Motorized decoys, great sounding acrylic calls, performance enhanced shot shells – they are all expensive but are useless if you can’t get where the birds are. Experienced waterfowlers will be quick to tell you, they agree. Rivers, lakes, creeks, backwater sloughs, flooded timbers & flooded fields are great places to find ducks and geese but they’re also home to mud motors. Although not a brand new technology, high-performance mud motors also have become an accepted and reliable method to get duck hunters where they need to be.
Whether you are using a common 1436 Jon, 2072 Jon or a layout boat, investing in a mud motor is a no-brainer. With a mud motor you are able to navigate through the toughest marshes quickly and safely. Unlike traditional outboards, surface drives and long shafted mud motors move vertically on the boat’s transom ensuring you don’t shred your prop’s cotter pin and allow you to use little water to get from point A to point B. They also are air cooled instead of water-cooled, allowing you to use little water or mud for longer distances. Let’s not forget those freezing cold mornings when you can just start it up out of the water while you get all your gear ready!
Constructed of an all-steel frame and either chain or belt-driven, J.B. Mud Motors out of Chattanooga, TN are producing a very durable, inexpensive – high torque surface drive. J.B. Mud Motors, a father and son duo set out to create not only a reliable and afford able surface drive mud motor but to also bring the best value to our customers “the working man”. They have done just that. They offer their 6.5 HP for $1,500.00 , a 13 HP for $2,550.00 , and their 15 HP for $2,675.00 plus sales tax. We don’t want to forget the cost-to-own either. J.B. Mud motors also require little maintenance. A little chain lubricant here and there and change the oil.
The 6.5HP J.B. Mud Motor is the only one that is chain-driven, all others are belt driven.
“The torque is what I like”, said Chris Inman a J.B. Mud Motor customer. “We had a jon boat loaded with a few guys and about 250 pounds of gear and my motor was pushing us on top of the ice, allowing us to break through and get to our spot.” Chris also mentioned how he hunts with guys with other top-of-the-market mud motors and he can go anywhere they can.
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