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Old 11-09-2019, 08:56 AM
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Default Banax Kaigen 1500TM - strip and check brand new reel

I imported brand new Kaigen 1500 from Korea as we don't get these reels in South Africa.
I have habit to strip and open brand new reel regardless of made just to see how it looks inside and if it is lubricated properly . And in this case it proven that was good that I did open this electric reel.

I found a lot of brass shredding around the star drag adjustment knob . It is obvious that some cross treading happen during the assembly. Cleaned all and used moly grease. There was no grease at all on the knob tread .

Decided to open reel and found barley any grease on the main gears - it looked like that grease was applied with two tiny brush strokes. Then at the bottom of handle shaft - Where shaft is engaged in the inner frame - no lubrication at all.

Found another small issue but could not figure out where problem is. When reel is tilted to the left - spool slightly shifts to the left, and it starts to make light scraping noise. Knob that adjusts tension of spool free run does not fix this problem.

Guys , check your reels and check that star knob tread. If not lubricated it will strip very quickly. Also check level wind mechanism - I found grease only on worm shaft - nothing on other two balancing shafts.

Trick to remove right plastic cover is to unbolt the speed lever. Speed lever has a cap and it is not pushed in but it screws. Not to damage or scratch speed leaver cap - drop a blob of hot glue and apply on top while still hot a flat piece of plastic or metal - wait glue to cool and then unscrew the cap . Behind cap is a nut that has to be removed .
Otherwise reel is made very solid with most of gears being made of brass .



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Was wondering how ya get the speed lever apart looking at it. Any pictures?
Old 11-09-2019, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
Was wondering how ya get the speed lever apart looking at it. Any pictures?
cant upload photos yet. Very simple . I realized that cap does not pull out . You have to unscrew it . But to grip the cap only way was to position reel so cap facing celling and then used hot glue gun and dropped blob on top of the cap watching not to overflow over the whole lever . While glue was hot I pushed spanner 7 that is on screwdriver handle and waited glue to cool down while holding spanner vertically till glue hardened . Once that was done , just turn anti clockwise and cap started to unscrew .
One all done I put cap back while was still stuck to spanner and then just bent it sideways and glue was off from cap and not even a scratch .
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Iíd just like a manual in English that I can follow. If anyone has simplified thoughts on features and / or shit I should know Iím fairly new to electric reels. Will be using for deep drop sword in NE US.
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Originally Posted by Gmarty View Post
Iíd just like a manual in English that I can follow. If anyone has simplified thoughts on features and / or shit I should know Iím fairly new to electric reels. Will be using for deep drop sword in NE US.
i have Korean manual that I translated with Google photo to translate app . It sucks big time . Canít make sense of half .
I will be testing it before a proper use . Itís a must to learn how to use this reel before you use it at sea. It has a huge pulling power - and it could snap a rod in no time if line is pulled too far in or if line gets tangled at tip .

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Have you tried to reach out to Frigate Sales to see if he can help out? He sells these in the Commercial section here on THT.
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Heck I have the BK 1000 and I think this things got pretty good power.Just curious Drago what do you plan on fishing for with yours over in S Africa? Swords?
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Frigate sales put together a ďhow toĒ common sense version but will not release it unless you bought from him. I bought from THT seller. I offered him money still would not do it.

I got English instructions .. (sort of) from another guy but they suck..Iíll gladly share em if you stay in touch as you use it.. itís winter were I am so no swordfishing anytime soon. Iím sure Iíll figure it out but want understand the features thoroughly
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Originally Posted by Lu 1967 View Post
Heck I have the BK 1000 and I think this things got pretty good power.Just curious Drago what do you plan on fishing for with yours over in S Africa? Swords?
Our shallower reefs ( 25-100m) are constantly targeted with charters and hardly any decent fish you can catch these days. I want to target deeper reefs (200-300m) for bottom fish in between trolling as that is not really doable with multiplier, we have very strong ocean currents . I donít think we have Swords here, I envy you all is USA for having such a great fish . Some swords were caught in long past around Cape Town but long liners pulled them all out . Now we have close to hundred of Chinese trollers that are pulling all fish on Mozambique coast and we already feel it here on north coast .
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Originally Posted by Drago58 View Post


