alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Avet STAR DRAG Reels
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« Reply #45 on: July 09, 2020, 05:33:12 AM »

  My local shop has the MXL Avet in stock looks and feels nicely made ,  I am going to wait for the narrow version MXJ to come in and purchase one and give it a workout .
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« Reply #46 on: July 10, 2020, 04:06:34 AM »

Hi Mike thank you for that, It took some time for the pics to come through, by the time I read the text, they were there, nice & clear, thanks again, cheers Don.
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« Reply #47 on: July 11, 2020, 06:37:51 PM »

The anti reverse appears to be of a stronger design than with my favored Penn Torques. The anti reverse on the Torque star drags is their weak link.  All my Torques are in need of AR bearing replacement... Jeff  
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« Reply #48 on: July 11, 2020, 08:14:12 PM »

The anti reverse appears to be of a stronger design with my favored Penn Torques. The anti reverse on the Torque star drags is their weak link.  All my Torques are in need of AR bearing replacement... Jeff   


I like the design too from a strength perspective.  It looks like the outer diameter of the dog acts as the radial load surface and the recess into the frame acts as a bushing.   This design creates an opportunity to have a strong dog that will not get pushed out of place, but from a wear perspective, it is kind of sketchy.   In  Avet's defense, with a silent dog, it does not get much of a rotational workout.

If I had to make a wager on the area that would fail first (besides the one-way bearing), it would be somewhere around the pinion.  That floating pinion shaft design  (like all of them) does not look that robust.  The reel might perform plenty well, but my bet would be this is the area that would go if the reel was pushed too hard. Something has to give eventually if there is enough drag.

Overall though, just by looking at photos and reviews of the internals,  I would plunk down my cash for for an Avet Star before an Accurate Tern.   But I would still prefer a TLD star.

Curious as to what you are seeing on the Torques, since they have backup dogs.  What is is the behavior when the one-way bearing fails?  Is it just slipping until the dogs engage, or worse?

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« Reply #49 on: July 12, 2020, 07:41:12 AM »

  J, I have always appreciated your thoughts.

    I can say from my experience my thoughts agree with yours. I would purchase this reel before I would the Tern.

 On my Torques now understand I have pushed these reels.  Drag levels above 15 lbs. are common. So whats happening is  with reel engaged & now with only 10 lbs. of drag, when you pull line the the spool rotates backwards until the dogs are engaged. I have also thought the stub shaft that disconnect the pinion would be problematic in some cases but have never experienced this my self.
 
 The Torque star drag models are not designed to rely on the dogs. They cant, long term because the studs for the dogs are mounted in reverse on a thin plate.  This design is said to be stronger. Until some one can explain how this is. I dont believe at this time it is stronger than mounting all internal lock work directly to the side plate.

 EDIT: Forgot to add, there is peening of some metal on this new plate design used on the Torques. I'll start another thread when I have time & show wear & tear on my Torques

  I originally thought Penn may have made use of an AR bearing as a designed failure point. But this doesn't  makes sense. With the dogs, studs & rachet being of a weak design there was no choice but to make use of an AR bearing.

The Torques do fine with 40 line & 50. But if you fish your 50 heavy you will destroy the AR bearing.

As I learn more I have come to look away from any reel with an AR bearing that will be used with more than 40 line. Which makes up a large majority of the reels I use. However the Avet here is a bit different.

  As of now all my reels needing performance levels above that using 40 line will be lever drags. Which is where the market pushes us... Jeff
 
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« Reply #50 on: July 14, 2020, 08:25:10 AM »

  I have become intrigued with this reel. I will get one as soon as able. I'll wait just a bit prior to purchase for some real use feedback.

 The internals, price make this reel worthy of giving it a go.
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