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What’s the deal with Quantum Cabos?

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What’s the general consensus of this reel these days? I know 5 years ago lots of people were using them in the 4-8k range for heavy striper use. Seems like I don’t see them much anymore. 
 

some backstory—I sent 6 pretty heavily used cabos in all types of disrepair back to quantum for warranty replacement. 4 were less than a year old. I run a guiding business so my reels take a beating. most had issues with anti reverse, two with bail issues, 2 were grinding. 
 

quantum just sent me back 6 brand new reels. Talk about excellent customer service. My question is this: is the anti reverse and general short life of these reels well established? Did I get lemons? Should I sell these 6 reels and replace with gosas or BG MQs? 
 

or should I stick with quantum because they’ve done right by their product in the warranty department. I just want a reel that’s going to last the season. 

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Been using the Cabo 40 PTSE for light surf for years now.....any issues, they send me a NIB....what can I say. For the boat we have gossas.....can't kill'em.

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My Cabo ARs only act up when they get contaminated.  Usually it's because I put too much grease in the reel like a dummy and it found its way up there.  I love them.

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18 hours ago, Kima said:

My Cabo ARs only act up when they get contaminated.  Usually it's because I put too much grease in the reel like a dummy and it found its way up there.  I love them.

At least in the 3 I've been in....They have a very heavily greased clutch out of the box.

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Bought a PT 60 for a custom surf rod.  My opinion?

Extremely heavy, unusually prone to wind knots when spooled with braid, the anodized body parts chip and scratch easily and the bail is stiff.  I don't like it much.

Put it on a boat rod for a spare rig.  Have not touched it since.

 

I suppose that it's a good reel for noob charters on a boat because it is a fairly sturdy reel.  I think that's the niche market for these reels so long as they keep their warrantee as you describe.  I can't recall the extent of the warrantee, whether it's for life or for a period of time.  If the latter, you'll have to decide if you got your money out of them or not when it comes time to replace them out of pocket.

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I’ve been beating on a 40 for 3 years, only done some cleaning and greasing. Just replaced the drag washers, several large albies in a row popped the spring off. Good solid reels

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Same platform. The boca ptse has been as solid a reel as you can ask for for years. I wouldn’t hesitate to go for a cabo. 

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Can’t speak for the Cabos but a big fan of the Smoke series for wading in Fl.

 I own three smokes and they are my reel of choice for wet wading down here.

 I also own a half dozen Stradics.

 

With the current 5 year warranty from Quantum I think they are a no brainer for a guide. Assuming commercial use doesn’t disqualify.

 

I don’t know why Quantum gets no respect from the expert reviewers except Alan Hawk?? He rates it very high in its price range.

 

Go figure....

 

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My friend down in the keys swears by them, and I will forever be impressed by the week we used them to crank in dozens and dozens of large blackfin tuna and kingfish. I choose gosas for the better water resistance,   but I’m sure I’d be happy if I changed to bocas. Didn’t even know they had a 5 year warranty, may have to consider a few as boat reels.

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