Evinrude vs. Mercury

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Evinrude vs. Mercury

I have decided on a 1725 LUND Pro-Guide and need help with the outboard. Anyone have any views or opinions on the Mercury Optimax 75 vs an E-TEC 75? The Mercury comes standard and is cheaper, but the Evinrude is lighter and seems to require less maintenance so may be cheaper in the long run. The power steering feature on the Merc also interests me.

Thanks for your input,

Vincent Papsidero

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 Not to bad mouth The Etech but do you honestly think that a lower unit can go 300 hours without being checked for water or filters without being changed? To me that is a ticking time bomb that they are playing with. Yeah I'm a Mercury guy and the Opti is hard to beat and is very proven. I'm not however knocking the E-tech's just their judgement about service intervals from a very educated standpoint.

 


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Vince,

I have all ways ran Mercury's over the now sixteen years I have been fishing tournaments and have not had one issue with any of them.  That reliability alone speaks for it self. I am not going to knock another motor brand however I have one buddy who owns the other brand you mentioned, he is buying a new boat this spring and his new motor of choice is Black, enough said.

Thanks,

Mark Gwizdala

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I don't know much about the E-tech's being that I have never run one but own two Mercs.  I have a 150 and 9.9 and have never had a problem ever with either.  For this reason alone I will never switch!

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since no one chimed in on the E-tec, only merc's. the E-tec uses a different system to get it's high pressure fuel. the injector it's self. where merc uses a compressor. they are both different systems. E-tec claims better/lower emissions. since I don't do that type work anymore I cannot comment if it is true or not. as far as the 3 yr no dealer service required. Evinrude has found for the most part. they can let everything on their engines go that long before service. or they wouldn't let it go that long. they have many years of service records ( as does Merc) for a basis and were willing to give it a try. would I buy another evinrude? don't think so as I was treated very unfairly a few years ago before E-tec by BRP.  I would buy Merc for that reason and also most of their products are USA made. I do like what the E-tec's have to offer but BRP is not on my shopping list.  


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They are both good choices. I run a 150hp E-tech and I couldn't be more pleased. I've put over 400 hard hours on that motor and only did scheduled maintenance. I hit a floating log going about 40mph and it didn't even put a scratch on it, that's tough in my opinion. Everyone who rides in my can't believe how quiet it is. This thing is very fuel efficient also. Tons of power to get you on plane in a hurry even with guys , gear, and a 40 gal. gas tank. Hope this helps out.

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 This is the old Ford vs Chevy aurgumant, both are good I am a Merc man they have been good to me. 

BTW we all know Ford is way better than Chev!! : )

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In the bass world the Merc is MUCH better for resale.  I have not been following walleye boats in a while and the ones I am talking about are the high HP engines.  DO some digging on like models with merc vs Etecs and see what they are selling for.  Also look at the dealers in your area for both.  A good wrench is worth his weight in gold.

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 RIch kind of hit on the best advice of all. Go with what ever brand you have close GOOD service for. Go to the local dealers and ask for a few names you can contact for referrals. A good tech is worth more than anything. 


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