Level Wind, Casting and General Spinning Reel
A distinctive example of British light engineering; strongly built with some eighty precision-machined components comprising a unit that, with normal care and attention, will give many years of trouble-free service.
Exposed parts are treated to withstand corrosion, but your Gildex should have reasonable attention, as a routine, after use.
1959 Retail Price*: £9 9s.
The GILDEX No.2
Similar to the GILDEX but two ounces lighter and with covered viewing-apertures for simplified oiling. Line Capacity as Gildex.
1959 Retail Price*: £8 12s 6d
The GILDEX Junior
Similar to the GILDEX No. 2 but without the level-wind mechanism.
1959 Retail Price*: £6 6s.
(*All prices are exclusive of Purchase Tax which is equal to one sixth of the price which must be added)
LUBRICATING & CARE OF YOUR GILDEX
Apart from giving the reel a thorough oiling in the dismantled state, the reel should be well oiled at essential points each time before use.
The reel should not be taken apart unnecessarily; once or twice during the season, for cleaning and oiling.
Dismantling of the level wind mechanism should be avoided unless it becomes absolutely necessary for cleaning or for the replacement of worn parts.
To dismantle the reel for cleaning the following procedure should be carefully observed.
FIRST see that CHECK and TENSION are "OFF", then:-
LEVEL WIND MECHANISM
DOUBLE PIVOTAL BEARINGS
The spindle ends of the line drum are housed in adjustable bearings located in the end covers. Each bearing is fitted with an adjustable set screw, providing fine adjustment for positioning the line drum symmetrically in the frame and for taking up excessive 'float' between the bearing points. These should be set so that the line drum is free without end play or 'float'. On no account must these set screws be tightened up for providing tension on the drum.
With the lever in the "OFF" position the drum is entirely free, and casting can be controlled by "thumbing" the line. The lever should be kept in the "OFF" position when not in use, thus avoiding fatigue and distortion of the spring
NOTE: On all "GILDEX" models the drag regulating lever applies the required range of tension when revolved approximately one half turn anti-clockwise from the "OFF" position (see illustration). More than the half turn releases the tension.
HINGED ROD ANCHOR OR REEL SEAT
This is an entirely new feature providing permanent fixture to the reel without the common aid of screws or brazing. The pillars of the reel passing through the hinged bearing of the plate, ensure security without any possibility of coming adrift. The movements of the swivel ends, which may be turned inwards for convenience of packing and prevention of damage, make the seat very adaptable and applicable to the variety of rod fittings used; the rigidity of the reel when fitted to the rod being unimpaired. The double taper ends are suitable for either trout or salmon rod fittings.