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  1. I bought these in bulk, and don't need them all. So if you are interested in changing out the failed up/down relays these are direct replacements. I can provide you guidance if you need it.
  2. Maybe a little late to this party but here are some shortcomings of the MAG HS Units: 1. The circuit boards are low quality, with no protection against moisture. They do have a light coating of some silicone, which is so thin it doesn't do anything. The Penn boards have a potted circuit board. 2. The relays on the circuit boards are of poor quality. it's well documented on this site. 3. The circuit boards aren't fastened to anything. Not a huge deal, but just a cheap way to do it. Pen boards are screwed down with SS screws. 4. The switch location on the HS is in a position that one can easily bump it. It the rigger is not being used and you hit the switch to lower it will be a nasty backlash. The Penn switch has a shroud and is on the side. 5. The clutch on the HS is ass backwards. Intuitively, to tighten its clockwise. HS is counterclockwise. 6. A clutch works by surfaces meshing together. It's all about surface area. The HS has a clutch surface area about the size of a penny. The Penn is at least 3 inches in diameter. 7. Not an HS issue, but the newer ones that have the plastic rod holders have an issue with the amount of material that supports the rod holder. If you take them apart you will see a very small washer on the inside, which causes the plastic to crack. a fellow boat owner showed me two that cracked on his boat. On a side bar I called Cannon and asked if they would send me the schematic for the circuit board, and pointed out they fail so often Id like to troubleshoot on my own. They said we can't send you that info as it is "proprietary". If i wanted to copy their design and i was in the business of making circuit boards it would be pretty easy to copy. I'm just wondering if they ever put their product through any testing. Most of these things are pretty simple.
  3. Thanks for the post... I thought Cayuga lake had dried up!
  4. Will these fit a 270 weatherby ? I got a real nice one to try....
  5. I hear your frustration.......what are you looking at? Most nowadays have circuit boards.
  6. Just an FYI the circuit board has a resistor on it that is in series with the down relay. It causes the motor to run slower on the down cycle.
  7. HillBilly, Did you figure out the problem???
  8. Hello HillBilly! It sounds like the motor is either faulty, or is not getting enough amperage. Take the lead wires to the motor and pull them off the circuit board. Connect them directly to a 12V power supply for a few seconds to see if this corrects the problem. If it does not, its likely the motor is failing, unless the gear box is bound up (Located below the plate with the 4 screws). If it does correct the problem, then you probably have either a loose connection or a faulty relay on the circuit board. With the motor leads reconnected, check the voltage at the motor leads while trying to pull up the ball. If it doesnt read around 12V then you have a voltage drop issue. Work back from there to the battery checking voltage at each connection while under load. This should tell you where the voltage drop is occurring. Remember this must be done UNDER LOAD. Good luck...these riggers are no good electrically speaking...I just had one fail last week.....probably 8 failures in 9 years.....
  9. Does this tournament have multiple categories????
  10. The new Saltist line capaicity chart places the 30 size as being smaller than the Penn Squall 20 (which I used for wire divers) , and the 40 size is bigger than the Squall 20. What size is better for 1000 ft, 30 lb wire line?
  11. NWMT, That is a pretty good price for the heated batteries. I can't remember which brand i looked into, but it was around $1500 each... I may have to look into these.....
  12. Just beware of the minimum recharge temperature, which is typically 32 F. If you use in the winter and park outside, they won't charge below 32 F. A solution to that is a battery with a built in heater (Big $$), or a battery heater.
  13. Thanks for the updates.....I guess I'll wait awhile before I venture out.
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