I'm sick of tuning my skis on a creatively placed pile of cardboard boxes, but I don't particularly want to spend $100 to upgrade. I have been trying to determine what would be a better fit for my needs:
1. A set of normal clamp vises like one of these:
2. A cheaper ski vise that doesn't have a clamping vise:
The swix vise at $60 is about the cheapest I've seen on that type of vise, but still would cost nearly double of the first two non-ski vise options without an actual way to clamp down the ski.
I'd like to do edge work and basic base work (flat filing, repairing small gouges, waxing, etc). I should point out that I don't really "enjoy" tuning skis. It's a means to an end, but I've been spending too much time with my ghetto setup, and/or too much money dropping off at shops. That said, I don't want to spend $100+ for a vise setup.
The questions I have are:
1. Does the swix vise actually hold the skis well enough vertically so that I can effectively debur and sharpen skis? It looks like they just sit there via friction.
2. Will the normal vises be strong enough to hold the skis vertically for edge work?
3. With the normal vises, will it be difficult to mount a center clamp with ties to my bindings in such a way that I can basically recreate the horizontal setup of the swix vise for base work?
Basically it seems to me that the normal vises (especially the first cheap one with rotating ball joint) would be a much better option, regardless of cost, but everyone always seem to talk about "upgrading from normal vises". Is the level of swix vise I'm looking at really an upgrade from the cheaper clamp vises?
I'd love to hear from anyone who has experience with either of the setups I'm proposing. Thanks so much for any wisdom you can provide!