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another question regarding baitcast reels... It's a ball bearing question... Does the more ball bearings a reel have make the reel a better working reel or better reel in general or not neccessarily?

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I am no reel expert but in this case I would say that the amount or bearings play a good role in how well the reel will operate.
 

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Bearings are used to hold the reel spool in place as it turns, so the more there are, the tighter and smoother the reel spool will spin. (I think)
 

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Generally speaking reels are valued (priced) by the light weight materials they are made of and the number of bearings. The basic bearing placement is one on each end of the line spool shaft, then they added bearings on the cranking shaft, ends of the level wind shaft, additional one way bearing on the crank shaft, then adding two more bearings on the spool shaft, then bearings on the cranking finger pads for a total 10 bearings on the higher end reels. The bearings that affect casting the most are the spool shaft bearings and these should be oiled regularly.
The biggest mistake most bass fisherman make is using WD-40 as a lubricant on their reels. WD-40 is a water displacement solvent and does not make a good lubricant due to evaporation leaving a film of contaminated oils and grit coating the parts. You should have your reels professionally cleaned once a year and then maintain the bearing lubrication with a good reel oil. I use BreakFree CLP and keep a small 20ml (5/8 oz.) bottle in my boat. A small drop on each bearing and shaft keeps the reels in great working condition. You might want to consider a line dressing like TangleFree if you are casting fluorocarbon line or any high tensile strength line that is water proof.
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well ball bearings helps but look at the citica. it has 4 bearign (i think) and its a good reel. but if you a reel with 10 bearings that 200 bucks and a reel with 6 thats 80, the 6 bearing one is the better choice because once u get it on a rod and just feel the feel of a new baitcaster, you wont care. well thats a least how i am haha....
 

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The number of bearing does not necessarily make a reel better, there are high end reels, and low end reels with the same number of bearing, and all bearings are not the same. I would not buy a reel simply because it has more bearings. You can get a really good reel, such as a pinacle, which has 6 to 9 bearings for less money than say a revo with 10 bearing. both reels are good reels in my book, and I have some of both. There are a lot more factors to consider when purchasing a reel than just the number of bearings it has. Just my opinion.
 

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Generally speaking reels are valued (priced) by the light weight materials they are made of and the number of bearings. The basic bearing placement is one on each end of the line spool shaft, then they added bearings on the cranking shaft, ends of the level wind shaft, additional one way bearing on the crank shaft, then adding two more bearings on the spool shaft, then bearings on the cranking finger pads for a total 10 bearings on the higher end reels. The bearings that affect casting the most are the spool shaft bearings and these should be oiled regularly.
The biggest mistake most bass fisherman make is using WD-40 as a lubricant on their reels. WD-40 is a water displacement solvent and does not make a good lubricant due to evaporation leaving a film of contaminated oils and grit coating the parts. You should have your reels professionally cleaned once a year and then maintain the bearing lubrication with a good reel oil. I use BreakFree CLP and keep a small 20ml (5/8 oz.) bottle in my boat. A small drop on each bearing and shaft keeps the reels in great working condition. You might want to consider a line dressing like TangleFree if you are casting fluorocarbon line or any high tensile strength line that is water proof.
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Break free is an awesome thing to have. It is a great gun oil it is used by the army and swat. Also it is the best paint remover you can youse
 

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acording to a experinced bps worker said ball erings are not as important as they once were they are more focoused on the quality rather than quantity


hope it helps :thumbup01:
 

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I think that is a good question...

I have had that conversation with a few reliable people with years of experience. They say that it used to be about number of ball bearings, but now its more about what type of bearings and the placement of the bearings and strict tolerences and a multitude of other factors.

I love my Pro Qualifiers with 7 bearings. They're plenty smooth and durable. There is the Shimano Citica that some rave over with 4 bearings. I have seen some reels with 9 and 10 bearings for in the 50 dollar range that I wouldnt trade my 7 bearing reels for.

There are a couple of reel people on here that can do a lot better explaination I'm sure.

I think after so many bearings its just overkill, but then again is it???
 

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i have a Quantum with 6 bearings. It has fished a whole year and caught some pretty nice bass. It's holding up good so I'd say 6 bearings is enough. Even though I guess more could only be better.
 

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I get this question at work all the time. I tell customers that bearings are terribly important, but it is QUALITY over QUANTITY. I do not care if a reel has 13 bearings if they are all junk. I would rather have 5 high quality bearings over 13 junk bearings any day of the week. How do you know if they are quality bearings? Do a bit of home work and check out reviews on the reel, the company, and ask folks what they think of the reels. Pro-reel is very good about answering questions you might have, and happens to be a nice guy to boot. While i have not had experience with Bassman 13, i have been told that he is also very well informed when it comes to these things.

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I get this question at work all the time. I tell customers that bearings are terribly important, but it is QUALITY over QUANTITY. I do not care if a reel has 13 bearings if they are all junk. I would rather have 5 high quality bearings over 13 junk bearings any day of the week. How do you know if they are quality bearings? Do a bit of home work and check out reviews on the reel, the company, and ask folks what they think of the reels. Pro-reel is very good about answering questions you might have, and happens to be a nice guy to boot. While i have not had experience with Bassman 13, i have been told that he is also very well informed when it comes to these things.

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Where do you work???
 
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