The Two Different Types Of Spinning Reel Handles
Did you know that there are two types of spinning reel handles?
It is important to know the differences between the types to make sure you are using the BEST gear for YOU!
So in this new video, you’ll learn the differences in reel handles, why that is important, and how to swap the handle to either side depending on your handedness.
Check out more below!
The Two Different Types Of Spinning Reel Handles [VIDEO]
Direct Drive System
The solid one-piece aluminum handle winds in conjunction with the main gear on the reel itself.
This feature is commonly found on Daiwa products of $100 or over.
A threaded coupling is at the end of the handle which winds onto the threaded bolt on the reel.
Take your time when attaching the handle to prevent cross-threading or stripping the bolt.
When attaching the handle, make sure the handle is aligned with the bolt so it is straight when secured.
To attach the handle, hold the rotor with your fingers and the reel in your hand.
When you have the handle straight, wind down very slowly and gently so as not to fasten it too tight.
With most reels, there will be a stopping point.
Do not press and go beyond that because you could damage the threads of the handle and bolt on the reel.
If you choose to flip the side of the handle, do not screw into the bolt that is revealed.
All you have to do is screw off the cap on the opposite side and there will be a threaded rod just as with the bolt on the other side.
Both sides work in conjunction with the handle to allow it to be fastened on for your customization.
For this system, the handle inserts into the reel and works in conjunction with a threaded cap on the other side.
There is a collar and a metal rod that come out of the end of the handle.
The metal rod on the handle goes into the body of the reel and out the other side (where it is fastened by an attached cap piece).
There is slight play in the handle so you have to ensure the rod is pushed through so the play in the handle is snug and then the cap can be tightened all the way down.
Handle Swapping Tip
On some Daiwa reels, there is a rubber cover on the handle side beneath where it attaches to the reel.
When you are swapping handle sides, the cap piece has a rubber gasket already inside of it.
You must remove the rubber cover from the side you are removing the handle from and swap it along with the handle.
The rubber gasket within the cap is attached to prevent any internal damage to the reel or cap.
You will not be able to move the cap over without first moving the rubber cover on the gear.
The purpose of the rubber cover is to act as a water deterrent and protect the handle.
There are little tips and tricks for swapping the handle of the two different handle types of reels.
And direct drive systems are a bit more straightforward than two-piece systems.
Remember not to fasten the handle too tight and properly align the handle to not strip the threads of the bolts!
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