cutting custom drag washers from stock penn ht-100's

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  1. alantani

    alantani Senior Member

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    cutting custom drag washers from stock penn ht-100's

    i have a box filled with the 25 or so different smaller ht-100 drag washers that penn makes.

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    i am frequently faced with a situation where stock penn ht-100 or carbontex drag washers will not fit. if the penn washers are thin enough to fit, then i still often have to deal with the outside dimensions. what i can do is find a washer with the proper inside diameter and thickness. then it's just a matter of cutting down the outside diameter to fit. what i'll do is find a shaft of some sort that will fit the inside hole. i will used a drill bit or, in this case, a deep socket, to serve as an arbor.

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    slide the drag washers over the socket.

    now you have to hobble something together to hole the drag washers in place and keep them centered. an old bench grinder will make quick work of this. my bench grinder is on a rolling stand. it goes out in the drive way, then i point a fan at it to blow away all of the carbon dust. this is not the kind of stuff that you want to inhale.

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    hold the stack of drag washers against the grinding wheel and a slight angle. the drag washers will spin like crazy, and get ground down at the same time. particles of carbon (and fiberglass, in the case of the thicker penn drag washer), will fly everywhere if not for the fan. like i said, don't inhale this.

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  2. kidflex

    kidflex Senior Member

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    thanks for the tip. ive mangled some carbontex washers with scissors before.
     

  3. feeder

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    Thanks for the tip Alan. Neat little trick.

    Never used a Penn HT. Is the material as good as the carbontex washers?
     
  4. alantani

    alantani Senior Member

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    there are two types of penn ht-100 washers, thick and thin. the thin ones are a simple weave of pure carbon fiber and these are flexible. the thick ht-100's have a layer of fiberglass between two thin sheets of carbon fiber and are not flexible at all. thick and thin. that's it. if you look at the box of washers, you will note that some have a white core while other's do not. my list of penn drag washer dimensions tells you which is which.penn ht-100 drag washer dimensions

    cabontex drag washers are a more expensive and more complicated weave. some are ultra thin, some are ultra thick. i know nothing about the weaving process behind it, but i do know that the material is the same, it's the weaving process that determines the price. there is absolutely no way to get a stack of five penn drag washers into a daiwa saltist or saltiga because they are too thick, but you can easily fit a set of thin carbontex washer in.

    in terms of performance, you will not be able to tell the difference in smoothness. thinner drag washers, however, may allow for a stack of 5 drag washers instead of three. that may mean 25 pounds of drag instead of 15, and that could be a serious advantage. that's why i'm such a grateful customer of carbontex at smoothdrag.com!
     
  5. feeder

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    Thanks for the clarification on the differences Alan. I have the greased carbontex in my saltiga and saltist and really like them so far, but I'm always on the lookout for well made alternatives.