Daiwa's first spinning reel rolled off the assembly line in 1955. Since then, the company has grown into one of the largest and most influential tackle companies in the world today. To handle sales and distribution in the United States, Daiwa Corporation first opened its doors on September 26, 1966, operating from a small facility in Culver City, California. Today, based in Cypress, California, Daiwa Corporation sells tackle throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America. From the very beginning, Daiwa's emphasis has been upon innovation and quality. The result is a long list of product features, design and materials that have become standards for the fishing tackle industry. It is a long-standing record of innovation, the type of innovation that has left a visible mark on the majority of tackle manufactured today, innovation that continues to advance the sport of fishing.
The ss700 is a Nice reel, but over the years they changed the way the handle changes from left to right hand retrieve.
The antireverse spring was too tight restritcing reeling. I replaced it with an old daiwa part which was made of lighter steel wire. You can also loosen the tension of the spring a bit.
Used this reel since before 1990 and I have like four of them ...... Finally after 25+ years one of the four I had got a little sloppy, gears mist of worn down but no worries I purchased a new one ...... The new 2018 reel is exactly like the others I have ..... I also own one of the 1300 series and my friend has a 1300 and 2500 I think it.
The Diawa Tournament SS series reels may not be quite a smooth as some of the newer model reels, but they are high quality workhorse reels that last and last. My oldest Diawa Tournament SS series reel is almost 30 years old and is still going strong as my primary bass reel. Great reels for the money.
There is a reason this reel has been unchanged for 30 years. It is smooth, Precision built, and dead reliable! I wish I would have owned one sooner. In fact, I like my first one so much, I ordered a second one “just because“. These reels are actually worth more than you pay for them. Stop mulling this decision over and just buy this reel. You will be super glad that you did!
If this is going to be your only spinning reel or your main set up, for the price there are other reels out there that are more define and updated with the lastest technolog and space age materials. This reel however is a classical work of art as well as a workhorse. I have newer reels that are lighter, smoother, and just plain out performs better than the SS Tournament reels. But I find myself using this reel just as much. Most people do frown at the lack of infinite anti-reverse which did cost a star in my eyes. Overall it's a sweet reel.
Ordered the weekend before Christmas, and received it the day after Christmas, before the estimated arrival date. Reel arrived in bubble pack envelope, inside a display box. Undamaged, loaded with 275 yds. 2 lb. Trilene XL mono. Works very nicely, scored a limit of rainbow trout on its maiden fishing trip. No line issues, casts like a dream. Glad Daiwa still makes 'em.
This is by far one of the best, overall, spinning reels I've bought from Daiwa. I have used the 700 series in the ocean for fun with no ill effects. I've was spooled only once and I think it was a angry Bat-Ray. Stripers to 20lbs and Catfish to 10lbs gave this reel no problems. I just wish they made a smaller "ultra light" version. Overal...great reel.
Straight away replaced the rear bush for a stainless bearing , pick them up on eBay for a couple of quid, cracking little reel, holds plenty of 5 pound line for most small lochs in Scotland, rivers etc, tremendous casting distance when combined with a 7ft daiwa whisker spinning rod . Would highly recommend this reel, bit expensive for what it is but hopefully will last a long time .
I own 2 and use them on my ice fishing rods. I also use them on my ultralites for perch, gills, and crappie. Pound for pound, dollar for dollar you can't beat this reel. No complaints here. Highly recommended.