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    Do the Chinese make a decent fishing reel?

    Hi all,
    does anyone know if the Chinese actually make a decent fishing reel? If they do what is it?
    Thanks
    Ralph

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    Re: Do the Chinese make a decent fishing reel?

    Most reels are made in China Fin-nor Penn most Shimano not so much where its made more so what price point

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    Re: Do the Chinese make a decent fishing reel?

    As Shooter said, It all depends on price point. Most reels are now made in asian countries, including the well-known brands, I'd say that the bigger brands exercise a higher degree of quality control on materials used, and specify certain grades of metals to be used, whereas the lesser-known brands, (whilst more than likely produced in the same factories), aren't as fussy, and may be inclined to cut corners by using inferior materials. Think plastic or low-grade metal for gears, non-stainless bearings, etc...This is naturally reflected in their prices.

    That said, it would also depend on what you want to use the reel for. If it was for mullet, whiting;flatties and the like on light line, a cheaper reel will probably serve you for many years with decent maintenance.
    I have a couple of Shimano FX 2500's I use as lender reels, and with a splash of fresh water and a quick lube after each use, have lasted over 15 years! At $20 each, that's pretty good value!
    However, using a cheaper reel for bigger fish which can really pull - I think you'd be lucky if it lasted a good day on the water.

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    Re: Do the Chinese make a decent fishing reel?

    My ABU 6500 copy worked well for years. Just had to watch the salt water and wash it and oil.
    I think it was about $30, Doesn't matter if it drops over the side..........
    randell

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    Re: Do the Chinese make a decent fishing reel?

    You'll be surprised at how many reels are made in the same Chinese factory & badge engineered !

    It just depends on the pricepoint & the componentry used ........ roll the dice stuff .

    Chris
    Give a man a fish & he will eat for a day !
    Teach him how to fish
    & he will sit in a boat - & drink beer all day!
    TEAM MOJIKO

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    Re: Do the Chinese make a decent fishing reel?

    My ABUs say "Made in Sweden" and cost a tank of fuel more than the knock offs....I love them.

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