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Boca Bearings Fishing Newsletter: Issue 5
Do ceramic bearings or ceramic hybrids offer serious advantages over ordinary stainless bearings? Opinions vary even among top casters and anglers, so we asked Neil Mackellow and Iain Graham to provide their alternative views...

Part 1: We kick off with the thoughts of most the famous 'beard' in sea angling, Neil Mackellow has the floor…

A visit to the USA revealed varying opinions on the subject of ceramic bearings, providing much food for thought on the tuning and running of multiplier reels. Attending Sportcast USA's International event was a golden opportunity to talk to the guys who have been using hybrid ceramic bearings for a long while. Originally developed for industrial applications, but now used in roller blades, skateboards etc. their popularity in this area has allowed them to become commercially available and viable to anglers.

I say hybrid ceramics because while the balls are made from ceramic materials, the casings, cages and shields are metal similar to the standard units. True ceramic bearings have ceramic races and balls, while the ones we are using have ceramic balls of Silicon nitride, and steel races. . more
Kit Used In Video
Abu Garcia 6500 C3 Bearings
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Ceramic Orange Seal Fishing Reel bearing kits are an upgrade replacement to stock fishing reel bearings. These ABEC #7 bearings have ceramic balls with stainless steel races and retainers. Orange Seal bearings have a non-contact rubber seal which allows the bearing to spin freely with out any excess drag. Ceramic will never corrode; it has less rolling resistance and is lighter and than steel. As a result ceramic bearings last longer and cast...more

Question / Answer
Q: Do full ceramic bearings need lubrication?

A:No, full ceramic bearings can be run completely dry. They do not need lubrication to run. Ceramic is non-porous, unlike steel, as a result it is virtually frictionless. Ceramic also dissipates heat very quickly, which is the same reason they use it on the underside of the space shuttle. Because there is no heat buildup and virtually no friction, full ceramic bearings can be run completely dry. They can be cleaned out with regular tap water or any cleaner, they are impervious to corrosion and can operate in a vacuum environment.
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