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Old 01-16-2012, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Talon or Power Pole

O K guys, without bashing one another, I would like to hear pros and cons on which one you have/like and why. I cashed in my rewards points and am looking for opinions, please be honest about the good and bad, if you find a fault with what you have I would like to know.
Thanks in advance, Spike
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the power poles. The reason I bought the power pole is becouse of our deep and steep banks. I can pole out and down away from the boat without the out drive hitting the bank. Talon straight down. I liked the hydrolics vs electric. water and electric panels dont mix. Since I installed them I find the power poles with the larger frame in the water works nicely as a wind sock on a slow drift. Besides, they look cool
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Spike
Adman (Bill) here, glad to hear you're still fishing and buying. Things must have picked up! Give me a call some time and tell me about all those big fish you're catching up there.
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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im torn. I run dual power poles. I have had the hydraulic hoes rupture 7 different times. Sometimes on the water, sometimes towing down the road, sometimes just sitting in the shop. I have also had the remote control relay go out and the entire power pole system has shorted out a few times. On tour many guys were rupturing hoses and power pole saw it a big enough problem they sent a trailer and a service guy to every flw tour event as well as the elite tournaments.

i love my power poles and use them a lot. I almost switched to talons but i really like my foot switch which is installed up front.

i have a friend who runs 2 talons. he has had a few problems with them as well.

the other downside to the power poles is the systems take up a lot of room. 2 pumps in the battery compartment. and when the hoses rupture let me tell you. it's a dam mess!
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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FOH, do you have the wave compensators installed on your power poles ?
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info thus far, hope to hear more. My boat doesn't have alot of room in rear compartment and I have to agree I don't like the idea of oil spills, have a friend up here that has a power pole and will be checking out space req'd for system, hopefully more reports will come in by the time I make a decision, thanks to you guys so far, Adman I will call and bug you soon!
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Judging by your user name Im guessing you have a champion. So do I . The space was a little tight and had to scoot the batteries a little closer together but worked out nicely . I can send you a picture of my installation if your intrested. The reason I was asking FOH if he had the wave compansatores is Im thinking that those might solve the issue of oil lines breaking. I have them and never had a problem. I think they absorbe the line breaking pressure. The oil is actually hydrolic fluid. Like break fluid and power steering fluid its water soluable. Not a big deal to wash down if you had to. The installation is pretty easy. Took me longer to make the room for pumps than to do the installation.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have heard of 2 downsides to the talon. 1. boat won't fit in the garage if thats where you store it and also problems going under bridges in high water.
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