Posted by Kerry Grissett on November 28, 2000 at 18:48:33:
Bad news about the Abumatic 1275 I purchased less than 3 months ago. Thanksgiving afternoon, while landing a small crappie, the handle fell out in my hand. Seems the shaft had twisted in two. I don't know if this was a defect in the reel or just plain low quality material? I took it back where I bought it and they replaced it with an 875 on the spot. They didn't have another 1275 in stock but are ordering one for me. Other than this, the reel has been very good. If anything like this happens again with the 875 or the new 1275, when it comes in, I will have to pan this reel for lack of durability and longevity.
One note on the 875... It seems to be of lower quality right from the start. I found several burrs on the inside of the aluminum case and apparently the takeup pins sometimes scrape the sides of the housing when reeling anything in. Looks like they aren't watching quality control very closely. Sigh...
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