Reels

  • April 11, 2018 at 8:15 pm #2594
    j_kieser@yahoo.com'MuskyMob1
    Participant

    I’m in the market for 2 new reels low speed and high speed. I’ve narrowed it down to 2. The toro beast and the tranx 400. just looking for some reviews and input on both. thanks.

  • April 12, 2018 at 10:59 am #2595
    caddie05
    Keymaster

    I’m a big fan of Shimano. Don’t have personal experience with either reel you’re looking at, but know plenty of people that seem to like both. I use 400Bs and a Conquest for everything. 🙂 If you’re on Facebook, there are lots of posts on groups out there with similar questions. Hopefully some members of FRV weigh in on your question here though.

    Blake - "caddie05"
    FRV Secretary and Website Director
    blake.pawlikowski@gmail.com

  • April 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm #2596
    muskyjunky@gmail.com'Tim Crews
    Keymaster

    I have Abu Garcia’s Revo Toro Winch and NaCl models and a Record 50. I love them all when they are not broken. Problem for me is they are always breaking. I am admittedly hard on my reels and break em all, but the Abu’s seem to break the fastest. Most issues have been with level wind, but also with gears, drag and reel not engaging. Abu’s customer service is top notch.

    I have Shimano Calcutta’s (400B, 400TE) and the Curado 300E and like those. I have two 400B’s and both have a drag loosening up on their own kind of problem right out of the box. I sent both 400B’s to Shimano and now they squeek and give me the willie’s like finger nails on a chalk board and oiling doesn’t help. Mark over at Dave’s Reel Repair will make them right for me though. Never a problem with the Curado 300E. My 400TE was my first reel expensive reel, and it’s smooth as butter. I have tried the Tranx 500 but too expensive and uncomfortable for me. The Tranx 300 and 400 will be the next reels I buy, but have not tried them yet. Shimano’s Customer Service is also excellent.

    The best reel I’ve owned with respect to durability is the Daiwa Lexa 300HD. I actually made it through 1-1/2 seasons so far without it breaking or needing maintainence. I think the 300 comes only in a 7.1:1 gear ratio. The 400HS comes in 5.1, 6.3, 7.1 and 8.1:1 ratios. They also have Lexa WN and CC series as well. You should also consider the Lexa’s.

    Good luck!

     

     

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 1 week ago by Tim Crews.
  • April 13, 2018 at 8:05 am #2600
    j_kieser@yahoo.com'MuskyMob1
    Participant

    I currently run the 300ej, and 3 400B’s. Just looking at upgrading. I like that the beasts come with 3 different reel handles.

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