Saturday, March 6, 2010

Big reels for big fish

 The long awaited Okuma Makaira reels are now available from Fish Zone.

 

Dual Force Drag System

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The specialized carbon DFD or Dual Force Drag system used on all Makaira reels was specifically engineered to be mounted in the right side of the spool in order to bring all the mechanical workings closer together to maximize alignment and durability. The farther mechanical parts are separated the more opportunity there is for tolerance error and flexing which causes parts alignment issues. The DFD principal was specifically designed around the “Pull Bar Drag System”. The major advantage to a “Pull Bar Drag System” is that the drag is being pulled rather than pushed. The most common type of lever drag in the industry is the “Push Bar Drag System”.  The Push Bar System places heavy pressure on the left side plate and utilizes the frame for overall stability which is a fatal flaw in this type of design. This pressure creates frame flex, reducing drag pressure and causing tolerance alignment issues. This problem is further exaggerated on open top designs from other companies. One of the major benefits to the pull bar design is that there is no pressure placed on the frame. Therefore, our open top frame designs will not suffer frame flex found in our competitors reels.

This highly efficient drag system was designed and engineered by Tiburon Engineering USA to increase maximum drag pressure, reduce side load pressure on ball bearings and improve heat dissipation for long term smoothness over extended periods.  This Okuma DFD is considered a wet drag system comprised of two carbon fiber drag washers that are sandwiched together and bonded with a fiber glass core. Pure carbon washers are coated with a thin layer of Cal Sheet’s Universal drag grease for virtually zero start up inertia.  These washers are compressed by two precision ground 17-4 grade stainless steel drag plates that have been ground flat then polished for maximum smoothness.  These stainless steel friction drag plates have a minimum 32 Rockwell hardness allowing for high-end drag settings and consistently smooth drag performance at all ranges.  The drag system is secured to the right side of the spool by a 6061-T6 grade aluminum cover that features Type-II anodizing for maximum alignment, strength and corrosion resistance.

 

Silent anti-reverse

http://international.okumafishing.com/images/product/1-4/1-4-1-a-1.jpgThe Makaira's proprietary anti-reverse system allows for a smoother and quieter feeling. We equate this feeling to that of a Lexus, when compared to other reels in the market. Most reels in the market hide their rough gear quality by the noise and vibration caused by the engagement and clacking of the anti-reverse pawls. The Okuma silent system is unlike any other 2-speed reel in the industry for smoothness. This anti-reverse system is supported by a 12 point double dog anti-reverse pawl system. The Makaira system is very simple in principal but the performance is extremely advanced. As you turn the reel forward the anti-reverse pawls slide open allowing a friction free and quiet retrieve. As soon as the handle is stopped or pulled backwards the anti-reverse pawls are engaged into place by their drive shaft actuated sliding system. The strength of this anti-reverse system does not solely rely on a dog spring like found on most of our competitors reels. The sliding function does not rely heavily on a dog spring system and is mainly controlled by the forward and reverse movement applied to the drive shaft through the movement of the angler turning the handle.

 

Helical Cut Gearing

http://international.okumafishing.com/images/product/1-4/1-4-1-a-2.jpgMakaira lever drag reels utilize helical cut main and pinion gears. This process allows for improved gear meshing which equates to improved gear smoothness. The angled teeth found in helical cut gears engage more gradually than straight cut or spur gear teeth. This allows helical gears to run smoother and quieter compared to spur gears. Spur gears cause impact stress and noise, because of the hard meshing and can not take as much torque as helical gears because their teeth are receiving impact blows as they mesh together.

 

Grease and oil

http://international.okumafishing.com/images/product/1-4/1-4-1-a-3.jpgTo further enhance the corrosion resistance of Makaira reels, Okuma applies our CRC or Corrosion Resistant Coating process to all internal and external parts for maximum protection. Our CRC process utilizes a coating process of Corrosion X HD formula that actually penetrates and bonds to the aluminum parts for long term protection. The extra steps taken in the assembly of the Makaira allows this reel to be a leader in the fishing tackle industry for long term use and performance. To further enhance the Makaira's function and performance, Okuma applies Cal's Universal drag grease to our carbon fiber drag washers for the smoothest wet drag system. The addition of Cal's drag grease allows for virtually zero start up inertia and smooth performance at all settings. Cal's Universal grease is also used for coating moving parts such as the main and pinion gears for improved performance.

 

 

 

Gear Ratio

Beatings

Weight
(g)

Line
retrieve

Monofilament
line capacity
(diameter mm./M)

Frame
Style

Max Drag
@
Strike
with
Frespool

Max Drag
@
Full
with
Frespool

Frame

Side-plate

Spool

Two-Speed Lever Drag Reels

MK-10ll

4.7:1 & 2.1:1

4BB+1TB

740

33.5"
&
15.0"

0.37/420
0.42/350
0.48/260

Topless

12.3kg

15.4kg

AL

AL

AL

MK15ll

4.7:1 & 2.1:1

4BB+1TB

760

33.5"
&
15.0"

0.42/500
0.48/370
0.55/280

Topless

12.3kg

15.4kg

AL

AL

AL

MK-20ll

3.8:1 & 1.7:1

4BB+1TB

1298

39.4"
&
17.5"

0.48/800
0.55/600
0.60/480

Topless

16.8kg

25.0kg

AL

AL

AL

MK-30ll

3.8:1 & 1.7:1

4BB+1TB

1471

39.4"
&
17.5"

0.55/770
0.60/640
0.60/480

Crossbar

16.8kg

25.0kg

AL

AL

AL

MK-50ll

3.8:1 & 1.7:1

4BB+1TB

1741

37.8"
&
15.3"

0.55/910
0.70/590
0.90/360

Topless

27.2kg

39.0kg

AL

AL

AL

4D - Design, Drive, Drag, Durability

 

4D: Design, Drive, Drag, Durability

Design: Technology Driven Design

Drive: Helical drive system for improved gear meshing and cranking power.

Drag: Carbon fiber DFD with cal’s Universal drag grease for maximum smoothness.

Durability: Cutting edge material and processing.

 

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