1. What is the best way to mount the "Bee's Knees" Spooler?
mounted straight onto a surface like a bench or wall, with the two holes in the leg.
mounted onto the optional Base Plate for quick release
on the boat with the optional Boat Adapter in the rod holder.
for light duty spooling with a G-Clamp
on a fishing trip with the car tyre parked on the plate
2. What's that clicking noise when i rotate the cone on the fixed side?
when you spin the cone on the fixed side left right left right etc, you may hear a clicking noise. This is part of the design and no cause for concern. It's an aluminium dog that runs in the groove and "clicks" when rotated a small amount. You will not hear the click during spooling.
3. What maintenance is required?
The "Bee's Knees" Spooler is of a very low maintenance design and only requires wiping down with a wet cloth after use near salt water. The grooves in the cones keep dust intrusion to a minimum. The carbontex drag washer is treated with Cal's Drag Grease and should you ever require to service it, just undo the small screw on the fixed side to release the one piece assembly and you will get access to the drag washer.
4. During spooling my reel, the drag got tighter. Why is that?
This has got to do with physics of the decreasing spool diameter and is quite normal. Game fisherman already know that with a decreasing spool diameter the drag increases and the drag has to be backed off. The "Bee's Knees" is the same and after a few minutes you may have to re-adjust slightly.
5. My spool spins on very little drag and makes a loud noise
The Reel Spooler is designed for primarily heavy drag applications, but some customers may want to use it for very light applications as well. When a minimum amount of drag is applied the spool may spin on the cones and make a loud screeching noise. A simple remedy is to cut out a very basic rubber washer like the pic below and insert it between the cones and you spool of line.
6. There is some dust on the cone and my drag decreased
It is possible that some spools will display a small amount of wear in the form of dust that's left on the cone of the drag side. It's not to the point of actually wearing out the spool but you may have to adjust the drag once or twice during spooling your reel.
7. How long will the drag last?
At the time of writing, some tackle shops retro fitted their line winder machines with a Bee's Knees Reel Spooler and have done over 2000 reels with the same drag washer. And still going strong.