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    Alternative to Jobo Reel

    Hello,
    I am looking to find a reel that i can use instead of the jobo reel. I have a tank, lid, etc. just need the reel and loader base, etc. are there any cheaper alternatives?
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    I think that you will have to use a jobo reel in a jobo tank, certainly Paterson won't fit and I believe that anything that fits a paterson will not fit a jobo and jobo won't fit a paterson as the centre post is different size
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    According to Freestyle's website, the steel reels made by Hewes fit, but I haven't tried.

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    I no longer have my Jobo equipment, but I believe that the above poster is correct. I used SS reels in my Jobo and I think they were Hewes. They were not "cheaper" as the original poster specified, but they worked well, which is far more important to me than saving a few bucks.


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    Jobo gives instructions for the use of Jobo tanks (1500 series) with stainless steel reels so I suppose there should be no problem to use those, if one happens to prefer SS reels:

    http://www.jobo.com/jobo_service_ana...0Steel%20Reels

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Henderson View Post
    ...... I used SS reels in my Jobo and I think they were Hewes. They were not "cheaper" as the original poster specified, but they worked well, which is far more important to me than saving a few bucks.
    The standard 3.5-inch Nikor-type SS reels will not fit the small JOBO 1500 series tanks, but at one time (in the last 5 years) Hewes made special SS reels for both the 1500 series tanks and the 2500 series tanks. They are more expensive than the plastic ones, but much easier to use.

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    afaik, the steel Hewes/ Job reels were end of lifed and are certainly hard to find anywhere. I should have bought a a few more when I had the chance but the cost added up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuhead View Post
    afaik, the steel Hewes/ Job reels were end of lifed and are certainly hard to find anywhere. I should have bought a a few more when I had the chance but the cost added up.
    Calumet has got some new:

    http://www.calumetphoto.com/eng/prod...el_1565/jb2340

    I have no idea whether the price is decent or indecent though

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    Although not cheap, I have two of Hewes SS reels my paterson tank and they are wonderful. You can buy them at RK Photographic

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrclSchprs View Post
    .......You can buy them at RK Photographic
    Thanks for the link to RK Photographic. It's nice to see the SS Jobo reels, and many other SS film devices, are still being manufactured. I don't know who sells them in the USA, but I bought my reels directly from Hewes, about 6-7 years ago.

    These SS reels for Jobo tanks are much easier to use than the original plastic reels. Not cheap, but worth the price.

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