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This post has been reproduced with the kind permission of Alantani... Alan is a reknowned reel maintenance and performance authority

a few people have asked about the tools i use for working on fishing reels. i shot a few photos a while back and thought i'd post them. if you like to tinker with reels, you might find something here that might help you out.

first the lubes. i use shimano drag grease on all the carbon fiber drag washers. i'm finally running out and may switch over to cal's grease. it's half the price. corrosion x is the lube i use on all the bearings, level wind assemblies and reel handles. and lastly, there's yamaha engine grease. that goes into all the screw holes and all the other non-exposed metal surfaces. it stays blue forever. i can open up a reel and know immediately if i've worked on it before or not.

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here's my tool rack. i found some hard blue styrofoam at work, don't remember where the box came from, drew a 1 inch grid and started punching holes. it forces me to be neat.

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flat, phillips and allen heads.

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deep standard and metric sockets, precision screw drivers.

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my little handy dandy bearing puller.

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6 inch calipers. i use this alot!!!!!!

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specialty shimano and penn spool wrenches.

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a working inventory of all the penn ht-100 drag washers made. i order all my penn stuff from pennparts.com. i'm their biggest non-business account!

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bearings from bocabearings.com. they like me alot as well.

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boxes of screws. mostly stuff that i've accumulated over the years.

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this little dremmel comes in handy! seems that i'm always grinding away at something.

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more boxes of stuff.

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i'd have carpal tunnel syndrome without this little baby! it's a little electric screwdriver from milwaulke. they're about $100, i have two, finally busted one and i need to replace it.

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now for the grease gun. this is another little item that i could not do with out. here's the grease.

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here's the gun. home depot has these. note the position of the nozzle.

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home depot has these as well. it's a blowgun kit.

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take the inflator needle and cut off the tip with the cutting wheel of the dremmel, the screw it into the adaptor.

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screw in the adaptor, load up a grease cartridge and you're all set. this is another "must have" item.

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and lastly, my favorite. 7-8 years ago i found this wrench in a tackle shop for $20. i put it next to a standard penn wrench so you could see the difference. i bought two, lost one, and just had a machine shop buddy make a bunch more.

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i also have a small compressor, a bench grinder, a drill press and a half gallon ultrasonic cleaner loaded with green soap. the only thing i still need is a small bench lathe. i want to start cutting sleeves to blueprint lever drag reels. yes, it's taken over my garage....

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