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Old 07-21-2021, 06:50 PM   #1
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Looking for someone that cleans and repairs reels, I have one I'd like cleaned. Anybody know someone? Willing to ship if needed. TIA
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Old 07-21-2021, 07:01 PM   #2
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I have always shipped mine back to the manufacturer.
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Old 07-21-2021, 07:01 PM   #3
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Pipeline tackle does an awesome job on reels. They are in Alabama
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Old 07-21-2021, 07:12 PM   #4
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Im not interested, but just wanted to say, I cleaned reels when I was in my low 20s down on the coast to support my fishing habit. Took a few of mine apart and used Southwest Fishing Tackle in Dallas when I needed parts.

Its really, really easy. Schematics are readily available online if you get lost. Clean w a brass brush, grease the slow moving parts. One drop of oil on each bearing and they'll sing like new.
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There's a feller in Weatherford that does both reel cleaning and rod repair. But I can't remember his name. I'll try to find out tomorrow.
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Old 07-21-2021, 07:36 PM   #6
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There's a feller in Weatherford that does both reel cleaning and rod repair. But I can't remember his name. I'll try to find out tomorrow.
Thanks Mike
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Old 07-21-2021, 07:51 PM   #7
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I used “the tacklesmith” I think you can probably google him. He did a great job when I used him.
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Old 07-21-2021, 08:16 PM   #8
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Save your money and buy a new one. I've never had any luck with repairs done on reels

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Old 07-21-2021, 08:22 PM   #9
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Line Cutterz in West Columbia does it for $25.00 I haven’t had it done yet but I know they are good guys.


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Old 07-21-2021, 08:43 PM   #10
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Huh? What if he has a $200 reel? If I bought a new reel each time mine was dunked in salt while fishing the surf, I'd be a fool. It's easy to clean and replace bearings on a reel, especially with schematics you can find on the manufacturers website.
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Old 07-21-2021, 08:58 PM   #11
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Southwest Repair in Dallas does cleaning and repair. Good folks
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Old 07-22-2021, 06:24 AM   #12
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dads ol tackle outside of conroe.

I used a young guy in BCS area that was slow, had 20 excuses and charged more than he quoted.
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Old 07-22-2021, 06:39 AM   #13
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Huh? What if he has a $200 reel? If I bought a new reel each time mine was dunked in salt while fishing the surf, I'd be a fool. It's easy to clean and replace bearings on a reel, especially with schematics you can find on the manufacturers website.
I'm just telling you my experience. I've fished in the Salt my whole life. I have 200 dollar reels in boxes in my shop that were repaired and they are never like when I bought them

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Old 07-22-2021, 06:52 AM   #14
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dads ol tackle outside of conroe.
I buy my reel parts from him. We primarily surf fish, which is about as hard as you can be on reels. Constant sand and lots of spray and the occasional dunking in the surf. We run mostly cheaper Penn Rival level winds. Super simple to break down, and I keep a stock of basically consumable spares- line guide, worm gear shield, worm drive gear and pawl. I learned a long time ago I had to work on these about every 3rd or 4th trip depending on the conditions. I can pretty much do them on autopilot now.

What kind of reel do you have? A little patience and Youtube along with the right tools and I'd bet you can do it yourself.
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Old 07-22-2021, 06:54 AM   #15
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bearintex, its an older Quantum IR3. I just bought it and would like it gone through


Thanks everyone who replied, it is appreciated
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Old 07-22-2021, 06:58 AM   #16
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Southwest Repair in Dallas does cleaning and repair. Good folks
Yup, Southwest does a great job, here's a link to their site.

https://www.southwesternparts.com/
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Old 07-22-2021, 07:04 AM   #17
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bearintex, its an older Quantum IR3. I just bought it and would like it gone through


Thanks everyone who replied, it is appreciated
Looking at the schematics for that one, it doesn't look hard. I would give it a go if I were you.
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Old 07-22-2021, 07:06 AM   #18
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There was a TBHer that offered reel cleaning. I feel like it was a college kid that previously worked at a reel counter somewhere. Something like that.
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Old 07-22-2021, 07:23 AM   #19
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Houston area a place in Cove Texas by Old and Lost river off I10. They do good work.
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Old 07-22-2021, 09:49 AM   #20
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I cleaned them for a few years back in high school. They’re not hard - just lay the parts out in the order you took them off and it will make the job much easier.

Be careful taking any c-clips off as they’ll try to shoot across the room if you’re not careful. Use WD-40 to clean all the old grease off, CLR to remove any corrosion, soak and shake bearings in rubbing alcohol, use a quality grease on all gears, use a quality oil on all bearings.


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Old 07-22-2021, 09:57 AM   #21
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Serious Tackle in La Marque but they are far away from you. You might could ship it? They’ve done several old Shimanos for me and they work great!
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Old 07-22-2021, 10:25 AM   #22
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depends on type of reel you got.
cheapies...throw away.

expensive...then clean/repair. expensive to me is anything over $150. below this price is a cheapie and you most likely won't find any bearings online for them.
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Old 07-22-2021, 11:31 AM   #23
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Thanks for all the replies, I have found someone.....
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Old 07-22-2021, 04:10 PM   #24
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Save your money and buy a new one. I've never had any luck with repairs done on reels
Yeah but he's not talking about Zebco's.
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Old 07-22-2021, 06:08 PM   #25
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I have 200 dollar reels in boxes in my shop that were repaired and they are never like when I bought them
Then they were not repaired correctly. A bait casting reel is a simple thing to fix.
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Old 07-23-2021, 01:30 AM   #26
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I'm just telling you my experience. I've fished in the Salt my whole life. I have 200 dollar reels in boxes in my shop that were repaired and they are never like when I bought them

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I’ll buy em for $50 each.
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Old 07-23-2021, 01:32 PM   #27
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I’ll buy em for $50 each.
Okay

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Old 07-23-2021, 01:39 PM   #28
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Just a FYI for anyone in DFW, or beyond:

Big John's Rod Repair
817-597-8273 or
jpen1951@gmail.com

Does reel cleaning too.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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