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    What is so great about Copperhead? There are lots of other mud motors out there, Mud Buddy. Go Devil, Scavanger and others in the market place. I have had a couple of them, but never a Copperhead. Now it seems that Copperhead is becoming the most wanted mud motor. What is different about them that causes them to rise to the top. Bud
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    Bud,

    I looked into buying a Copperhead a couple years ago (and didn't get one), so my info isn't really up to date, but here goes: Copperhead has a niche in the market because most of the big mud motors are really heavy and are too much for smaller boats (under 16'). They make lighter, smaller motors at lower cost.

    Since they came onto the market some other companies have come out with similar models (Dixie, Orion, etc), which is good for the consumer, but I don't really know how all of these stack up against one another. Copperhead has had the longest to work on props, trim, and so forth, so maybe they have figured more of the quirks out than their competitors. Copperheads are supposed to be pretty durable and reliable, but I'd be interested to hear what other people have to say who have more experience with them.

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    Weight. They were the first to build a small light weight unit, their primary engines are the LCT motors which are essentially the same motors harbor freight sells under the predator badge so parts and performance upgrades are readily available. In their v twin units they are roughly 100 lbs lighter than any other manufacturer. Combine that with incredible customer service, and that's the reasons as I see them.
    Dixie in a few short years has gone thru 2 owners, and is now closing the doors.
    Orion is all over the place with engine choices and different models.... And not a lot of feedback out there from owners to know if they are good or bad.
    I would have liked to have a GTR 23, but having reverse wasn't worth the 100lb penalty to me. It's just a extra 100lbs that I have to horse off the sand.


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    Agreed. Only reason would be weight. These motors are heavy, copperhead has done a good job keeping the weight down. I think they are making a 23 hp now, if I was gonna buy a 23 I would buy a different brand. For a small motor I'd buy copperhead.

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    Bud..

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    Weight weight and weight plus they have a person here in wasilla for service work and did I say weight
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    Think I fixed it. If that didn't work, email me at Alaskadh01@gmail.com
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    Is there a copperhead dealer in south-central? I used to see them for sale on craigslist I believe from someone in eagle river. I'm looking to pick up a 15-30hp mud motor for my flat bottom. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBroncoII View Post
    Is there a copperhead dealer in south-central? I used to see them for sale on craigslist I believe from someone in eagle river. I'm looking to pick up a 15-30hp mud motor for my flat bottom. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBroncoII View Post
    Is there a copperhead dealer in south-central? I used to see them for sale on craigslist I believe from someone in eagle river. I'm looking to pick up a 15-30hp mud motor for my flat bottom. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
    I'm the copperhead dealer. I've been with them from the beginning, they are great folks, and we take good care of our guys. Seems like lately, I've had a pile of duck boats, freighter canoes and motors kickin around this time of the season. Working on the motors, and building UHMW rock guards has been alot of fun. I've been testing my new 23 copperhead a bit, she's quite smooth. On the scale, she pushes 137 lbs with oil in it. Two of them went through my hands, before I finally got one of my own. I've done almost everything with these motors, they hold up well.

    I'm usually on the canoe forum though, so here is some copperhead action over thataway:

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    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ive-Rock-Guard

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    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...-hp-Copperhead

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    I cant say enough about copperhead I had a 13 horse which wouldnt run right for some reason. Copperhead gave my a new 12 horse to use until my 18 horse comes in. They also put the money I had on the 13 horse towards my 18 horse and paid for half of the shipping cost. Dont know of any other company that would do that.
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    The only motor to buy...period
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckhunter01 View Post
    The only motor to buy...period
    for small boats yes, but go devil are great motors for the larger boats. Stu up in fairbanks, and Don out in Eagle River are great guys. I met Don on 20 mile, he stopped by to check out the first 12hp copperhead in AK years ago. I chatted with Stu on the phone a while back, and he's quite the innovator. Pro Drive was not the first to EFI a small engine, Stu was. Going EFI is important, and I'm working on that too. Our state has the highest fuel prices in the country. We have an energy crisis, so hats off to Stu for tinkering in his retirement years! He even tried a diesel surface drive, but was too heavy. As soon as I can afford to, I will also test the ECOTRONS system on the 23 hp vanguard, as well as the 12 hp LCT, my two favorite engines. Here is one of his EFI rigs:


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    If your duckhunting that is..
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    Ran my copperhead this morning. 23mph. 2 guys, dog, duck hunting gear. 14' flat bottom. 18hp. Would have the 23 if I could think of a good time to be without my 18 while I am waiting for the 23 to arrive...guess its going to be while water is frozen.
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    one thing folks should consider about the v-twin vanguard series of motors, is that the block was designed, and is manufactured in Japan by Daihatsu, the same people that design and manufacture motors for Toyota.

    http://www.briggsandstratton.com/us/...ercial-engines

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainer_in_ak View Post
    one thing folks should consider about the v-twin vanguard series of motors, is that the block was designed, and is manufactured in Japan by Daihatsu, the same people that design and manufacture motors for Toyota.

    http://www.briggsandstratton.com/us/...ercial-engines
    so are you saying thats a good or bad thing.
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    There's no denying that toyota engines are incredibly reliable.
    It's not skybusting if you fold em'.

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