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Old 02-25-2011, 11:01 AM
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I run all Shimano these days (unloaded my last crap 70vs Penn Intls. a few weeks ago). Only a freshwater wash down after a day offshore and storing them with the drags in freespool and nothing in terms of maintenance. I'm talking 30 Tiagra's and TLD-50's that are three and five years old respectively with smooth drags, good clickers and no issues whatsoever on any fish. At this rate I'm beginning to wonder when they'll crap out because they've given no indication whatsoever.

P.S. I also haven't changed my line in all that time other than removing the top 100-200yds and adding new line.

Should I be banned from THT?

P.P.S. Also posted in the Fishing section but it seems everyone is here most times.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:22 AM
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P.S. I also haven't changed my line in all that time other than removing the top 100-200yds and adding new line.
After 3-5 years, if you have braid on the reels, I'll bet you have corrosion on the spools.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:36 AM
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After 3-5 years, if you have braid on the reels, I'll bet you have corrosion on the spools.
Which means the reel will be toast in 20 years rather than the 25-30 it would have lasted if he had taken the line off the spool and polished it after every trip (and twice on Sundays).
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Originally Posted by Capt Dave View Post
After 3-5 years, if you have braid on the reels, I'll bet you have corrosion on the spools.
Good point. When the spool corrodes completely (long after I die), I'll buy a new reel and 1500 more yards of braid for my son to use them.
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Which means the reel will be toast in 20 years rather than the 25-30 it would have lasted if he had taken the line off the spool and polished it after every trip (and twice on Sundays).
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I'm curious what the point of this thread is? Bragging about not taking care of anything? Clarify for me.
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
I'm curious what the point of this thread is? Bragging about not taking care of anything? Clarify for me.
X2. Seems if problems arise from not taking care of something, then it is krap???
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:21 PM
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i wash down all my reels with fresh water and soap. clean, lube, and store them if im not using them for more than a few weeks. i have 6 penn 30tw internationals from 1991. Besides some light scratches, they are beautiful. I have braid on two of them and have been using the braid on them for about 10 years, no issues there at all. I have had to replace bits and peaces over time on certain reels, but overall, very few problems. Lube them up and clean them and they will literally last forever. I also have 8 shimano tld 25's that are 7 years old. I do not do as much to them as the all metal penn's but i still lube them up and rinse them down, they seem more durable. My 70vs's i maintain real well though. Plan on passing down all the penn's- don't know how long the shimano's will last.

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Old 02-25-2011, 02:35 PM
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A good reel will last a long long long time with no maintenance and just a good washdown as long as it isn't getting saltwater in the internals. Performance - smooth drag, free spool, and cranking will degrade without taking it apart more often and lubing/cleaning. I have 2 30 year old Daiwa Sealines...They have only been totally taken apart twice in their lifetime and they are in great shape...I fished them with my dad and now I fish them with my kids...if my kids fish them with their kids that would be cool - and by that time they probably will have been taken apart maybe a few more times.
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No need for everyone to get fired up about reel maintenance since the basics (pretty much what twotems described)are all that's needed most of the time. Rinse off the salt, back off the drag, and store the reels and rods out of the sun (something that most do - but everyone should....), and that will cover just about everything. The only thing I'd add for basic maintenance is that if something squeaks when you move or starts getting stiff and not wanting to move (clickers, gear shifts, handle pivots, any exterior part that moves against another part...) then a drop or two of really good quality gun oil is just the ticket (I like Gunslick or Break Free). The rest of the maintenance picture only comes into play when something breaks or isn't doing its job satisfactorily... I don't like soap on any reel since it removes the lubrication. I'd rather have more lube than the absolutely cleanest reel around.

I've been repairing my own and other's gear now for some years (I learned the basics in the early seventies at the old Reef Tackle on 79th St in Miami). I still use reels that I bought in the mid seventies occasionally and they work just as well today as they did when they were new (and still have the same flaws , but you learn to live with them...).
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You need to go here if you ever expect to open one up and give it a cleaning. Alan's site is one of the best for tutorials and schematics. Or don't..

http://alantani.com/
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
I'm curious what the point of this thread is? Bragging about not taking care of anything? Clarify for me.
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X2. Seems if problems arise from not taking care of something, then it is krap???
Actually this thread is about the overkill that we do here on THT. Don't take your boat out if you don't have an epirb, flares, life raft, woody wax, glock, quadruple 350's, reels maintained by Alantani or Cal Sheets............................. Do you get it now?

