What’s Inside A Penn DX Reel? (Battle III And Slammer IV Series)
What’s inside a Penn DX Reel you ask???
Welcome inside the Salt Strong Reel Room where we’re breaking down DX reels to learn more about the inner workings and other functions.
It is important to know what goes into each reel when deciding which one is right for you.
Take a look!
What’s Inside A Penn DX Reel? [VIDEO]
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We have FOUR reels on the table for this video.
I’ve got the standard model Penn Battle III and Slammer IV and then there’s a DX Series Reel for each.
The differences between each series of reels are a bit more complex than just color.
To start, DX stands for Dealer Exclusive.
That means that not all retailers have access to the DX Model.
We’re fortunate enough to offer these reels and they are definitely a step up from the standard series.
Penn Battle III DX Series VS. Standard
Once I opened up each reel and took apart the pieces, they appear exactly the same.
They are both solid-metal body reels, with the same bail arrangement, both have HT-100 Drag Stacks along with a sealed ball bearing and a collar on the side plate.
Not only that, but they both include brass pinion gears.
Aside from a $10 difference at tackle shops, the ONLY visible difference between the inner workings of the two reels is the material used to create the main gear.
The Battle III has a coated aluminum main gear and the Battle III DX has a coated brass main gear.
Brass is a harder metal than aluminum.
Aluminum is slightly softer and that means the brass gear will wear better over time than the aluminum gear.
This makes a big difference for those anglers looking to target bull redfish in deepwater constantly winching down to reel in fish.
Brass will maintain its integrity better than aluminum in the long term.
Penn Slammer IV DX Series VS. Standard
Things are A LOT more complicated when it comes to the Slammer IV DX and the standard version.
The standard Slammer IV is an entirely different animal with IPX6 Seal and a brass main gear.
On the 2500 size only, Penn utilizes their HT-100 drag system.
But on the 3500 sizes and above, they make use of their DuraDrag system.
Penn makes use of a phenolic coating that bonds the carbon-fiber washer to the eared washer.
That helps improve the performance and longevity of the drag system.
These reels are roughly $30 apart on the price scale.
The standard Slammer IV includes protective rubber seals throughout the main gear and main shaft as well as the nuts and bolts within the reel.
So what sets this reel apart from its DX Series version?
The first change is Penn included an additional ball bearing within the reel.
Although it is not a huge difference maker, I think it is better to not need an extra ball bearing and have it rather than to need it and not have it.
When it comes down to it, the thing that sets these reels apart is the main gear.
The Slammer IV standard offers a brass main gear.
But the Slammer IV DX offers a stainless steel main gear on a stainless steel pinion gear.
Stainless steel is rock solid.
The machinery and process to create stainless steel main gears are intense.
It is a harder metal that takes longer to cut and will wear down the machines used to assemble the gears.
Penn uses their CNC Gear Technology (Computerized Numerical Control) to design the stainless steel main gear.
It is a precision aspect of coding their computers to cut all of their main gears to their specifications.
This is to ensure everything is cut perfectly and the exact same way each time.
As far as which reel you should lean toward, that remains to be seen because DX reels are fairly new to the market.
However, brass does offer slightly better corrosion resistance than stainless steel.
The benefit of stainless steel main gears is longevity.
Stainless steel is of the highest quality that you can put in an inshore spinning reel.
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All you have to do is pair it up with a fishing rod, tie on a leader, and hit the water!!
If you have any further questions or comments about any of the standard models or DX Series reels from Penn, please let me know down below!!!
Do you have personal experience fishing with a DX Series reel?
Please share in the comments section!!
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