DGX Custom - Stainless Steel Finger Spools

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These premium quality Stainless Steel Finger Spools, loaded with custom Orange, "Ultra White" Hi-Viz Dacron Line or DGX Glow-in-the-Dark Line, are available in your choice of four different widths.

DGX Custom - Stainless Steel Finger Spools

Stainless Steel Finger Spool Size Comparison - Orange Line
Stainless Steel Finger Spool - X-Large, Orange Line and Large Snap Stainless Steel Finger Spool Size Comparison - Orange Line
  • Quality stainless steel material with smooth edges
  • Choose from 4 different widths for your specific needs
  • Loaded with custom Orange, "Ultra White" Hi-Viz Dacron Line or DGX Glow-in-the-Dark Line
  • Includes premium 316-series stainless steel double-eye bolt snap
  • All spools have {3 in | 7.5 cm} diameter with {1 in | 2.5 cm} center hole

Forming finger spools from stainless steel offers durability, of course, but also allows greater freedom in design that yields the most compact form factor possible for a given amount of line. Stainless almost doubles the capacity with a thinner profile and more perimeter holes closer to the edge. Both plastic and stainless are low weight but the typical plastic spool is almost too light and the stainless has a better feel in your hand.

These premium quality Stainless Steel Finger Spools are available in your choice of four different widths. All these stainless spools are {3.0 in | 7.5 cm} in diameter with a {1.0 in | 2.5 cm} center hole and made from a 16 gauge 304L stainless steel, TIG welded, polished and passivated for a long corrosion free life. Note that these premium stainless steel spools have smooth rounded finger holes that won't snag/cut fingers or gloves during deployment. Also, choose from three sizes of premium quality heavy duty 316-series stainless steel double eye bolt snaps: Large (the most popular, easiest to use), Small (offers minimal 'dangle'), Medium (a good compromise).

Size Hi-Viz Line Width†
Small { 50 ft | 15 m } { 0.9 in | 20 mm }
Medium { 80 ft | 24 m } { 1.0 in | 25 mm }
Large { 125 ft | 38 m } { 1.6 in | 40 mm }
X-Large { 175 ft | 53 m } { 2.2 in | 55 mm }
† All are { 3.0 in | 7.5 cm } in diameter, with { 1.0 in | 2.5 cm} center hole.
All dimensions are approximate.

The Dive Gear Express exclusive Hi-Viz Dacron Line is better than the generic nylon line commonly used in diving applications because it is high tenacity, braided DuPont Dacron®. Hi-Viz Dacron costs a bit more than generic nylon line, but this abrasion resistant line has slightly negative buoyancy, won't twist or kink, and has minimal stretch. Hi-Viz Dacron line is stronger than #36 nylon line, yet is slightly thinner than #24 nylon line, so extra is able to be loaded on the reel. White line is difficult to see in open water, but Hi-Viz Line stands out like neon, allowing easier line management with nearby divers. The durable color of Hi-Viz Dacron line also remains vibrant over time, unlike the "wash-out" fading typical of ordinary dyed nylon cave line.

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SKU PK-902500
Weight 0.600000
Brand DGX

StainLESS does not mean StainPROOF

A common misconception among divers is that stainless steel does not corrode at all.. There are various types of stainless steel, each with different corrosion properties, that make a specific grade more or less suited to a particular application. Because there is no perfect stainless steel, the selection of the grade is often a compromise between corrosion resistance and malleability. Stainless grades selected because they hold a sharp cutting edge will corrode relatively fast compared to other grades. The most corrosion resistant grades are not usually a good choice for bolt snaps and hand tools because depending on the use application they may not offer the best wear resistance or may be too brittle.

StainLESS does not mean StainPROOF and all diving products made of stainless steel must receive some basic care to help minimize corrosion. Rinse any stainless steel components in dive equipment with fresh water after diving or when otherwise in contact with salt water, allow them to dry and do not store them in damp or moist environments. Make sure any storage sheath or pouch is also rinsed and allowed to dry before returning the stainless item to the pouch. When rinsing bolt snaps, be sure to work the bolt action several times to eject any saltwater trapped in the slider and spring mechanism. In particular, avoid storing stainless steel near or in contact with other metals having strongly dissimilar electropotentials, especially aluminum, such that moisture can induce galvanic corrosion. In cases of galvanic corrosion where the stainless item is in close proximity to some types of metals, rust or other color stains will electrolytically transfer to the surface of the stainless item.

An invisible film forms on the surface of stainless steel when it’s in contact with oxygen. This allows it to withstand damage from corrosives including many acids, bases, and detergents, as well as salt water. However, depending on environmental conditions you may notice some surface 'stains' that can form on various stainless items. In general these are cosmetic in nature and we recommend you allow the cosmetic stains to remain when practical. Using an abrasive is more likely to remove the invisible corrosion resistant film that forms on stainless, allowing corrosion to spread and ultimately making the corrosion worse.

Click on the graphic to see a table of some stainless grades and their properties

Properties of Stainless Steel
  • Hardness - As hardness increases, metals become more wear resistant but they may be less malleable. Some types of stainless steel harden by cold working, and others can be heat treated. The 300 series hardens by cold working, many in the 400 series can be hardened by heat treating.
  • Formability - Stainless steel is generally formable and bendable, but types that harden by cold working can require more force to bend than carbon steel.
  • Machinability - During machining, stainless steel can become gummy and stick to cutting tools, making it typically more difficult to machine than steel.
  • Weldability - Take care to clean stainless steel before and after welding operations. Contaminants, such as lubricants and particles from grinding tools, will reduce corrosion resistance at welded points.
  • Finish - Stainless steel does not always have a shiny finish. In fact, stainless steel is available in a number of finishes, ranging from an unpolished, dull surface to a reflective mirror-like shine.

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