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About uffdapete

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  • Birthday 12/01/1951

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  1. I've owned 4 vehicles with salvage titles - Ford Taurus, Toyota Previa, Mercury Sable and Toyota Corolla. None ever had any of the ongoing problems most people worry about or any other problems for that matter. In fact tires lasted just as long as any other clean title I owned. Just be careful what you buy in terms of what the damage was and why it was totaled. I would avoid anything that was hit hard or flood damage. I also had a body guy who was very good, and very reasonable because he had very low overhead which made the vehicles very affordable. Selling wasn't a problem either. I was up front about the salvage titles and didn't expect book price and didn't need it cause I had less in them to begin with. Two of the above vehicles were light front hits and one was an easy roll on the drivers side in a snow filled ditch. The other was a hard front hit I was nervous about but ended up with 75M on an average set of tires so no problem there either. And a car mechanic bought it with 120,000 mi so he obviously wasn't afraid of it either.
  2. Unfortunately Harvey I had a similar experience with Remington, albeit 25 years ago. I had a smooth bore slug barrel for my 1100 that shot 4" groups at 70 yds out of the box. Although it had been properly cleaned and never had 100 slugs through it, after 7-8 years it couldn't achieve 10" groups at 40 yds. One suggestion from a gun range manager was lead build up so I took it to an authorized Remington gunsmith who confirmed that wasn't the problem and advised me to send it to Remington. 6 weeks later Remington returned the barrel with a 7 shot 14" group at 40 yards and a note that said the performance was "within Remington factory specs". I've never owned another Remington. Not saying they don't make good guns but blowing me off like that with no attempt at customer satisfaction was unacceptable. Ironically I bought it because after shooting clays with a friend's 1100 I found it fit well, shot better for me than any previous bird gun and because of it's reputation.
  3. Just saw this post. I just sold a 94 Summit 583 two weeks ago for some of the same reasons you are having trouble with. Mostly I just didn't use it enough though. ST and Leech covered all the advice I would have as far as priming. If I flooded my sled by priming it too much it would start in 10-20 pulls holding the throttle open. I just couldn't pull it over anymore with one hand while holding the throttle with the other. Same old guy issues :-( Once the primer learning curve was completed it was a great motor and sled. Never had any other issues with it in 6 years. Another sled with electric start is in the after retirement plan.
  4. I've owned an FL8, FL18, LX5, LX3, LX7, Showdown troller and used and been around an Ice 55 a lot. My review would be - FL8 - noisy and dim, hard to see in sunlight. Got my money out of it. FL18 - less noisy but started to dim the last 2 yrs, liked that it fit in a pail. A huge plus was it sold on the bay for $150 more than I paid after 6 yrs use :-) LX5 - quiet, bright and sharp screen, zoom had helpful features, liked fine line setting, heavy transducer was known to cause troubles with cord. Didn't make any $ on the bay but did ok. LX3 - identical to LX5 except a smaller, lighter transducer & also no fine line or dual transducer. Use this on a run and gun or hole hopping day - like today. LX7 - way more features than I usually need but have used and liked all of them at times. Heavier and bulkier than any of the above but also a larger, sharper and more adjustable screen. Use this if I'm mostly stationary and in a house. Showdown - decent unit, but no color & after 20 years I'm use to circular screen. Will be on CList soon. Ice 55 - nice features, but readings are much brighter and sharper on Marcums. Also adjusting knobs are larger and less durable than the others. My brother would disagree but I'd take any of the Marcums first except the Showdown.
  5. I found an Otter auger shield at a garage sale and that was the end of using covers forever. Protects everything else in your sled, vehicle or whatever from the auger and blades. IMO the auger is easier to remove from the shield than any cover simply cause you're already holding the auger handles.
  6. Started out with an Eskimo Quikfish 3 (which does not fish 3), then Clam 6 x 8, now Eskimo 949 non-insulated. The 949 will fish 2 with plenty of room and could fish 3 with the right hole locations and 4 in a pinch but it would be TIGHT. My advice: Eskimo. Insulated. A size larger than what you think you need if it's in the budget and the extra weight is ok. The non insulated works but insulated would be easier to heat and holes furthest from the heat might not freeze as easily when the wind chill is a factor.
  7. One & done. Plenty of walleyes down the first hole
  8. Well said Canopy. Fish and game management is a science where you apply the best techniques you can. Most DNR employees are very well educated, trained and even more passionate about their work. They do what they do because they enjoy it. And believe it or not, very few have any "agenda" other than making the best recommendations they can using the best science they have. Also keep in mind that many times rules and regs are set by those you elect, not by trained professionals paid to manage resources. P.S. Thanks too Kelly for the piece from the Duluth paper. My son also returned a year ago from there.... with some PTSD. He seems to be dealing with it okay but is reluctant to talk much about his time there and probably will be for a few years.
  9. jigger - you should probably at least read the link and note that the numbers were reported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service before you push the DNR under the bus.
  10. Had the same question when I first saw the pics but no they don't fold.
  11. Check out a Cat River anchor with a google search. Simple, well thought out, effective.
  12. Esox which connects to Manitou are both good - on the Cedar Narrows road off of 502.
  13. I would be on the phone with Yamaha. Manufacturers usually want those who own their products to be satisfied. The dealer's excuse is bogus. I bought a new 20 and had no problem at all and the 15 & 20 are built on the same block.
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