Our shallower reefs ( 25-100m) are constantly targeted with charters and hardly any decent fish you can catch these days. I want to target deeper reefs (200-300m) for bottom fish in between trolling as that is not really doable with multiplier, we have very strong ocean currents . I donít think we have Swords here, I envy you all is USA for having such a great fish . Some swords were caught in long past around Cape Town but long liners pulled them all out . Now we have close to hundred of Chinese trollers that are pulling all fish on Mozambique coast and we already feel it here on north coast .
Thanks for the reply.That sinks about the commercial trollers for sure.S.Florida where I fish has strong currents as well but a 10 pound stick weight seems to do the trick.200-300 meters for us works too,but so does 400-500 for certain fish ( queen snapper,swords ect) If deep drop isn't too popular in S.A. and with a little prospecting,finding a un-tapped fishery would be awesome.Good luck,Lu
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Originally Posted by Gmarty View Post
Frigate sales put together a ďhow toĒ common sense version but will not release it unless you bought from him. I bought from THT seller. I offered him money still would not do it.

I got English instructions .. (sort of) from another guy but they suck..Iíll gladly share em if you stay in touch as you use it.. itís winter were I am so no swordfishing anytime soon. Iím sure Iíll figure it out but want understand the features thoroughly
Did yours come with the book in blue print? Your private message box is full.
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It came with a manual in Korean. Message box should be available now. Thanks
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So Iíve been using the k1500 strictly for daytiming off New Jersey this past summer and fall and the reel honestly is a little beast. Itís actually pretty impressive and has caught a number of fish in the last few months, no sea monsters but fish to 150lbs and the reel just doesnít skip a beat in low gear. Also caught a few hundred pound ocean sunfish and ohh yea they fight like hell lol. Iíve been fishing 4-8lbs off lead and in high gear it makes quick work retrieving.
So what I have primarily been doing is fighting the fish in low in the rod holder to the weight, removing the rod from holder and placing it in a belt to be able to removing weight and fight fish to the harpoon. I feel that holding the rod after weigh is removed is giving you a better feel of what the fish trying to do and just kind of creeping him in the last 100í
Iíve purchased a few reels from frigatesales in the past and purchasing one from over seas is just a bad idea, itís a gamble to save a few bucks and if something does happen you have a paper weight
now for the good stuff some pics






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Also for power I made up a extension with a 30amp inline fuse and 30a twist lock plugs. Makes taking the set up on other boats very simple

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Originally Posted by Drago58 View Post

I found a lot of brass shredding around the star drag adjustment knob .

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was the shredding long thin pieces from a typical cross thread or a buildup of tiny pieces like you get when you cut a thread with a tap?
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I have a brand new never used Banax 1500 Iím looking to sell for $950. They retail for $1,350.
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Originally Posted by puppy View Post
was the shredding long thin pieces from a typical cross thread or a buildup of tiny pieces like you get when you cut a thread with a tap?
It was long thin shreddingís
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Wish they sold these in Australia, we get shafted with everything down here!
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Originally Posted by friendlyfish View Post
Wish they sold these in Australia, we get shafted with everything down here!
i imported it from Korea to South Africa as we donít get this brand at all here . It cost me 750USD for the reel and 108USD for shipping with UPS, and pay pal took some small percentage too. Then I had to pay for import VAT when it arrived . It all came to about 990USD in total , but yes no guarantee , Korean manual that is useless . I wish Banax has a good website but unfortunately not .
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Originally Posted by Seacraft25 View Post
So Iíve been using the k1500 strictly for daytiming off New Jersey this past summer and fall and the reel honestly is a little beast. Itís actually pretty impressive and has caught a number of fish in the last few months, no sea monsters but fish to 150lbs and the reel just doesnít skip a beat in low gear. Also caught a few hundred pound ocean sunfish and ohh yea they fight like hell lol. Iíve been fishing 4-8lbs off lead and in high gear it makes quick work retrieving.
So what I have primarily been doing is fighting the fish in low in the rod holder to the weight, removing the rod from holder and placing it in a belt to be able to removing weight and fight fish to the harpoon. I feel that holding the rod after weigh is removed is giving you a better feel of what the fish trying to do and just kind of creeping him in the last 100í
Iíve purchased a few reels from frigatesales in the past and purchasing one from over seas is just a bad idea, itís a gamble to save a few bucks and if something does happen you have a paper weight
now for the good stuff some pics
Just out of curiosity, why did you list it for sale? Are you upgrading?

I saw it was listed on a FB page we both are members of.

From what I can gather, these reels seem even more powerful and have more capacity than the Beastmaster.


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