The TDR is undoubtedly better spec'd but in the real world could you tell the difference unless you were fishing every day and really hammering your reels. I have been using TDM's for about 4 years now and not had a problem with them.....both great reels and should give many years good service (bobco doing TDM's for £70)
Thanks for replies. I was even considering a cheaper Daiwa option previously, either a Ninja or EM MS which were on sale but I'm thinking I might as well go for a nice high spec reel. At the moment the TDR is taking my fancy, it looks like it has a nice build with quick drag and nice metal line clip. So I might as well go for the TDR when I can afford it in a week or two. Though I could probably get 3 Ninjas for the same price.
I have some of the Daiwa 18 TDR QD 2508 Double Handled and find them ok I bought them as a replacement for my old shimanos for me but I still prefer my old shimano bait runners the XT 2500 FA so I sent them all for a five star service the best reels I have ever used bar none I simply love em but with time I may get used to and love the TDR's.
I have no problem using a small bait runner for any type of fishing float included the Shimano Stradic looks ok at about £100 in the 3000 size I always go for a slightly smaller reel as I find them more comfortable to use that is just a personal thing though and some of my best fish have been landed on small reels.
In terms of float reels I have the shimano Sahara 2500 which is about the same size as my drennan 7 series float 300 but bigger than my ninja 2500 so it’s always best to have a look at reels either in person or at least a photo of one on a rod if you are particular about the size.
3000 in the TDR I think will do me for commercial waggler and feeder fishing and also as a Bream reel. I reckon I can trust being a high spec it will be light at that size as probably not going to get a chance to handle one before I buy.
If you are still interested for a shimano reel, they will be releasing a new stradic/twin power in the next couple of weeks if I'm not mistaken. May already be released even. They are in a similar price range as the TDR/TDX.
I myself use the previous model of the TDR reels and am very pleased with them. They still run as smooth as the first time I purchased them.