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How often do people clean their reels/send them in for maintenance? Where do you send them and what is the approximate cost?

I have 4 reels I'd like cleaned...all Shimanos. Two are spinning (Stradic 4000FG and 2500FH) and two are baitcasting (Curado 200BSF and Scorpion 1000).

With winter fast approaching it's time to start thinking about the offseason...

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Mark,
I have been taking my Shimanos to Sea Isle Sports Center. They are at 495 Guy Lombardo Ave, Freeport NY 11520
516-868-8855. They are an authorized repair center for Shimano, Penn and a few other brands. They do a nice job on repairs. You can reach Ron Feuring at the number above. Tell him that Leigh Price from the New York Boat show suggested that you call him.
 

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I used to own a rod/reel repair shop on the side. I charged $8 maximum per reel labor. Any parts required were extra. It took me about 20 minutes to do a reel, and I tore them down to nothing, soaked all of the parts and reasemble with new grease and oil.

I recommend 1 time per year, regardless of use. If you use them often (like I do), you can do minor lubes yourself during the year.

Some people did some interesting things to their reels! I had one guy that said he "cleaned it himself" but it was not working quite right. Turned out he packed the sucker full of wheel bearing grease. Another guy decided to clean all his reels at one time.....mixed up the parts and then reasembled them. None of them worked right (go figure) and I had to sort out that mess....that cost more than $8 per reel!

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You wouldn't be still doing some cleaning on the side, would you? Email me off list ([email protected]) or PM me if you're interested...

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I've been doing more and more repairs and lubes the last few years. My neighbor where I grew up used to work for Abu Garcia and he taught me the right way to break down and lube reels. I also got my hands on some great company shop manuals for Shimano, Pinnacle, Abu, Quantum and Diawa. I was contemplating offering a service on my website to do them this year. Last year I charged guys $10.00 per reel. This included total breakdown, degrease and clean and Lube/oil to factory specs with Hot Sauce reel oil and grease.
 

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Thanks, EW! I sewnt you a pm, and plan on doing an MM order this winter anyway. Sounds like I can kill two birds and combine the order with a cleaning service.

Works for me!

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Cool, that works, clean your PM box out, it is full. I should soon be tying hairjigs and pouring custom orders. I will be getting my titanium pins out in early DEC. Just email me the reels you have so I can obtain the schematics. I like to have them handy.
 

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Will do, EW...and the reels are in the first post in this thread. I actually remembered you have Scorpions, which makes me feel more comfortable. They are rare, but awesome reels, and knowing your familiarity with them puts my mind at ease...

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Generally, a once a year cleaning and lubing is sufficient but there are other factors that need to be considered. Rain, sand, dirt, brackish water, etc., are all elements that directly affect your reels performance and will determine the frequency of cleaning and lubing. Also, the type of grease and oil that is used on your reels will have an influence on how it functions.

Example: All bait casting reels come packed with grease in the bearings from the factory. Manufacturers do this for a couple of reasons: (1) smooth and silent operation, (2) longer duration between cleanings, (3) improve the longevity of the bearings. Unfortunately, the problem with “greased bearings” is they inhibit your reel from attaining the casting DISTANCE it was meant to achieve. If you expect top performance from your reels, bearings need to be thoroughly flushed from all remaining grease and be coated with a super fast and light oil such as Yellow Rocket Fuel. You will see a major improvement in casting distance BUT you will have to oil the bearings on every two or three outings for proper maintenance….a hassle for many people, unless you have the ability to take your reels apart.

These are just some guidelines that are necessary for proper reel maintenance/operation. Most services charge approximately $12.00 per reel for routine maintenance. However, additional charges apply for any worn out or broken parts that need to be replaced.


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Is that anything like $8 per reel, $100 if the reel owner tryed working on it themselves. LoL
 

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I have 3 spinning and 3 baitcasting I would like to have serviced. anyone doing it on the side?
5 Diawa
1 Pinnacle
Thanks
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Shimano baitcasters ONLY:

For these reels only..I can recommend Lake ForkTackle Repair, as that is ALL they work on. They have been doing so for many, many years...and it is their only business. They are honest, and fair...but most important, they do excellent work with fast turn around time. Good, old fashioned, honest decent folks who take pride in their work.

They also just produced a DVD or videotape for do-it-yourselfers who want to see it all done, and learn how to do it...

Three ways to contact them:
(903) 383-2120
[email protected]
www.lakeforktacklerepair.com

They will forgive the fact you know me, well maybe AFTER they bust on me for a while to you....{LOL}.
 
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