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Old 02-02-2007, 01:01 PM
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Default Re: Gettin a new fly reel

To clarify, the original and cheapest Battenkill is simply cast from aluminum, with no machining involved. The "Battenkill Bar Stock" is the one that is machined from bar stock.------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A "cast and machined" reel is made from metal that is poured into a mold that is roughly the same shape as the final product, and then machining is used to create the final product. Reels made this way will have tighter tolerances (spaces between moving parts) than reels that are simply cast, but not as precise as reels that are machined from bar stock.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A "machined from bar stock" reel starts out as a cylinder of solid aluminum roughly the same diameter as the finished reel. The reel is created by cutting metal out to make it into the final shape. Reels made this way are higher quality because the metal that the reel is made from is more pure, and the process that makes the final product is more precise. Because cutting the reel from bar stock creates more waste, and because of the equipment and time involved in manufacturing reels this way, these reels cost more.
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