Rated 4 out of 5 by 28
Rated 1 out of 5 by FISHUNT7 STRIPPED NAKED
This reel has given me two things. A big headache and a good fish story. On my last outing, I set the hook on a fish and fought it for about a minute before I heard a small noise and saw a big birds nest forming on my reel. I thumbed the spool to slow it down but the handle would just spin round and round. Not sure what to do at this point so I just let the fish run off about 250-300 yards of line. The fish turned and I got a little bit of slack in the line so we looped it around a cleat and cut the line at the reel. We got another rod that had a Penn on it and tied the line on the spool. I was able to get a few wraps on the spool before we untied the line from the cleat. I then reeled in a bunch of line to catch up to the fish and finally got it in. It was a 32 lb. King.
When we got home I tore the reel down and found the gears stripped out. This reel should have been able to handle a fish twice that size.
July 11, 2009
Rated 1 out of 5 by CaptainPaul Major Disappointment
I purchased two Torium20 reels and I must say that these reels have been a major disappointment. I have had problems on a least three occasions with the "anti reverse". Here's the problem...when a good size fish is being fought with some pressure on the drag system the "anti reverse" lets go and the handle goes backwards...that's right completly backwards. I can't tell you the helpless feeling of trying to land a fish when the reel is working against you and eventually causes the loss of the fish. The reels have been serviced by Shimano directly but the problems keep recurring. Another friend has had the same problem multiple times also. In addition to these problems, other buddies have had the Torium 20 & Torium 30 turn into a "coffee grinder" when the main gears seem to wear out . I have documented the "anti reverse" problem to Shimano on several occasions with absolutely no replies which tells me that they are not a very customer service oriented company which is another strike against them.
I have phased out my Torium reels and replaced them with equivalent priced Diawa Saltist reels which seem to be a better bang for the buck. Unless you plan on catching only "small little fishies" I strongly recommend that you not buy this product. Good fishing.........
May 29, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by fishingking101 great reel
I have the tor16 it is great for albcore and thresher sharks, i use it for trolling it works great, and I have used this reel for over sized sturgeon fishing it stops those big sturgeon in there tracks and this reel is bye far the best reel for the money, this reel with shimano rods can't go wrong
god bless and work hard and fish harder
April 21, 2009
Rated 1 out of 5 by marcelo Torium 30
Did not have a good experience with this reel.
It wasn't long (about a year) before the reel was hard to crank, eventhough it was well maintained. Took it apart and found that the drive shaft (939) was seized up tight. Not an easy job to free up, unfortunately the reel does not spin as it used to.
April 22, 2008