March 04, 2010 at 9:32pm
I own a 35hp Gatorail w/reverse, and I love it! But what you choose deffinetly depends on what your going to use it for, and where your going to use it. I have run Godevil longtails of several different horse powers for years, and they are no doubt the king of mudmotors, stumps, rock, mud, bring it on, but they are slow! My GTR runs just under 30mph and jumps on plane like an outboard, but having used it in low water conditions with stumps I'd much rather a longtail for those conditions. If you will be running low water, but fairly clean of stumps go with the surface drive. If you'll be in stumps and water so low your in just about mud, stick with the longtail. Now as far as brand, I studied them well, and test drove them also. I would suggest your spend the extra bucks and get the Gatortail. It is the best out there, and Kyle and Hoyte provide top notch service, they are second to none in customer service! The Pro-drive does have a pretty good following, but you just have to visit mudmotor.com and read the posts to see that they have more problems than the Gatortails. As fas as the full power reverse on the Pro-drive, the reverse on my Gtr has never failed to be enough power to get me off anything I needed ot back off of. As far as the Mudbuddy, I have heard too many horror stories for me to even consider one. If a longtail is in your future, you can't beat Go-devil for performance and dependability. I'm in Metairie if you'd like to test drive my GTR, just drop me an email, Good Luck!