SaltigaZ review. A look inside a +$700 reel

Discussion in 'Reels' started by Sami, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. Sami

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    Photo 6 is the underside of the line lay block. The slot is not straight as usual, but takes this shape which I believe gives more distance for the up and down movement of the spool for better line lay. You can also see two small ball bearings bolted to both sides sides which run on rails leaving no friction at all. This makes it even smoother when reeling a havey load.

    Photo 7 is the line roller housing after removing the roller. Very fine care to details.

    Photo 8 is the roller itself, separated from the body of the bail by a small raised part to guarantee friction free movement. You can also see the hollow bail which I believe must be very hard to produce.

    Photo 9 is the side showing the water proof seal. Still intact and has the original grease after all this use. There is another seal from the other side, both protecting the 2 ball bearings inside the roller.

    Photo 10 is the grip with the outer screw removed. You can see a water proof seal around it too!

    more to come
     

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  3. Sami

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    Last one, 11 is a view from inside the grip. The water proof seal to the left, a small metal shield for the ball bearing then the ball bearing which I moved to the center for a better view. There is another ball bearing inside the grip from the other side making it rotate freely on two bearings.

    When the reel first came, its revolutionary (or sexy if I may say;) ) design was an instant hit, leading to several knock offs trying to copy it or at least parts of it. here are some of such reels I found on the net for the fun of it :p

    Photo 12 a reel called "Aluma 5000" trying to copy the shape of the spool, knob, drilling and the bail wire is made ultra fat to emulate the hollow bail wire of the Saltiga. The two metal parts at the two ends of the bail wire are copies of the saltiga's too.

    Photo 13 is a reel from a German company called Cormoran. Copies the color scheme, drilling in the stem, another fat bail wire to simulate the hollow one of the saltiga and the metals at the end of the bail wire.

    Photo 14 is a Korean reel called Banax copying the holes in the handle where it meets the body, the two bulges on both sides of the body, the shape and lines of the body, the color scheme, yellow spool lip to emulate the titanium nitrate of the saltiga, the metals at both ends of the bail wire and an effort to make the handle look like the real thing, only it is two pieces, not a single machined piece as in the saltiga :)

    Back to the Saltiga, on scale of 10 I rate it as follows:

    Strength: 10/10 (Solid parts, well fitted and finished)
    Durability: 9/10 (Durable metals & every moving part and friction point is on ball bearings)
    Versatility: 8/10 (Surf, Jigging, distance casting but popping needs extra effort and trolling would be better with reels that have selective antireverse)
    Features: 9/10 (click adjusted drag, rotor brake, waterproof, mechanical stopper and titanium lipped spool)
    Build quality: 10/10

    Total: 92/100


    Hoping you have enjoyed it :eek:
     

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  4. Ragman

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    Hey Sami!

    Excellent info and pics! Thanks for taking the time to post!

    I know Rick likes his Daiwa's, but I have only bought Stellas.

    Thanks again!
     

  5. Sami

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    Finally a reply!! I thought the +90 who clicked the thread all hated it :p

    Thanks for the kind words :)
     

  6. Spinning Reel

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    Nice report. I particularly like the one piece bail arm/roller bearing frame.

    I have asked Plat how much is the Saltiga Z drive gear (C6191 if I don't recall badly) to tune up other Daiwa reels, waiting for the reply.

    Who make the Aluma? Is that reel any good?
     
  7. Sami

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    ^ Coincidentally, Plat is where I shop for my Japanese reels. Very good people :) Expect their reply to you after 7th of May because there is a natinal holiday there.

    ...............

    Found the Aluma picture on a Brazilian auction site, have no idea who makes it or if it is any good :)

    Thanks for the kind words ;)
     
  8. Spinning Reel

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    Daiwa itself does the customization for JDM reels.
    It costs 16.000 yen.

    There is one Certate that comes already with the Saliga Z gears: Certate Hyper Custom.
     
  9. Sami

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    Oh! Got you now! I thought you were going to order gears for SaltigaZ and put hem inside different reels, didn't realize you were speaking of special custom parts ;)

    Kindly let us know how it goes, I can think of a couple of reels I'd do this too if you tell me it went ok :)

    Cheers o you.
     
  10. Ragman

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    Daiwa itself does the customization for JDM reels.
    It costs 16.000 yen.

    There is one Certate that comes already with the Saliga Z gears: Certate Hyper Custom.

    Hey Spinning Reel!

    For the 16,000 Yen (~$140 US), what comes with the customization?

    And, the Certate Hyper Custom- Do you have any specs on that reel (in the Stella 8000 to 20000 size?)
     
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