I had the same issue with the Tekota line counter failing. The issue is the gears in the line cutter end up binding over time. To avoid the issue back out the yellow side plate cover and put a few drops of a lubricant oil, like Break Free, into the line counter a couple times a season.Just saw pics of the new ones, yuck.
started with line counters, but they break too often and are a pain to fix.
Need it for novice wire line customers- need level wind, good capacity, 150 yards 50 pound wire plus backing. Looking at all replacements - plasti, low capacity or not available