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Have your Banax Electric reels held up?

Old 05-23-2017, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Frigate Sales View Post
I've got some really nice rods, but haven't been able to keep up with demand. I'll have more here in 2-3 weeks and will post full detail when they are in hand.

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I bought a Banax reel and Rod combo and have been particularly pleased with both. I just don't have the hours on the reel to give an informed opinion as to how well they will hold up. I'll report back after the summer of deep dropping in the Bahamas though.
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Old 05-23-2017, 06:07 PM
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Don't know how to emphasize this enough: We use 2 of them and literally have caught hundreds of Tiles, Barrels etc. In fact, we replaced our Tanacoms with the Banax reels. There are other threads speaking to the merit of that.

Also, while I hate to admit it, we were one of the user error issues. James was a real champ to fix and replace immediately.

In summary, the reels and the seller (James) have been flawless. Period.
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:21 PM
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Looking into getting one of these. Can they handle the task of bringing a sword up from 1400'?

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Old 06-13-2017, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by KnotLiquid View Post
Looking into getting one of these. Can they handle the task of bringing a sword up from 1400'?

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Never tried. They are not advertised to do so.
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Old 06-13-2017, 03:05 PM
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mine has been great. may buy another
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Old 06-13-2017, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by KnotLiquid View Post
Looking into getting one of these. Can they handle the task of bringing a sword up from 1400'?

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How big?
Are you sure he's going to be at 1400'?

No, not enough line capacity for a big sword - regardless of drag and motor strength...
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:15 AM
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Well I'm pretty much sold at this point. Couple quick questions...

Assuming so issues, around how much does annual service cost? Any work on the motor or just standard cleaning, drag washers, grease, etc? What's the usual turnaround for routine service?

Will the reel fit in a standard reel seat?

Do I get the Kaigen 500 or 1000? Tilefishing in the NE canyons, may use it for a kite one of these days
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:30 AM
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Bearings are motor are completely sealed in an o ring fit casing. I've never had to replace either. Drag washers hang in there quite some time as well. Pricing determined by the extent of the repairs needed, but it won't be much at all, shipping both ways probably costs more than the service. 1 day turn around is typical - I don't have many repairs.

Yes, fits in a standard reel seat. Get the 1000, more drag, more motor, not too heavy, and when you go deep - you'll appreciate the capacity.
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:02 PM
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They are fine. I have had one I guess close to 2 years. I had one of the earlier ones with the older paw gear and it striped. I brought it to one of his dealers and they did not have the part. I left at the tackle store and James delivered parts and fixed it the next day.

As far as cleaning it, run free flowing water over entire thing. Don't use pressured water or soaps. Wipe try and store with holes down

I know 7 in use right now and they all tested mine against Tanacoms before buying a banax.
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:23 PM
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Has anybody been able to figure out how the line manages to wrap around the level wind? It happened to me too and I don't know how, had a smallish fish either a 4 lb weight and it wrapped around the back of the level wind so the line had to actually come from the front to the back and between the cross bar and loop around the level wind.... Seems impossible.
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:33 PM
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That back lash that's only like one loop in the line
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:08 PM
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How can it backlash with a fish and a 4lb weight while it's retrieving?
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:18 PM
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The loop didn't happen on retrieval, it happened while the line was slack.
One loop will do it, pull at 400' per minute, and braid will cut just about anything.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:35 AM
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Are you saying the loop happened while I was deploying it? If so I apologize, as I thought you were saying all of this did not happen while I was retrieving the line with a fish on it, although easier to comprehend that it looped on deployment and tightened up on retrieval I still have a hard time seeing how the line can loop around where it did.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
Are you saying the loop happened while I was deploying it? If so I apologize, as I thought you were saying all of this did not happen while I was retrieving the line with a fish on it, although easier to comprehend that it looped on deployment and tightened up on retrieval I still have a hard time seeing how the line can loop around where it did.
Yes, the only time it can happen is when the line is slack enough to wrap around the level wind.
It gets tight, you reel in at speed and it will break something.
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Old 06-15-2017, 10:20 AM
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The only time I have seen it happen is when the weight hit bottom, not during the drop.
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:44 AM
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Got it, that's all I wanted to know.
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:38 AM
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Which Banax reel is suggested for a electric kite reel?
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Old 05-24-2019, 07:02 AM
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The 1500TM - it's overkill for kites - but the level wind on the 1000 is too small for the swivels to pass.
The formal announcement for the 1500TM will be next week.
A lot more reel - but a good bit pricier as well.
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Old 05-24-2019, 07:40 AM
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Got it so no Kite solution yet?
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