I understand your frustration. Just loaded 2 rolls of 120 on plastic reels, the first went on easy in about 30 seconds, the second apparently had a little something tin one of the grooves and took about 5 minutes.
With practice I have gotten fairly quick with JOBO reels, took lots of patience and experimentation and motivation to get reasonable at it. I find that C-41 processing is the most fun when I use my CPA2 and plastic reels are an integral part of that system.
Tried Patterson reels at one point a few years back and struggled, didn't have the JOBO then so went back to steel as you are considering.