Bent my stainless reel, are the pro reels worth the money?

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  1. Puma

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    Hello,

    I've gone and bent my reel and I'd like to know if the expensive reels are worth it. Tundra pro reels are about $50 and I want to know if you still have the occasional problem with it?

    Thank you,

    Puma
     
  2. Tim Gray

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    I love mine. I didn't spend $50 on them. More like $20. Try Freestyle and search for Hewes.
     
  3. holmburgers

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    Or Nikor, and of course eBay. I think I got two perfect, boxed Nikor reels for maybe $10.
     
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    Hewes are very easy to load. The wires are thicker and film "pops" in there quite easily. How badly is your reel bent? I had a few like that and I just bent it back....
     
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    I echo Tim's recommendation for Hewes reels. They are made of heavier gauge steel than most; and with the prongs instead of a spring in the centre to start the film, they are a breeze to load. Expect to spend $15-20 (average) each on eBay (shipping not included).
     
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    I just buy them on eBay, you can find lots of 10+ reels that go for $20 or so. I have had to throw away one of two reels but I still end up with many good serviceable reels for the cost of a few new reels. I probably have 20 120 reels, 25 135 reels, and 10 tanks of various sizes. I would like do few more double 120 tanks, but I never get around to buying any. I ended up with lots of Nikor's, a few Hewes, and some no names.
     
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  7. Paul Sorensen

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    Hewes reels are totally worth it.
     
  9. degruyl

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    another vote for hewes
     
  10. tonyjuliano

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    Hewes all the way...
     
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    Hewes are remarkably better. I loaded Nikkor and various brand reels for nearly thirty years before making the switch. I am completely shocked at how much simpler they are to load. Absolutley better.
     
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    Hewes. Worth every penny. New, if you're in a hurry; stalk auctions of multiple ones if you're not.

    Note that they are slightly taller than nikor reels due to the thicker wire. This can cause problems with some multiple-reel tanks, if they cut it too close based on standard reels.

    Duncan
     
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    Tundra Pro is Hewes and the reels are marked Hewes. Regular Tundra are not Hewes, just regular cheap reels.
     
  14. Tim Gray

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    So B&H has a 200% markup on Hewes now? That is if you buy the Tundra ones. I think they still have them listed as Hewes as well for $25...
     
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    Simple, Hewes.