DC40 VS. DC30
It’s gettin time to consider the the Garmin Astro DC40.
There are some nice features in the DC40, Some that I personally recomended to Garmin. (Not that I think they actually listened to me) But I did personally Recomend a 4 digit Pin lock so collars could not be changed unless they owner wants them to be.
But as I expected, the MSRP Price is Jumping 50 Dollars for the DC40. While all the Bird dog, and Electronic shops will be selling DC40′s are hooting and Hollering about the Great New DC40 collar and options doing what ever they can to get your bussiness. I want to shoot straight with you. I’m dissapointed in the price increase. We’re Hound guys, and I know personally I would like to put that 50 in my Gas tank to go hunting.
DC30′s are expected to be discontinued In December, Along with the 199 MSRP Price. However I think as time will show the prices will come down some for the DC40 collar sometime after December, Hopefully down to at least the DC30 Price.
I’m having to sit down and seriously look at the Garmin DC40 Collar, and Figure out if It’s worth the hassle and wait. Or should I get what I need in DC30 collars and save me a couple hundred dollars.
Here are the features addd in the DC40 collar.
120 second update (2 minutes) : For me and everyone I’ve talked to, this is too long to start hunting with, in 2 minutes a Big game Dog can cover allot of ground. Going to a 2 minute update for an extra 10 hours of battery life, is not enough of a benifit.
4 digit locking Pin - I think this can be useful, I”m curious to see what this feature actually does. I personally hope that it stops my stupid Fumble Finger friend from changing my Dogs ID while we are hunting.
A Dayglo Collar - Much needed!
Lastly the GPS antenna built into the Bottom box, this Allows you to put this on a Shock collar. - I think this should be good, as long as the reception works out good, and considering there is not alot of “lost signal” for the collar. We’ll just have to wait and see.
I’m not doing or saying this to sell you a collar, do your reasearch and home work and make your decision yourself, Some of this information like the DC30 End of Life (in Decenber) has prompted more competition.
It’s either time to get ready for the DC40, or Buy an extra DC30 and save some Gas money.