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Beautiful!!! Is the drag knob on it aluminum like the saltiga??? I’m about to pull trigger on the 10k
 

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Beautiful!!! Is the drag knob on it aluminum like the saltiga??? I’m about to pull trigger on the 10k
The drag knob itself is aluminum but the cap portion is plastic material. Drag knob size is no different from the 20 saltiga.
 

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Im on the fence about buying a used 5K version. They seem nice and I like the price point. Will I be disappointed after fishing my Stella's?
 

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Go for it you won’t be disappointed, I have one will be posting for sale, looking to upsize my spinners since I fish more offshore let me know if your interested
 

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Go for it you won’t be disappointed, I have one will be posting for sale, looking to upsize my spinners since I fish more offshore let me know if your interested
Depends on price and condition!! Thanks for the reply.
 

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Im on the fence about buying a used 5K version. They seem nice and I like the price point. Will I be disappointed after fishing my Stella's?
5000 version is the LT reel so its not the heavy duty SW spec. The Certate SW's start from 8000 size ~ 18000.
The Certate LT's go up to 5000 but they are not the same as the SW's.
 

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Any use yet? How do you like it? Very close to pulling the trigger on a 10k!
Unfortunately, my trips got canceled and the yft havent come close to shore yet so no use yet.
I also bought a Twinpower SW in the 14k size. Will post some reviews once i hook fish on both.

My impressions so far though,,
Twinpower SW;
The bad
  • has alot of plastic, makes it feel like a watered down Stella.
  • drag portion all plastic, drag knob is too small
  • handle nut feels cheap
  • bail arm material feels cheap and miscolored?
  • Makes quite a bit of noise when winding.
  • Half plastic body (Shimano uses Ci4+ so should be fine)
The good
  • Flipping of the bail feels amazing with that satisfying "click" sound which locks the bail in place. Shimano really nailed that down.
  • Feels very rigid. Predecessor twin power was a tank so it has the history to back it up.
  • Aluminum rotor is always a plus.
  • Drag sound is very nice. Similar to Stella. Certate SW is louder but the tone is nice on the TwinpowerSW (personal preference)

Certate SW
The good
  • Super smooth winding.
  • drag portion is a combination of metal and plastic - drag knob is large and easy to turn.
  • Fewer turns of the drag knob to lock it down compared to the Twinpower
  • Design
  • Monocoque body and large gear/pinion. Same internals as the Saltiga so i feel you get alot for your money with the Certate SW
The bad
  • The bail arm wiggles slightly even when the knut is fully tightened. (small gap between bail arm and rotor can be observed) - this drives me crazy. I want tighter clearance
  • I do not like the feel of flipping the bail. Shimano does this better on all models.
  • They do not sell the tool required to open up the larger monocoque body for the Certate SW so cannot grease it up...
  • Zaion rotor (aluminum has less flex - more durability but zaion allows for a lighter rotor = lighter retrieve.) Not sure if this is positive or negative but i prefer aluminum i guess.
 
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