American built v Chinese built Penn SS spining reels

Howdy all, I was talking with someone recently about Penn Spinfishers and the question came up how to tell the difference between American made and Chinese made. I had no idea, so can anyone point out the differences please.

 

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Didn't the name change? The

Sat, 2011-06-11 17:45

Didn't the name change? The new ones are the 950SSM, the old one was just SS?

The older ones weren't as good with braid either apparently.

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I think the USA

Sat, 2011-06-11 17:52

ones had brass gears and the chinese ones have ali gears, not 100% sure tho

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ss in us ssm is chinese. I

Sat, 2011-06-11 18:10

ss in us ssm is chinese. I think the chinese version has a brass pinion and ali main gear. versus all brass in the us version.

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Also seems that the Chinese

Sat, 2011-06-11 18:48

Also seems that the Chinese ones are made to more accurate tolerances then the American ones.

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Alot of the newer reels have

Sat, 2011-06-11 19:40

Alot of the newer reels have brass pinion and ali main. Either way I think they are outdated and wouldnt buy 1 anyway.

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I have both

Sat, 2011-06-11 22:20

Prefer the chinese ones. Cheap all round reel

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Antireverse ss = dog ssm =

Sat, 2011-06-11 23:32

Antireverse

ss = dog
ssm = 1 way bearing = less maintenance

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ah so the ss doesnt have

Sun, 2011-06-12 07:56

ah so the ss doesnt have instant antieverse. Would be a pain jigging. Hearing all this I rekon the chinese version is the winner.

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Spinfisher is ok with braid,

Sun, 2011-06-12 17:48

Spinfisher is ok with braid, especially at like $119 or something however if your going braid the Penn Slammer is probably worth a look at.

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Thanks guys, but which is

Sun, 2011-06-12 17:57

Thanks guys, but which is best? I have 2 of the amercan models, and yes there a bit of backlash when winding back to lock up, but what would you use when pinch come to crunch?

 

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Probably a Shimano Spheros,

Sun, 2011-06-12 18:08

Probably a Shimano Spheros, or Gosa ;)

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I have the old 9500 and 8500

Mon, 2011-06-13 01:58

I have the old 9500 and 8500 and the newer 650 model and a 460 slammer myself and only just got a saragosa 14000f the other day and IMO the gosa is miles ahead old and new pens. New pens are crap compared to it but new Penn was 100 bucks not 245 like the gosa. Old pens are retired, sloppy and well used but slammer is not a bad little mid size reel