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Old 02-09-2007, 12:45 PM
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Do transducers go bad? I have removed mine from the transom and am testing it (holding it over the side on a stick) in shallow water and don't get a very good reading. The transducer had been painted with bottom paint which I have removed. I checked the electrical connections and they seem good. The unit powers up and the screens look good except the readings are "weak?". I'm guessing the only way to know for sure is to try another transducer but if that's not it then I'm out the coin for one. The unit is an old Lowrance X85 which I purchased new many moons ago and it has been sitting on the shelf for probably four or five years. It worked great when I put it on the shelf. I'd like to use it if I can but don't want to put any (much) money in it as I'd rather put that in a new unit if it isn't worth fixing. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.
Old 02-10-2007, 12:15 PM
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Transducers do go bad. That being said, I'd go with a new unit all together. Painting a transducer is a no-no. I wouldn't recommend putting money into an outdated unit. They are getting cheaper every day, and the quality gets better. I guess it would depend on how important that piece of equipment is to you as a tool.
Old 02-17-2007, 04:40 PM
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FWIW, it was a bad transducer. I was just thinking with no moving parts, what's to break? I bought an 8 degree one to replace it so I'm thinking it should be good for finding small ledges and doing close ups even after I buy a new unit at some point.

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