Penn 210 and Penn Mag 10 differences
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Nice description/comparison between the 9 and 10! About all I can add as you know, is the 10 has a small ring magnet on the bridge, and spool bearings instead of bushings.
I also added a small rare earth magnet to my Mag 10 to help tame it when I go with lighter line. I consider it my poor mans 525 Mag!
What follows is an excellent description from G Pope about the Penn 210, and optional upgrades available.
"One more point about the 210 - even though it's discontinued, you can still get most of the parts required to keep it running. Sideplates might be an issue, but that's 'bout it. It uses Jigmaster (4:1) gears & drags and if the version you saw has the chromed spool, you can replace it with an aluminum #29L-210 which should still be available from Penn. Approx same line capacity as an Abu 7000 (300x20) with the aluminum spool and same as the 209 with the chromed spool (350x20).
If you want a reel the same size as the #9, but better features, check out the Penn Mag 10 instead. It has 4:1 gears same as the 210, but Squidder size drags & ball bearings - it's a sorta' miniature Penn 210 with fixed magnetic cast control."
Right now I have a few 210's of both stainless and aluminum spooled versions. No particular preference as I do not cast them, so no need for magnet control or braking action.
I stumbled across the Penn Mag 10 by a simple mistyping of 210. I dropped the 2 and E**y displayed a few Penn Mag 10 reels for sale. This brought on some questions.
Looks like I came to the correct board for answers.
Now my next question would be something like ..... hmmmm .... wonder if the Penn Mag 10 would be a decent Muskie bait casting reel ???
You removed the level wind from your Mag 10? How involved was this? Any aftermarket or made up parts to fill any voids, as with some Abu conversions?
Also, any better than stock drag washers out there that fit this reel? Maybe even Penn HT100's in the proper size?
What was the short coming that had you install an extra magnet? Any chance you can give the size of this ( rare earth? ) magnet and the position and spacing of its' location?
Penn reels are so cool, and I bet those aluminum 210's would cast great if you were so inclined.
I took my dads like new Penn 350 Leveline "trolling reel" and added a rare earth magnet, an Aluminum spool, HT-100 drag washers, and a yucky modern handle to turn it into a surprisingly good casting reel.
Unfortunately I find the retrieve a bit slow for a lot of my fishing, but I keep it around for special occasions.
Yeah I'm picture happy, but feel it's the best way to show what I'm talking about.
As MT said they make some strange sounds casting, I say they have an almost agricultural implement sound, with lots of clacks, and pops with the levelwind in place... Seem to cast OK by me.
Just saw your post... we overlapped.
I added a small rare earth magnet I got from radio shack, Model: 64-1895. They are 1/8" diameter, and I think 1/10th inch thick. I added it nex to the main magnet N/S to fine tune the magnet already installed when I switched to .35mm line or smaller. Without it, the reel was a little too racy for my preferred no thumb till touchdown tune.
HT-100 washers are no problem at all, or smoothies if you want to go that route. The conversion is very easy, and I could help you step by step if needed. Never saw any after market parts for these 10's, like Accurate, Tiburon, Area Rule, etc...
Your photo of the modified Mag 10 shows a few parts removed. The obvious are no slotted post and line guide. What is the green paint applied to the worm shield?
THAT looks cool !!!!
You must feel the improvement in casting having removed the worm, worm gears and worm bearings.
I was thinking earlier that a magged out 210 could be something to play with. I do have a few aluminum spooled ones here.
For the time being, I will consider working up a couple of the Penn Mag 10's. Maybe I will chase a few down and get back to you about what steps to take.
I meant to ask you something else. I notice some reels on E**y refered to as Penn 10. Is this a shortened reference to the Penn Mag 10 or is the Penn 10 a non magnet version of this reel.
Just goes to show how well the part was made. Actually that isn't the worm shield painted green, but a custom made aluminum bar with recessed ends anodized "Mag Elite" green. It is fitted with two stainless screws, and really looks great, IMO of coarse.
Here is everything removed to help you visualize the conversion process, and it all can be put back to make it a levelwind anytime:
Really is dead simple, and turns the reel into a hot-shot. I remember about 7 years ago while first casting it post conversion, I very stupidly hit the "brakes" with my thumb just after full power. It literally scorched my thumb brown/tan, and the line melted fusing it in places! Still makes me shudder!
All Penn 10's I know of come with magnets (Mag-Tuned), and the older ones come with cool green torpedo handles.
I use both, the Penn 10 and Penn 210. I call it the Lil Penn 10. The lil penn 10 can handle a fair fish, musky size, with good line. I through them pretty far on a Penn 8 foot rod. The penn 210, I have place a 1/32 rare earth magnet on the bridge with super glue. It is enough to slow the reel down a lil. I can still through it with a 12 foot ugly stick almost 300 yards. Using 20 lbs clear steel, 4 oz, and 5 oz bullet sinkers. If you are casting for distance as I do, it requires light oil on the bearings. The 12 foot ugly sticks, 20 lbs clear steel and the penn 210, theres nothing I can't reel in. 40 to 50 pound Bull reds are no problem. They just don't build reels like the Penn 10 and 210 anymore. They are built like tanks.
The Penn 350 is a vintage reel, but holds 350 yards of 30 lbs and no friction from a levewind. The casting is about the same, but using 5-6 oz sinker getting out to 270 yards plus with the 12 foot Ugly sticks. The reels have aluminum spools. The brass and stainless spools are heavy and spin to fast. The lighter spools are easier to control.