Product name: Shakespeare Dimension Low Profile baitcasting reel
Price: around $30
A baitcasing reel for the budget value and yet offering decent performance. The reel frame is made of graphite but is no slouch weighing in at 7.9 oz. Middle of the road 6.3 gear ratio. The thumb bar button is rubber padded too. Comes with 5 bearings, of three are along the spool shaft, so two bearing must be on the handle. It uses a magnetic brake control that clicks to let you know your adjustments. The cast control knob, although made of aluminum, has no springs or damper material in it. It merely makes metal to metal contact between the inside of the knob and the spool pin. A ported aluminum spool makes the empty spool look attractive. The drag is very choppy and extremely sticky to start, but it gets the job done at preventling line break offs. The levelwind guide is coated with titanium nitride, but the hole itself is rather quite small. I was amazed at how quick the levelwind guide gearing was to give it a fast oscilation and putting good cross wraps onto the spool. Even for a cheap reel the line lay was very uniform and flat.
As far as casting distance goes, this reel provides great results with lure weights beginning at 3/8 oz and higher. I've made some feeble attempts at a 1/4 oz. weight and barely manage 20 yards. I got well over 30 yards of distance on a 3/8 oz bullet weight alone with 14# test monofilament and magnetic brake set at 4 clicks from the lowest setting. At 5 clicks magnetic brake setting, I can put a little more effort into my casting without incurring the onset of backlashing line on the spool. I can hear an authoratative ball bearing spin at work on each cast, but the operation is smooth. It's a good reel for carolina or texas rigged presentations. Maybe a few jerkbaits at 5/8 oz weight. For the price of this reel, it's a lot of initial performance that works well. Until you catch a good size fish, it can work with many lure presentation, just train your thumb well.
(At the moment, this particular model is no longer in production. I believe the Deciever has replaced it.)