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To those of you who use Quantum reels:

 

What model is your favorite. I am thinking of getting one to try out.

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Smoke SL100HPT. I use it for pitching/punching because it has a stock ceramic drag and it's extremely light. I love it to be honest, great little reel.  If you look on ebay, you can find these reels for next to nothing.  Perhaps I got a gem, but I've never had any issues with mine. Some people just frown on Quantum but I have yet to experience any bad with mine.  I also have a lower end KVD reel that has been a good reel. No complaints and I use it for lipless, squarebills, things like that. It's smooth and casts really nice. Plastic parts worry me though so I don't expect the reel to be a "lifetime" investment. I treat my stuff really well so after 2.5 seasons with it, it's in 9/10 shape both mechanically and cosmetically.

 

I have never tried any EXO's but feedback says they're solid.  The rest of my reels are all Shimano.

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Quantum Tour KVD Burner ~

 

You could use the TW Demo program to try out a reel.

 

Also TW is offering this reel at a very reasonable price right now.

 

Here's a decent review.

 

http://www.***.com/quantum-kvd-burner-baitcaster-reel-review/

 

A-Jay

 

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The smoke was a decent reel compared to the others I've used. All aluminum and a strong drag. Only issues where the cast control was iffy and the side plate is d**n near impossible to take off

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I personally like the older Tour Editions.  I have a KVD Tour but have yet to take it out.  Even though the older TE's may be a little on the heavier side I feel that they balance rods nicely and are a real work horse of a reel.  I'd like to try a smoke as well.  The thing to remember with higher end Quantums is that the ACS braking system does have a learning curve and not to get frustrated with it but to practice until you have it dialed in nicely.  I'm not a brand snob at all, but I do feel that in this forum particularly Quantum doesn't get enough 'love'.  That may be because of their lower end stuff though.  I would not recommend getting any of the low end stuff.  You can find some of the older Energy Pt's for around $99 if you look hard and those used to retail for $189 if I'm not mistaken.  I personally would not chance it with anything below the Energy model. Just my $.02 though

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FWIW I see more than a fair share of Smokes with loud, rough gears. The older TE's seemed more solid to me as well.

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FWIW I see more than a fair share of Smokes with loud, rough gears. The older TE's seemed more solid to me as well.

I hope this doesn't become the case with mine. I'll be going on my 3rd season with mine and its still like new.  Any idea of why they've come to that state?

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Smoke SL150HPT in 7.3:1. Smooth and casts a mile with wider spool. Only 6.8 OZ. and fits my hand like it was made for it. Love the external brakes.

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I echo what has been said above. I own the last models of HPT TE 7.0:1 reels before they became the KVD reels and it's my absolute favorite reel next to my Smoke SL100HPT. I also own 2 Code reels and as long as I keep up with maintenance, they are workhorses. I even own a lower end Nitro that I use for top-water fishing and I really can't complain about it. The Higher end reels are definitely the way to go and I agree that Quantum doesn't get enough love. IMHO for the price a lot of their reels can't be beat. I think the case with the Smokes is that they need to be lubed before you use them. When I bought my Smoke reel it screamed, but I brought it home, put some hot sauce in it, and haven't had a problem since.

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I do have some quantum reels, I have not tried the smoke reels but they seem very nice, I have the kinetics, energy, and catalysts and I really like all of them. No issues from these reels at all. I like how they are aluminum on both the frame and gear side cover. most brands you have to get well up over the 150 range to get that feature.

 

Mitch

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Just picked a closeout model energy pt vi 7.0 burner. Been using it for a month and love it. Looking to purchase another. My buddy has the crazy color energy and no issues there. So far they have been great in my book.

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You can catch smokes on sale at Walmart they were running the $199 model for $159 and last I saw they are running the $219 for $179. The older energy's are on closeouts as well KVD models. Look around for good deals.

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I have 4 light weight reels, a Lews Tourney Pro, an Abu Garcia Revo Premier 2nd generation, and a Smoke 150 HPT and a Smoke 100 SPT. I find I like the Smoke 150 HPT the best, the cast control works really well for me, they should use that ACS 3 on all of their reels. That is the one I would go with, the Smoke 100 is a good reel too but I do prefer the 150 because of the braking system.

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I only use Quantum(over 20 yrs) and I use TE and Energy PT. Zero issues. love them.

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The only current model quantums worth owning are the KVD Tour reels.  All of the others are plagued with issues.  Whether it is in the gearing, or bearings, or side plate issues like the EXO.  I used to fish, nearly exclusively, Quantum reels.  Now, however, they're under built, over priced, and just now worth the hassle and headache. 

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Any thoughts on the Quantum Kinetic & the new Accurist PT baitcasters? They are both in the same price range, about $100.

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I've got an Exo and I really like it although the bearings seem a little loud compared to my other reels.

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I have several Quantum PT models and have not had any issues with any of them at this time. I have the color shift Energy PT, Kinetic PT, a couple of the Accurist PT 501 and the gray red model prior to this latest Accurist. I also have a couple of the KVD PT models in the 101SPT and 101HPT models but haven;t had them on the water just yet. My favorite out the group I own is the Quantum Accurist 101HPT burner reel that I use for flipping and pitching. I actually had 3 of these reels but lost one overboard right before purchasing another. The previous reel and the current Accurist were upgraded with some internal polishing and upgraded bearings. The reel was always in my hands and never had a problem before losing it and the current model is back on a flipping/pitching rod and ready for the season.  

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Any thoughts on the Quantum Kinetic & the new Accurist PT baitcasters? They are both in the same price range, about $100.

I would go with the Accurist PT but it's a personal preference as my Kinetic doesn't see much use

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I have a Smoke that I really like for some things. I'm not a big fan of the braking. It feels like the choice is either no brakes or all the brakes. However for things like 1/2 oz traps or pike spoons, it is one heck of a caster. Nice and light, too.

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Just out of curiosity, do drag washers ever need any kind of cleaning or maintenance?

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I've got a few of the quantum accurist's can't remember the model 500 maybe. The red blue and yellow. Stock piled several when I worked at academy 10+ Years ago. They are awesome reels the ones I just retired were 8-9 years old and still going strong. I've got a couple of the 570pt's the light grey ones from the same era I just spooled up tonight. I've got one of the rainbow colored quantum pt's I swim jigs with I bought when the classic was at lay a few years ago,two of the grey energy's,two grey accurist pt's the only exception's are of one of the lews speed spools I bought last week and 4 shimano citicas I bought at the classic today for $60 bucks it's all quantum and I'd still fish quantum but the newer accurist feel cheap.

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I like the 3 smokes that I have and plan on picking up another one soon. Can't say I've had a problem with any of mine. I also have a bunch of older Q's that I can still break out and use. Proper maintenance

is all it takes to have a reel last forever.

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I hope this doesn't become the case with mine. I'll be going on my 3rd season with mine and its still like new.  Any idea of why they've come to that state?

Too much or too little grease can cause gears to wear faster than usual.

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