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| Model # 1368670
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Maybe you’re a guide who fishes all day every day and your livelihood depends on 100% uptime performance. Or perhaps you like going out on the water when the weather is fierce and the thin-skinned land lovers are tucked inside their cozy cabins. Or you’re just the guy who knows how brutal the marine environment is and you’ll settle for nothing but the best engineering and materials. Whatever the case, you’re a Fortrex guy.
We’re changing the expression, “tough as nails” to “tough as Fortrex.” Quite simply, this is the beefiest motor money can buy. No joke construction features an aircraft aluminum mono-arm, a removable bow-guard, and a nitrogen-charged gas spring to help you get this monster in and out of your boat smoothly and effortlessly.
The Fortrex cable-control foot pedal has super-responsive heel-toe steering and an easy-to-operate speed control. Digital Maximizer will keep you out on the water longer, which is no problem since it’s also got an Illuminated Directional Indicator in case the fish are biting after dark. Powered by a Weedless Wedge 2 prop and backed by the Minn Kota two year warranty. See below for additional product details. To learn more, grab our FREE Trolling Motor Buyer's Guide.
Fortrex 80 Full Details
Medium to large freshwater v-hull, bass, pontoon and general fishing boats up to 25'. The 80 lbs thrust motor is recommended for boats weighing up to 4,000lbs. For more help picking the right thrust level - or to learn how much your boat weighs - please refer to our thrust guide.
How It's Unique:
Fortrex is a step up from the Minn Kota Maxxum and is the beefiest, most heavy-duty trolling motor in the Minn Kota line up. The motor is unique as it features an aluminum mono-arm, a removable BowGuard 360 spring-protected shaft housing, and a nitrogen charged gas spring that makes stowing and deploying the motor similar to opening up the tailgate on an SUV.
Saltwater fishermen should look to the Minn Kota Riptide SF, as it is the saltwater version of the Fortrex and is controlled by hand rather than foot pedal.
Shaft lengths of 45", 52", and 62" are available for Fortrex 80 motors. For help selecting a shaft length, please see our shaft guide.
Variable Speed Motor, Cable-Driven Foot Pedal, Digital Maximizer, Bounce Buster (except on 45"), Illuminated Directional Indicator, Weedless Wedge Prop, Composite Shaft. (Learn about these features)
This motor is bolted directly to the bow of the boat using the included mounting hardware, and requires drilling into the boat for installation. Ideally, it's best to have access to the underside of the mounting platform in order to secure and fasten the bolting hardware. However, if accessing the underside is impossible you can use no access bolts to secure the motor from the top. For more information see our compatibility and mounting guides.
26.7" x 6" (45" shaft) OR 30.5" x 6" (52" & 62" shaft)
Motor Voltage and Batteries:
Power Lead Length:
Pedal Cord Length:
What Is Included:
- Fortrex 80 trolling motor
- Foot pedal (11 15/16" L x 8 9/16" W x 7 9/16" H)
- Power leads
- Mounting hardware
- Owners manual
What Else Is Required:
2 Marine Batteries, Battery Charger, Circuit Breaker (Recommended)
56 amps at maximum speed
Motor Run Time:
Important Note: As you likely won't be running your trolling motor perpetually, the actual amount of on-the-water time a motor should allow will be substantially longer than times listed. Actual motor run time can vary depending on conditions (winds, waves, etc) and the type of battery used. Listed below are run-time estimates assuming a 100 amp hour rated battery. To learn more, please see our article on calculating motor run time.
- 20+ Hours: At slow, trolling speeds that draw 5 amps or less
- 3.6 Hours: Approx. run time with throttle 50% open
- 1.8 Hours: Approx. run time with the motor at full throttle
Stow and Deploy Method:
Fortrex motors feature a nitrogen charged gas spring that makes it incredibly easy to stow and deploy your trolling motor. This design is very similar to the lift-assist system on many vehicle tailgates and makes stowing the motor effortless.
