Shimano AX FB Spinning Reels
With Varispeed™ and Dyna-Balance®, you can count on the Shimano AX reel for long casts and smooth retrieves.
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- Graphite Frame, Sideplate and Rotor
- Diecast Aluminum Spool
- Varispeed™ (except AX-ULSA)
- Super Stopper® II (except AX-ULSA)
- Ported Handle Shank (except AX-ULSA)
- Power Roller® II (except AX-ULSA)
Normal oscillation systems use a constant rotation of the oscillation gear that, when translated to the cam, provides an inconsistent spool speed. This results in line lay that stacks at either end of the spool. By using an oval oscillation gear, we are able to alter the speed of the oscillation cam to provide a consistent spool speed. This results in an even line lay that provides excellent castability and manageability.
- Super Stopper® II
Super Stopper II anti-reverse uses a one-way bearing that eliminates backplay. This provides the angler with instant hooksetting power. In some reels, the Super Stopper II can be turned off to allow backreeling for special techniques and situations.
This feature eliminates wobble during the retrieve by counterbalancing the rotor to enhance sensitivity and smoothness. By using computer balancing, an approach similar to car tire balancing, we are able to redistribute the rotor weight to create smooth rotation and eliminate vibrations caused by the reel.
- Power Roller® II
This is an oversized line roller that reduces twist from casting and retrieving and is enhanced with a tapered area on the support to help line get onto the roller quicker.
When it is time to replace them, I find reels that are a bit smoother cranking and drag but not enough to make up the difference in price. Unfortunately it appears that Shimano may have discontinued this little gem. My first was $14. The last time I bought them was $17. This time $22, but well worth the price.
I was so surprised at what kind of smoothness and just plain quality goes into these bargain priced reels from Shimano.
I bought another one and keep it loaded with line inside the lifejacket compartment of my 4.3 meter Tinny and am always ready just in case of a REEL emergency.
The kids have Power Baited Dozens of 10 to 25 inch trout with their Catanna Rod/ AX Reel combos and the reels are still functioning amazingly well.
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