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Old 01-04-2009, 11:24 PM   #1
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i have a box filled with the 25 or so different smaller ht-100 drag washers that penn makes.



i am frequently faced with a situation where stock penn ht-100 or carbontex drag washers will not fit. if the penn washers are thin enough to fit, then i still often have to deal with the outside dimensions. what i can do is find a washer with the proper inside diameter and thickness. then it's just a matter of cutting down the outside diameter to fit. what i'll do is find a shaft of some sort that will fit the inside hole. i will used a drill bit or, in this case, a deep socket, to serve as an arbor.



slide the drag washers over the socket.

now you have to hobble something together to hole the drag washers in place and keep them centered. an old bench grinder will make quick work of this. my bench grinder is on a rolling stand. it goes out in the drive way, then i point a fan at it to blow away all of the carbon dust. this is not the kind of stuff that you want to inhale.



hold the stack of drag washers against the grinding wheel and a slight angle. the drag washers will spin like crazy, and get ground down at the same time. particles of carbon (and fiberglass, in the case of the thicker penn drag washer), will fly everywhere if not for the fan. like i said, don't inhale this.



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Old 01-05-2009, 03:14 AM   #2
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Absolutely slick way to get the job done. That is the perfect solution to a problem I've faced several times.

BTW. I have several tools mounted on walkers bought at local thrift stores. A walker gives you a solid platform for tool mounting or for a small work table, adjustable hieght and some have rollers. Oh yeah, they fold too.

Thank you for another useful tip.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:56 AM   #3
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Alan,
Great idea.... Can I suggest that anyone trying this please wear safety glasses. Not trying to be a wise ass but sometimes the simple things are over looked.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:57 AM   #4
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yeah, just like the kid in the photo, i've worn glasses all my life. it's sort of an afterthought. also, make sure you do not inhale this stuff. it's bad.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:46 PM   #5
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Alan - do you sell drag washers? I randomly just remembered I need washers for both a 4-0 and 6-0 senator, can I get them from you or where do you recommend?
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either a local shop or pennparts.com. please let me know if either of these do not work. alan
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:54 AM   #7
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Ok, will do, just making sure you didn't have any 'special' washers
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:10 PM   #8
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Alan - 2 more dumb questions. One, I'll probably grab them off pennparts.com, but was wondering if their washers are pre-greased? Also, can I just use Penn reel grease or is that important to use drag washer grease? These are for bottom bumper rods, not important for 100% smoothness.
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you can get cal's drag grease at pennparts.com as well. for bottom fishing, a smooth drag is just as important! alan
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:37 AM   #10
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Will do, thanks again!
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