listening to all the hoops and jumps you have to go through to use those plastic reels just makes me very glad I took the tiny bit of extra effort to learn to use stainless steel ... 40 years later the film still just slides on.

The biggest problem with these ratchet reels is that you are pushing a 5-foot length of film from its far end into a thin plastic tube, essentially, and it is going to bind if there's the least bit of moisture or grease or anything fatter than a bad intention anywhere along that 5 feet of tube.

With SS, you just make sure it's pretty dry, crimp the film just so and on it goes. I really don't understand why folks fear those things.