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    Minn Kota Trolling Motor Repair

    I have an issue with my trolling motor (under warranty) and I was looking for service shops. Looking on Minn Kota’s website they show three within a reasonable drive from my house.

    There seems to be one in Clarksville (near bobcats), which is the closest to me. The others are Suffolk and Richmond both are twice as far as the one in Clarksville. Has anyone dealt with them on trolling motor repair before? Is it a good place to take my motor?

    I had a hard time with the guy in Richmond the last time (8 years ago). Then he didn’t want to repair my motor under warranty because I tried to fix it myself before taking it to him. (I needed it for day two of a 6-man team event). Anyway, I had to end up calling Minn Kota and they said that my repair attempt didn’t void the warranty so eventually fixed it under warranty. So I really don’t want to take it to that guy. I would have been fine with it if he had told me he wouldn’t fix it under warranty before he made the repair.
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    Well, if the close guy is out then I recommend the Suffolk guy which is Tom Foster (owner of motortech). I'm sure there will be plenty of people posting after me to recommend him.



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    +1 for Tom





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    The trolling motor repair facility in Richmond has a new owner. He is an avid bass fisher so he knows what's it like to get back on the water.
    The new name is;
    Va. Trolling Motor Services
    3502 Jefferson Davis Highway
    Richmond, Va. 23234
    Tel. # (804) 233-6726
    I was in the shop back in the fall. I guess he's still in business.
    He's just starting out, but really seems to know his stuff.

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    I used the one in Clarksville when my circuit board went bad. They got it done much sooner than they said. The day I made the hour drive to pick it up at the end of the day, they decided to close a few minutes early and the place was locked up when I got there. Luckily the guy at Bobcats knew the owners and was able to put me in touch. They came back to the shop and got me my trolling motor.
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    Robbie Patterson at Propeller Dynamics just became a authorized Minn Kota service dealer....

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    My girlfriend’s car is at a body shop in Norfolk I might get her to drop it off in Suffolk when she gets her car. Then I just have to make one trip to pick it up. Otherwise I might give the guys in Clarksville a try because it is so much closer.

    It should be a straight forward repair anyone that works on them should handle it with no problem its just getting it back in a reasonable time.

    Good news is I got a few weeks until first tournament.

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    Tom for sure. I like his set up you can just back up your boat into his shop and he can work on it with out pulling it off the boat. Call him first to see if he has what you need in his shop to fix it he might have to order it.
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    Tom is the best by far!

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    i ordered a trolling motor from tom, he's a super nice guy.

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    The gentleman that BassCatVA was talking about is no longer in business. Robbie Patterson at Propeller Dynamics is top notch! (he is located in Chester right beside Sanderson Marine.
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    Thanks for the input guys

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    Yeah the guy in Richmond that owned it 8 years ago was Billy Wells on Jeff DAvis, he sold it a couple of years ago to Josh Wagy, whom has now gone out of business. Warranty work can be done in 3 places in Virginia according to Minn Kota as I just talked to them about mine.
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    Yes, Jefferson Davis is where I took my other motor before and you are right it wasn’t Josh I had the problem with. It would be nice to take it to someone like Josh that would know what you mean by “I need it back I got a tournament coming up”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheeterhdip225 View Post
    Tom for sure. I like his set up you can just back up your boat into his shop and he can work on it with out pulling it off the boat. Call him first to see if he has what you need in his shop to fix it he might have to order it.
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    Woody, I was in Tom's shop on Monday... He has moved. He's no longer on route 13. His new shop is in Driver. Take the Portsmouth Blvd exit off 664 (I thinks it's route 337) and go towards Suffolk (west).
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaRiverRat View Post
    Woody, I was in Tom's shop on Monday... He has moved. He's no longer on route 13. His new shop is in Driver. Take the Portsmouth Blvd exit off 664 (I thinks it's route 337) and go towards Suffolk (west).
    What the heck! I wasn't notified, this is an outrage!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn111 View Post
    Yes, Jefferson Davis is where I took my other motor before and you are right it wasn’t Josh I had the problem with. It would be nice to take it to someone like Josh that would know what you mean by “I need it back I got a tournament coming up”.
    Yeah it was Billy... he hated someone to work on their own motor...he was good at it though, yeah that is the good thing with Robbie....he fishes so he gets them done fast. I have heard nothing but good about Tom also.
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