New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Cheapest ski vise options

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi all, 

 

I think I'm killing my edges by sharpening without clamping the ski down. I also don't want to pay like $50 for a ski vise. Are there cheaper options that work effectively? Preferably something pre-built as I don't have any shop tools to make anything. 

post #2 of 14

   Firmly restraining the ski horizontally (base up) is doable without a vise (this would be the position for base edge work/waxing). I've always owned a vise (well, almost always), but...firmly securing a ski on it's side for side edge work...Are you sure you cant afford one?http://www.race-werks.com/ski-man-hobby-vise/  A secure hold really is best for accuracy/ease...

post #3 of 14

I have the same type and while it's not the most firm, it sure works well enough! 

post #4 of 14

Rarely has anyone (particularly a man) ever regretted paying too much for a (proper) tool. Quality does not come cheap and even spending a few extra dollars for a vice will allow you to get the better edges you are looking for. 

post #5 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Rarely has anyone (particularly a man) ever regretted paying too much for a (proper) tool. Quality does not come cheap and even spending a few extra dollars for a vice will allow you to get the better edges you are looking for. 

correct.  the swix wc vises i bought about 8 years ago are absolutely THE best investment in tuning tools i ever made.  and that was after 30+ years of trying all sorts of alternatives....frown.gif

post #6 of 14

  Bottom line Metaphor...a ski vise is the best way to go. Though I'm sure someone on epic has an idea to "rig" something, just not me...spend the money, they last a very long time (mine's almost 15 years oldwink.gif) less than $10 a yearsmile.gif

post #7 of 14

When I had room for a permanent bench, I put two 2x6's about four feet apart, the full depth of the bench. I cut a slot in each one, narrow enough to wedge the ski into in a sidewall up position.  I filed the side edges with the ski wedged into the slots, and did everything else base up.  I liked it because it was wide enough that I could wax 4 skis at once, but it wasn't the best for doing heavy base work, like filing the base edge, or flattening or even scraping wax.  OTOH a cheap vise isn't very good for flattening either, and I rarely file the bases. I usually have them ground when they're not flat, so s simpler set up works for me. YMMV>

 

BK

post #8 of 14
You can do a very good job on your edges even without a vise, if you use a good file guide to keep the file at a consistent angle to the ski even if the ski moves a bit.

Better yet, find a good hot lycra-clad ski bunny-type to hold your skis for you while you tune them. Two vices in one! But perhaps not cheap....

biggrin.gif

Best regards,
Bob
post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post

You can do a very good job on your edges even without a vise, if you use a good file guide to keep the file at a consistent angle to the ski even if the ski moves a bit.
Better yet, find a good hot lycra-clad ski bunny-type to hold your skis for you while you tune them. Two vices in one! But perhaps not cheap....
biggrin.gif
Best regards,
Bob

May I suggest TWO  hot lycra-clad ski bunny-type to hold your skis for you  one for each end. Remember, they will need to be cleaned thoroughly after, my suggestion is the hot tub method. Also, make sure the "vices" are well lubricated, I suggest tequila for this. I will also add that "wax shavings" could be perceived as redundant in this thread. 

 

REF: Complete Encyclopedia of Skiing 3rd Edition page 255 subsection 4

post #10 of 14

With a $50 budget, you might want to consider apprenticing as a ski vice yourself.   That's about what a good pair of Lycra shorts goes for. 

post #11 of 14

Not to steer this thread back to serious matters, but...

 

Some people have success by tying a weight to the binding with the ski base-up and supported at the tip and tail.  Sounds like it would be sub-par to me, but I'm the type to buy good tools.  For what it's worth, I do all my work with the ski base-up.

post #12 of 14

I like the ski bunny idea, but if you still wanna get a vice check this one out...

 

  http://www.racewax.com/product/PC-4850/Ski-Vise-Swix-Quick-Compact-Model.html

 

I bought one from racewax.com last year when it was a "Ski Man" brand. Same SKU now brings up the Swix model, but it seems to be the same vice, just different color.  Has worked great for me.

 

$54.99

post #13 of 14

Yes a decent manufactured vice is pretty much a lifetime item, but look online for home-made ski vices.  You can make a very serviceable vice out of a single 6' 2x6 with a few well placed cuts, L brackets, and screws.  Spend a few minutes googling and I think you will find some fine examples.  Eg.

http://www.telemarktips.com/ShopProjects.html

 

Mount to a base and a couple C clamps and you are in business.

 

HINT!  Once you have your wooden supports, glue or staple on some strips of mouse-pads RUBBER SIDE UP.  This keeps the ski from moving around excessively.

 

One of he common misconceptions about tuning is that the ski has to be clamped down super tight.  Unless you are setting new edge or base bevels and removing all kinds of material, the rubber grips will hold the ski sufficiently for regular tuning and waxing.  A light touch with sharp files is all you need.  I rarely clamp in my skis when working on them.

 

I piece of paracord looped around the binding and tied tightly enough to the bench to slightly flex the ski clamps it down firmly.  Wanna be fancy?  Screw a small boat cleat to the bench for securing the cord.

 

;)

post #14 of 14
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Tuning, Maintenance and Repairs