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Old 04-10-2019, 11:43 PM   #21
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Just like the Shimano better.
I work at a warranty repair facility for shimano, Daiwa, and other brands including Lew's.

I have worked on reels now for more than 30 plus years. I won't own a Lew's either. Won't touch a Daiwa as well.

No one makes them like Shimano!
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:39 AM   #22
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Even the very best Lews do not compare with Shimano. Initially they are great and with proper care they will work fine for a while, but at some point you will need a part. At that point it becomes a **** shoot. I used to work on them, but I wont take them any more because availability of parts is so sketchy.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:59 AM   #23
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This right here is the MECA of Shimano Addiction lol
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:06 AM   #24
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I think u cant go wrong with either reel honestly. Im pretty sure 80 percent of people my age grew up on shimanos. I loved my 200e7 but once my dad let me use his lews years ago I made the switch. they just fit better in my hand and are much lighter. I still have the og lews inshore and a lews lite. Iv had them for years. fish on the weekends. iv had that inshore since they first came out with them 6 years ago? and I recently replaced the bearings from my lite and put hedgehog studios in my lite. other than Iv done nothing but use them and clean them. same drag washers. same anti reverse bearings.
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good to see all is good on 2C. I loved the old greenies and still use a superfree. I am not sure the Shimanos series were that good for several series after the old greenies. The newer one may be now but I have some Lews that work well so far.
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Lews for sure.. Had two of the E7's, sold them a few months later. Instead opted for the Lews Lite.

I haven't had good luck with Shimano in general though. I had bought a brand new Curado 70HG and got rid of that hunk pretty quick. Didn't take it long for it to start making noise. Got the Concept A in it's place and no regrets.

I also had a Curado K and took it back a day later. Felt like *** out of the box no matter what I did to it.

Not Shimano, but I had bought a brand new Abu Garcia Revo ALX for $260. Felt like a great reel out of the box, super light and smooth. That **** went back to Academy the next day after a trip. Not only could I not get it dialed in right, but it didn't take it look to start making noise and squealing. Took it back and got a second Concept C. No regrets.

So as of now, all of my reels are 13 Fishing aside from the one Lews Lite and none of them have yet to give me any issues or reason to get rid of them. It's just funny that 13 is the company that seems to get made fun of a lot, but it's the only brand of reels I have yet to have any issue out of.

I think Shimano appears to have been a top dog when they were built with quality in Japan, but the new ones (even from die-hard shimano fans) aren't the same.
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