A quick review/breakdown of the new Brawn 8000 spinner from Tufftackle.
The reel or at least the design/features of the reel have been of much debate - Someone (not the owner of the company, that I am aware of) has been pushing the reel on various forum's for the last few months, suggesting it is a Stella/Saltiga killer...it has become the most popular unpopular reel on the web...
Features as listed on the Company website
• Australian made
• 15 year warranty
• Line retreive 870mm per rev
• Line capacity 300mtrs 70lb Braid
• SS main and pinion gear
• Bronze oscillation gears
• Fully billet machined reel
• Magnetic bail lock
• Magnetic drag clicker
• 9 + 1 440c SS roller bearings
• 5 x Ertalyte bearings
• 2 x Brass bearings
• Teflon sealed drag (water proof)
• O ring sealed body (water proof)
• Max drag 30kg
• Weight 760 grams
As mentioned above the early pictures posted on the various forum's created a lot of debate,
* Reel stem screwed to the main body?
* Magnets used in place of springs?
* Max drag 45kg?
* Drilled reel stem?
* Large bail arm?
* Small looking line roller?
Anyway, I decided to get one and have a look at it myself - provide you with some feedback as I see it (I am no "reviewer" and that may become evident as you read on) - the reel arrived as below, simple packaging but protected well enough
Removing the reel from the packaging shows it is sent in 2 parts (will explain this further on) - Handle assembly and main body. The look of the reel is a bit unusual due to the cone shaped shaft housing. It feels good in the hand, fairly smooth - drag adjusts well...looking at the stem up close it should be OK....balance is pretty good
A quick look over the reel shows one small cosmetic flaw...small indentation on main body...not too serious
Look from the rear you can see the stem and the 2 screws connecting it to the main body. They are off center to the stem but central to the main body
From the right you can see the drilled out stem (the connection is said to be tested to 174kg - straight pull) the spool and rotor are also drilled to reduce weight
From the left, sealing shaft cap and 3 countersunk screws holding the LH body plate
The handle grip is Carbon Fibre (I have been using them on my JM's) standard shaft which is sealed and contains 2 bearings. The handle arm seems quite thick approx 7.5mm through the thickest part. It is connected to a shaft that is running through the blue cone shaped cover. I mentioned above that the handle assembly comes complete and separated from the main body the main reason for this is due to the way that the arm is connected to tho the main shaft.
The main shaft is threaded but not keyed like most other designs, this means that pressure is required (from the blue cone shaped nut) to hold the arm to the blue outer which forms part of the shaft (I believe loctite is used here to assist)
Picture of the smaller than usual line roller (large dia bail arm 6.5mm)
Removing the drag knob shows the teflon seal
Top of the spool - clicker housing and locking wire
Removing the spool shows the rotor/shaft design, the spool base held on the rotor shaft by a central pin - CF washer
Back to the spool, as you can see drilled for weight savings
Turning it over you can see the clicker which uses magnets in place of springs (all magnets appear to be pressed in - not sure if they are cemented also)
Spool contents removed showing 6 Carbon Washers, these appear to be oiled not greased..green in color but not Reelx
In the base of the spool are 2 shielded bearings (10 x 15 x 4) Not fully greased, added a couple of drops of Hot sauce)
Back to the rotor, the smaller than normal line roller held by the single screw
The other side of the bail arm - that's a thick bail arm?
Dropping out the line roller shows it runs on 2 nylon bushes - well oiled but not as smooth as a bearing/s
Bail/rotor arm with magnets to hold the bail arm closed or oped (resistance feels ok - locks open or closed)
Removing the arm, single screw
Nylon bushing and plastic spacer
Dropping the arm exposes the magnets used to hold the bail open or closed
Remove the pin to slide the spool base assembly from the main shaft - remove the rotor nut
Came out easy (may need a touch of loctite?)
Rotor nut removed - simple looking rotor
we are now looking at where you would normally find the clutch assembly/cover - remove the 6 cover screws
This is kind of interesting, this actually one piece that holds a large one way bearing (approx 16mm long) the piece is milled for weight and sealed with an O-ring. This is connected to the main body via 2 screws
Remove the LH shaft cap and main body screws - LH bearing is 9 x 17 x 5
Main gear..lots of grease - O Ring seal
Pull the main gear straight up to remove...again lots of grease
Removed some of the grease so I could see what was what...simple layout
Pull the clutch assembly directly out - will come out as a complete unit
Picture showing the one way bearing..
Clutch/shaft assembly broken down - shaft is keyed for roller sleeve (rubber seal) Bearing is 10 x 22 x 6
2 screws holding slide to shaft and 2 screws for slide cover
Slide has 2 bearings which a pressed on (will be a complete part to replace)
Slide and shaft removed...large gear has a bushing as a roller for the slide
RH shaft bearing is 7 x 14 x 5
Cleaned up the casing
The tolerances are pretty tight...
When put into context I think Simon has done a pretty good job...I know what it takes to design and and make simple handle arms but a complete reel is many steps above that...
Like many new items there are a few glitches but all things that could easily be improved - bit of scope here for those who like to tinker with reels
- I have got a few ideas already...
* Loose screw on line roller (easy fix)
* Small dent on main body (maybe during milling)
* Shaft pin a little loose (reshaped - perfect now)
* Bearings not fully greased (probably straight from manufacture - no brand on them I could see)
* Instructions - Schematic should be included
* When the spool is fully forward the bail arm can sometimes touch the drag knob (depends on the orientation of the knob)
Time will tell in regard to,
* The connection of the handle arm to the shaft - (it does feel strong)
* The seating of the magnets - I assume they are pressed and glued?
* Longevity and ability of the reel
Things I like...
* Innovative thinking
* Very simple design
* Modular design - Interchangeable spools and parts at realistic prices (as per the website a spool is $75.00)
* Smooth - but not as smooth as a Stella
Is it a Stella/Saltiga killer?
I cant speak about Saltiga's because I have not owned one but in comparison to my Stella's - I honestly don't think so (not yet anyway)... not to say it wont be an effective reel, I actually cant wait to spool it up and use it. I will post a review after our fishing trip to Musandam in a couple of weeks. I 'am fairly confident it will go well, but it will take some time before those who are currently using high end spinners will be convinced to switch over.
More than anything I congratulate Simon for the work he has put into developing the reel and the concept...My trouble is that I quietly like the underdog despite the fact I have have some nice gear. I like to support those who give things a go and push the boundaries and this is no exception...I think there is lots of potential here