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    Del reacted to SurfcaztR in Small Daiwa spin reels Vs Shimano?   
    They may be friendly but in the same bed ! 🙄
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    Del reacted to SurfcaztR in Small Daiwa spin reels Vs Shimano?   
    A fishers story about warranty..
    A few years ago I had a real with a shimano 5 year warranty on it that the bail arm Spring broke on (within warranty period). I rang shimano warranty department and was asked when it was serviced last, my reply being "never". Due to the fact I hadnt performed the correct maintenance and servicing I was told I wasn't covered under warranty but could be sold the part to repair it for about $3 plus postage (another $12 odd). I went ahead with it and made a mental note to be sure to always maintain my reals properly and service them regularly in future. 

    Now I have a less than 12 month old Stradic FK 2500 that came with a 10 year warranty, it cost me $280. Assuming I had purchased a quality piece of kit, with a whopping 10 year warranty they must really stand behind this reel I thought. Well, I thought wrong. 

    The reel is used weekly, cleaned with fresh water and a light coat of inox after use. The reel suddenly started making a rough noise on the retrieve last session so I figured it was a good time to service it. Upon opening up the reel, luring it all up after a clean out i discovered the line roller bearing was corroded and the shiny stuff was delaminating. A few attempts to clean it and grease it didn't help, it was knackered and running rough causing the noise I mentioned on retrieving line. Another call to the shimano warranty department and this time I knew I had done everything right so it shouldn't be an issue. How wrong could I be!

    On the phone to the service/warranty department I detailed the issue and told them I had serviced the reel in an attempt to rectify the issue but the line roller bearing is troubled by corrosion and needs replacing under warranty as it has a 10 year warranty and I've owned the reel for less than a year (with receipt from BFC). "No no no" I was told in response! Due to the fact I had opened up the reel to service and lube it I had violated the warranty (only service option is to send it to their service department and pay the shipping and service fees) and even then, bearings are considered wear parts and not covered at all under warranty, period. My only option was to send the reel in for them to repairs at my cost, pay for the part and also pay them a service fee and return shipping! The example he offered was that when you buy a new car the tyres are wear parts and not covered by warranty (I told him that my car was full of bearings and all of them were covered by the warranty, if my reel had tyres I wouldn't expect them To be covered). To no avail of course. 

    I happily relayed that I would be writing up the conversation I had with him and telling the other fishos I know not to expect anything from the warranty. Do not expect anything from Shimano if you have a warranty claim, it isn't worth the paper it's written on. I probably have a statutory warranty claim under the law as it's obviously a poor quality part that isn't fit for purpose (or aligned with the price of the reel), not to mention that the 10 year warranty probably adds up to nothing less than false advertising. However, I can't be bothered heading down that path, for now I will simply never buy shimano gear again and go out of my way to tell anyone I know to avoid them. I know they are hard to avoid when shopping for fishing gear but I'll be making the effort from now. 

    Apologies for the long post. I'm angry. I feel like I've been lied to and cheated and I hope this post informs others of what to expect from Shimano's totally useless warranty. There are reputable competitive brands out there that will now be getting my business and I hope anyone reading this takes it into consideration before handing over another cent to this devious company.
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    Del got a reaction from doobie in Small Daiwa spin reels Vs Shimano?   
    maybe i just need a friendly local to drag me out again  
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    Del got a reaction from doobie in Small Daiwa spin reels Vs Shimano?   
    have had a daiwa excellor for so many years now that i cant remember when i bought it... has certainly earned its money many times over. 

    I also have some small shimano reels.. sol 3000 being my favourite of them. 

    Im happy with both..   but im probably not as dedicated any longer to my fishing as most on here
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    Del got a reaction from Wahoo in How do I smoke Tommy's?   
    I have access to codes for discount quite regular from Inkbird, 

    On home brewing fridge controllers as well as bbq controllers.. 

    Yell out  if needed again..

    Ive seen a few swags rolled badly that they looked like... Dutch cigars... but ive never tried to smoke one.. 😎 
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    Del reacted to Wahoo in How do I smoke Tommy's?   
    Typical, I paid regular price for the Inkbird ITB 6x  just recently and now it's on sale! Story of my life. I bought the Arrosto gas smoker from BBQ galore, basically a Hark with different badge, just over a year ago, family so impressed with ribs, lamb, goat & brisket they convinced me to get on offset smoker as well. Yet to try the Tommies, got a swag in the freezer waiting for me to get the time.
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    Del reacted to Underpants in How do I smoke Tommy's?   
    Mmmm brisket............Bloody chefs !
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    Del reacted to Hunter69 in How do I smoke Tommy's?   
    I did a brisket yesterday in it. Smoked for 4 hours to get a crust and then wrapped it up and smoked for 6 hours. Came out amazing. Just put chunks of red gum stumps. No chips.
    Any tips using the hark Del ?? 
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    Del got a reaction from Squid Inc. in How do I smoke Tommy's?   
    I also have the Hark 2 door smoker.. but i usually do briskets, pulled pork, Lamb roasts/pulled  and ribs in it... 

    if you can get wood Chunks, it will last longer than chips or saw dust.  

