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Ski Vise for 70-100 ski width

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I have been looking at various vises but find very few capable of handling skinny 70mm width skis as well as the wider 100mm skis. I have ski's of various widths and need a vise capable of servicing them all. Would something like this be able to handle everything? It's the Swix T2121 Performance Vise which I can get for roughly $80.
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post #2 of 8

That's more of a stand than a vise......I would spend the extra money and get the good stuff.   It will last you a lifetime so its money well spent.....even if they are overpriced.  I bought the best and don't regret it, can accommodate my race skis and my 88mm skis.   I believe there are new even larger setups, by Swix and Skiman.


Edited by Richie-Rich - 1/13/11 at 1:18am
post #3 of 8

Try this:

 

http://www.artechski.com/Swix-Wide-Freeride-Vise-50-mm-Jaw-150-mm-Opening-6213.aspx

 

I clamp the binding on two pairs of skis I tune.  Clamping the sidewall is difficult because of the angle involved.

 

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Any other recommendations? I don't mind paying for quality, it just has to fit my needs.

 

Edit: doesn't seem like the clamping mechanism is usable since when you're hot waxing the ski is recessed in the clamp which prevents you from running the iron over that portion of the ski. Also, when mounted on an angle I don't see the clamp being of much use either. I have never used one of these, but someone confirm or deny my thoughts.

post #5 of 8

Here our wide vises and a post in our tuning tips on the Cinch vise which works well for efficiently working on a pair of wide skis at once.....with or without securing them.

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Originally Posted by thorjo1984 View Post

Any other recommendations? I don't mind paying for quality, it just has to fit my needs.

 

Edit: doesn't seem like the clamping mechanism is usable since when you're hot waxing the ski is recessed in the clamp which prevents you from running the iron over that portion of the ski. Also, when mounted on an angle I don't see the clamp being of much use either. I have never used one of these, but someone confirm or deny my thoughts.



With a conventional ski, the sidewalls are the area to clamp onto.   With some capped skis this may not be an option, in which case you can clamp onto the either the binding base or the speed-plate if so equipped.  I have both types of skis and have no issues.  The vises do not interfere with ironing or scraping if clamped properly. 

 

Mounted on an angle?  I assume you mean sideways for edge sharpening?   If so, sure they do, the vises close enough to hold the skis and are padded to not mar the top sheet or bases.

post #7 of 8

I'm wondering since I never see fat skis in this part of the country...  What's the obsession with clamping to the sidewall?  If there is a suitable part of the binding to clamp to, can't you just clamp there and use a regular vise?  It gives you more room to work anyway.  You just need to immobilize the ski and not clank down on it so there should be no issues.

post #8 of 8

Clamping, using a boot or lassoing a binding takes the side wall shape and ski width out of the equation. High friction pads, coupled with sharp tools and using less pressure often takes the need for clamping out of the mix, which reduces steps and time.

 

Some simply prefer a bomber clamp on their skis.

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