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OldTackle
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Re: Closed face reels

Post by OldTackle » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:32 am

Duckett wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:42 pm
OldTackle wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:46 pm
Hmm..just recognized that the gear ratio of my 505 and 506 are NOT the same. My 506 has a ratio of about 1:4. Can someone please confirm that?
I have 2 506s that our parents bought for my brother and I in the early 1970s. My recollection is that they are actually 1:3.9 and the one I have to hand is certainly a fraction shy of 1:4. Sadly, the 503-508 manual I have doesn’t say.
Interesting. As some parts are convertible between different reels it would have been nice to know from the manual. However, when I tighten the syncrodrag on mine to fix the handle, mine has the 1:4 ratio. Have you done it same way?
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Re: Closed face reels

Post by Duckett » Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:01 pm

OldTackle wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:32 am
Duckett wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:42 pm
OldTackle wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:46 pm
Hmm..just recognized that the gear ratio of my 505 and 506 are NOT the same. My 506 has a ratio of about 1:4. Can someone please confirm that?
I have 2 506s that our parents bought for my brother and I in the early 1970s. My recollection is that they are actually 1:3.9 and the one I have to hand is certainly a fraction shy of 1:4. Sadly, the 503-508 manual I have doesn’t say.
Interesting. As some parts are convertible between different reels it would have been nice to know from the manual. However, when I tighten the syncrodrag on mine to fix the handle, mine has the 1:4 ratio. Have you done it same way?
Good idea, I tried it on the drag setting my girlfriend used last time she was out with me. I'll try it tightened this evening.

I'll also ask my brother if he has any more paperwork from his 506, which I have on loan.

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Re: Closed face reels

Post by Duckett » Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:13 pm

OK, best hand and eye test I could come up with was:

- tighten drag as suggested by Old Tackle;
- remove the front housing;
- position line “trigger-catch” at the top of the spool and note the position of the winding handle;
- turn the handle 30 times whilst counting trigger-catch rotations.

The result was they the handle had barely moved position after 30 turns and approximately 4 rotations per turn. 1:4 ratio it is.

Damned fine engineering! Clearly an Abu reel approaching 50 years of age is doing better than my 57 year old brain that was convinced the ration was 1:3.9!
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