Bill Clark - Minnetonka Minnesota , Jan 03, 2009; 02:02 p.m.
I like the stainless steel reels and tanks. For me it's easy to load and easy to re-load after using, especially if there is some moisture on the reel as the film won't get hung up while loading.
I understand the Hewes reels are easy to load but I haven't used one yet.
The stainless steel tank will conduct the heat from a container of water to help maintain temp. while using the film developer.
What you can do is sacrifice a roll of film and practice loading the reel in daylight. Then practice with the same roll in the dark until you feel comfortable all is well after loading.
Hope this helps you.