Posted by: socalsalty | February 13, 2011

Touring the Accurate Factory: Part II

Cut sections of T6

Bar of T6 about to be cut

Other than minor parts like the gear shift button (plastic), every part comprising an Accurate reel is manufactured onsite and enters the factory as a piece of raw material.  All the major parts are manufactured out of T6 aircraft grade aluminum.  Some of the guts are made out of stainless steel.  The T6 aluminum was chosen for it’s combination of light weight, strength, and corrosion resistance qualities.

From here, the raw billets of T6 begin a 2 step manufacturing process.  First, the billet needs to be shaped and bored out (in the case of main reel housing).  Then all the little cutouts, screw holes and the like are shaped in.  Details like the lettering or cross cuts (in the t-bar handles) are also done during this step.  These steps are all done using the high tech CNC milling machines I mentioned in the last post.

Step 1 in the milling process

Step 2: cutting out the holes

At this point, the pieces look like the finished pieces on a reel, but they still feel rough to the touch.  They proceed on to be hand polished and anodized.  Currently, only some of the anodizing process is done in house, but Accurate is beefing up their capability here so that the line does not have to stop while waiting on the anodizing step to happen.

A tray of semi-finished parts in need of hand polishing

A reel handle from billet to finished piece

Matt was quick to point out that while this process occurs on the big obvious pieces on the reel.  It also happens with the smaller pieces too, like for example a gear shift lever or reel handle.  In the case of the handle, other manufacturers will bend the material to get the desired shape.  Accurate shapes that bend into the handle using the milling process, thus retaining the full strength of the original piece.  It’s more labor and materials intensive to do things this way, but the end result produces a higher quality, tougher reel.

The finished pieces then move on for final assembly, quality control inspection and testing, and packaging before they ship off to Accurate’s dealer network.

The final part of this series will talk about what’s next on the horizon for Accurate Fishing.

Liberal amounts of Cal Sheets' grease is applied to protect the inside of an Accurate reel

Final quality inspection

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Responses

  1. Great article man! I like the way those reels look. I need to get my hands on one soon.

    • Thanks Josh. My comment to Matt was they’re like fishing jewelry. I have a 665H and it’s a dream to use too.


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