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Old 02-02-2009, 01:33 PM   #21
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Penn is junk, if it was made in China. I had the SSG models and they got wasted in less than 2 months then went to the Slammer series because I had a couple pre-china. Those gunked up with salt (inside the body) it wicked up through the decorative cap that covered where the old reels had an antireverse lever. I was just given 2 of the Torque 30 and one had a bent/defective handle right out of the box. Also had a bunch of 113H reels and one fell apart (new) in the rod holder on the way out to the fishing grounds.

If you can find the 4500-7500 spinners they are awesome, discontinued but work horse reels.
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:31 PM   #22
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As for the Inter Spin reel, it was supposed to be top secret but some reps have big mouths!
Sometimes things just slip out in the course of conversation. That's the 1st time I've ever heard the name of it for example...

Nothing wrong w/ chumming the waters a little anyway - especially if top secret. I'll hold off on a Saragaso 18k until seeing the Penn offering now...
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Old 02-02-2009, 03:27 PM   #23
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I was just given 2 of the Torque 30 and one had a bent/defective handle right out of the box.
most of the time that has nothing to do with the manufacture. if UPS, Fedex or your local tackle shop drop any reel box you are going to have damage.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:03 AM   #24
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As for the Inter Spin reel, it was supposed to be top secret but some reps have big mouths!
Sometimes things just slip out in the course of conversation. That's the 1st time I've ever heard the name of it for example...

Nothing wrong w/ chumming the waters a little anyway - especially if top secret. I'll hold off on a Saragaso 18k until seeing the Penn offering now...


After all its the chum that brings the fishy's around, fair enough!
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Penn is junk, if it was made in China. I had the SSG models and they got wasted in less than 2 months then went to the Slammer series because I had a couple pre-china. Those gunked up with salt (inside the body) it wicked up through the decorative cap that covered where the old reels had an antireverse lever. I was just given 2 of the Torque 30 and one had a bent/defective handle right out of the box. Also had a bunch of 113H reels and one fell apart (new) in the rod holder on the way out to the fishing grounds.

If you can find the 4500-7500 spinners they are awesome, discontinued but work horse reels.

Penn is junk hey! even if it is made in China, well none of the reels you owned by reading your post were made in China, gunked up with salt hey! ever heard of maintenance Slammer reels were never fitted with anti-reverse lever all models came with one way roller bearings. Torque 300 or Torsa 30 and what no truck ever came from the factory free of defects As for the 113's may not had a lick of lock tight on the screws (so what). Still thousands of Americans love these reels, and probably as common as a F250 truck.

As for the old spinfishers could never bring myself round to buy one!
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I still say that Shimano and many others are far better reels than any Penn , Penn was great in the old days ,not as good anymore .
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Don't really have anything against Penn, but I will say this.......
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I've got 3 460's,4 560's live liners, 2 of the 560 usa.Wont use anything else in this class of reels.No problems with any of them.They get proper care,clean fresh water after every use.Couple drops of penn's silicon oil.end of season opened up cleaned with q-tips and regreased.Drags opened up disc's cleaned.Seen a frends shimano gears strip on one of his 4500.The other 3 he has performe flawlessly.Reels of that caliper/class probably all good quality,But for me I like the looks,feel and performace of the slammers.Penn cativa's and others in that class/price range wont hold up IMO.The one that have had trouble with I would love to talk about buying them from you if you still have them esp If you feel they are junk and don't use them anymore and there just laying around.
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Old 02-04-2009, 05:16 PM   #29
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I have a bunch of Penns and like them fine. Someone told me that the new ones made in China are to be avoided but I have no first hand knowledge of that.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:41 PM   #30
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There was a time when I would buy nothing but Penn. I have had to return 3 of the made in China reels. One was a 330 GTI and two were 4000 series SSG's. I'm done with Penn. I have two Spheros reels. I have had them for a year and am very happy at this point. Avet gets the nod for a conventional reel.

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Hi,
I'm from the Seychelles Island and have imported at least 8 penn spinning reels from "Scott's Bait & Tackles.
All are made in China- after a couple of times in use, a few days later i went in my store to get some tackles to organize for a coastal fishing trip - I just couldn't believe my eyes of how much the reels were corroded a couple were even ceased, had to take it all apart. I said to myself that couldn't be true so much corrosion for such a short time in use.- it seems that it's all been dipped in the sea since 6 months ago. I took some pictures and tried to find a way to send the attachment to penn. but couldn't get the contact.
Note:- I have over 35 years experience in fishing / big game / deep sea / sport / kids fishing.
I'm the owner of a charter company - I service my engines O/B and do full service on all the Game reels -
Penn International / Furmula/ senators so I can assure you that taking care of the equipment s are my number one priority. The reels from China - BTL 6000 and FIERCE 6000 are all crap .i have a new model Spinfisher which I hope is of better quality.

