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 Post subject: Re: Best Lube
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:16 am • #  
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I used to particularly like Reel X Soft grease, but the last batch was something quite different and I wouldn't recommend it anymore. The UK importer has closed shop in the UK anyway.

The old stuff, soft as it was, would never fly off the gears...the 'new' stuff won't stay on them!


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GreatLaker wrote:
Mike 408 wrote:
Regarding gaskets on the case, if you are talking about a gasket between the side cover and main housing, the 300 reels did not have a gasket.

Mike,
Early 300 reels did not have gaskets but many later 300 models (after around 1976) do.
Kind Regards,
Bill :tup



I think it's the 300A with the M8 gears inside, that had the gasket....as well as just a few from the 810 840 range and these also have wider gears that won't fit the reels that don't have a gasket.


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GreatLaker wrote:
Mike 408 wrote:
Regarding gaskets on the case, if you are talking about a gasket between the side cover and main housing, the 300 reels did not have a gasket.

Mike,
Early 300 reels did not have gaskets but many later 300 models (after around 1976) do.
Kind Regards,
Bill :tup


Thanks Bill. I learned something new today because I didn't know that. After I read your comment I had to stop and think about all of the 300's I have and have had in the past because I've never seen this before. I think I figured out why I hadn't seen one, all of my 300's were older than 1976 :sHa_biggrin:
Were the gaskets made of a fiber like material, or were they similar to the plastic used on the A Series reels ?

Mike


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Mike,
Same as 300A series, injection molded plastic in red and black.
Kind Regards,
Bill :tup


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Found one the surpassed all others, Blaster White Lithium Grease, found at Auto Zone for around $7.00 works great. When reels need cleaned will replace current lube with this.


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Schrack,

I would never recommend using white lithium grease in any fishing reel :sCh_taz: . I speak from experience that after a while the lithium grease dries out and becomes like hardening concrete. It takes considerable scrubbing to get it out. Many years ago I used Liquid Wrench White Lithium Grease vice the Blaster brand but I'm doubtful that the end result will differ. Only my opinion and advice based on personal experience.

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I would also discourage using Lithium based grease. I bought a couple of 300’s from a guy who told me that he had packed the gears with lithium grease. When I opened it up, it was all blackened. I speculate that it was a galvanic reaction between the aluminum alloy and the lithium.

Again I recommend a clear synthetic grease, like Superlube or a grease designed for reels. I also use old fashioned mineral oil. Compressor oil is a mineral oil, Air Tool Oil is also similar. Both are inexpensive.

G. Glen Simpson,
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


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Called company, they assured me the grease does not harden.I did two reels with it, will see what happens


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Hi mates, just wanted to add to never-ever use the oil designed for a paper shredder machine. I made that mistake once and the Mitchell Reel seized up within one year. I have great results using blue brake caliber grease mixed/stirred with a good gun oil.
Best regards, Dennis2149


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The mineral oil that I am using is Norton Honing Oil, for use with oil stones for sharpening knives and tools. It is a mineral oil because it needs to be food safe, for kitchen knives. For me, reels are a secondary use for it, I am quite good at putting an edge on a knife or chisel and have a collection of Carborundum, India and Arkansas whet stones.

The other oils that I mentioned are variations of mineral oil.

A lot of this is trial and error.

Glen in Nova Scotia


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Hello Mates,

I use ReelX soft all the time with great results on 100+ Mitchell reels .
I will order a sample to see if the ''new ''reelx is the same as the old stuff after reading Bailarms post ..

regards Dries


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