The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

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The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby spookybaits » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:18 pm

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Super Hi-power...

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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby SWH » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:07 pm

What is this?

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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby Afrayedknot » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:35 pm

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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby BigG » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:04 am

Come on spook and Afrayknot, enough of this: more please.

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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby spookybaits » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:33 am

Sorry guys, been dealing with Atlanta Snowpocalypse stuff. Had to go on a 5 mile snow hike this morning to rescue some steak tacos from the taqueria :D
I'm uploading the reel photos now.

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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby Afrayedknot » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:25 am

BigG wrote:Come on spook and Afrayknot, enough of this: more please.

What? I was just guessing what reel it was. :D

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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby hoohoorjoo » Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:23 am

Afrayedknot wrote:
BigG wrote:Come on spook and Afrayknot, enough of this: more please.

What? I was just guessing what reel it was. :D

That's a Daiwa PR33C or PT33C(3.8:1 gear ratio). I had the PT33 when they first came out(guess I'm telling my age here). It was what began my life-long love affair with bass fishing-and Daiwa reels. ;) Still an exceptional reel, though very dated by today's standards. The handle and swept star does give it a fresh look, Spooky. =D>
Edit: sorry, I was thinking of the one I had, the PT33P and typed that by mistake. I corrected it to say "PT33C". :oops:
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The tank

Postby spookybaits » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:31 am

*a little back story (feel free to skip down to photos).

Alot of reels have come & gone over the years, But my favorite design of all time is the old Daiwa procasters. They made a few different lines using this body. The last series (and best imo) is the procaster tournament 33 series (PT33). Daiwa made a PT33p(pitching 5:1), a PT33sh (super hi speed 7:1) and the PT33c (super hi power cranking 3.8:1).
These reels were little tanks. They were big by today's standards, heavy, boxy, squared off design that actually resembles a tank. And to my eyes they're absolutely beautiful

About 4 years ago after reading TT threads for some time, i got the idea to trick these out and bring em up to date with various mods & upgrades. I found a reel tuner(he's not one of the TT locals, but i wont mention his name) & sent him a nib PT33c & PR. When i got the reels back they didn't cast for sh#t, and full of metal dust/shavings. It felt like sand when you cranked the handle. So those reels became parts reels. Awesome. :doh:

Fast forward to last winter, i was talking to Patrick(pobigred) on the phone about tuning reels. Told him about my experience with tuning, and he gave me e_bassfisher's contact info and guaranteed me he's the best guy for the job.
I sent ian an email & he called me the next day to talk about the reels. He said not only could he do em up, but that he was excited to crack those old reels open and see what he could do to em.

What he send back was an absolute work of art. :hugs:
He:
- Upgraded all bearings to abec 7 ceramics.
- Re-did the drag system with carbonex.
- Completely dissembled, cleaned all parts, full lube everything.
- Full supertuning, polished internals & spool.
- Retrofited a pixy drag star with a series of oddball washers to allow for swept handle!
- The pt33c got a 100mm rcs swept cf handle, the pt33sh got a 90mm zillion type-R cf handle. (2 bb per knob, both handles).
- And probably some other things i forgot or don't know about.

I spooled it with 12lb sufix mono, strapped it on a deep cranking rod, tied a dd22 on and took it to the lake for a spin. I set the magforce to 5 and let that dd22 rip. Holy sh*t can that thing cast! It just went & went & went.

When i turned the handle & started retrieving I felt nothing. Zero resistance from the DD22. :shock: Like i had broke off and was just reeling slack line back. It wasn't until the lure made contact with the bottom that I realized it was still there.
I don't know what exactly Ian did to make it so smooth, but it felt like the gears were made of ice. Smoother than my calais's & chronarch D's.
The smoothness, combined with the brute power of the big 3.8:1 gears... It's a beast.
It punks my Daiwa Z200.
It thinks the crazy cranker's 4.9:1 gears are 'cute'.
It's main gear weighs almost a half ounce.
It makes no apologies for it's boxy, square ergonomics.
It is- THE ULTIMATE DAIWA CRANKING REEL!

Now for some pics-

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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby spookybaits » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:39 am

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as big & boxy as it is, it's still able to disappear in your hand
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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby spookybaits » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:55 am

A few other reels for size comparison-

Z200
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Chronarch D5
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9.71 ounces of badass japanese engineering
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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby jpd0144 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:58 am

SUPER SWEET ! What a awesome project ! =D> Congrats and hope you enjoy !

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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby spookybaits » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:04 am

Here's a comparison of the gears.
On the left is the Daiwa PT33c 3.8:1 gear, The gear on the right is a Calais 200apv 5.1:1 gear
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The daiwa main gear is .48oz (13.6g)
The Calais main gear is .31oz (8.8g)

Check out the beefy pinion gear
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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby jpd0144 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:11 am

Looks like a pure BEAST for sure ! :shock:

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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby spookybaits » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:36 am

While indeed this is the ultimate Daiwa cranking reel, for me it really shines with small swimbaits. There's 2 little swimbaits i love to fish, but they're most effective when fished slooooow. The 3.8:1 gears are absolute heaven for creeping these baits.
For these 2 sub-1oz baits, I've married the PT with a Megabass Nautilus. They're a beautiful couple, & It's a match made in heaven.
Here's the balance point on the nautilus-
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The grey & purple on both the rod and reel match up perfect
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Here's the PT33sh 7.1:1
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Re: The ultimate Daiwa cranking reel

Postby spookybaits » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:24 am

jpd0144 wrote:SUPER SWEET ! What a awesome project ! =D> Congrats and hope you enjoy !

Thanks bro! I gotta give all the credit to Ian (e_bassfisher). He put some serious mojo on these old Daiwas. Comparing this one to a stock one is night & day with regaurds to casting distance & retrieving smoothness.


*For anyone who wants to give one of these a shot- Simmons sporting goods in Alabama used to have a steady stream of these nib on eBay but they've all dried up. Might call to see if they have some in store? I only know of one nib pt33c on eBay, and it's in Croatia or something. I think he's asking $120ish. if you want one, buy it. These sold new back in the day for $100. But now they're a dinosaur & there just aren't many left anymore.


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