Shimano Stradic CI4 4000F


$229.99 spinning reel from Shimano.  Used for two seasons in the saltwater and no service or maintenance.  What do you end up with?  All bearings toast, pinion corroded to the spool shaft.  Shims destroyed.  On the outside it still looks brand new.  On the inside, it is a total loss.  Take the $229.00 plus tax and flush it down the toilet, and start over.  These reels are wonderfully smooth with a good drag.  They are light weight and fairly durable.

Is investing 14% of the sales price annually into service and maintenance too much?  Let’s do the math…

Year Service Parts Tax Total

1

$20.00

$12.00

$3.20

$35.20

2

$20.00

$12.00

$3.20

$35.20

3

$20.00

$14.00

$3.40

$37.40

4

$20.00

$14.00

$3.40

$37.40

5

$20.00

$16.00

$3.60

$39.60

6

$20.00

$16.00

$3.60

$39.60

7

$20.00

$20.00

$4.00

$44.00

$268.40

So, by my old school math, if you do annual service and maintenance on your reel and get new drag washers every year at the end of 7 years you still have a perfectly good high quality reel that is fully functional.  Or, you can not do the service and maintenance and buy a new one every two years for approximately $251.90 every two years.  Let’s do the math:

Buy a new reel every two years over the same period of time and spend $1,007.60 or buy it once and do the service over the same period of time and invest a total of $520.30.  What would you buy if you had another $487.30 over the next 7 years?  I know I know more reels… I buy quality gear, put I try hard to only buy it once.

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