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Disappointed in quality of Bushnell Tour V3 rangefinder - broken


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#1 roll - gybe

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 06:39 AM

Two years ago I replaced a high quality older generation Bushnell early generation rangefinder. This rangefinder lasted 10 years! The big black and sliver guy.

So two years ago my thought process was: these have to cost less now since everyone is using them; compact would be nice so I can put it in my pocket; and wow the big rangefinder is still quite expensive.

So I purchased the Bushnell V3 Tour. Immediately when I got it, I was bummed. It felt like a toy and it didnít pick up objects like my old rangefinder. Well ok, as long as it lasts I thought...

Fast forward 23 months. I embarked on an epic trip to Ireland. As I was packing my golf bag I though, ďman it would stink it the airline broke my rangefinder.Ē And I decided to wrap it up in a fleece and carry it on in my backpack.

On the second hole of the trip it stopped working. Changing the battery did not help. By the time I got home and took a business trip the warranty was out. Geez - planned obselecence.

I made the mistake of buying over the internet so I never held it it my hands to realize how flimsy the rangefinder would be. Shame on me. I should have changed course when I opened it up and returned it. My cost of ownership was $150/yr.  My previous rangefinder was so much better.

Just want to vent and share. The only research I did was stick with the Bushnell brand and observe what other guys were using (which at the time was V2). So I will add my experience to the mix for other guys to consider.



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Posted 01 July 2018 - 06:44 AM

That sucks.

What did Bushnell say when you called them?

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 06:54 AM

So two years ago my thought process was: these have to cost less now since everyone is using them; compact would be nice so I can put it in my pocket; and wow the big rangefinder is still quite expensive.

This is flawed thinking.  The only reason an item will cost less, is if it is made cheaper.  A broken wire between the battery and circuit board is common.  I took my V2 apart - soldered the wire and back in business.

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 08:55 AM

This is why I buy Leupold products.  Their customer service is second to none.

          You're apparently the exception and not the Rule with problems but that sucks.
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Posted 01 July 2018 - 12:46 PM

I had a Leoupold go kaput after the warranty expired. I contact them to see if it could be fixed. I sent it in. A couple of weeks later I received the latest unit at no charge.

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 01:14 PM

View PostSocrates, on 01 July 2018 - 06:54 AM, said:

So two years ago my thought process was: these have to cost less now since everyone is using them; compact would be nice so I can put it in my pocket; and wow the big rangefinder is still quite expensive.

This is flawed thinking.  The only reason an item will cost less, is if it is made cheaper.  A broken wire between the battery and circuit board is common.  I took my V2 apart - soldered the wire and back in business.

Have had no issues with my TourX in 2 yrs.

Nah itís not necessarily flawed thinking, but good on you for being a classically trained philosopher. One reason they should be less expensive is quantity sold and broad consumer adoption. Second reason is Mooreís law. But thanks for the insult

A nicer approach would be to detail what you found disconnected and indicate that you successfully resoldered the comment.

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 01:14 PM

Leupold does have great customer service. They have to, because their rangefinders are horrible. They've replaced mine three times in two years. My buddy has had his replaced twice, and the current unit is very unreliable when giving yardage. I had a caddy whose Leupold didn't last 6 months. Awful product, so don't go there.

My Nikon 550 (an oldie) still works flawlessly despite being 10+ years old. I still use it when I have to send my Leupold in for service. If I had to get another, it would be a Nikon.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 11:04 AM

Iíve had very good service from my Bushnell products (2 lasers and 2 gps watches over the last 8 years). Never any trouble but I take care not to drop them or get them wet from rain even though they are said to be rainproof.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 01:02 PM

View Postroll - gybe, on 01 July 2018 - 01:14 PM, said:

View PostSocrates, on 01 July 2018 - 06:54 AM, said:

So two years ago my thought process was: these have to cost less now since everyone is using them; compact would be nice so I can put it in my pocket; and wow the big rangefinder is still quite expensive.

This is flawed thinking.  The only reason an item will cost less, is if it is made cheaper.  A broken wire between the battery and circuit board is common.  I took my V2 apart - soldered the wire and back in business.

Have had no issues with my TourX in 2 yrs.

Nah it's not necessarily flawed thinking, but good on you for being a classically trained philosopher. One reason they should be less expensive is quantity sold and broad consumer adoption. Second reason is Moore's law. But thanks for the insult

A nicer approach would be to detail what you found disconnected and indicate that you successfully resoldered the comment.
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 01:09 PM

View Postroll - gybe, on 01 July 2018 - 06:39 AM, said:


So two years ago my thought process was: these have to cost less now since everyone is using them; compact would be nice so I can put it in my pocket; and wow the big rangefinder is still quite expensive.


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 02:18 PM

That's a horrible time to have a failure. I've had a V3 for several years now with no issues. I'm not sure its an engineering or QC problem in the units design but rather you got a clunker.
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