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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
What shops do you guys recommend for servicing Shimano reels? I have been to a few shops in Northern NJ and also around the Atlantic Highlands area, they all say that they send reels to Shimano, which means pay for shipping etc.. Is there any talent around that can do this locally?
post #2 of 21
The reel seat in Brielle. I used them to service and repair my Calcutta and Thunnus and had a very good experience.
post #3 of 21
Most good shops have a reel 'guy' who is authorized to make repairs, either on site or off. If its out of warranty, do it that way. Effingers up north does it I think. We do it but we are in central nj, I dont know how far that is from you. Be prepared to wait, some shimano parts are taking a bit to get.
post #4 of 21
Call Paul at Grumpy's in Seaside Park. Best out there.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Slingin Eels View Post

Call Paul at Grumpy's in Seaside Park. Best out there.

Grumpy was not the best when they attempted to repair my broken Thunnus...The first time they sent it back to me the reel broke again on the third cast and when I sent it back they held it over three weeks without touching it. It was not about waiting for parts. That reel did not needed any parts. The only positive was that they brought it to the reel seat per my request without giving me a hard time. They are excellent for Abu but I would never send them a Shimano.
post #6 of 21
What does Betty and Nicks have for shimano parts? I know John's pretty good at fixing reels, and I know at least when i worked there, they carried every part of every penn and daiwa reel they made. I don't know what they stock/carry in shimano parts, or how good john is, but he does do them in-house. They may take a while, as I believe he is the only one that does repairs, and if it's busy in there, it might take a while to get to it.

If you want it done fast, look in the page of parts in your manual(comes in the box with the reel), buy the part you need, and do it yourself.

BUT!!!, thats pretty far down if you're checking out northern NJ and highlands.
post #7 of 21
Years ago Betty and Nicks had a good supply of Shimano parts, although they were marked up quite a bit. I know cause one year I had to service one of my Baitrunners on the tiny table of IBML after it had gotten dragged thru the sand and wash, and had to get a new bearing for it.....I winced when he said how much it was, but I needed the part, so..........

Not sure what they carry now. As far as I know, the only "Factory Authorized Service Center" in the northeast is Bucko's in Fall River, Ma, but that doesn't mean that other shops won't/can't service them. (Actually, just looked, there is also one in Freeport, NY.)
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by levari View Post

Grumpy was not the best when they attempted to repair my broken Thunnus...The first time they sent it back to me the reel broke again on the third cast and when I sent it back they held it over three weeks without touching it. It was not about waiting for parts. That reel did not needed any parts. The only positive was that they brought it to the reel seat per my request without giving me a hard time. They are excellent for Abu but I would never send them a Shimano.

I agree they are excellent with abu I remember They showed me a 6500 he worked on the reel spun for about two minutes
but I gave him a Pisces 400 (calcutta wanna-be) and after the cost and repair still same prob.... no hard feelings live and learn
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by levari View Post

Grumpy was not the best when they attempted to repair my broken Thunnus...The first time they sent it back to me the reel broke again on the third cast and when I sent it back they held it over three weeks without touching it. It was not about waiting for parts. That reel did not needed any parts. The only positive was that they brought it to the reel seat per my request without giving me a hard time. They are excellent for Abu but I would never send them a Shimano.

Bad timing possibly or just bad luck. I had two Shimano 401Te's serviced there with no problem and also a Stella. I used Shimano a few times and when they sent the reels back I had to resend them the reels again and it just wasted my time. I checked the invoice from Shimano on servicing and the guys name was Julio. Go figure.
post #10 of 21
Go right to the experts. Send the reel to Bucko's in Fall River Massachusetts. They are full time reel repair/service people.
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Charleston View Post

Go right to the experts. Send the reel to Bucko's in Fall River Massachusetts. They are full time reel repair/service people.

I gave them four reels one time and they charged me fifteen dollars apiece to fix them (Penn and Abu reels). They all came back to me the same as they were when I gave them to them. rolleyes.gif
post #12 of 21
Not in NJ but I recently had a Shimano reel repaired at Fisherman's World in Norwalk CT. They had parts that nobody but Shimano in CA had, and had the reel fixed and ready for me 2 hours after dropping it off, for a reasonable price. They have lots of Shimano parts on the shelf and Pete the guy that rebuilds reels is authorized by Shimano.
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the feedback Gents, its very helpful....
post #14 of 21
Just out of curiosity what is wrong with the reel?

It might be serviceable by yourself.
post #15 of 21
I sent my old calcutta,that I got used, out to shimano to get fixed. The spool wouldn't spin when i cranked the handle. Anyways I had to pay for shipping but when i got the reel and invoice back, they didn't charge me anything. I don't know why but I wasnt gonna start asking questions.
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