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Old 04-15-2006, 02:12 AM
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Default Help...TLD 15 Won't go into free spool

My TLD 15 Won't go into free spool and the drag adjustment knob on the side won't budge even if I use a piar of pliers.

Any hints, tips or suggestions???

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Old 04-15-2006, 03:00 AM
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More than likely you have a bearing that is rusted and seized on the main shaft. Why don't you just take it apart and clean it . You might have to order a new bearing if it is rusted through. They cost about 10.00 each. In our area, during the boat shows, there is a shimano group that overhauls your reel for free.
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Old 04-19-2006, 02:02 PM
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I have a TLD 15 that is less than 2 years old and it will not go into retrieve. Took off the cover and there was the dog spring and sitting on the bottom. Seems the plastic holding the spring to the cover had broken off.

Have you noticed the qaulity of the TLDs have gone down since they stopped making them in Japan? I have 1 older TLD 15 and 4 25s and all the screws and harware are in great shape, the 4 new 15s already have tarnished hardware and this one is broken.

Not sure I would reccommend TLDs anymore, sad I love the older 25s.
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Old 04-22-2006, 02:54 AM
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You might like the daiwa ld50h. same size as the tld15 . I have both. no problems with either. Just have to maintain them and lubricate them if you plan on letting them sit around after you fish with them in the salt.
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Old 04-23-2006, 07:51 PM
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sorry about not getting back to you sooner. been a bad week....

remove the preset knob, cam and lever and clean off all the pieces with a little bit of oil and an old toothbrush. then manually shift the spool from right to left in case it's jammed up a little. you could have two problems, or one.

the most common is swelling of the frame. you can tell because of "rub" marks on the lips of the spool where they rub against the side plate. a swollen frame will also "grab" the left end of the spool shaft, preventing the spool from shifting laterally the left when you push the lever to "free." when a spool locks in gear, this is the most common cause. the other problem that you obviously DO have is the stuck preset knob. that, by itself, would not normally lock a spool in place like a swollen frame would. i see this commonly in older tld graphite frames. and if i do, then i'm sure other shops and service centers do as well.

i'm still waiting for a tld 15 to come through so that i can do a photo shoot. nothing, yet, though. like i said, it's been a busy week!


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Old 04-23-2006, 08:23 PM
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I've got that problem on a tld20. The dang thing won't go freespool unless I smack it against something. Then it works fine.

If it is a swollen frame, is the repair cheap or dramatic?
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Old 04-23-2006, 10:01 PM
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unfortunately, it's the type of thing that takes a little practice. in your case, you probably have a spool shaft that is not sliding cleanly in and out of the hole in the left side plate. you will probably have to file out the hole a little to make it larger.

first you check the spool shaft alone (remove the cross pin). it should slide in and out very easily. if it does, move on to step two. if not, take a fine round file and carefully file out the hole, evenly on all sides, until it does.

second, add the cross pin. if the spool shaft and cross pin together slide easily in and out of the left side plate, move on to step three. if it hangs up, take a small fine flat file and carefully file a four contact surfaces of the cross pin until it slides easily again. in either case, don't file away too much material or the spool will wobble inside the frame.

third, add the spool. the entire assembly should slide easily in and out of the frame. if it does, your problem is solved. if it doesn't, AND if your reel was freespooling ok before you took it apart, then FIRST rotate the spool shaft by 180 degrees. if this works, then your spool shaft is slightly bent, but don't worry if everything else still works. if this little trick does not work, AND if your reel was not freespooling well beforehand, AND if the lip of the spool has rub marks, then the frame is swollen and you will have to get out the dremmel.

i use a high speed cutter like this one....



first, gently grind away at the hardened graphite frame just barely enought to remove any high spots or burrs. you need to do this just right. re-install the spool and right side plate to see if the spool can spin again. if not, tear it down and remove just a little more, then check the spool again. remove only enough material so that that the spool spins freely. if you grind away too much, you will leave a large gap and your mono can get caught between the lip of the spool and the frame.

this is the complete fix. go slow, take your time and be patient. this could easily take an hour or more until you get "the touch."
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wombatV - 4/22/2006 2:54 AM

You might like the daiwa ld50h.
I have a LD50H and several TLDs; I like the Daiwa hands down. Virtually maintenance-free. Great little reel, I have it spooled with 12# and have whipped many sails, dolphin, some tuna, and even a half-cento wahoo.

But this isn't a Daiwa vs Shimano thread...that problem with the TLD 15 is common; a friend has two that did that same thing within a couple years of ownership. Some kind of broken part that needed replacement, it wasn't due to a corroded bearing.
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Old 04-25-2006, 02:35 PM
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Try to find the ld30H. rare and hard to find but it is a sweet little reel. the only lever drag with a real
casting control knob. fast no tool takedown. simple and tough.
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:36 PM
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Treedawg. what turned up to be the trouble? did you fix the reel?
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fishy2 - 4/19/2006 1:02 PM
Have you noticed the qaulity of the TLDs have gone down since they stopped making them in Japan? I have 1 older TLD 15 and 4 25s and all the screws and harware are in great shape, the 4 new 15s already have tarnished hardware and this one is broken.

Not sure I would reccommend TLDs anymore, sad I love the older 25s.
I agree!!
I have (4) 25's that have performed flawlessly on all types of fish. I have even taken several swordfish on them. about 2 years ago I got some 15's for sailfishing and after going through 4 reels, I no longer use them. First, 2 of the clickers stopped working. Then I had a problem similar to what is being reported here. I now have (2) 15's sitting in a drawer and went to the Avet's for sails (500 yds of 20 lb and 6:1 retrieve ). The TLD series seemed to be such a nicely priced 'workhorse' for all-around fishing. I hope they can maintain that reputation - and the track record of reliability.
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