April 12, 2018 at 10:59 am #2595caddie05Keymaster
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.
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April 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm #2596Tim CrewsKeymaster
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.
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