True pin and bearing reels
Centrepin reels – There are two types of centrepin reel commonly available, the traditional true pins and centrepins with bearings. The spool of the true pin rotates directly on the pin. There is a grub screw in the hub to adjust the end float of the spool. Whereas centrepins that boast ball bearings have frictionless ball racers, or something similar, inside the spool.
The two types of centrepin do behave slightly differently. True pin reels rotate most freely when the reel is held horizontal. This is because the spool is only resting on the grub screw touching the end of the pin, which offers little resistance. With the reel held vertical the spool is resting on the length of the pin, which offers slightly more resistance to the spools rotation. The exact opposite happens with the bearing type reel. The bearings are most efficient with the reel in the vertical position. [Read more…] about Centrepin reels and how to use them