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260 vs 270w transducer

Old 02-25-2012, 05:02 AM
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I have a dsm300 sounder and fish in 20' to 100' max, mostly 30 to 50. I want as much bottom detail to locate stripers. Would i be better with the 270w because of the wide 25 degree angle or am I giving something up by going that route? E(like detail)
Old 02-25-2012, 06:10 AM
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If you never go deeper than 100' I think the 270W would be the ticket. Many guys use their 260 in 50KHZ mode just to get a wider picture, but they loose detail because the 50 khz is more designed more deeper water. Being able to get the shallow returns on the 200kHz should provide detail. I am not real experienced with the 270W, but recently made the decision to install one over the 270, for the wider picture.

The other option would be to buy a SS264W in the 200kHz. This unit is sold individually or as a pair to make a dual frequency. If you never go over 100' deep, then you wont need a 50kHz. They run about $900.00 for the single frequency, but the install is easy.
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Transducer selection is always a balancing act between coverage,sensitivity and costs to obtain each.

I have sold and used theTm260,Tm270W and the SS264 series extensively.
This is what I try and expand upon when I have someone in jwb's situation.

1. Coverage. (At 50'....jwb's "mostly" depth)
The Tm270W./ SS264W..covers 22' across.
The Tm260 covers 17' across.
With the TM270W/SS264 you gain 2.5' on each it worth the added cost?

2. Costs.
TheTM270W runs $1150.The SS264W runs $850.
The Tm260 runs $675.

Real world on the water use.
1. All three have excellent sensitivity...but at 50' the 50 kHz side of theTm260 is superb and is no way inferior to either the Tm270W or the SS264W.

2. An added advantage of the TM260 is that you can use both the 200 and 50 kHz sides to get the most effective return.
With theSS264W you are limited to just the 200kHz side.
And with theTM270W both cone widths are the you are paying extra for something that is in duplicate here the SS264W is a positive over a
the Tm270W in terms of costs per coverage. As long as you don't have high installations costs.

In many areas the best bang for the buck could be the Tm260...and it has the most flexibility.
Nothing wrong all all with the TM270W or the SS264W..just that the TM260 is a good balance between return quality, cone coverage and costs.
Just an option..but one many choose.
There are no losers here....only winners...each will give superb results.
It really just comes down the real question.
How much will our wives allow us to spend.

Take a look at the screen shots below of a TM260. The quality of the 50kHZ side is excellent.

Last edited by semperfifishing; 02-26-2012 at 09:41 AM.

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