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OK, the wind up joke was bad. I'm basically in the market for a reel. About 50m of high-viz line, easy to use, I'm not going to buy a spool (tried and didn't like) and I don't want to pay Manta prices. I'm aware of the importance of a good reel, but I'm not prepared to pay more than the cost of a weekend diving in Tynemouth for one. I'm a student.

OK, let the games begin. I'd like opinions based on what people have used and works, not "I've seen xxxx reel in a shop and.." or "My buddy has used.."

It would also be useful if you could let me know where I can get one, and how much. As I'm going to be buying quick-sharp over t'internet or local (ie Go-Dive, SDS or Cannock Scuba)

If we can avoid this becoming a reel vs. spool debate that would be nice as well. I've made my decision.

I'm also open to second hand offers, but you're going to need a damned good excuse for selling it.

Thanks in advance. Digs.
 

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I've been using the McMahon 'big yellow and black one' this summer. It's large and pricy though (£40 IIRC), but my blob fits well as shown here. Its a dream to use, either tieing off or mid water. Size is a bit of a downsde, no pockets for this baby. I suppose I shall have to clip it to my bum d ring when I get a couple more.

I've had a couple of others - one of the beavers with a spring as week as a very weak thing. It got over stretched in the kit bag. Another, the one with the central bar to release and wind in went overboard accidentally. Never did like having to hold the bar in to wind in though.

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McMahon here as well. One thing to look out for is that pulling the lever too far down makes it rub against the spool - easy enough to fix with a small nut & bolt, but something you need to know about before using...

And it's not very ambidextrous, which is a shame, but rarely a problem.

Never had any problems with it, unlike its two predecessors..
 

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Quote[/b] (Dominic @ Aug. 18 2003,10:40)]One thing to look out for is that pulling the lever too far down makes it rub against the spool - easy enough to fix with a small nut & bolt, but something you need to know about before using...
Yep, I've had that problem, forgot to mention it.

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Can we make that three Mcmahon's in a row? I use one too, very easy to use, nice big chunky handle for dragging my smb around during a drift dive. Main drawback is it's very hard to stow in anything like a streamlined manner.
I've heard really good things about the bodaine mini reel - never seen one though. I can recommend avoiding the scubapro reel with the pull release like the plague, my girlfriends one never worked properly and I've heard that from multiple sourses.
 

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Going along with the crowd but ive got a big yellow McMahon too (i posted on here last month asking about reels).
Its done about 10 - 15 dives since then and i like it.

No its not pocket size (clip to D ring) but i can leave my dsmb permanently attacked to it.

Like others the trigger being pushed too far was an issue for me so a bit of customisation (putting a screw in to create a stop) worked.  Ive also customised it a bit further drilling another hole opposite the existing one so with clips i can have a loop of webbing for tying off (yes i have read the other threads!) which can also act as a buddy line if needed and serves to tie up the reel/smb and clip to jacket.

Even with cold hands the ratchet is big enough to release easily and i suppose given its size it could be used as an offensive weapon on land if needed....
 

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See, i already have a McMahon reel. Thanks for the suggestions, but I'm presently using that with a load of thick line for wreck and a bit of cave business.

They do work, but I'm loathed to get another one, as I don't like it enough to buy 2!

Any other suggestions guys? I've not used the CD and other similar reels, but I also don't know how much they cost really, so I'd be grateful if anyone's got feedback.
 

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Quote[/b] (Digger @ Aug. 18 2003,14:10)]Any other suggestions guys? I've not used the CD and other similar reels, but I also don't know how much they cost really, so I'd be grateful if anyone's got feedback.
I've got a CD reel,  very nice build quality and no problems to date.

Price - Expensive....

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Quote[/b] (Digger @ Aug. 18 2003,14:10)]Any other suggestions guys? I've not used the CD and other similar reels, but I also don't know how much they cost really, so I'd be grateful if anyone's got feedback.
<font color='#0000FF'>The Halcyon Pathfiner 400 reels are very nice. I used to use mine for shooting DSMBs but now I use spools instead. If you really are dead set on getting a reel you will be very hard pushed to find anything that comes close to a Pathfinder. Expensive though so probably no good for you at the moment.

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have looked at one cd reel, absolutely beautiful but VERY expensive!
 

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I have gone from big McMahon reel to a CD reel and both are great reels. The McMahon is much better for reeling in being nice and large with a nice big handle on the spindle but the CD is nicer for launching the blob with the lockable racket and is nicer to hold on to while deco-ing as well plus its much better to hang of a d-ring than the McMahon.
 

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Have a look at the reels from Kent Tooling Digger, I'll be gettin a couple myself next payday. These really are the muts nuts and I know of a few expeditions that have used them exclusively with great success.

The goodman handle type is the one i'll be getting. (50m S/STEEL KNUCKLE/SCOOTER MOUNT REEL)

http://www.divingproducts.co.uk/

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I have tried,
the CD reel(50m version) ...very smart,streamlined , easy to use and comfortable.
An OMS...tangled up on me just when I didnt want it to. lots nice thick line and compact.but no ratchet. the tangles have made me lose confidence in it so it now resides in my dive bag..
Big Mchonan (fisher Price) reel. is still the best reel I have used to date.( until I lost it tangled on a drift with a lobster pot). it never tangled and it was always reliable. I miss it. the only down side was that the ratchet could bounce off the spool and it was huge..


HTH
one question. do people prefer a ratchet or a simple friction lock? are there any reels out there with a lock out ratchet besides for the Custom Divers?
 

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I'm more of a ratchet kind of guy. I've had a similar experience with the McMahon reel, but then it was free, so who's complaining?

I love it. The equipment officer had thrown away a reel, and all that was wrong with it was that the little spring had gone. A tiny bit of bungee later, and I had an up and running reel, which is probably better designed for the battering my equipment gets and ease of repair I need on site than the original spring version. All it took was to drill 2 holes and tie two knots. Perfect.

The Kent Tooling gusy don't have any prices etc. onthe website. The Bullring reel looks good, but that's going to be far too big for my needs. It's also going to be bloody expensive. You can tell by looking at it. Well, if you know of any cheap reels they do, let me know. But for now, I think it's back to mass-produced reels!
 

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<font color='#0000FF'>Hello Digger,

I use one of these reels with 80m line in it http://www.deepbluedive.com/products/product.asp?pid=1645
and there is an other one with less line. I prefer to use ratched reels as these can be used with one hand and as opposed to friction reels they don't slip during deco. But next buy would be a CD reel with 120m line.....but maybe have to wait till Xmas  


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I have one of those Osprey reels as a small back up.. first time of use the metal 'U' shaped line guide fell out and it caused an immediate bird nest. it wasnt even glue in. just a knurl and friction.
 
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