Hydraulic or Electric Trim Tabs?

Discussion in 'Washington Fishing Reports' started by Charles_Sterlin, Oct 1, 2015.

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Which Trim Tabs

  1. Bennett Hydraulic

    8 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. Bennett Bolt Electric

    2 vote(s)
    6.3%
  3. Lenco

    22 vote(s)
    68.8%
  1. Charles_Sterlin

    Charles_Sterlin Well-Known "Member"

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  2. Chtucker

    Chtucker Lowe boat denter

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    I have the Lencos with no trouble and I really like the auto retract.
     
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  3. BiggestT

    BiggestT I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I have two boats, one with Bennetts and the other with Lencos. The Bennetts have a leak. Lencos never have had a problem.
     
  4. FINATIC 21

    FINATIC 21 MAD SALMON

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    Lenco !
     
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  5. tambs

    tambs Yo BD! Color Screens-Invented Mid '50s. Jus sayin.

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  6. Genie Aye

    Genie Aye FISH BOSS

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    Lenco, 5 yrs and have never skipped a beat.

    I had Bennetts on my 33' Sportfish, always a issue, wish I had put Lenco on that boat when I started having issues. ...
     
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  7. bullshooter

    bullshooter Member

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    Had lencos on my last boat. Went 8 years without issue. Then the port trimtab quit. I believe it needed a new actuator. Not sure, the boat sold before I could fix it. New boat has them too. As stated above, the auto retract feature is nice.
     
  8. KimH

    KimH Someday I'll live the dream.

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    Duckworth uses Lectro Tab (http://www.lectrotab.com) for some reason. So far so good. I do like them much better than the hydraulic ones I had on a previous boat as you don't have that big assed tank/pump taking up space. I also think the control switch with the position indicators are worth the extra money.
     
  9. Offshore Ryan

    Offshore Ryan Member

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    Lenco for sure.
     
  10. ledbed6b

    ledbed6b I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Lenco actuators and switches, Bennett blades, best of both worlds.
     
  11. Fishinnut

    Fishinnut I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Both are great. I have both on two boats. The Lencos have a plastic pin that goes between the actuator and the pivot. They should come with the stainless bolts too. Use the bolts. I had an actuator pin break and when they lifted the boat at Dagmars with the forklift it folded it under. I had to get t new trim tab plate. My boat is a 2008 32'. I jst had an electric actuator go out so I am waiting for it. I think the Bennett Hydraulics will out last the Lencos I do like the lenco autoretract that is on my boat. Shut off the boat and they retract.
     
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  12. Salmonater

    Salmonater Well-Known "Member"

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    I hoope your wrong, I have a set on my boat with 300 hrs on them, we will see.
     
  13. tambs

    tambs Yo BD! Color Screens-Invented Mid '50s. Jus sayin.

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    Me too. I've never used a set, so my knowledge of them is only limited to the research I've done on them. And you know how that goes... people who are happy and never have any problems never say much about their experience, while those that have had issues are loud and boisterous with their chagrin.

    How do you like them so far? I've read that they will last longer if they are mounted to a flat surface. Those that are affixed to a transom that has some radius to it apparently add stress to the gears and reportedly facilitate failure. Haven't seen the back of your boat, but I'm guessing being alloy that it's pretty flat. Some installs on glass boats I've seen incorporate brackets or blocks to provide the flat mounting surface, and eliminate the massive number of holes that need to be drilled through the hull.
     
  14. furniture 4 me

    furniture 4 me Well-Known "Member"

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    i have had both go lenco, no messy oil to deal with no pump. only issue i have had is i used a different set of switches wish i would have used there set up now. 8 years no problems
     
  15. andy hansen

    andy hansen Captain on The TYRANT.

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    the electrics work good but if you ever want to go with the auto tabs with the gyro it will only work with hydraulics
     
  16. Salmonater

    Salmonater Well-Known "Member"

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    The good news is tht they are mounted on a flat surface, I used this style because conventional tabs would of interferred with the kicker because the bracket is full width. They work well, almost too well, you can' adjust them as much as standard tabs. when you tap the button they move to the first setting, and sometimes that's a little much.
     
  17. Charles_Sterlin

    Charles_Sterlin Well-Known "Member"

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    Pulled the trigger on the Bolt Electronic....
    I called both companies and Bennett was much more helpful with what i needed.
    The price came down to $516 including 2 day air shippingand should be the same failings as the Lenco but with a lifetime warranty and a better backing company.
    I guess time will tell<g>
     
  18. Tuna Fusion

    Tuna Fusion I'm ready for some football

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    Pulled off my dead Lenco 101 standard actuator (2 1/4" stroke) which were many years old and working when I bought the boat. Found it likely has a bad seal and salt water corroded everything. So going to replace with same new actuator. Cheapest I found was $146 delivered.
     
  19. Charles_Sterlin

    Charles_Sterlin Well-Known "Member"

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    That is a great price!.
    My Bolt actuators are bolted to the boat -but still haven't been in the water yet.
    -So no review yet!
     
  20. Derby

    Derby My "Member" is Well Known.

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    Bennett with Trimdicators. Never had an issue either.
     

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