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If any one would like to see the corroded Penn crap from China I will gladly post the pictures.
I got some ABUGARCIA Cardinal which I bought in South Africa about 15 years back and no issues to date except that a couple have lost the handles.
If PENN does not remedy these problem with their CHINESE counter part they can start getting ready to close down their factory which for so many years have such a good name.as they are not doing justice to the PENN NAME.

WHAT A SHAME

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Don't really have anything against Penn, but I will say this.......
Avet.
With regards to all the negative issues I have with Penn spinning reels "made in China"
I've been using Penn Senators since I started my own business in the very early 80's - was like work horses don't remember having to maintain these reels -just wash them thoroughly with fresh water after a days fishing - they go on forever - I also have 6 Penn international 2 speed no problem whatsoever, had them about 20 yrs. then I bought the 3 Penn Formula Graph-lite and the first time that I ever service them was after 5 to 6 years of service.
The last 12 to 15 years I've been running 3 hrs "kid's fishing tours" along the coast inshore / very calm waters, the reels doesn't even get splashed and the NEW "china" reels gets clogged up with corrosion- unbelievable but true.-
The last 2 that I took out of the box - I had to take them apart and fill em up with Penn Grease. And it helps a bit .
If anyone knows how I can send pics of the corroded reels to the PENN COMPANY Please send me the contacts.

Find me at www.sunglowholidayvilla.sc and click on "Boat Charter"
Or go to YouTube and type Gerry's Private Charters- Seychelles. To view some video clips

Tight lines

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Old 06-19-2013, 01:17 PM   #35
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I own a ton of everything, penn makes fine reels, the new SPV is very very nice.
The china reels are just as good as far as spinning reels are concerned.
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With regards to all the negative issues I have with Penn spinning reels "made in China"
I've been using Penn Senators since I started my own business in the very early 80's - was like work horses don't remember having to maintain these reels -just wash them thoroughly with fresh water after a days fishing - they go on forever - I also have 6 Penn international 2 speed no problem whatsoever, had them about 20 yrs. then I bought the 3 Penn Formula Graph-lite and the first time that I ever service them was after 5 to 6 years of service.
The last 12 to 15 years I've been running 3 hrs "kid's fishing tours" along the coast inshore / very calm waters, the reels doesn't even get splashed and the NEW "china" reels gets clogged up with corrosion- unbelievable but true.-
The last 2 that I took out of the box - I had to take them apart and fill em up with Penn Grease. And it helps a bit .
If anyone knows how I can send pics of the corroded reels to the PENN COMPANY Please send me the contacts.

Find me at www.sunglowholidayvilla.sc and click on "Boat Charter"
Or go to YouTube and type Gerry's Private Charters- Seychelles. To view some video clips

Tight lines

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With regards to all the negative issues I have with Penn spinning reels "made in China"
I've been using Penn Senators since I started my own business in the very early 80's - was like work horses don't remember having to maintain these reels -just wash them thoroughly with fresh water after a days fishing - they go on forever - I also have 6 Penn international 2 speed no problem whatsoever, had them about 20 yrs. then I bought the 3 Penn Formula Graph-lite and the first time that I ever service them was after 5 to 6 years of service.
The last 12 to 15 years I've been running 3 hrs "kid's fishing tours" along the coast inshore / very calm waters, the reels doesn't even get splashed and the NEW "china" reels gets clogged up with corrosion- unbelievable but true.-
The last 2 that I took out of the box - I had to take them apart and fill em up with Penn Grease. And it helps a bit .
If anyone knows how I can send pics of the corroded reels to the PENN COMPANY Please send me the contacts.

Find me at www.sunglowholidayvilla.sc and click on "Boat Charter"
Or go to YouTube and type Gerry's Private Charters- Seychelles. To view some video clips

Tight lines

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I've got a few Sargus reels that are 6 years old. Kids use them for seawall/dock fishing. Like most of the cheap reals, the finish is coming off but they can't seem to break them.

I have a bunch of Chinese made Slammers (760, 560, 360). They work fine, drags are good, still look like new. Pretty good reels for the money. I'd rather have US made, but at least they are a US company.
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