What Is Daiwa’s “Magseal”? (Is It Worth Paying For?)
What exactly does “Magseal” from Daiwa actually mean?
Is science involved or is it a unique design to the reel itself?
Find out everything you need to know about Daiwa Magsealed spinning reels below!!
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What Is Daiwa’s “Magseal”?
Magseal is Daiwa’s answer to preventing contaminants from entering the inside of the reel shaft and ruining the functions of the reel.
Salt, bacteria, or other contaminants cause issues with the anti-reverse clutch within the body of the reel.
Other companies seal their reels with a hydrophobic coating of some sort to deflect water away from the area.
Daiwa’s solution is to include a proprietary ferrofluid to seal their reels.
Ferrofluid is a common substance used most notably in the aerospace industry.
It is used in shuttles to help transport fuel from one end to the other in space where there is zero gravity.
Instead, Daiwa went ahead and incorporated a metal plate along with ferrofluid to create a barrier in the reel.
Daiwa puts a small amount of ferrofluid in between the gap of the metal plate and the anti-reverse clutch mechanism.
The fluid helps prevent water, salt, and any other foreign substances from entering the reel and infiltrating the main shaft.
If the anti-reverse clutch is contaminated, you won’t be able to set the hook on a fish and you’ll end up losing it.
Removing Parts Of The Reel
There are intricate small, detailed parts inside of a saltwater spinning reel that are easily lost.
If you have the choice, have the reel company service your reel and correct any issues you have.
On the other hand, if you do choose to service the reel yourself, be extremely careful when removing parts of the main shaft.
The metal plate will want to attach to the anti-reverse clutch due to magnetism.
Furthermore, the anti-reverse clutch sits below the metal plate and rests in a groove below the main shaft.
That groove determines when the automatic anti-reverse clutch kicks in.
This controls whether you can reel forwards or backward or both.
The anti-reverse clutch is very sensitive to dirt, oils, and outside contaminants.
If the clutch fails, you will lose fish and have weak hook sets.
Side Gear, Main Gear, & Bearings Protection
On the majority of Daiwa’s spinning reels, Magseal is NOT incorporated in the side plates.
This can expose the reel to all sorts of contaminants from water to salt that causes pitting.
Pitting is when the contaminants are eating away at the zinc main gear.
Water can infiltrate the side plate if the reel is dunked for an extended period of time.
Magseal fluid included in Daiwa reels is not available for retail purchase.
If you have an issue with a Magsealed reel, it is best getting touch with a certified Daiwa service center or send the reel back to Daiwa for repair.
In theory, you could use another brand of ferrofluid but it is not recommended.
Daiwa’s proprietary ferrofluid is used exclusively in their reels.
The Bottom Line
Magseal is not necessarily a “bullet-proof” vest that will protect a reel from anything it comes into contact with.
It without a doubt offers superior protection for the anti-reverse clutch which is often overlooked.
Water and contaminants can still make their way into the side plate of the reel and corrode the main gear of the reel.
It is imperative that you take care of your saltwater fishing gear.
After every trip, gently rinse your gear off with some fresh water.
Be mindful of the kind of angler you are and how often you are in contact with spray and water.
Magseal helps extend the performance of a reel for the long term.
This is not to say reels with Magseal are impenetrable.
There are still water access points throughout a reel.
Physical Perimeter Seals
Certain reels have physical barriers as opposed to the chemical reaction induced by Magseal technology.
The Daiwa BG has 9 physical seals to protect against foreign substances.
Even if a reel doesn’t have Magseal, this does not mean it is a poorly sealed reel.
Is Magseal Worth It?
It depends on the type of angler you are and how you actively fish.
Some of our own fishing coaches have battered and dunked their own Daiwa Fuego 2500 reels and report that they still work without any issues.
Needless to say, reels without Magseal will not crumble or fall apart at the first interaction with saltwater.
Magseal is a great benefit to a reel if available to you, however, it is not the be-all, end-all in terms of spinning reels.
What Is Daiwa’s “Magseal”? [VIDEO]
Magseal is an ingenious addition to saltwater spinning reels that creates an enhanced defense against outside contaminants that may infiltrate the reel.
The anti-reverse clutch is a vital part of the reel that if corroded or damaged, may result in dropped fish and fewer hookups.
Before you choose to buy a reel with or without Magseal, be sure to take into account the type of angler you are and how you like to fish!
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