Acquaintance with this brand for me began at the annual spring exhibition in Moscow. Going through one novelty after another, it became a little sad that such monsters of the fishing market as Daiwa and Shimano strongly lost their positions in the budget segment. Yes, and what a sin to conceal, even among the “top” everything goes to relief, and this entails less rigidity of the entire coil design and, accordingly, backlashes appear even on the flagship series. All this does not add long-lived qualities to any reel of any brand, and this is an occasion to think.
Digging among the inveterate "state employees" such as Ryobi, Okuma, etc. after the crash test at the ECOGROUP booth, an interesting Black Side Hammer 3000 reel fell into my hands. An interesting novelty with an unfinished name, excellent appearance, and as it turned out later, pretty good performance.
Having gone through all the ordeals of lifting heavy weights, this sample from the stand went straight to the lower Volga to jig spring zander and other predators to my friend Dmitry Ivanov. And after the spring season, when fishing on large scales, he was surprised at the vitality and at the same time the humane price of this device. All this time I also watched her, and in the end I also bought myself a Hammer in the hope of getting a regular working coil without unnecessary troubles, such as velvet running, light weight, etc. I needed a machine for medium and heavy jig, trouble-free and strong. Looking ahead, I think that I was not mistaken with the choice.
The first thing that caught my eye when choosing it was Hammer’s performance in a rather stylish design without extra wrappers and wrappers. At the same time, I want to note that everything in it is made of metal, starting from the rotor and the spool, ending with the handle. This clearly makes it harder, but at the same time makes it more reliable and durable. The weight of the coil at the 3000th size is 348 grams. When fishing for large weights, this parameter is relatively not critical, so I just had to put up with it and forget about these numbers. And by the way, I still have not felt any severe overload or fatigue from gear assembly. With normal balancing of the rod, this reel does not cause any problems.
In addition to appearance and materials, she has enough other advantages. A good transfer of 5.2: 1, 9 + 1 ball bearings, a handle screwed into the pinion gear, dust and moisture resistance of the main components and, of course, a good winding of thin cords. All this, at a relatively inexpensive price, makes this coil competitive in the market even among well-established mastodon firms of coil engineering.
In addition to the jig for the short life of Hammer, managed to go a little fishing with him and jerked wobblers and heavy baubles. He coped unconditionally. Although I’ll make a reservation right away, there are no ideal reels and for four months of active fishing there were still a few drops of loops, and even then, basically, on a new, not rolled cord, with a spool clogged to the eyeballs. Wobblers and pilkers on fast jerking wiring are digested by them without any problems, although the laying may not look perfectly even, the main thing is that it does not cause problems when fishing.
The operation of the coil after operation on a jig balance of up to 80 grams remained quite easy. There is no growl of gears after a clear multiple overload. The only thing that was found out during its testing was the need for periodic lubrication of the bearing of the roller of the logger. But this need is more of an aesthetic nature, since on large scales and in windy fishing conditions near dusty and sandy places, he begins to rustle a little. At the same time, there is no jamming, like many other manufacturers, just for aesthetes and lovers of silence in the work of the coil, it may be better to replace the bearing, or slightly modify this unit with some kind of anther. For me, the reliability of the coil was primarily important, and the unobtrusive extraneous sounds that appear are not so fundamental, so I do not pay attention to this factor – the main thing is everything is spinning and working.
I would also like to note the exact, but not long friction brake of this coil. On large fish, it can be very convenient to release the reel in a couple of revolutions in order to avoid breaking the line on the sprinting jerks of strong predators immediately after biting. On many reels, they now make too high a high-precision friction clutch and it is not always convenient to use it. Although it may be somewhere outside the Russian realities, a long and precise adjustment of the friction clutch takes place, but for me the speed of releasing the brake is more important than its gram accuracy, so I personally liked this parameter.
In general, the impression of using the Black Side Hammer 3000 was only positive for me. Finally, an all-metal reel appeared on the market for adequate money, which could compete with Ryobi in terms of survivability and reliability. Let's see how it will manifest itself further. So far, if you do not find fault with much, the coil has shown itself quite well. I hope that after a longer operational time, my opinion will not change. At the moment, there are all prerequisites for this. Wait and see.