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I see Vexilar is promoting what they are calling their new product, the FL-8 SE.
It is about $100 cheaper then the FL-18 and when you go to their web site, no mention even of the FL-18.
So does anybody know the difference between the two units and how good is the FL-8 SE?

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We can also talk about MarCum's new flasher..the LX1 also $100 cheaper than the LX3.

Anyone know about these?

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With the new FL-8, you are not getting really anything new. Same old FL-8 just a new look with an added knob. The FL-18 is the same as well.

But with the LX-3 you get a whole new dimension...

The LX-3 is the only system that features an adjustable zoom that allows a 5 to 10 ft. zoom window in the 20 and 40 ft. scale, a 10 to 20 ft. zoom in 80 ft. scale and a 20 to 40 ft. zoom in 160 ft. scale. This enables us fishermen to have that extra piece of the puzzle.

I fished with Vexilar for the last several years, and don't get me wrong, I caught fish, but I feel the LX-3 is that next step towards developing my pattern of locating, targeting, and catching fish. Not to mention the great learning tool that it is.

The LX-3 also has great target separation for those bottom hugging fish.

Check out the site and read up more on it.

www.marcum.com

I was going to get a FL-18, but I put two and two together and realized that for what I need from a flasher for my situations, that the LX-3 is the way to go. Believe me, I thought long and hard, but I feel confident that I made the right decision.

Can't wait for that first ice so I can get out there and catch some fish smile.gif

Good Fishin,
Matt

MJ5fishing@hotmail.com

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The FL-8SE is like an FL-8 alright, but the thing is as bright as an FL-18. It's easier to see in bright daylight.

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TBone is right, the New FL-8SE uses the same light diode as the FL-18 making it easier to see.

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How about the Lowrance X67C sonar "The Ice Machine." any word on this and it's flasher mode?

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I have not seen that unit yet. I'll have to check that out.

Hubcat Is that the one with GPS built in?

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Mmmmm, flasher with built in GPS...!!!!
(homer simpson voice obviously)


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I think Lowrance is coming out with the M67c which is identical to the X67c but with a built in GPS and mapping capability. I'm sure it will be popular with those that do not have a handheld GPS already.

Fisherdog

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As stated the Lowrance X67C sonar does not have the GPS and M67c does.

I stoped in at Cabelas and they do not have the Ice Machine in yet and will not get the M67c till January.

I do like the idea of the option of Flasher or regular screen.

Is this a new idea or are there other units with the same options?

Bob

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The FL-8SE is the same unit as the FL-18 without the zoom and bottom lock. If you dont need those features, the SE is a great unit. The display is bright and crisp.

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The vex has 400 watts of power and the LX3 has 1500, more than three times the power. The LX3 can zoom in on any portion of the water column while the vex zooms in on the bottom 6'. The best part is they are priced exactly the same at $399.00.

[This message has been edited by Rick (edited 10-29-2003).]

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True enough.

If you need power, the LX-3 has enough of it. And not only is the gain sensitivity adjustable, but the power is as well, so those shallow water or high plankton situations are no sweat.

Need sensitivity? This unit will pick up a 1/64th oz ice fly down 70 feet with ease with the standard 20 degree ducer.

What can 1500 watts of power do for you?

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[This message has been edited by united jigsticker (edited 10-29-2003).]

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I don't know if I buy into the fish feeling the power yet, maybe in water less than ten ft?? As Tim Taylor says MORE POWER, I would rather have more power being sent out than have to count on a higher sensitive receiver. Don't get me wrong, I'm still impressed with the vex also. Blows my clearwater away in my mind. I just think that maybe Marcum has come up with a better mouse trap!!

1500 watts gets you a stonger signal sent which translates into a stronger signal returned. When talking depth finders it's all about the signal sent AND received. It's like deer hunting, sure a 44mag will kill a deer, but a 7mm mag will do it further and with more room for error. Another aspect though I haven't run into this with my wife's vex is with a higher sensitve product, how durable is it??

There are companies that introduce products and companies that take those ideas and improve on them. I think vex came up with a wonderful product and Marcum improved on it.

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Yes that adjustable zoom feature on the Marcum is very nice, I also prefer the sharpness of the display over the Vexilars myself. I've used them both and the main reason I did'nt jump on a fl18 is because of the 6 foot only zoom window, the Marcums were just too new. Jury is still kinda out for me because of my wondering if the investment will be rewarded with more fish, but I may soon retire some old reliables that have served me well for so many years and jump into the millenium with an LX3.

I'm still kinda holding out hoping someone will soon come out with an updated 4 shades of gray, complete with adjustable zoom and IR, "Clearwater Millenium"!!! If any of you Marcum Tech folks see this please make me one!!!

fiskyknut

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I still love my vexilar slt. I don't see any reason to go out and get another flasher because this one does everything that I need it to do. It sees the fish, my lure and how deep it is, what else could I ask for? wink.gif
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I hear you deadeye. I'm reluctant to make the switch myself due to the bang for the buck issue. I have fl-8's for a couple rental shacks as everyone likes vexilars, but I still prefer my trusty old Zercom CC's myself! Hard to teach us old dogs new tricks I guess!

Fisky

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Hey Deadeye,
I too stuck with my good ol reliable Vex 8.

Then last year a got a taste of the FL18 and the LX3. I was impressed with both units. At least there is some choice on several good units now from the Marcum LX1 to the Vex 8s and the 18's vs the MarCum LX3.

I'm impressed with both of these companies. Good solid companies that help us in our Ice Fishing addictions grin.gif

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The Clearwater Classic may have just been phased out by Zercom. The ColorPoint was the newer generation product I think.

[This message has been edited by Dan Wood (edited 10-29-2003).]

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I'd have to agree with Scott. Especially on the Genetron side! They are quite unbeliveable.

I have an FL18... and wouldn't trade it for the world.
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[This message has been edited by Rick (edited 10-29-2003).]

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I am in the market for my first flasher and have found this and other discussions quite informational, sometimes confusing, and always entertaining. My quesion for you FL-18 and LX-3 owners out there is this -- does the higher power output of the LX-3 translate into shorter battery life between charges? How many hours of continuous usage can I expect from the FL-18 versus the LX-3 on a charge?

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According to the article in the new Ice guide, the Lowrance "Ice Machine" is not an LCD, it's screen is a 256 color TFT (thin film transistor transflective display.) It claims to be bright, even in direct sunlight. It also claims to be cold tolerant, sharper and faster than the current LCD's out there. I guess the jury is out on this one. Also, according to the article, the M68c S/Map is the one with WAAS GPS. It can store 1000 waypoints.......Waiting to see how they do in the cold, white nort'..........T

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Both units have their merit. This year I will be running two LX-3's. I think you will be satisfied with either unit. I have run both side by side in the past. The 1500 watts of power the LX-3 has will benefit you when you are fishing next to an Fl-18.

Howver, this whole "power" thing is slightly over-rated with graphs and flashers. One of the better graphs in my mind is the Genetron. The Genetron puts out 9 watts I believe, however, Genetron puts a lot of money into buying one of the best recievers on the market. With a great reciever, that is all you need for output.

As long as you are putting out enough power, you will get a signal back. It is the quality of reciever that determines how the return signal is read. Both Vexilar and MarCum have quality recievers. Both are good units. I prefer the LX-3 for its crisp display. It is easy on my eyes and I can stare at it all day without a problem. Again, don't get all caught up in who has more power.

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www.millelacsguideservice.com

[This message has been edited by Scott Steil (edited 10-29-2003).]

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