alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Heddon 215
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« on: October 08, 2019, 12:25:17 PM »

This Heddon 215 was serviced several months ago.  Since the reel is so simple and what some would consider a toy, I didn't post the details.  After thinking about it, perhaps it might help a novice to reel repair, especially a young person with no confidence acquiring one of these reels.


Spool has been taken off and removing last screw on the cover plate.


Removing shaft pin from the oscillation slide makes it possible to take out the axle.




A look inside at the main gear and pinion gear.  It was very clean inside, but it was obvious from the smell it had been recently greased with Vaseline, which isn't recommended.   


This is a 12mm rotor washer with left hand threads.




There are two spool cap washers, one inside the rotor and one underneath.


A look at the bail wire.  The bail is functioning very well, so I see no reason to remove it.




The second spool cap washer sets on the pinion.


Removing the pinion, which is made from cheaper metal than on some of Heddon's better reels.


A look inside the housing someone had left very clean.


A look at the main gear shaft which appears to be stainless steel.


These parts were easily cleaned with Simple Green with a rinse of water and allowed to dry.




Oiling the felt washer.


A look at the bottom of the spool and the metal click tongue.


Reassembling the lubed main gear.


Reassembling the lubed pinion gear.


Fastening the rotor to the pinion gear and main housing.


A look at the reassembled main gear, pinion gear, axle, oscillation block and shaft pin.


Buttoning up the cover plate.


These reels are advertised with a line capacity of 175 yds of 6 lb. mono.  However, the spool has a diameter almost as wide as a Mitchell 300. It would be a good model to spool up with 8 or 10 lb mono and pass it on to a child who's first learning to use a spinner. These weigh 6 oz, thought to be the lightest reel in Heddon's arsenal.   











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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2019, 12:30:27 PM »

Good job on the break-down ! I'm going to have to be on the look-out for one of those ! Just what I need for "crick fishin'"
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2019, 12:51:41 PM »

Good job on the break-down ! I'm going to have to be on the look-out for one of those ! Just what I need for "crick fishin'"
This little Heddon is lots better than my first couple of spinners.  My first spinner was the Zebco 707 and second was one of those brown Daiwas that cost less than 2 bucks at Heck's Dept. Store.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2019, 01:20:43 PM »

Nice look; good pics; always enjoy a trip to Heddonism.

Frank
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2019, 01:29:51 PM »

Very nice,
I really appreciate your posts, it has helped me a lot in learning about the internals of spinning reels.
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2019, 02:24:30 PM »

Darn it ! 1/2 hour after reading your post, and seeing the pix....I own one !!! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2019, 02:33:57 PM »

Darn it ! 1/2 hour after reading your post, and seeing the pix....I own one !!! Roll Eyes
Good buy.  These reels are fine for light fishing.

BTW, I'd been following a Heddon baitcaster a few days and noticed it brought $130 on ebay this morning.
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2019, 03:19:25 PM »

Very Heddonistic of you Frank  Grin

Nice look; good pics; always enjoy a trip to Heddonism.

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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2019, 07:25:26 PM »

Thank you for the great post.  I have a friend that has the same Heddon model as you.  He can now perform a rebuild with confidence.

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« Reply #9 on: Today at 11:43:44 AM »

     My 215 arrived today, so, I "snuck away" from the real work....to do a "bit" of reel work ! I intended on stripping it down, and putting the parts to "soak" in some soap solution.....and found it was in rally "clean" condition, inside....what grease there was, appeared to be quite "recent". One BIG snag developed when I removed the line from the spool...….the seller *neglected" to mention that the spool was broken ! Probably, he didn't mention it because he had *repaired* it.....not sure what he used for glue, but, it didn't work ! Anyway, the reel parts are "soaking", I scraped off as much of the "glue" as possible, and "re glued" using a gel type upper Glue (and primer), and after things set up , I'll need to do some "sanding" in the area of the break. I think it will be "good enough for who it's for", as I plan on 4# line, and considering the size of the fish I usually catch...there won't be much *strain* on it Cheesy. I'm guessing it would be wise to do a few wraps of dacron, first....unless I have better luck smoothing out the area of the break, than I THINK I'll have. It won't take much to "knick" that light mono !


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« Reply #10 on: Today at 01:05:56 PM »

You best send it back to the seller, or, if the price was really right, find a new spool. There is no glue that will hold the face of a plastic spool on even under minimal stress. The only way to make a lasting repair when the face pops of is to glue it so it fits perfectly and then pin it, if there is enough clearance on the bottom and between the face and drag nut. Guaranteed, the face will pop off when you least expect or want it to. 
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« Reply #11 on: Today at 01:26:44 PM »

   I don't doubt that you are correct ! The "price was right", and it came on a sweet little ice rod (not that I intend on using ANY of my ice fishing gear...ever again ! Since I discovered the Gulf Coast in winter...that's where I want to be ! Wink), so, I'll keep it. I'm thinking there *may* be enough clearance room to "bolt" the two halves together, with some small screws. If I use "flat heads" , so the heads don't interfere with the drag adjustment knob, and situate the "nuts", so they fall in the recessed areas on the "bottom side" of the spool....it may work. I'll probably only fish it a few times, anyway...mostly be another "shelf reel". I do like to fish everything I've "collected", at least once....just to see "how they do", and to make sure everything works.
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« Reply #12 on: Today at 03:24:28 PM »

At first glance I thought that was an oddball two piece spool. The Heddon 234 has the only two piece spool I've run across. The little 215 is more of a toy anyway, but I imagine a skilled angler could ignore the drag settings and play a good size fish by backreeling.
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« Reply #13 on: Today at 04:09:15 PM »

Just fit and function checked this on a 215, Crow --

Works perfect, clicker in place.

Yours if you want it, N/C.

Best, Fred


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« Reply #14 on: Today at 04:34:45 PM »

Thanks !!   Beats the heck of trying to "patch" one !  PM sent.
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