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 I had the opportunity to use a Daiwa PX type R a couple days ago and was completely blown away with it.  With using that reel I'm very intrigued to buy a Daiwa myself in a month or so, but don't have the $500 to drop on the type R or I would :).  I was just wondering what reels they have old or new that would be worthwhile to look into buying for around $200.00? This would be my first major Daiwa reel purchase. (I had a megaforce for a very short time.) My only requirement is that it needs to be left handed and it will be for my pitching rod.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

 

 

Jacob.

 

 

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The Lexa 300 is supposed to be pretty good, and I think it's $199. They also have the T3 Ballistic for $249, but the review that Tackle Tour did was unimpressive. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

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If you want something in the same frame size and better for finesse type presentations, take a look at either the Sol, Fuego, or the Alphas 103 line of Daiwa reels.

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Other than a Lexa I would look for a used reel. Your options and quality of reels will be very good going this route. The following should be within your range or close to it.

Alphas/Sol- these reels will offer a similar profile than the pixy you used. They will be just a slight bit heavier but not by much. Also these reels are highly upgradeable with lots of tuning options.

TDZ- these reels were the predecessor to the steeze. Also very light. Slightly different profile but still very light and palmable.

Fuego- not too expensive and pretty cool looking and solid reel.

Zillions- on the heavier side of Daiwa reels but a more bulletproof workhouse reel.

This would be the order I would put them in as far as what reel you will probably enjoy the most compared to the pixy you played with. Take a look on Japantackle for a rundown of the reels under "discontinued reels". That will at least help familiarize yourself with the features and such that you may want.

All of the above reels can be had for under $200 depending upon condition. If it was me I would get the Alphas or Sol from eBay or wherever you can find one. Fish it for a bit, then upgrade anything that you want to.

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  1. I agree with the Alpha/Sol. The lexa is just not on the same level as the other reels. I've used a lot of Daiwa's and the lower priced reels just don't measure up. Not saying they are bad reels, just not on the same par. Find a used Alpha/Sol and put bearings in it and a carbon fiber handle on it and you should be happy

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I agree with kicker, i just picked up my first two daiwas, the px type r, and an alphas 103f and there amazing reels. Id look for used alphas/sol's...

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A used zillion would do you well. Work horse that can be upgraded in several areas if you wanted to improve or "pimp" it out.

Lexa 100 costs less but as expected has fewer features. Also a workhorse reel

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Thank you every one for your replies.  I do have a question for you if you don't mind.  I just found a Daiwa Advantage 153 HSTLA for sale locally in like new condition. My only question is I have small hands for a male and was wondering if it really is somewhat hard to plam the reel with smaller hands? It looks a lot wider than my quantum reels that I use.

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If you want something in the same frame size and better for finesse type presentations, take a look at either the Sol, Fuego, or the Alphas 103 line of Daiwa reels.

I agree!  I've seen a few Daiwa Sols going for around $200 new.  They pop up now and then.  Best buy for buck with Daiwas I think.

 

The Alpha 103 used can be had for about $200.  an excellent reel!!  I

 

As an owner of the Sol, Alpha, TDZ and Zillion, I can say that ALL of these are excellent and most can be had used for your price range. 

 

Once in awhile, a used Steez comes up for about $275.   Magnificent reel in the 103 and 100.

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jacob, if you want a daiwa because you liked the px type-r so much, get an alphas...this is as close as you can get within your $200 price range unless you can find a beat-up pixy for that price. the lexas, zillions, advantages, et al are different animals.

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Put the Advantage on the rod to try it.  I have Zillions and Advantages/Tierras. 

The Advantage is somewhat wide and some feel it's hard to palm.  I think you have to figure in the reel seat too to make that decision, on some Minima-type seats they are perfectly fine.  I like the Advantage a lot, but a Zillion/Fuego/Alphas is in a different league. 

Now an Advantage compared to a Curado E...  In my opinion is an equal preformer, with a better feel.

 

If it was me though look at a used Zillion/Fuego/Sol.  I got a Zillion with Orange Seals and Smooth Drag upgrade for $150, the thing was basically new.  Deals like this do pop up.

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Thank you guys very much!  I just got home from meeting with the local guy about the Daiwa Advantage 153 HSTLA and came home with a  Alphas Type F, Advantage 153 HSTLA  and a Fuego for a total of $225.00. The Fuego has a bit of boat rash to it as does the Advantage, but the Alphas is brand new looking.  I can't wait to give them a whirl this coming Thursday. Once again thank you for your guys replies. 

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Nice grab! Pretty much like buy the alphas, get the other 2 for free or very minimal. Enjoy!

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Great deal there!

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Thank you guys very much!  I just got home from meeting with the local guy about the Daiwa Advantage 153 HSTLA and came home with a  Alphas Type F, Advantage 153 HSTLA  and a Fuego for a total of $225.00. The Fuego has a bit of boat rash to it as does the Advantage, but the Alphas is brand new looking.  I can't wait to give them a whirl this coming Thursday. Once again thank you for your guys replies. 

 

 

Wow!  Very good deal.  I've never pitched except in my yard.  I wouldn't think the Zillion would be all that good at pitching, but what do I know?  :teeth3:

 

Try the Alphas 1st.  My understanding of pitching is the spool has to start up very fast and spin with no, or very little, braking.  Try a TD-Z 105H.

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I've been toying with them in my yard and I'm really liking the Fuego a lot, even more so than my Quantum Tour I have.  The Alphas blows my bass pro prolite out of the water casting my LC 65 pointers and other smaller cranks, the advantage while it casts great just isn't too comfortable to me.  I'll probably be giving the Advantage to my Father for an early father's day gift.  I do wish I had more money because he has a upgraded limited edition pixy and a pimped out Zillion coastal that he might get rid of as well.  From my understanding he got some sort of sponsorship with Daiwa and is replacing all of his reels with the Steeze reels because he is getting a steep discount on them.    

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