How To Check Quality Control On A Rod Blank (Slot Machine Blank Analysis)
We’re at Mudhole Custom Tackle for a Slot Machine Blank Analysis!!
Today’s video is all about the SLOT MACHINE.
The blanks are coming to Mudhole for Quality Control Assurance to then go out to production to be built out right here in the U.S.A.
Dive into this process with us below!!
Slot Machine Blank Analysis [VIDEO]
The Slot Machine project has been in motion for about 18 months now.
Luke and I have been working with the rod designers at Mudhole to craft what we believe to be the perfect inshore fishing rod.
So much goes into building and crafting the perfect rod blank.
I have tested at least a dozen prototypes of this rod within the last year, even hooking into my personal best redfish on it.
We thought of everything we could to design a rod blank that has the action we want, desired weight, and the durability we need for inshore fishing.
We’re happy to say the Slot Machine is intrinsic to Salt Strong and we can’t wait for you to hit the water with it.
Assessing Rod Blanks
The first thing Mudhole looks at when they receive new rod blanks are the dimensions of the blank itself.
They make sure the rod is cut cleanly and is precise to their order.
Then, Mudhole uses a gauge to measure the width of the rod tip and butt sections to be precise there as well.
Thereafter, they lay the blank out in front of them to confirm it is indeed straight.
Also, they twist the rod to check all sides and see that it is evenly smooth.
These are custom rods built from the ground up with human involvement in their construction.
Mudhole doesn’t just toss them on a machine to let equipment figure it out.
Before components are put onto the blank, Mudhole hand inspects each blank.
Moreover, Mudhole weighs each blank and in the case of the Slot Machine, it is roughly 2 ounces.
If there are any blanks that are a bit more or a bit less than 2 ounces, then that may indicate slight inconsistencies in the blank.
They’ll then inspect the rod top to bottom for any soft spots or weak points.
A soft spot usually indicates over-sanding in a particular area.
Most graphite rods are sanded down.
When the blanks first come in, they have a sand-paper or cat’s tongue feel to them.
But we as anglers are used to a smooth feel when out on the water.
So there could be a case of over-sanding, scratches, or marks on the blank when it gets to Mudhole.
Checking Rod Blank Action
The rod builders at Mudhole are constantly testing rod blanks and know exactly what the blank should feel like when you give it a deflection.
Mudhole bends out the rod on the floor to confirm the desired action and feel.
They even have a deflection graph that you can use and place weights on the blank to see where the rod bends.
The goal with the Slot Machine was to create a true Fast-Action blank.
We feel that we’ve hit the sweet spot of Fast-Action Inshore Rod Blanks.
This is what we believe to be the BEST Inshore Fishing Rod ever made.
These rods should easily retail for over $300 off the rack.
Be sure to head over to the shop and click the “Notify Me When Available” button because these will be in high demand!
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