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Reel longevity
« on: October 23, 2017, 02:03:53 PM »

Here is something that I wanted to get opinions on from my fellow anglers. We all have out preferred brands and styles of reels in their respective pricepoints. Lets say for arguments sake you were spending a roundabout $150 on a given reel. (this will put it in the "workhorse" category). How long do you expect it to work problem free (part failure), before you have it serviced? Now, I know we all dont fish the same, and dont fish the same amount of time in a given calendar year. Me being a service junkie, and trying to get the most out of a reel, Im just curious as to what yalls expectations are.

Here is why I ask: Person gives a reel to me for service, and states that it is a bit "grindy" on the retrieve. OK, whens the last time you had it serviced? "Oh, never". How long you had the reel? "About 3 years". Im not gonna say what it looks like on the inside, or what was wrong with it. But, sometimes people have some weird expectations on how these things should hold up to our fishing habits.
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Re: Reel longevity
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2017, 02:29:55 PM »

3 years of use without any kind of service care give to it is asking for trouble. Unless he only used it 3 or 4 times a year.  ~b~
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Re: Reel longevity
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2017, 02:48:39 PM »

It has been my practice for many years to have my reels service every two years.  Although I don't fish as much as in the past the dirt build up is still significant in a couple years.  Since I fish mostly braid I expect that the dirt picked up by the braid and vegetation can be problematic.  I am not too sure about the Daiwa reels as yet.  The seem to be a bit more sensitive to this than my Lews.  I don't leave my rods and reels in the boat and for the most part are in the house in a controlled environment.  When fishing multiple days in the same week the rods and reels are in the garage with no environment and a bit dusty in there as well.  Since my Dawiwa's are new I believe they need a good lube but thats about it.  It will be interesting to see what you detect at Guntersville.
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Re: Reel longevity
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2017, 03:05:23 PM »

Ah... I'm sure you know a topic like this is going to illicit a response from me about my Ambassadeur.
Cleaned and relubed twice a year, then spent 5-7 years or so in storage.
Have replaced one part in somewhere around 23 years, that dang cogwheel.
Smooth as silk.
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Re: Reel longevity
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2017, 05:35:07 PM »

On normal years I cleaned/lubed and replaced as needed twice a year, but I fished a lot!  This year, I could get by with, , , , , , nevermind, last year I could have got by with once  ~roflmao
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Re: Reel longevity
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2017, 11:11:50 PM »

I fish 3 to 5 times a week in nice weather and 2 to 3 times a week in not so nice weather. I rotate through 4 to 6 reels a day fishing though. So time on each reel is split up usually. I typically do the routine cleaning and lube about every 6 months. Of course when my reels last 5 years I think I easily got my money out of them.

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Re: Reel longevity
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2017, 06:28:47 AM »

I do a tear down every winter, and a quick lube and wipe down at least once during the season, I expect at least 5 years of service. I have several reels that are 20 or so years old and still perform well.
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Re: Reel longevity
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2017, 06:56:35 AM »

Every 2 weeks with oils and. Basic cleaning , then I sent it in once. Year for a full clean and grease. There is so much gunk and nast stuff every single cast going in ur worm gear and etcit's unbelievable. 
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Re: Reel longevity
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2017, 08:45:16 AM »

3-5 years, however I wipe my reels down and put a drop of oil on the bearings and brake drum whenever needed (Shimano). I also usually have my reels serviced professional once every year or two just to keep them in tip top shape.

I don't abuse my gear to find out how long it would actually go before something broke.
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Re: Reel longevity
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2017, 05:10:07 PM »

Most of my customers seem to think that when the reel starts acting up, that's when it's time to get it serviced. Then they act surprised to hear that it needs parts. Go figure.
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