One manufacturer offers a 90 reel that has ten ball bearings.
If the reel is sealed it could be held in any way during rinsing, but a perfectly horizontal position is the safest for unsealed reels as it minimises the chances of water intrusion.
This feature made it the reel of choice for wetsuit-wearing fishermen, who came on the scene at Montauk in the early 1960s.Oil, use synthetic oil only.Drop a couple of drops of oil on the screws of the bail joints, and open and close the bail a few times as well.The drag knob is slightly taller than the original, making it easier to adjust the drag- it still has to clear an open bail. .A decade or so later, just about every manufacturer adopted this design.In the past I used to use expensive lubes from Dupont such as Krytox 205 and 225, but I no more need this as advances in technology meant that cheaper and easily obtainable greases now perform perfectly for the application on hand.The spinning reel was brought to America in the 1940s by Bache Brown.In 1961, they introduced the model 700, which was later refined to the 704 and 706.Give the line on the spool an extra bit of rinsing since it holds a lot of corrosive saltwater, and the line roller should receive extra rinsing as well.
However the plastic drag cap was broken from stress at the thrust insert.
In order to powder coat a cast aluminum reel it had to be sand blasted clean (protect the threaded holes with some screws and then pre-baked in the powder coat oven to "out-gas" all of the grease it had absorbed through the years.
To finish up this "reel maintenance" article, I will follow the example of the pamphlets that come with reels which show you things you shouldn't do with the reel.That same year, Airex brought out a new model called the Beachcomber.Even if the reel has a shaft seal, a thin layer of grease is still going to stick to the shaft and reduce the friction as it goes up and down.After World War II, a wealthy American sportsman named Bache Brown went to France, where he helped develop a small spinning reel that he named after himself and brought to the United States to market.Next, there is the issue of the reel cam.A cam, sometimes called an eccentric, is a mechanical linkage to transfer rotating motion to linear motion; in other words, what makes the spool of the reel reciprocate.I used to use some excellent drag greases from Fisherman in the past, but the 555 is something else and to me it's vastly superior to anything available.I divide reel care into three categories; daily care, periodical care, and seasonal care.If the line roller is too narrow for your finger like the one in the photo above, get a small piece of mono and run it beneath the oiled roller to make it spin and take the oil deeper.Many reel makers use a graphite or synthetic material, while others use aluminum.Unfortunately a large number of people think it's a lube and that does a lot of harm.
For most anglers who fish their reels hard this needs to be done once a year.