I've been looking at these threads with interest as I'm getting ready to buy some new tuning tools. I've tuned my own skis in the past but it was a pretty rudimentary approach. I've been missing the nice sharp edges when I come across some solid hardpack or ice and am tired of trying to find a shop that does a good job consistently.
So, a couple of questions and opinions:
1. Side edges or base edges first? I've seen it both ways but makes more sense to do base first as noted above.
2. Sounds like base bevel of 1 side of 2 or 3 is most common. Is it true that if I do a base bevel of .5 or .7 I will have quicker edge engagement (ie less roll over of the ski)?
3. Any opinion or experience on the SkiVisions Base Flattener tools? I would like the ability to do this instead of taking to the shop most times, leaving that for maybe once a season or every other season.
4. Opinion or experience on the SkiVisions Ski Sharp Edge tool? Seems like most people use the dedicated bevel guides like the Beast or similar for both base and edge. Any specific recommendaitons? I've read a bunch but starting to have it all blur together.
Thanks for any advice. Seems like a Beast side edge bevel, similar for the base edge and then the appropriate files and stones.