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We've had several requests for professional quality line winders.  Frankly, they're not inexpensive propositions.  There are small devices that work well for straight mono in lighter tests, but don't work worth a darn for heavier line and are frankly useless with Spectra.  The models we list on this page are appropriate for serious fishermen and charter operators. All models listed are made by Triangle Manufacturing. We generally have these winders in our inventory.  However, should we run out of one model expect a two to three week wait in the fulfillment of your order. It is important to use the appropriate winder for your application. If you're trying to load 200# spectra you will not be satisfied with the results with anything less than the biggest heavy duty winder we offer. So, match your needs carefully to the particular models listed below.  When in doubt, just send us your reels.  Lots of guys do, and we'll spool them up properly and ship them back to you quickly.  Please contact us for this option.

 

SEI Line Winder

Here's a very interesting new winder which should be of interest to a lot of folks. SEI makes many things, most having nothing to do with fishing. However, the firm's owner is a long range fisherman and he's come up with several innovative and needed products for us fishy types.

 

The new SEI winder is a unique product at an attractive price. It comes with all you need, motor, board, reel mount, all installed.  It also comes with a unique line despooler for taking off your lines.  Pricing is at an introductory level at $800, and the piece has enough torque to pack your braid, even heavy 130 lb tests.  The new winder is no Omega or Triangle HD 140, but it's 1/3 the price of the Triangle and is sufficient for the more experienced long range angler and others who have need to do their own rigging.

 

Those are the pluses. Now for negatives... The machine takes some fiddling, getting the alignments correct. Once done, no issue, but you'll need to be sure that the alignment of the reel and the arm for winding are set up properly.  The new Operation Manual is now available, that was my first request with the piece - and they put one together for us quickly (linked below). There is no line counter included on this winder. The winder does not make use of a foot peddle, instead there's an on/off switch with adjustment knob. That's quite workable, and takes less space to work with, but it's not typical for a line winder. What I really do like about this new winder is it's construction, motor, ease of use once you become familiar with it's operation. Simple, straight ahead design, nice ergonomics, adequate motor and power supply.

The first production has the winder mounted on a metal base as is pictured. This will change once they begin mass production, probably going to make use of a wooden base in the future. The winder will require you to install the parts onto the board - easy instructions included.

Operation Manual - PDF

 
Buy Description Price
SEI Line Winder $800.00
SEI Line De-Spooler $29.99

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Sato Line Winder

BACK IN STOCK, AND BETTER THAN EVER! Price also reduced by $69, now $399 instead of $469!
The new winders will work on 110 AND 220 so our international clients can enjoy the benefits of Sato's winder.

The Sato winder is a less expensive option that also has a lot going for it in terms of flexibility. Instead of putting dollars into a motor and housing, the Sato winder makes use of a 1/2 drill to power through winding chores. With a decent 1/2" drill there's great torque, so you can deal with spooling Spectra effectively. The smaller 3/8 can work for mono, but NOT spectra. You can pick up a 1/2" drill for about $70 (or more), so factor that into the cost of this winder. This is the least expensive winder available with the power to deal with heavy spectra winding which requires much torque to spool properly - meaning tightly - so it won't dig into itself.

The line winder does not use a brake, you control the packing of line by adding resistance yourself. At the shop here, we rarely use a brake anyway, preferring to use a gloved hand to get a better feel for the pressure being exerted. I'd recommend the same for you. You'll also need to level the line as you put it on the reel. The only winder with a built in leveler is the big Triangle HD which runs you about $2K (for comparison). The Sato winder comes with a peddle control that allows you to vary the speed of spooling (making use of the variable speed drill's motor). (pictured right, optional line counter)

The Sato winder is a good system, and economical when compared to other options with similar capability. In reality, to get a winder capable of dealing with 135# Spectra you are usually looking for something between $1.2-2K. And, the Sato system has some unique advantages even comparing to the $2K products. For a long range fisherman or a private boater, it's a darn good option.

The Heavy Duty Linewinder Kit

bulletComes in kit form so you can say, you built it yourself.
bulletAccept big game reels up to 80 sized Penn and Shitmanos.
bulletIs infinitely adjustable and versatile.
bulletWill work with bass reels, fly-reels, salt & fresh water bait casting and level-wind reels.
bulletThe bulk spool holder will hold bulk spools up to 8 ½" wide.
bulletWill accept most corded/collared power drills.
bulletWill break down for storage and transport, not counting the board all other parts will fit in a tool box.
bulletHas a variable speed foot switch for hands free control and safety.
bulletIs relatively inexpensive compared to the professional store winders.
bulletAn analog line counter is an available option.
bulletAll aluminum and plated steel parts.
bulletVarious base platform materials available.
bulletBase platforms come unfinished so you can customize it yourself.
bulletAssembly time: less than 3 min., so simple you don't need instructions.
bulletShipping weight without drill, 17.8 lbs.

Note** KIT DOES NOT INCLUDE POWER DRILL
Because of insurance & liability issues the kit does not include a drill motor.
It can be purchased separately if desired.
A list of recommended drill motors is available.

Sato Winder Kit - Contents

bulletDrill Motor Bracket
bulletBulk Spool Holder Bracket
bulletVariable Speed Foot Switch
bulletAdjustable Reel Seat Assembly
bulletAll-thread assembly for empty spool ,
bulletModified Swifty Line Stripper assembly
bulletAll nuts, bolts, and washers for assembly.
bullet2-driver chuck keys for various sized reel handles.
bulletUnfinished, pre-drilled support platform with rubber feet.

Optional Extras

bulletLine Counter and bracket   $100.00

 

Recommended Drill Motors

The following drills have been found to work the best in filling spectra onto a reel.
The amp rating is important to match up with the foot switch.
The foot-switch is rated at 6 amps.

Milwaukee #0234-6 1/2" 5.5amp 0-850rpm
Milwaukee #0244-1 1/2" 5.5amp 0-600rpm
Makita #DP4700 1/2" 0-550rpm
Makita #DP6302H 1/2" 6.5amp 0-550rpm
Craftsman 1/2", vari speed, trigger lock, model #315.101100 5.5amp
Craftsman 1/2", vari speed, trigger lock, #315 101110 6amp


Note:
For winding mono, any lower cost drill will work just fine.

2013 - Sato is using a new foot peddle on the winders. The new model can deal with 110/220, improved from the previous model.

 
Buy Description Price
Sato Line Winder System $399.99
Sato Line Winder line counter assembly $99.99

 

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