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Hardy Ultralite Reel.....Not a Happy Camper
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:04 am    Post subject: Hardy Ultralite Reel.....Not a Happy Camper  Reply with quote

Long story short, I bought the reel in 2012 (which I didn't fish) and fished with it the entire season this year.  Only my last day out this year the reel (Hardy Ultralite 7000) siezed and fell apart.  I mailed it to Hardy, where they replaced the bearing and shipped it back.

The big disappointment.......I talked to the person that fixed the reel (great customer service) and he told me that I will have to take the reel apart after each use and dry the inside bearing in order to prevent the bearing from siezing in the future.

If I would have known this when I was buying a new reel, there is no way I would have bought a new version of Hardy. I think I will be buying a different type of reel for next year and use the Hardy as a back up.  I'm disappointed to say the least.

Any advise on what make and model I should buy (under $500, preferably under $400).
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Hardy Marquis is a well proven reliable low maintenance choice for about $275.00-300.00
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The Hardy Marquis is a well proven reliable low maintenance choice for about $275.00-300.00"

Agree completely!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+++  Agree with the Marquis as well. I've had 4 of the British made ones and not one has ever failed. I just grease and oil them with Quantum Hot Sauce a couple of times a season.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I looked at the Hardy reels available and they all require oil.  I'm not a maintenance type of guy (too many other things to do) so I need a sealed reel.

Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orvis Battenkill Large Arbors are sealed and are very nice reels, although I only have the made-in-England variety.  I have landed many an atlantic with the LA IV on 8wt, and LA V on 9wt single handers.  You can usually pick up excellent condition used ones on ebay for less than 200 bucks.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another vote here for the Marquis (probably the Salmon 1 to replace the 7000DD). Alternatively the Hardy Saint John MK II comes up on ebay sometimes or a Sage 509 (Hardy Made). Just a drop of oil on the spindle and a little grease on the cog will do you for the season unless you dunk it often.

Or you could try one of the bullet proof speyco reels Shocked




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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I stopped looking at the ultralight for this very reason, non sealed bearings. You won't have any problem with a Marquis its a time tested design and no worries about oil. Unless you pipe the insides down when you get it will come ready to go and you should never have to re oil it for several years if ever. The battenkill has sealed bearing and so does the speyco but its way to heavy for a single hand rod. I think he makes a small one now wor switch and single hand rods but most likely still a brick when compaired to the weight of an ultralight.  Maybe Santa will suprise you!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:13 pm    Post subject: hardy ultra lite not a happy camper Reply with quote

I have used a Hardy St.johns for thirty years. Clean and oil it a the start of the season.  Re-clean and oil it when it get in the river.  Works fine.

You might be able to get on used on the internet for $250.00 plus
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the 7000 and have had no issues.  I will however be checking the bearings over and as some of the folks can attest to on here, I use my gear hard!!

I've used Hardy all my life and nothing would stop my St. John, a little oil, some cleaning and it never failed me.


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