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No need for everyone to get fired up about reel maintenance since the basics (pretty much what twotems described)are all that's needed most of the time. Rinse off the salt, back off the drag, and store the reels and rods out of the sun (something that most do - but everyone should....), and that will cover just about everything. The only thing I'd add for basic maintenance is that if something squeaks when you move or starts getting stiff and not wanting to move (clickers, gear shifts, handle pivots, any exterior part that moves against another part...) then a drop or two of really good quality gun oil is just the ticket (I like Gunslick or Break Free). The rest of the maintenance picture only comes into play when something breaks or isn't doing its job satisfactorily... I don't like soap on any reel since it removes the lubrication. I'd rather have more lube than the absolutely cleanest reel around.

I've been repairing my own and other's gear now for some years (I learned the basics in the early seventies at the old Reef Tackle on 79th St in Miami). I still use reels that I bought in the mid seventies occasionally and they work just as well today as they did when they were new (and still have the same flaws , but you learn to live with them...).
Thank you sir.
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Originally Posted by twotems View Post
Actually this thread is about the overkill that we do here on THT. Don't take your boat out if you don't have an epirb, flares, life raft, woody wax, glock, quadruple 350's, reels maintained by Alantani or Cal Sheets............................. Do you get it now?

Sorry buddy. I missed the part about "Actually this thread is about the overkill that we do here on THT. Don't take your boat out if you don't have an epirb, flares, life raft, woody wax, glock, quadruple 350's, reels maintained by Alantani or Cal Sheets."............in your first post?
Looked more like a bash on penn because they failed you for, admittedly, not taking care of them.

But anyway, yes, you can go years without having to tear open a reel to grease gears and lube bearings and replace drag washers, but be careful neglecting aluminum anodized spools.
Having said that, also concerning aluminum, anodized frame reels.......going 5 years without backing out the screws holding it together and greasing them so they DO come apart a few years down the road...........well, you just may get what you deserve? But maybe not, there are tons of reels on ebay looking for a buyer to deal with the ramifications of total neglect.
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"going 5 years without backing out the screws holding it together and greasing them so they DO come apart a few years down the road"

Tell me about it. I wipe my reels down with a wet cloth (spray is a no no) after every trip. I had a few reels, that had never bees taken apart, to upgrade with new drag washers. The screws were frozen in place. Rather than breaking the reels, I took them in for a cleaning and drag up grade. If I had popped and greased the screws every year I would have been good to go. The problem with having the reels serviced is the cost. If I remember correctly it's about 50.00 to have a single speed reel cleaned. That's a third of the cost of a lot of my Saltist reels.
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Originally Posted by capt. thunder View Post
The best one is I ever heard is that some guys wax their fresh water hoses. I think they are way past medication
To make it worse, in those guys minds, people that do not wax their fresh water hose are not worthy of being a boat owner due to a lack of basic maintenance.
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No, guess I don't get it. Obviously, what one may describe as a simple good maintenance schedule is overkill to you. To each his own.
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I hope they wax their hoses in private...
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"going 5 years without backing out the screws holding it together and greasing them so they DO come apart a few years down the road"

Tell me about it. I wipe my reels down with a wet cloth (spray is a no no) after every trip. I had a few reels, that had never been taken apart, to upgrade with new drag washers. The screws were frozen in place. Rather than breaking the reels, I took them in for a cleaning and drag up grade. If I had popped and greased the screws every year I would have been good to go. The problem with having the reels serviced is the cost. If I remember correctly it's about 50.00 to have a single speed reel cleaned. That's a third of the cost of a lot of my Saltist reels.
Yeah, pretty as they are....aluminum is a bad choice in the salty situation we put them in. I think the graphite frames are more suitable.
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