Does the Johnson Sabra 545 Graphite model have an oscillating spool?

I thought all the Sabra models had oscillating spools.
But I just bought a Sabra Graphite model 545 from ebay but I can't get it to oscillate!
Where are the parts that make it do that, and how should they be assembled?

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3 years ago #2
timmy
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i guess i have always assumed the 545 had an oscillating spool but maybe not. the first sabra model 130 does not have an oscillating spool. the model 130a and 130 B do have oscillating spool.on those models there is a spool link that runs from the backside of the handle gear to the underside of the spool so when you turn the handle the spool moves forward and backward. on those models after removing the rotor spinner the spool unscrews and reveals the spool link. take off the front cover and the rotor, does the spool unscrew ? or does it have a clip that holds it in place ? I am very interested to learn what you find.

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3 years ago #3
BobS
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The spool is held in place with a clip. It does not appear to move.

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3 years ago #4
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Thanks for clearing this up, the 545 is one of those johnson reels i don't own but had previously been led to beleive it did have an oscillating spool. So now we know the sabra 545 does not have an oscillating spool.

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1 month ago #5
Rich
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Hi. Sorry to say there are no parts designed for the Sabra 545 spool to oscillate. I know little about the early Johnson models that did feature oscillating spools, but I have a later (circa 1990s)Maxxum Pro with spool oscillation. It's a reel (pun intended) monster that came with a 14 lb mono line. When the pickup pin is heavily loaded by fish or foul (another stupid pun) the rotor can't maintain perpendicularity to the drive spindle and begins to rub the inside of the beautiful gold cover. Anti-reverse and drag functions can be problematic also. My relatively simple Sabra 545 works better in all areas than the Maxxum Pro, although star drags on Johnson spincasters pale by comparison to the drags engineered by Zebco, Shakespeare and Diawa spincasters I have. Don't know how the Mitchell spincaster drags perform....

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