To give you a better overview of the Traxxis and why we think it rates as possibly the best transom mount trolling motor we’ll first lay the groundwork for the family as a whole. While the Traxxis 55 SC, Traxxis 70 and Traxxis 80 do have some variances, those are actually pretty minimal, and are mostly about power output.
|Traxxis 55||Traxxis 70||Traxxis 80|
|Thrust||55 lbs||70 lbs||80 lbs|
|Shaft length||36 inch||42 inch||42 inch|
|Warranty||2 years||3 years||2 years|
All mount to the transom. As such they’re better used with the hand tiller than with a foot controller. At the time of writing Minn Kota’s official website only lists 2 options – a 12-volt system with 45 lbs of thrust, and another 12-volt system with 55 lbs of thrust. However other retailers continue to offer the 55 SC, 70 and 80 models.
7 features common to all Traxxis trolling motors
- The same mounting method. A highly durable C-shaped clamp with dual screws to secure them in place.
- The company’s Digital Maximizer™ technology that increases battery life by up to 5 times.
- Push to test battery meter. Press the button to instantly see how much charge remains in your battery and avoid being stranded and forced to paddle.
- Power Prop. The Power Prop™ design provides improved thrust at less than full speed to power through weeds and debris.
- Composite Shaft – A lifetime guaranteed on the composite shaft that is virtually indestructible.
- Fast cooling – Extra-large windings to help cool the motor more quickly.
- They all feature quiet performance technology to reduce the chance of spooking the fish.
Compare Traxxis vs Endura
If you’re not sure whether the Endura or Traxxis is right for your boat, check out the video from Michael Lopez on this link. Michael gives a great ‘hands on’ comparison that won’t leave you guessing.
The 55 SC is differentiated from the other options within the Traxxis family primarily by power delivering 55 lbs of thrust. It features a 36 inch shaft (no other options), and provides a 1 hand stow mechanism like most other Minn Kota motors. The motor tilts up to 45 degrees, with a 6 inch extension, and it comes with a 2 year warranty.
The Minn Kota Traxxis 70 offers 70 lbs of thrust in the same format and layout as the 55 SC or the 80. However it does have a quick-lock cam depth adjuster that’s not mentioned in relation with the smaller motor, and it comes with a 3 year warranty rather than a 2 year warranty. This model has a 42-inch shaft.
The Minn Kota Traxxis 80 offers 80 lbs of thrust, and is virtually identical to the other 2 motors. However, it comes with a 2 year warranty, like the 55 SC, rather than a 3 year warranty like the 70. It does have the quick-lock cam depth adjuster found on the 70, and you’ll still enjoy the 1 hand stow and deploy capabilities. Like the 70, this model comes with a 42-inch shaft.
Ultimately, choosing between the various models in the Minn Kota Traxxis family is really about determining the right amount of power for your boat and fishing environment,
If you’re looking for a decent freshwater trolling motor, then chances are good that you’ll gravitate toward Minn Kota to explore some of your options. The company has been around since the 1930s, and has built a reputation for durable, powerful motors that perform very well.