Best 8 cheap conventional reels

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  PENN Rival Level Wind PENN Torque Star Drag PENN Fathom II Level Wind PENN Fathom Lever Drag 2 Speed PENN Warfare Level Wind TLD TORIUM TIAGRA
  PENN Rival Level Wind PENN Torque Star Drag PENN Fathom II Level Wind PENN Fathom Lever Drag 2 Speed PENN Warfare Level Wind TLD TORIUM TIAGRA
Anti-reverse feature Instant Anti-Reverse Instant Anti-Reverse - Multi-Stop Instant Anti-Reverse - Multi-Stop -
Bearing count 5 3 - 5 8 - 2 -
Braid capacity yd/lb 590/20 445/30 310/50 1020/30 710/50 590/65 - 550/20 415/30 290/50 500/20 380/30 270/50 - 865/20 650/30 455/50 -
Brand PENN PENN Shimano PENN PENN Shimano PENN Shimano
Color Black Gold Black/Red/Smoke - Black Gold Gold - Black/Silver -
Drag material HT-100 HT-100 - Dura Drag HT-100 - HT-100 -
Drag type Star Drag Star Drag - Lever Drag Star Drag - Star Drag -
Gear ratio 5.5:1 3.9:1 4.6:1 6.1:1 / 2.8:1 6.0:1 3.9:1 5.1:1 3.6:1
Max drag lb 30lb | 13.6kg 15lb | 6.8kg - 20lb | 9.0kg 25lb | 11.3kg - 15lb | 6.8kg -
Model FTHII15LW WAR15LW - FTH15LD2 TRQ12 - RIV15LW -
Mono capacity yd/lb 380/12 325/15 215/20 455/25 370/30 285/40 - 355/12 305/15 200/20 320/12 280/15 190/20 - 475/15  315/20  290/25 -
Reel handle position Left Right - Right Right - Left -
Reel size 15 30 - 15 15 - 20 -
Retrieve rate 30" | 76cm 27" | 69cm - 31/14 28" | 71cm - 29" | 74cm -
Weight 20.70 22.60 - 15.60 17.10 - 18.40 -

PENN Rival Level Wind

The PENN Rival was engineered to be an extremely versatile all-around reel at an affordable price. Features a lightweight graphite frame and sideplates with aluminum frame rings for improved rigidity to prevent frame-flex.  HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads. Line Capacity Rings eliminate the question of how much line you have left when fighting a fish.

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PENN Torque Star Drag

The PENN Torque Star Drag is made in the USA of domestic and imported components, and features an open top design with a machined and anodized aluminum body and sideplates, along with a lightweight forged aluminum spool. The revolutionary Live Spindle design makes the Torque extremely castable. Engineered to provide long lasting PENN durability, the HT-100 drag system is smooth from the beginning to the end.

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PENN Fathom II Level Wind

The PENN Fathom II Level Wind's heavy duty construction and powerful gears make it a true workhorse and favorite of charter boat Captains. It is designed to handle extreme abuse day-in and day-out. Whether you are bottom-fishing or casting live bait, the Fathom II will stand up to the hardest fishing conditions. A Full Metal Body keeps precise gear alignment while the Fast Gear Access Side Plate allows for easy maintenance. The Fathom II also houses our powerful HT-100 drag system to stop any fish that bites. Available in standard, line counter and left hand models

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PENN Fathom Lever Drag 2 Speed

The PENN Fathom lever drag 2-speed series of reels are compact but loaded with big features. Featuring a Full Metal Body, stainless steel main and pinion gear, Dura-Drag washers, and a double dog ratchet anti- reverse you will find there is no stopping these reels.

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PENN Warfare Level Wind

The PENN® Warfare was engineered to be an extremely versatile all- around reel at an affordable price. It features a lightweight graphite frame and sideplates with aluminum frame rings for improved rigidity to prevent frame-flex.  HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads. Line Capacity Rings eliminate the question of how much line you have left when fighting a fish.

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Preferred for its light weight and reliability, this offshore leverdrag reel will give you years of dependable service.

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The Lightweight Torium is a solidly-built star-drag saltwater reel perfect for live bait or bottom-fishing applications. Packed with features like Super Stopper, Cross Carbon Drag, A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings) and High Efficiency Gearing (HEG), the Torium has it where it counts.

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The Number One choice of serious offshore anglers and captains.

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