power Pole... as a matter of fact I'm getting rid of my talon, even if I have to throw it in the trash to replace it with a power pole. If you don't want a mechanical anchor the spikes are great... I have a cajun anchor I use since my talon isn't worth my spit. It's held better than the talon has every time, when the talon has only worked 3 times out of the last 7 months that I've owned it. To top it all off.. the customer service for this thing has been anything other than desirable and the warranty isn't worth the paper it's printed on... unless you like to fight for warranty repair/replacement. My talon works great when everyone tries in on land, but put it in the water and HA... nothing... The last time it worked I was in Alabama on vacation with the family and had to go swimming after my boat TWICE b/c the crappy talon let go and they don't have a tide down there!!
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How many people voted just to see the pole results?





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Who would ever do something like that??
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Power-pole... Simple system, hands down
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Power-pole, its simple. Buddy has a Talon and he's had to use the override twice to get it to retract. Boat is less than 6 months old.
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Here are some good videos for Power Pole.....
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My Talon is just over a year old held me over a wreck in 105', wait that was the iPilot! Anyway no issues with my Talon at all, would buy another one no question. 20' bay boat 8' Talon mounted on engine bracket holds the boat well, easy to deploy/retract and doesn't stick way out behind the boat to let a fish wrap you up. Talon vs. PP is like Yamaha vs. Mercury everybody has their favorite...
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My opinions: Vote power pole, reasons:
1. Great customer service, probably unbeatable.
2. Superior strength
3. When in use it is down and somewhat out of the way, not always in the up position like the talon
4. When using you don't have to go all the way up or even half way up to re position, just up enough off the bottom to move the boat and re deploy. So the whole all the way up and down deployment speed argument isn't really an argument.
5. New wireless pump

Negatives: You do have to mount a pump and they are more expensive but you get great factory support with the price tag.
I agree 100%. I'm very happy with my 8' PP Pro.
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There's a comparison video somewhere on the web
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I went round and round with the same problem: Power Pole or Talon?

I went with the Talon because:

1. No messy hydraulics to install/ maintain. Much easier to install than PP.
2. Rough water setting on the Talon continually re-anchors the anchor
3. I like the verticle position of the Talon. It is about the same height as my motor, so not hard to fish around. When the Power pole is deployed in really shallow water there is that extra 4 ft. or so of obstruction hanging off the back of the boat, and a big red fish could easily get into it and break your line off.


I am very pleased with my Talon, and at $1100.00 for the anchor and another $200.00 for the mounting bracket, the price was perfect.
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I have a Talon. Bought because 1) weight 2) did not want hydraulics 3) local dealer
Use in 1 to 5 ft of water, mostly sandy bottom, sometimes very hard bottom.
Quick, quiet, simple.
Holds well even with stern into wind and chop
Probably 50+ trips with it and no issues.. Hope I didn't just jinx myself

Have been on many boats with PP. Owners all love their PP and love PP customer service. I personally have not used, so can't compare fairly.
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id pay for a power pole before id take a talon for free.
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