Daiwa have produced a
large number of different reel models over the years. The Daiwa
Millionaire 6RM baitcaster is very similar to the 6HM. Both are very
well made and have stood the test of time well.
These reels were sold in New Zealand mainly
to salmon anglers in the early 1980s which means they are now some 25
years old! The two models are essentially the same except for several
key differences. However they are best looked at together.
Both the 6RM (red) and the 6HM (gray) share
many of the same parts. The spool on the gray 6HM is slightly lighter
and the pinion and drive gears differ slightly. But the level wind,
frame, reel seat and so on are identical.
The red 6RM has brass bushes while the 6HM
has superior stainless steel ball bearings. The ball bearings however
will fit either reel. Aside from the colour the most noticeable
difference between the two reels are the handles. The red 6RM has more
of a "game reel" type handle while the gray 6HM has a more typical
paddle handle normally used on a baitcasting reel.
When purchasing an one
of these old reels watch out for line guide wear. This is relatively
soft metal and long hard use tends to cut grooves which in turn damage
your monofilament line. A good tackle store should be able to track
down the correct guide or adapt a slightly different one. You can at a
pinch smooth the guide "wires" by sanding with progressively finer wet
and dry sand paper.