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They're both built in same factory.  Pick the one that feels the best in your hands.  Quality shouldn't be a concern with either.

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i used to use nothing but Revo reels , made the change to Lew's and am quite happy !! Lew's reels are built with more exact tolerances , they feel more smooth , have a better braking system , and have a LOT less slop between the handle and body of the reel , Lew's are hands down a lot better reel though both have excellent customer service ...

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I got 5 revo sx. I love them. I like having the same reels though all of my setups.  I think they are the better all around reel. But seriously it's preference. Flip a coin. Both companies build a great product.

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i really like the lews reels i have owned and do own.  in fact, i have 2 more en route....

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I have 4 Lews and 2 Garcias, both are smooth and hard to tell a difference.  I'm very satisfied with both.  My preference is determined by sale prices.

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I own them both but lean more towards lews ,They fit my hands better and seem a little smoother.

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I got a speed spool for $100 at Dick's a few years ago and it is by far the worst reel I have ever owned.  A lot of slop, lost the smoothness after a few weeks and the drag is terrible. The smoothness comes back after a good cleaning but is short lived.  Must have got a lemon or their lower end models aren't very good. Because of that experience I am reluctant to go with Lew's again, despite the great reviews that they have.  I have never owned an Abu reel but have several of their rods.  Their customer service has been excellent.  It's just hard for me to turn away from Daiwa and Shimano when it comes to reels as I have had zero issues.

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6 minutes ago, Bass2124 said:

I got a speed spool for $100 at Dick's a few years ago and it is by far the worst reel I have ever owned.  A lot of slop, lost the smoothness after a few weeks and the drag is terrible. The smoothness comes back after a good cleaning but is short lived.  Must have got a lemon or their lower end models aren't very good. Because of that experience I am reluctant to go with Lew's again, despite the great reviews that they have.  I have never owned an Abu reel but have several of their rods.  Their customer service has been excellent.  It's just hard for me to turn away from Daiwa and Shimano when it comes to reels as I have had zero issues.

you must have got a bad one , should of called Lew's and they would of sent you a new reel , they have great reels and awesome customer service

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Never owned a newer style Abu but I have 5 Lew's that I love. I don't believe you can go wrong with a Lew's.

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I purchased a Lew's baitcaster to try out earlier this year. I was so impressed, I immediately sold off all of my Shimano's and replaced them with Lew's. Up to that point, all I used was Shimano. I couldn't be happier with the Lew's. I highly recommend them.

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I fish Abu Garcia baitcasters and my dad fishes Lew's. We have both tried out each other's reels and both perform very well. It really just comes down to preference and which you like better.Both are historically make well made products so you really cannot go wrong with either. In all honesty they perform very similarly

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Like everyone says its preference. I personally like Abu Garcia, I have 2 revo sx's and 1 orra winch. I have to say I'm very pleased with them.

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Billy goats urinate on their own heads to smell more attractive to females

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I prefer Lew's and have five of the Tournament Pro reels and love them. Nothing wrong with going with Abu though. 

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1 hour ago, iabass8 said:

Billy goats urinate on their own heads to smell more attractive to females

Sounds like you are an Abu Garcia man. Or maybe Lew's.

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2 minutes ago, hawgenvy said:

Sounds like you are an Abu Garcia man. Or maybe Lew's.

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4 minutes ago, iabass8 said:

no

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27 minutes ago, hawgenvy said:

Sounds like you are an Abu Garcia man. Or maybe Lew's.

Urinating on his own head... sounds like a shimano fan to me. 

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I've had issues with both companies reels so both aren't perfect. That being said both were out of warranty so I had to fix them myself.  My first gen 2 stx had an issue with the tension control nob and casting brakes. I lost a screw trying to fix the gen 2 in the field so I basically ruined it. I wasn't able to fix it but I was able to trade a gen 2 for a gen 3 at the dealer it was purchased from. The gen 3 stx had some casting issues after a season but cleaning fixed the issues. After further use the cast control nob no longer had the audible click and did not engage until it was about  85% screwed down so casting anything below 1/2 is a task and now the thumb bar does not engage 100% of the time. It is gritty and worn out, a new thumb bar and spacers may fix it. I'm debating fixing it but might just get a new reel. As for the lews tournament pro the issue arose from a bad bearing. Replaced it and its good as new.  I have another gen 2 stx and winch that are bullet proof. I would buy a gen 2 revo over a gen 3 any day. That being said I am strictly sticking to lews as none of my other reels had issues. 

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1 hour ago, k3bass said:

Urinating on his own head... sounds like a shimano fan to me. 

that doesn't make sense, but no.

I believe that fun fact went over both of your heads.

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Pick what you like best but to me lews is the best I own three lews reels at the moment an have two more in a ups truck on the way to the house. I absolutely love them. With that being said my partner ( I fish high school tourbament) is a abu guy. An I use his reels pretty regularly. But I think that lews is a better product for the money by a long shot. But go to the store an pick up both an play with them. Pick whatever you think is best.

 

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