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LMS-520C Lowrance

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I am looking to upgrade my electronics in the boat! I am looking at the LMS-520C. Anyone with this unit care to respond good or bad. Just looking for peoples thoughts on this unit! This unit does use the navonic chips correct? Thank you Sdprov

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I have a Lms 522c, I love it. I only had one issue with it not picking up satelites, but I was using for 12 hrs straight. I have no idea if that has something to do with it. I think the only diffrence between the 520 and the 522 is the extrnal sat reciever on the 522. I use the lake master chip and it works well.

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I used the 520c last year and liked it. fishhuntwork is right the only difference between the 520 and 522 is that the 522 has internal gps. I went with the 520 so that I would have the external gps and could use one gps with two units. I don't think the 522 can share gps location, I could be wrong on that. Plus I wanted the gps close to the bow and trolling motor transducer.

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I've used 520s and like them, they will work with LakeMaster or Nav chips. The 520 is discontinued for 2009, it has been replaced by the HDS-5.

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I have a 510 and a 5200 at the helm and a 520 at the bow. The lowarances are very easy to use all three have the same buttons and menus which is nice. I'd suggest the external GPS of the 520 if you decide you want to add another unit as you can share the one "puck" with two units.

If you fish a lot of shallow weedy water you may be disapointed with the 520. It seems these units are powerful enough that the struggle in the shallow weeds. ie cabbage, milfoil, coontail out to 16fow or so. The depth will start flashing and doesn't come back until your off the edge a ways. There are a few settings you can mess with to remedy but if you search other boards this issue will come up often.

Overall a good unit though.

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i have both and i like them a vary good unit for walleye, muskie, and vary good for trolling lake you don't fish much.

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I bought the 520 last year for the bow of the boat, and was able to hook up to the trolling motor ducer ,and network with the 28HD on the console, they share the same GPS antenna, so I did not have to buy the ducer or the antenna which saved me tons of cash. the 520 worked very well, and was glad I bought it.

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I run a 520 and am happy with it. Havn't had problems in shallow weeds. Turn off the "auto" feature and you will be fine. I swear I can tell the difference between milfoil and other vegetation when reading in 12 to 16 feet of water. Perchjerker is right, it is being discontinued. I would buy the new version -the HD 5. These units will be compatible with lowrance's new sideviewing transducer that is coming out in July.

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I'm installing a 520 tomorrow up front. Been running it for a week or so in my truck and really like it so far. Its hard to not buy a proven product at the closeout price. I bought mine at Reeds. Good deal, great service, no tax, no delivery. The main reason I bought it, is to record map data. I have a Eagle 480 up front now, that I will be retiring. I also have a LCX15 and a Hbird 997 on the dash. Its just what I needed.

Looking forward to using it.

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I have two of them and they have a very nice screen for a 5" display. I'd bet there are some screaming deals on model-end closeouts right now.

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