12 months in the making Electric Alvey reels


Thought I would share my latest creation's.

Finaly finished making my Electric Alvey Reels. Its been 12 months since I started this journey, after seeing them on the net while waiting to get on a plane to Canada last year.

Once I'd seen it ,I thought I've got 2 of those reels at home that I don't use and thought I'll make that....and here we are.

Now all I have to do is find the fish, which I think might be harder than making my own reels.



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 Interested, got an alvey

Sun, 2020-11-01 18:40

 Interested, got an alvey winch.. how much for the convert? 

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Read below

Mon, 2020-11-02 19:56

 Have a read of the lower comment Jackalchub.

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 Damn good idea . Ideal for

Sun, 2020-11-01 18:54

 Damn good idea . Ideal for the real deep stuff


RUSS and SANDY. A family that fishes together stays together

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Thanks Russ

Mon, 2020-11-02 18:09

 The deep stuff was the whole idea

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 Wild... Love it, good

Sun, 2020-11-01 20:18



Love it, good shit...



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Cheers Timboon

Mon, 2020-11-02 18:13

 That what i thought when i first seen it to.

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Well done.....keen to see the

Mon, 2020-11-02 11:14

Well done.....keen to see the testing and commissioning result.

Would be a market for these on the charter boats up north you would think.

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Thanks Brock O

Tue, 2020-11-03 08:08

 I've already tested one in the field, been out to 250meter mark, worked well. Thought it went a bit slower than what I would have liked so changed the gear box to speed it up and now I'm much happier with it. Second time out we had a shimano 9000 beastmaster on board and it retreived at roughly the same speed if not quicker.

Also had it at work and we hoisted it up on a forklift to about 3 to 4 metres to test how much weight it could lift and it dead weighted 34kg. First time up it only pulled 19kg so made some adjustments to the drag washers and ended up at 34kg, so i was super impressed with that.  It was bending the little rod arm on the alvey reel so my thoughts were it had plenty of torque to pull a big fish.

I've thought about maybe there's a market for them and make it into a kit form but it would'nt be as cheap as what you may think. There's alot of machining that goes into it. The hardest part is making the shaft that the motor keys into, unfortunatly you can't just buy it of the shelf it has to be manufactored and then there is also cost of motor. I first looked over to China for the motor and found what i was looking for, emails going back and forward ended up with the price which was cheap for the motor but then they added freight costs and it just blew it out of the water.

Ended up sourcing it from Australia, it turned out to be about the same price but i thought of if I have problems then warranty would be alot easier.

I think that if I was to make it into a kit form, which I could, I recon i would have to ask somewhere in the value of $1600 to $1800 to make it worth while. 

Now would someone pay that sort of money?? When you could pick up a Shimano 9000 Beast Master for say bit over 2grand its got all the fruit on it. You then have to add a rod to that.

I suppose I'm asking to gauge what peoples thoughts would be?


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 Have you checked out any of

Mon, 2020-11-02 20:14

 Have you checked out any of the current commercial gear currently on the market Alpha? 


I was on a wetliner not so long ago and they were running both electric and hydraulic set ups similar to yours...


Might pay to check out the pricing of these as a comparison, I can't speak for others but I think the charter/pro market might be more in need of a product like yours more so than us ammos...



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Thanks Timboon

Wed, 2020-11-04 21:27

Before I started this process, I looked for a conversion kit, but I couldn't find one. The only electric Alvey Reel I could find was a full set-up from our site sponsor Southside. They do a complete electric reel for a bit over $3000. Its a bit of a different set up, but still an Alvey but with a straight motor on it , not a 90 degree motor like mine. Completely understand were your coming from with the commercial side, I suppose you got to start somewhere and I would as to have guess there's lots of ammatures with Alvey's sitting in there shed that dont use them.



































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 good effort m8theres some

Tue, 2020-11-03 16:31

 good effort m8

theres some nice aliminium project boxes available for the electronic housing for  not much more than the plastic ones btw


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Cheers Shark1

Wed, 2020-11-04 21:26

I looked at the Ally boxes and ended up with the plastic, i found the o-ring seal little bit better than the Ally. Unfortunatly both don't have a good ip rating so if it gives me issues I'll have to keep looking for a better water proof box. I also put a foot switch on as well thats works good.



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