The Minn Kota Fortrex is the toughest trolling motor on the block, as the advert says it comes with a built in mean streak!
Based on an extruded aluminium arm with no metal-metal contact surfaces and combined with the patented lift assist the Fortrex is tough, quiet and easy to deploy.
The Fortrex trolling motor has a feature that they call ‘Counter Tension Stabilizer’ technology. To you and me it is a spring that maintains a steady pressure on the shaft to stop it flapping about, this also keeps any fish scaring noises to a minimum.
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All Fortrex motors are cable steer and incorporate the Digital Maximizer technology. This means extended battery life and run time, no more running out of power halfway through the day.
Steering via the ergonomically designed foot pedal means an easy to operate design with better control, the illuminated direction indicator on the top of the shaft ensures you know where you are headed all the time.
Of course the Fortrex also has the Minn Kota indestructable shaft, guaranteed for life. This is a composite material that is stronger than steel but flexible enough to avoid kinking or snapping should you find something immoveable underwater.
The motor unit itself has the cool quiet oversized windings and commutators that run extra cool and very quiet so even more extending your battery run time, prolonging the life of the motor and keeping the noise to a minimum.
Fortrex trolling motors with the US2 designation in the title feature the Minn Kota universal sonar in the motor unit.
Universal Sonar 2 has an integrated, concealed transducer that provides interference-free sonar performance, water temperature sensing, and dual beam technology for an expanded view and greater bottom detail.
It’s compatible with most major fishfinders such as Humminbird, Garmin and Eagle. US2 adds around $100 to the price but for the neatness and usefulness of it I think it is worth it.
Arriving in two thrust levels, the 80lb and the 101lb priced between $1200 and $1370 there is a variant to suit most budgets.