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Conventional and Bait Casting Reel Rebuild Tutorials and Questions => Fin-Nor Tutorials and Questions => Topic started by: nelz on August 31, 2018, 12:36:42 PM



Title: FIN-NOR Lethal Lever Drag Reels
Post by: nelz on August 31, 2018, 12:36:42 PM
Trying to decide between a Penn Fathom LD or a FIN-NOR Lethal lever drag but have very little intel on the Fin-Nor. Fin-Nor's website provides only marginal info and their schematic link is dead. So...

- Do the Fin-Nor's use thrust bearing(s)
- Do they have steel gears
- Do they have any cast control

Any hands-on experience report would be appreciated.


Title: Re: FIN-NOR Lethal Lever Drag Reels
Post by: nelz on September 15, 2018, 03:40:14 PM
Hello? Anybody here own one of these?


Title: Re: FIN-NOR Lethal Lever Drag Reels
Post by: Rivverrat on September 15, 2018, 05:27:29 PM
Only experience I have is with the Fathom lever drag. Spending time looking around the interweb I see that complaints or problems with them are very rare. That says a lot. The same can be said about few other lever drags made today. They are of a sound design that few have achieved... Jeff    


Title: Re: FIN-NOR Lethal Lever Drag Reels
Post by: maxpowers on September 18, 2018, 09:31:06 PM
the fin-nor lethal lever drag 2 speeds are ridiculously cheap and well-built.  The only issue is the high resistance when cranking in high gear.  Low gear is a joy to use.


Title: Re: FIN-NOR Lethal Lever Drag Reels
Post by: nelz on September 19, 2018, 08:28:06 PM
Got to handle one finally, brand new single speed model. Frame had rough unfinished casting edges but felt solid. The spool looked good. No infinite AR, so handle has a bit of back-play.

Unfortunately, the plastic lever and mechanism felt very cheap and clunky, rough to operate, and it all felt like it would go bad very easily. No way I'll be buying one of these. Still looking for a bargain Fathom!