Motor Steering Method:
This Fortrex model is steered by foot pedal. The cable-driven foot pedal is controlled by rocking your foot back and forth to control motor direction while motor speed is controlled by the rotating dial on the side of the foot pedal.
An adjustable depth collar makes it easy to set how deep the shaft and propeller sit in the water.
All Fortrex motors have a variable speed motor. Learn more about fixed vs. variable speed motors.
The motor's composite shaft caries a lifetime guarantee. If it's ever broken - regardless of the circumstances - Minn Kota will replace it at no charge. The rest of the motor caries a two year warranty backed up by hundreds of local Minn Kota service centers across the country. View Details Here
Box dimensions and weight vary by motor:
- Model 1368660 - 9"H x 20"W x 61"L WT: 68.0lbs
- Model 1368661 - 7"H x 20"W x 68"L WT: 65.0lbs
- Model 1368670 - 9"H x 20"W x 60"L WT: 70.0lbs
- Model 1368671 - 9"H x 20"W x 67"L WT: 73.0lbs
- Model 1368672 - 7"H x 20"W x 68"L WT: 60.0lbs
Fortrex 80 Reviews
2003 Tracker Marine PT 185 Jet
Very informative site. Did not need to contact store directly, just followed the measurement instructions and reviews and received an awesome trolling motor that really does what it says. Thanks for a wonderful shopping experience! You won't be disappointed with this company.
17' 10" G3 Sportsman
First off, shipping. I ordered the Fortrex 80 and plug for 6 gauge wire on Wednesday, everything arrived that Friday and accurate order. Outstanding! Next, the motor. The boat came with an Edge 55. It was okay unless windy or grass/pads were around and would bog down in any cover without being at max power. Bring in the Fortrex 80. It is easier to turn and the infinite power settings are awesome and the lift assist piston is very helpful. At 25-30 out of 100 on the power scale, this thing doesn't blink an eye when running through thick weeds/grass. On 100, you had better be seated or braced against something or it will help you depart the boat. I really don't have the need for all of it's power but it is nice to have. It is a little louder than the 55 when you run above 30 on the scale but I usually don't need anything higher most of the time. Mounting was easy as all the current holes lined up. It may be overkill for my boat but I wouldn't be without it now. 5 for shipping and 5 for motor.
20' champion bassboat
The shopping experience with Clayton was great. I have only used the trolling motor once so far I just got it. I have had Motor guides for 40 +years so this is a little getting used so far I really like the power I need to get used to the foot peddle.
20' Skeeter ZX 200
My salesman called me back after hours and found a trolling motor that was back ordered and had it shipped from another distribution center. He put a tremendous amount of effort in helping me. Much appreciated!! I will be back! Thanks for great service.
We really love it so far
Ranger 18 ft. 361 V
Just got an 80 pound thrust fortrex and it is a Beast of a motor, just stumbled onto this site and I'm sure glad i did, best price, and super fast and free shipping, i will definitely buy my motors here from now on.
Ranger - 18'
Most pleasant and fastest service, 10 star ,no joke.
20 ft Nitro
I bought the MinnKota Fortrex. Heck of a trolling motor and surprisingly shipping was fast. Shopping thru trollingmotor.com was simple.
My experience with trolling motors.net was amazing they went above and beyond to find me a fortrex 80. They found me one in Minnesota and had it shipped to me faster than I expected.i would highly recommend them to anyone looking to purchase a trolling motor.
Bass Boat / 20 ft.
Replaced an older bow mounted, hand operated 70 ft-lb with the new foot operated Fortrex 80. The difference in performance is profound. My purchasing experience with Trolling Motors was excellent. Great communications from the start through final delivery. The Fortrex was delivered in just a few days and I was impressed with how well it was packaged to prevent shipping damage. No shipping cost and no sales taxes. I saved some significant money and I am a satisfied customer. Thanks from a Georgia fisherman.