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#1 Raven01

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Posted December 08 2010 - 9:16 AM

Hello,

I am building a new rod and planning to put some nice Fuji concept guides.
The options are regular aluminum oxide and hardloy. I already used the hardaloy in several rods and performance wise I am happy but I cannot stand the grey-blueish ring color. I am building this nice all black 6 ft light trout rod and the darker rings on the oxides would definitely look better.
I checked the Vicker`s hardness scale and the two materials are pretty much the same with the Hardloy being only a bit harder.
The rod will be used only with regular monofilament so I think the aluminum oxide would do the job. I dont want to put alconites (I am trying to stay on the cheap side on this average rod).

What do you guys recommend? Stick with the Hardloys or just regular aluminum oxide ?

Thanks


Ray

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Posted December 08 2010 - 9:26 AM

For a FW rod you are trying to stay cheap, you can probably use any guide from any company and they'll be fine. For what you ar doing pick eithr

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Posted December 08 2010 - 10:19 AM

Billy's right: it doesn't really matter much. Hardloy is just a slightly better-grade aluminum oxide, and the difference in performance between the two is small. If you like the looks of aluminum oxide, by all means use it, because you won't notice any performance difference between it and Hardloy.
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Posted December 10 2010 - 8:18 PM

Raven

All the aluminium oxide guides from Fuji work fine with braid for spinning and casting rods. Just giving you the heads up as there is a missconception that braid needs something much harder like SIC. Well I have used braid on std Fuji aluminium oxide for over 10 years and no probs. Remarkable value Guides. By fitting either type of center you are not going even close to cheap. These are truly excellent guides that happen to be very low cost. Now thats a rarity these days. Enjoy it.

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Posted December 12 2010 - 11:26 AM


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Hello,

I am building a new rod and planning to put some nice Fuji concept guides.
The options are regular aluminum oxide and hardloy. I already used the hardaloy in several rods and performance wise I am happy but I cannot stand the grey-blueish ring color. I am building this nice all black 6 ft light trout rod and the darker rings on the oxides would definitely look better.
I checked the Vicker`s hardness scale and the two materials are pretty much the same with the Hardloy being only a bit harder.
The rod will be used only with regular monofilament so I think the aluminum oxide would do the job. I dont want to put alconites (I am trying to stay on the cheap side on this average rod).

What do you guys recommend? Stick with the Hardloys or just regular aluminum oxide ?

Thanks


Ray




if you want black guides check out the batson line. you will not be disappointed

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Posted January 05 2011 - 8:23 AM

Thank you all . I will just stick with the aluminum oxide rings with black stainless steel frame .