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    I have a Cannon Unitroll HP downrigger. The first time I used it I realized it had no brake. It is either full on free spool or locked, brake on. After 2 days of use it became extremely difficult to to get the brake to reengage at all after allowing weight to descend. Looked at the schematics online and found it difficult to discern which parts may need to be replaced. Anybody have any words of wisdom on what to look for before I begin tearing this down to inspect parts? My other cannon downrigger has a very good brake that allows for controlled descent.

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    you need a new clutch plate. shouldn't be hard to get, any cannon dealer will have them. not that uncommon, and easy to replace.
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    I have to clean up the drag pads on my Scottys every year. I use brake clean and light sand paper to get the pads back working as new again. The Cannons are likely built similar to the Scottys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    you need a new clutch plate. shouldn't be hard to get, any cannon dealer will have them. not that uncommon, and easy to replace.
    Yeah, as Dave says, you probably just need a new clutch pad and probably brake plates, too, though if you tear it apart you might find they just need cleaning/sanding like Fish Witch says. They can get pretty cruddy from water invasion. I used to have a variety of Cannon downriggers and one of the things I loved about them the most was they were so easy to take apart and fix yourself. And I used to find that the "clutch cover" doesn't do a very good job of keeping saltwater out of the system and I used to have to take mine apart yearly just to clean things up.
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    Here's the online store I use for parts...

    http://www.fish307.com/cannonparts.aspx

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    Hey thanks for the advice guys. I'll get to work tearing them down.

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    Who do you guys trust to work on Cannons? I'm in Kodiak, but would definately ship them to someone this fall. Any ideas or info appreciated. Maybe someone in Kodiak that I don't know about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtm9 View Post
    Who do you guys trust to work on Cannons? I'm in Kodiak, but would definately ship them to someone this fall. Any ideas or info appreciated. Maybe someone in Kodiak that I don't know about.
    Electric or manual? If it's a manual and you have even the slightest mechanical inclination they are very easy to work on yourself. The link that Cliffhanger gave---http://www.fish307.com/cannonparts.aspx--- can give you very good schematics of all the Cannon downriggers if you need help on the parts.
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