Wouldn't normally grease a pinion bearing (the one the pinion gear sits in) personally ... need to be cleaned and oiled regularly like a spool bearing). Be careful because the grease has a knack of finding its way into the spool bearing that end and causing grief. You tend to find that grease will actually make them sound grindy on the retrieve .. much quieter with oil. If they are not quiet with oil, throw the thing out and put a new one in ... the standard ones are not the best you could fit.Had mine in bits today after it became a bit grindy. The culprit looked like the pinion bearing that sits in the side plate and is held in by a circlip. Took a fair bit of wiggling and persuading to get out, didn't do the circlip much good in the process, probably due in part to dissimilar metals? Packed the bearing with grease and had a time getting it back in because of how beat up the gold alloy housing got getting the bloody thing out. Something to watch out there for guys, tons and tons of blue grease except where it could have done with a bit!
See your point ... they tend to get a lot more of a salt wash in a boat too don't they so very logical. Well worth a few bearings, I suspect the ones that Penn fit are not what you would expect to be long life. I'll shut up nowMine's a boat reel so I won't really mind a bit of grease getting into the spool bearings, not desirable but won't kill it. I'll give out a try on the wrecks at the weekend, hope it's a touch less grindy but if it's still a bit second hand I'll re bearing the whole thing. She's a good old girl, worth spending a quid or two on.
All of the bearings in the fathom (with the exception of the IAR) are already available on there ... they are all labelled as fitting something else mind as I haven't had time to sort myself out I'm doing the accounts and putting together a completely new website at the moment as well as busy with reels so I've had to prioritise a bitThe bearings that are in there are rubbish no idea where to source new ones. Someone who runs one of the country's top online tackle/ reel spares/ tuning shops ought to start doing a kit really with full a set of bearings and new circlips. Bet he'd sell loads
Hi there, glad you enjoy your new toy. Yes they do pack quite a bit of grease in them, I've never worked on the lever drag myself but a simple clean and service wouldn't be to hard to do. Even if you just remove the spool and bearings, flush them out and oil them etc using quality oil. I wouldn't of thought thers a lot of difference in the main guts of the reels as you say just a more complicated drag system, sometimes before taking apart, each step I take a photo so you remember how that part goes back on. All the best with the reel hope you catch many with it. Some people are happy to use straight out of the box! Enjoy.Hi Ken, Newby Joe here, thank you for your post. I just bought a Fathom 30, as I go about chasing large pelagic's here out of San Diego and Baja. I have never serviced my own gear but as I am getting a bit older now I have a hankering to do it myself. I just came back from an overnight and used the 30 for the first time. My first impression was I am now in love with my reel, ha. It casted like a dream right out of the box and I was throwing Wahoo bombs half the day. But looking at your pictures and seeing all the grease in there I am wondering how much more distance I could get by a good clean out. However, I have the 2 speed lever drag version, I am thinking there is quite a bit more to servicing this puppy. Have you ever worked on a 2 speed LD? View attachment 306785
what is your opinion of these reels blakdog ? i am thinking of getting one or a pair for the mixed ground fishing we have up here now the cod are spreading out a bit and the usual marks are getting very busy. they look well built at a glance , like they will take a bit of abuse withoyt problems.Its hard work to take the pictures with one hand I know from experience .... but hats off to you, that was a lot of work and I suspect it will help tons of people.