I found plastic reels and tanks loaded 120 more easily than their metal counterparts. Once you slide the tongue over the ball bearings, it's a piece of cake (for me, at least). Of course, you pay with the inconvenience of having to wash and dry the tanks/reels very carefully, and you also use more chemicals than you would with steel.
Originally Posted by SingleLensSoul
But it might be worth considering, because a half-hour struggle doesn't sound like fun.