Merc 4, 5 & 6hp (All Years), Nissan/Tohatsu 5 & 6hp ('95 - Present) - TrollMaster
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TrollMaster - The world's leading remote control for gas powered auxiliary outboards. A variety of models available to fit the popular brand name 4 stroke 'kicker' motors: Mercury, Mariner, Honda, Johnson, Evinrude and Yamaha. TrollMaster Pro 2 adds 10 times the Micro Speed Control adjustments versus the original Pro version. The Pro 2 allows for momentary bursts of full throttle speed for quickly adjusting your heading.
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Not even remotely waterproof
by Michael from Angels Camp, California on October 20, 2016
Now I have to reduce my rating on this thing to DO NOT BUY. Last time I had the boat out it was windy and choppy. The control unit for this thing took some spray. The boat also sat out in a pretty good rainstorm last weekend. I noticed today that the display was fogged up and had actual water droplets on the inside of the window over the LED display. I removed the 4 screws from the back and pried the control box apart along the seam, and about 1/2 teaspoon of water came out. I could see the mating surface for the two halves of the box was coated with sealant, but apparently not very well. The water may also have come in around the display window, but the backside of that is not easily accessible. I did not want to use heat to get the moisture out so I set up my battery powered leaf blower blowing into the open unit and let it blow until the battery in the leaf blower ran out. Luckily, this cleared the display and apparently removed all the moisture. I re-sealed the unit with clear RTV marine sealant and put it back together. I checked on the mfg website and in the FAQ section it asks if it is waterproof, and they say it is water resistant, but not waterproof. Not waterproof. This thing is for a boat. Most likely mounted in an open cockpit where it is going to get some spray and rain. How can they think it is OK for it to not be waterproof. Anyway, I like this thing when it is running right, but the overall emphasis on CHEAP is really annoying. Now I am going to have to come up with a way to waterproof the POS and I really should not have to for what this overpriced unit costs. There must be another product out there that does this and is made right. I am going to research it.
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Cheap Design Has Flaws
by Michael from Angels Camp, California on October 09, 2016
Addendum to my previous review: A few problems encountered so far. 1) sharp corner of the aluminum bracket that holds the servo was digging into the inside of the engine's shroud. I used my Dremel to take that corner off and put a nice radius on it so it clears the shroud now. 2) the servo bracket is made of the softest aluminum I have ever seen used for such a thing. When the sharp edge of it was digging into the shroud, it bent the bracket upwards at about 20 degree angle. I have straightened it, but it looks like hell. They ought to make that bracket out of stainless steel for what this thing costs. 3) the two machine screws that hold the servo to the bracket simply vibrated all the way out and fell down in the engine housing along with the white spacers. This caused the throttle to jam at medium high RPMs. Fortunately this happened on land when I was testing it. I replaced the machine screws that simply threaded into the soft aluminum with 4-40 hex head machine screws that go all the way through the bracket, spacers, and servo and into NyLock nuts. I hope they will withstand the vibration now without loosening up. For the high price of this unit, they really cheaped-out on the construction details, and it's pretty disappointing. It works well when it is not self-destructing though.
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Works Perfectly, but Overpriced
by Michael from Angels Camp, California on September 29, 2016
I just finished installing and testing the TrollMaster unit on my 2017 Tohatsu 6HP kicker. It was easier than I thought after I got down to it. The Trollmaster is basically an RC airplane servo that controls the throttle from a small waterproof box you can mount anywhere in the boat. I mounted mine at the helm. With the unit installed, the only visible change to the motor (with the cover on) is the grey servo wire that leads into the motor and forward to the control box at the helm. It's up to you to find a way to fish that cable into the engine housing. On the Tohatsu there was an unused rubber plug, and I fed it through there. Not many places to anchor it on the outside of the engine either, but I found one solid place. Because the kicker moves up and down and side to side, you have to leave slack in the cable. I am not pleased with the tidiness of the wiring, but maybe I can improve it. [img][/img] With the cover off, you can see the servo and the other rods and bracketry of the Trollmaster. Even with it installed, the stock twist grip on the tiller handle still works normally. [img][/img] I mounted the control box with industrial strength Velcro on the bracket next to the controls for the big motor. It should be convenient to operate there. [img][/img] You turn the Trollmaster on with the obvious ON/OFF button. When it comes on, it will be in IDLE mode, which means that the engine will be idling at whatever mechanical idle speed you have set it at with the normal idle speed adjustment screw on the carburetor. If you press the IDLE button, the display changes to RUN, and then the knob becomes effective. You can adjust the speed of the kicker anywhere from the stock mechanical idle speed to full throttle. The speed control is very fine.. there are no stops on the rotation of the knob and it goes around more than 3 full turns to get from idle to full throttle. So that is how it works in RUN mode. Say you are trolling, you set your speed at 3.0MPH via whatever speedo you have (impeller, GPS, whatever, the Trollmaster does not have a speedo). You get a fish on, and you would prefer not to fight the fish while continuing to troll at 3MPH. Simple, push the IDLE button again and the kicker will drop down to whatever mechanical idle speed you have set. After you boat the fish and want to resume your 3MPH troll, hit the IDLE button again and the Trollmaster will take you back up to the RPMs you had previously been trolling. Pretty cool! Notice there is another button labeled MAX THTL. That is a momentary contact button that will bring the kicker up to wide open throttle as long as the button is held down. When I am trolling with downriggers and suddenly see on the fishfinder that I am approaching a possible snag area, I frequently increase my speed. That will cause the lines and weights to blow back her and rise up, decreasing their depth. It works for me about 9 out of 10 times if I am quick enough on the throttle. With the Trollmaster you can do this by pressing and holding the MAX THTL button until you have cleared the obstacle. Going suddenly to full throttle on a kicker is not going to knock anyone down on the boat, the kicker just doesn't have enough suds. I fished with it today and everything worked precisely correctly. The only reason for 4 stars vs 5 is that the unit is overpriced for what it is.
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