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Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: JC Skeeter] #11555534 04/20/16 11:06 PM
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Has anyone ever heard a loud whine on your shimano reels? I have 4 fairly new curado and just the other day out of no where 2 of them began to make a high pitched whine while casting or pitching.

As for the lews, I see the bb1 mentioned a lot. Are they more of an all around go to reel for cranking and/or pitching? Anyone try any of the new speed spools? I'm interested because they are very light weight.

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Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: JC Skeeter] #11555544 04/20/16 11:18 PM
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Has anyone ever heard a loud whine on your shimano reels? I have 4 fairly new curado and just the other day out of no where 2 of them began to make a high pitched whine while casting or pitching.
If it's the same noise I'm thinking of, just add 2 drops of oil to the reel. One on the brake pad and, if I remember correctly, inside the brake pad I believe there's a bearing or something. Another drop there and good as new. Inside the box the curados come with oil to do this and instructions as to where to oil it.


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Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: JC Skeeter] #11555559 04/20/16 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted By: JasonC
Has anyone ever heard a loud whine on your shimano reels? I have 4 fairly new curado and just the other day out of no where 2 of them began to make a high pitched whine while casting or pitching.

As for the lews, I see the bb1 mentioned a lot. Are they more of an all around go to reel for cranking and/or pitching? Anyone try any of the new speed spools? I'm interested because they are very light weight.


Jason, the original Bb1 was the first reel on the market to emphasize palming ability, with a flat left side plate, it was also the 1st reel to utilize the low profile concept. Lew Childre was a true innovator. As far as your Shimano's whine, it sounds like the spool bearings need a drop of oil. I service all my reels several times per year. Complete tear down, flush bearings etc. That's one of the reasons I get 20+ years out of them. I only replace reels when they get too far out of date and the newer reels have significant advantages. I know I've held on to the old "greenie" Curados way past their use by date but I just can't wear the damn things out.


Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: JC Skeeter] #11555579 04/20/16 11:42 PM
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I have owned many different reels. Quantums, lews, abus, even a wright and McGill, and I have to say I keep coming back to shimano. They hold up better than anything else, they're incredibly easy to maintain, and they're just plain simple. No crazy features that break every 5 minutes. I currently have 3 curado Is, two citica Ds and a casitas and theyre all fantastic. Won't buy another brand again.

Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: JC Skeeter] #11555650 04/21/16 12:31 AM
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No Nathan , never been serviced just like my Shimano reels. That was the point . Like I said, I love my Lews but they don't hold up as well.


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Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Cmack] #11556474 04/21/16 01:55 PM
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Has anyone ever heard a loud whine on your shimano reels? I have 4 fairly new curado and just the other day out of no where 2 of them began to make a high pitched whine while casting or pitching.

As for the lews, I see the bb1 mentioned a lot. Are they more of an all around go to reel for cranking and/or pitching? Anyone try any of the new speed spools? I'm interested because they are very light weight.


Jason, the original Bb1 was the first reel on the market to emphasize palming ability, with a flat left side plate, it was also the 1st reel to utilize the low profile concept. Lew Childre was a true innovator. As far as your Shimano's whine, it sounds like the spool bearings need a drop of oil. I service all my reels several times per year. Complete tear down, flush bearings etc. That's one of the reasons I get 20+ years out of them. I only replace reels when they get too far out of date and the newer reels have significant advantages. I know I've held on to the old "greenie" Curados way past their use by date but I just can't wear the damn things out.


Thank you for the info. I am planning to go and test out a few lews reels this weekend, the bb1 will be one of them. As for the whine on my Curados I will oil them tonight and see if that fixes it. I doubt it is anything major as they are fairly new and the other 2 are not doing that. So a little oil will most likely do the trick.

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My curados used to whine from time to time, just take a qtip and some reel magic to the break pads and races and a drop on the bearings and its good to go.

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Shimano always make the whining sound specially the old cu200 I did have a e7 do it also and for the reel experts it was the metal pegs on the cast control that the little plastic pieces go on. I have had to buy 3 cu200 spools and one for the e7. I will only buy Abu Garcia products.

Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: JC Skeeter] #11557008 04/21/16 05:31 PM
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Lew's good to very good, Shimano very good to great. I would be happy with either.

Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: JC Skeeter] #11557017 04/21/16 05:35 PM
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Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life)] #11557119 04/21/16 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted By: Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life)
Still just somthing about shimano that I prefer though. But no complaints about Lews except they are way over greased from factory


I totally agree, Lews reels are great reels until that super packed in factory grease is gone, once that happens I notice quick wear and tear on my Lews reels until it is blown out or the reel get's progressively more loose until it wobbles like an 80's jalopy flying down the highway at 90mph.. the most common problem I've consistently seen that the pinion gears and the anti-reverse bearings fail.. I've worn out 4 Lews reels in the last few years ranging from a Speed Spool to a BB1. (yes I properly maintain my reels, they just are worked very hard and often)

Shimano on the other hand isn't as smooth out of the box because it isn't super packed with grease, but that smoothness never changes throughout the life of the reel (unlike any other reel I've used so far), which for me is "forever" because I've yet to blow one out. IMO the Shimano reels are better engineered and they have higher quality materials and stricter manufacturing standards. this makes for a better reel in my book.

Once I send to pasture the rest of my non-Shimano reels I will definitely be a Shimano for life fishermen.

The X-Ship technology is the best advancement in reel technology in many years, I highly suggest you consider a Shimano reel that contains the X-Ship pinion gearing, you won't be disappointed!

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Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: bccougar] #11557127 04/21/16 06:19 PM
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Buy Shimano once or buy Lew's every few years. I have never seen a reel that holds up like Shimano.


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Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: JC Skeeter] #11557151 04/21/16 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted By: JasonC
Has anyone ever heard a loud whine on your shimano reels? I have 4 fairly new curado and just the other day out of no where 2 of them began to make a high pitched whine while casting or pitching.

As for the lews, I see the bb1 mentioned a lot. Are they more of an all around go to reel for cranking and/or pitching? Anyone try any of the new speed spools? I'm interested because they are very light weight.


Simply oil the bearings with the oil provided in the box. A drop or two is all you need on each and you'll be good to go. This happened to me in the first month I bought the new courado's, I service my reels every month or two so after servicing the bearings after the first month of use the noise stopped. Hope this helps!


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Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Brad Hardt] #11557479 04/21/16 09:14 PM
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No Nathan , never been serviced just like my Shimano reels. That was the point . Like I said, I love my Lews but they don't hold up as well.


my point is you can't expect any reel (even Shimano's and Im guessing you have been pretty lucky to have no issues with no servicing) to last very long when you don't take care of it. Do you also never service the vehicle you drive or the boat you fish out of? Just curious. And like I said I agree with you on the older shimano's being bulletproof. But try not servicing any reel made here in the last 3 or so years and see what happens...

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Shimano!! ALL day for me.... lews are definitely good reels tho...


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