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Penn Slammer vs Spinfisher Metal, what the difference?


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#1 ghost

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Posted September 21 2011 - 8:30 AM

I have been comparing the reels data sheets and I don't see much difference so I must be missing something.

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Posted September 21 2011 - 8:52 AM

The current metal spinfishers start with the 650ssm with a weight of about 24 ounces and get heavier. The slammers from the 260 up to the 560 go from 12 to about 20 ounces. The drag systems are also different. Both are decent reels and price is similar

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Posted September 21 2011 - 9:26 AM

The body of the Slammer is smaller and lighter, for one. I haven't opened up one of the new SSm's, but the older SS models were confusing, where the Slammer has minimal moving parts. You can shim the spool on the SSm if you have to, can't on a Slammer (though I've never seen anyone need to).

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Posted September 21 2011 - 12:34 PM

I fish with a smaller slammer (the 360 size) and it's a great reel - I don't have any real comparisons to today's spinfisher metal reels...but I had the old versions from the 80's (right from the tiny 420SS right up to the then largest size, 850SS) and agree that these frames are larger than the slammer on a size by size (in terms of capacity) comparison.

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Posted September 21 2011 - 12:38 PM

I'm wrong.



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Posted September 21 2011 - 12:50 PM

A big difference is the slammer has the ht100 drag, the spinfisher does not.


That's a change then - because the older USA Spinfisher reels used to have the HT100 drags

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Posted September 21 2011 - 1:00 PM


That's a change then - because the older USA Spinfisher reels used to have the HT100 drags


I just checked the website and I was wrong..............I could have sworn it didn't have HT100. The Slammers HT100 is larger than the Spinfisher.

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Posted September 21 2011 - 2:28 PM


Much better drag system.  They have a drag system that is underneath the spool and protected unlike the spinfisher.  They also have a single large HT 100 drag system (same typed used in international reels), unlike a stack of regular drag washers.  This reels drag will put up to heat better then the spinfisher.  Its almost the same concept as in conventional a lever drag vs. a star drag.  One single large drag washer  vs. a stack of small ones ultimately last longer and is much smoother.




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Posted September 21 2011 - 6:11 PM

For outright durability i would still take an original SS model over the new SSM, even without the improvements although i would miss the anti reverse bearing on the new models, but thats about it.