    DONT  soak your wood chips. this just creates steam and not smoke.. remember.. you are smoking the fish.. not steaming them..

    I havent done fish in my hark, but did a lot in  a little metho burner, just salting the fish before hand, didnt brine them.  but brining does give a better product. 

    a few interesting reads in this link too

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    Del got a reaction from Mickyj in Bought this yesterday   
    looks the goods!!  i use anything from the Alvey shoulder bag, a bum bag, or a small back pack dependant on where or what im targeting!
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    Del reacted to Mickyj in Bought this yesterday   
    Now those who know me . Know I wear a back pack with my gear in it . Me being me I have taken to much . Years ago I bought a back pack from Aussie disposals didn't last very long cost way too much . I volunteer at the RSPCA store at Kidman Park . Ive bought a couple of old fishing books . But while emptying the large metal donation bins ( yes old hop along gets in the bins lol). A back pack was donated cloth almost army not quite and small . So for a gold coin donation ive decided to try again . Will cut down what I take see how long this Coopers beer back pack last

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    Del reacted to Hunter69 in How do I smoke Tommy's?   
    Bought a new toy today, look out snook
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    Del reacted to Dylbaa in Carp for bait and burley?   
    Looking back at this thread for a third time it's got me thinking, i might whack a few slabs off the side off the next few a get and give it a go in the surf,  i have no doubt it'll have gummies and bronzies keen, it'll be interesting to try out anyway.
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    Del reacted to yellow door 1 in Carp for bait and burley?   
    Yeah mine is half way between fresh and jerky

    if you give it a crack - I've been told not to use iodised salt - apparently fish dont like the taste of iodine
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    Del reacted to yellow door 1 in Carp for bait and burley?   
    Do you salt it down or use it fresh/frozen
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    Del got a reaction from vogon in Daiwa Saltiga in action underwater   
    yeah nice capture.. but... please... dont stand on coral reefs!
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    Del got a reaction from doobie in Daiwa Saltiga in action underwater   
    yeah nice capture.. but... please... dont stand on coral reefs!
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    Del reacted to mrfish in Tumby bay   
    Thanks fellas
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    Del got a reaction from mrfish in Tumby bay   
    my home town,  

    The local jetty used to be good fishing..   plenty of beaches around too.   Second creek  is not far out. we used to fish and snorkel this area a lot.  Ski beach has some nice land based flicking to be done too. 

    The marina is holding some decent fish  from what i hear. 

    Always got Coffin bay, Port Niell, Port Lincoln close by too
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    Del reacted to Roley in American White Oak Shavings   
    Kelvin & Del, it's in Edwardstown, in approx 70 litre bags.
    Not sure of the protocols here but email me per above for address if you can.
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    Del reacted to Softy in One Door Closes. Another Door Opens.   
    I'll bring my double swag. 
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    Del reacted to bjorn2fish in One Door Closes. Another Door Opens.   
    Onward and upward, you will be missed by many customers.
    That Yorke's trip sounds good... I don't know about that Softy fella though 
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    Del reacted to Aff in One Door Closes. Another Door Opens.   
    Congratulations on the new job Southie.
    I recognised you in the store from your online S&H avatar and the times I've been in store and were served by you,you were always patient, helpful and informative with my multitude of questions. I'm sure you'll be sorely missed by the store and customers. Thanks mate and good luck for your future work endeavours.
    Look forward to those reports. 
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    Del reacted to southie THE BANGA in One Door Closes. Another Door Opens.   
    So as some of you know I worked at Fishing Wholesalers for the last 2 and a bit years. 
    However my last day was on Saturday. I know there are alot of members on here that i have put onto this site that i wasn't able to let know of my resignation as it happened so quick. 
    So i thank you for being great customers to me. 
    I am no longer in the fishing industry anymore. I might return to it in a few years time if things go right
    However you will now find me in the electrical industry as a storeman in town.
    Now to enjoy fishing like i use to without the pressures of the industry
    Expect more reports me in the near future!
    The bug is back!
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    Del reacted to archerfish in Alvey Reels Australia closing down!   
    Good news, it seems: