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Thursday, January 17, 2008

• Hot Sauce Reel Oil

I bought some Hot Sauce reel oil after doing a lot of reading online about which oil people were using to keep their baitcasters in tip top shape. Hot Sauce seemed to come up in most of the discussions with very favorable reviews. I can't compare it to other oils as this is the first I've ever used.

It's a low viscosity oil. Standard reel oiling rules still apply. One drop is all you'll need. Wipe off any excess. Hot Sauce permanently binds if you let it sit there long enough. This stuff is red, so you know where you put it and you know how much you put on, but so will anyone that does professional maintenance. The bottle will last a long time. The applicator and flow control plug make it very easy to limit the oil to just one drop to prevent oiling anything too much. I wish their grease came with tools and brush to apply the stuff with.

After the first oiling, the difference was tremendous. Casting distance did not increase dramatically, but handling and smoothness did. Short distance control improved. A brand new reel that was making a little noise ran smooth and quiet after a good once over. Even the Shimano Callistos I have that only have a couple bearings benefitted from a little oil. Every one of my reels is a lot better off after a touch of Hot Sauce oil. I was able to get a Zebco 202 we found under water covered in muck back to almost new condition with oil and grease aside from a slight mechanical catch from some apparent trauma to the crank handle.

I have just one problem with Hot Sauce reel oil. The bottle leaks out onto my fingers even with the flow control plug in. The stuff gets all over the sides, but you can't see it. I have to wipe my hands good every time I use it because I don't want it going from my hands and fingers to any reel parts that don't need any oil.

If you need help with lubricating a reel, check out this BPS Lubrication Guide

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Garry said...

I have used up two bottles of Hot Sauce, so you know that I have been using it for a long-long time...grin.

Recently, after three days if heavy rain, I found there had been a flood in my rod locker and the bearings in a couple of reels were making a noise...

I was away from home, camping on an island, and so had to make do with what I had at hand.

Back at the truck I found a part bottle of automatic transmission fluid behind the seat.

Son-of-a-gun if it isn't the same shade of red as Hot Sauce!

Using the Coleman-stove fuel filter/funnel I put some ATF into an empty Hot Sauce bottle, that was still in the boats tool box, and lubed the dry bearings.

I don't know anything about the properties of Hot Sauce or ATF but reel bearings don't really need anything too fancy. There is little or no heat and very little pressure on them, at least in my mind.

In the past I have used 3-in-one oil on reels in a pinch, but find it too thick for my liking. The ATF is very thin, just like Hot Sauce, in fact in use I couldn't tell the difference.

The important thing is it seems to do the job just as well. A bonus for many of us is that it is almost FREE...Because a part bottle will be found in most guys tool shed or garage...HAHAHA.