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Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking? #12564446 01/04/18 11:16 PM
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My Abu and Shimano low-profile baitcasters have centrifugal braking. It took me about two years to achieve a workable brake setting, but I've got it figured out. I've never used a reel with magnetic braking. How many of you prefer magnetic over centrifugal? IslandJim


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Re: Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking? [Re: IslandJim] #12564685 01/05/18 02:18 AM
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So I have a couple of older Chronarchs and Curados. Always loved the the braking on them. But I also have a Revo Premier (older series) and an older Daiwa Z --- both of those have magnetic braking (and both do it differently). I really like those as well.

I can tell you that when I am fishing in the wind I do use the mag system as a crutch.

They have combo systems out there too but those always had a muted feel to me.

Read this old article (sort of have to fight through it) by Jun at JapanTackle.

http://japantackle.com/tackle_topics/brake_system.htm

Re: Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking? [Re: IslandJim] #12588926 01/21/18 11:12 PM
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I have a couple of magnetic reels, but not not prefer them, unless the wind is HOWLING!!!!!!! I adjust my centri. reels so they have maximum casting distance, but I can tighten the drag down if the wind is blowing. The OLDER magnetic reels did not have the scale that the centri. reels did. I do not know about the newer ones and the ones with dual controls, either. I have heard the newer ones with the dual selectors are a PAIN to get adjusted, but once you get them adjusted, they are a breeze, but what do I know, since I do not have any, but fishermen that I trust say that. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

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Re: Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking? [Re: Thad Rains] #12590315 01/22/18 06:32 PM
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I still prefer the centrifugal brake reels over the magnetic ones. Been using them all my life. I guess you learn to train your thumb. I rarely change the settings even when changing to a heavy or lighter lure. The only reel that has taken a while to adjust is made by Quantum. Just don’t like them!

Re: Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking? [Re: IslandJim] #12593299 01/24/18 02:12 PM
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They both have their ups and down depending on fishing style. I can use both, and as long as its a quality braking system, its very tuneable.

Re: Centrifugal vs. Magnetic Braking? [Re: IslandJim] #12594387 01/25/18 02:18 AM
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I have both but prefer the magnetic because it is easier to adjust, actually I really just set and forget them. The centrifugal is nice once you get them set as long as you dont change weights very much.

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