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#2582720 - 08/25/08 08:45 AM Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden?
WisTex Offline
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Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 175
Loc: east texas during winter
when did abu outsource their reels to china?

are there still some models made in sweden?

which ones?

for example are the new 7000's made in sweden or china ?
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#2582769 - 08/25/08 09:00 AM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: WisTex]
armadillo joe Offline
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Registered: 04/22/05
Posts: 15589
Loc: Lake Fork
The one my buddy has was made in Korea.

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#2582949 - 08/25/08 09:59 AM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: armadillo joe]
Pencil pusher Offline
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Registered: 04/02/05
Posts: 305
Loc: Dallas
Revo S is now made in China, originally was made in Korea. All other Revos are made in Korea for now. The Black, Silver and Pro Max are all made in China. The round reels with the exception of the "BSX" (I think that is what they're called) series are made in Sweden. I have seen some of the larger salt water reels that were made in either China or Taiwan.

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#2583014 - 08/25/08 10:26 AM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: Pencil pusher]
aggiegolfer Offline
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Registered: 02/12/07
Posts: 4537
Loc: Willis, TX
I believe the Ambassaduer C3, C4, C5 and Record are still made in Sweden.

I have Revo S's that were made in Korea and one from China, and other than differences cosmetically under CLOSE inspection, there's no discernable difference.

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#2584867 - 08/25/08 07:52 PM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: aggiegolfer]
TheRiverRat Offline
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Registered: 11/03/07
Posts: 249
The Revo SX is a korea made reel.
thats all I know on the subject.
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#2606934 - 09/02/08 09:47 AM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: TheRiverRat]
kelkay Offline
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Registered: 11/26/07
Posts: 24151
Loc: East TX
I don't want an Abu Garcia reel made in China. I wish they would pull them out of there. I prefer them to be Sweden made. My reel of their's I bought last December was in Korea...which is a little better than China to me, but not much. The quality is not quite what it used to be. But they are still a wonderful reel, regardless. I would rather buy Abu Garcia than most other reels. (especially if it is still made, high quality, from SWEDEN) I do have other reels I love, but I prefer US, if I can't buy that, Sweden will do. The rest I just grit my teeth and try to find the best I can without resorting to Chinese made products. China is not our friend folks. If I see a reel made in China, I will bypass that reel.


Edited by kelkay (09/02/08 10:08 AM)
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#2823070 - 11/12/08 11:47 AM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: kelkay]
merc250 Offline
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Registered: 08/28/07
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none are made in sweden any more

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#2824153 - 11/12/08 04:54 PM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: merc250]
Kerry Dugan Offline
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Most of The C3 and C4 reels are still made in sweden, but be careful some of the lower grade stores sell the c made in china.
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#2824532 - 11/12/08 06:17 PM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: merc250]
The Fishing Physicist Offline
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Originally Posted By: merc250
none are made in sweden any more


Buzzt! Not so!

There are still some Abu that are made in Sweden. The Revos are NOT among them.

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#2825308 - 11/13/08 05:36 AM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: The Fishing Physicist]
aggiegolfer Offline
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Registered: 02/12/07
Posts: 4537
Loc: Willis, TX
If wherever they make them they have to meet specifications designated by the parent company, why does it really matter?

I could see Made in USA mattering, but if it's foreign, why does the country of origin matter if they are all made to the same specs?

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#2826219 - 11/13/08 10:02 AM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: aggiegolfer]
XYZ Offline
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Registered: 06/13/06
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Loc: FTW
Originally Posted By: aggiegolfer
If wherever they make them they have to meet specifications designated by the parent company, why does it really matter?

I could see Made in USA mattering, but if it's foreign, why does the country of origin matter if they are all made to the same specs?


I agree Aggie, I mean most of the stuff made in the U.S. is well not very good. A few of the lower Garica models lack in quality but the C3-C5's, Mag-Trax's, Ultra-Casts, Rockets, and Records are great if you ask me. Also they make a good number of reels for the Australian market that are excellent. Even the C4's and Rockets sold at Wal-Mart are great and say made in Sweden. Last year I bout an assortment of ABU's on clearance at Wal-Mart for 25.00 a pop.

I bought a US made Ardent X1000 and it is the worst reel I have ever had. So I will take my chances on China any day. I do not support outsorcing however be careful to critize outsourcing you may find yourself walking down the street unclothed.
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#2830737 - 11/14/08 02:31 PM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: XYZ]
kissmybass52 Offline
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Registered: 08/03/04
Posts: 1275
Loc: fort worth,texas
i have a red 5000,when i cast ,and crank it ready to work ,it takes a whole turn to disengage.what is the problem.please help .
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#2833608 - 11/15/08 06:34 PM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: kissmybass52]
PEZZ Offline
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Registered: 11/23/04
Posts: 1136
Loc: Burkburnett, Texas
I noticed some say "Engineered in Sweden" instead of "Made in Sweden". These might be the sweat shop reels.

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#2834121 - 11/16/08 05:23 AM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: PEZZ]
Happy Birthday fool4fishing Offline
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I have some with the Swedish logo on the side and 1 don't. Does it make a difference?
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#2868751 - 11/26/08 12:41 PM Re: Abu Garcia Reels; made in China or Sweden? [Re: fool4fishing]
cudakilla Offline
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Registered: 09/09/04
Posts: 459
Loc: Austin
I only use classic styled Ambassadeurs and get them all directly from Sweden. CS, CS Rockets and Proshops in the Classic style are still the best reels for me. Especially in the cool new colors. The quality has only improved over the original ones.

The boxes are printed in China, but the reels are not.


Edited by cudakilla (11/26/08 12:43 PM)
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