It amuses me ball bearing in plastic unless the bearings have knobbly bits you cannot force them in as tight as metal reels .
I had one cheapy a storm sea reel (actually not a bad reel for the price) whose bearing locked onto the metal handle and rotated in the plastic .
I cleaned the plastic scored it and the bearing outer and araldited it back in ,still in my box .
Unfortunately plastic heats up quicker than metal so a tight fit impossible
In the 50's the miracle material was nylon "self lubricating" was the boast ,yes it did but the nylon dried out and crumbled because of it ,i have a lovely crak? 400? Closed face in the loft whose nylon parts have long since turned to dust ,had they been metal they would have been fine.
Theres lots of clever marketing for what is really cheap plastic ,graphite is just carbon dust in plastic as was fiberglass dust used in the seastreak,carbon rods are just carbon threads in plastic ,best of all would be spider silk its far stronger and would make a fine rod if it could be done cheaply ,"resin" seems to be the in word to make plastic seem expensive but its still plastic and should be priced as plastic
Quality is also a misnomer ,the hardy altex reals were "quality" but spares rarely fitted and the reels themselves not that good ,i used to blame my knots and cut line on cheap tackle as a kid but 20 years ago i had an outing with an altex and taperflash rod ,two hours later i was back home with nots ,frayed line and tangles ,quaulity is in the mind sometimes to fool the purse
Edited by chesters1, 06 October 2018 - 10:01 PM.