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DIY Tuning: SKS Multitool (Edge + Base Bevel) Any good?

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Hi guys,

 

Thought I'd start tuning my own skis.  Is this tool good at what it does or am I better off getting a separate edge bevel and a file-guide for the base?

 

http://www.racewax.com/c=Lx8qDj9TQL1HDMVfNXOOytds7/product/ZL-6030/Base-Side-Bevel-File-Guide-SKS-Multi-Tool--3-DMT-diamond-stones-w-file.html

 

Any experiences would be appreciated.

post #2 of 14

Check for a recent and extensive thread on this only a few weeks back.
 

post #3 of 14

I just replaced my multiangle tools with a 92-degree SVST guide for the edges and a 1-degree BEAST for the bases <http://www.racewax.com/product/RD-2431/10-degree-Ski-Snowboard-Base-Bevel-Angle-Guide-Tool-BEAST.html>, plus a nice Swix file and a set of three Wintersteiger diamond stones. I seriously regret the money I spent in the past on multiangle tools.  I know that my edges will be at exactly the same angle each time.

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Originally Posted by mgrezmer View Post

Check for a recent and extensive thread on this only a few weeks back.
 

 

Found the thread, sorry for the repost: http://www.epicski.com/t/114264/sks-multi-tuner-comments

 

If anyone has any further input please comment!

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I just replaced my multiangle tools with a 92-degree SVST guide for the edges and a 1-degree BEAST for the bases <http://www.racewax.com/product/RD-2431/10-degree-Ski-Snowboard-Base-Bevel-Angle-Guide-Tool-BEAST.html>, plus a nice Swix file and a set of three Wintersteiger diamond stones. I seriously regret the money I spent in the past on multiangle tools.  I know that my edges will be at exactly the same angle each time.

 

What grit diamond stones would you recommend to make a set?

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What grit diamond stones would you recommend to make a set?

 

I'm striving for competence, and a long way from expertise.  I went for coarse, medium, and fine -- ~200, 400, 600.

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I'm striving for competence, and a long way from expertise.  I went for coarse, medium, and fine -- ~200, 400, 600.

Yep.. a very good set! If you can only afford 1 diamond tommystery, get the medium for versatility though..smile.gif

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I just replaced my multiangle tools with a 92-degree SVST guide for the edges and a 1-degree BEAST for the bases <<a href="http://www.racewax.com/product/RD-2431/10-degree-Ski-Snowboard-Base-Bevel-Angle-Guide-Tool-BEAST.html" class="bbcode_url">http://www.racewax.com/product/RD-2431/10-degree-Ski-Snowboard-Base-Bevel-Angle-Guide-Tool-BEAST.html>, plus a nice Swix file and a set of three Wintersteiger diamond stones. I seriously regret the money I spent in the past on multiangle tools.  I know that my edges will be at exactly the same angle each time.

This! Cheapest approach in the long run. I would suggest a 93 degree edge guide though (especially if you are east coast) and if you are on a budget forget about the base edge guide for the moment (always possible to do more harm than good if you are new to it,!)

For diamond stones, I like the moonflex and find that if I only use one it is the 200. Obviously if I am doing my race skis I will use a 400 (and a 1000 on speed skis) but for most general purposes 200 is enough to give you a decent edge with only occasional use of a file. And with any diamond, use plenty of lubrication.

Forgot to add, I have found swix files to last really well. Go for the 8 inch one
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This! Cheapest approach in the long run. I would suggest a 93 degree edge guide though (especially if you are east coast) and if you are on a budget forget about the base edge guide for the moment (always possible to do more harm than good if you are new to it,!)
For diamond stones, I like the moonflex and find that if I only use one it is the 200. Obviously if I am doing my race skis I will use a 400 (and a 1000 on speed skis) but for most general purposes 200 is enough to give you a decent edge with only occasional use of a file. And with any diamond, use plenty of lubrication.
Forgot to add, I have found swix files to last really well. Go for the 8 inch one

   YUP! swix files work quite well...I use them too! Keep em clean and dont drag em over hardened burrs...this will shorten their lifespan. Speaking of burrs, when using diamond stones (once again we agree scotsskier...moonflex ARE the best)  keep em lubricated... I prefer SVST's secret sauce.( Get the larger 8oz bottle and cut it with 50% water to save moneywink.gif)

post #10 of 14
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Thanks for the tips guys.

 

I'll do some looking around tomorrow and see what's available online.  From what I've read I think I want to keep my edges at 2 degrees for the time being.

 

I'm skiing Monster im78's, mostly in Ontario/Quebec/Vermont.

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Looking at the regular guide, it seems like you can get a better grip on the file than with the first one.

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Longer term you will find the second one more versatile as, with a spring clamp, you will be able to use any size of file/ diamond. The first one may be constrained that way.
post #14 of 14

I bought the KUU from Doctor D at Racewax and it does the job very well. If you are on the east coast, therefore a hard snow skier, my thinking is to get the 87 degree tool. I also bought the Red 200 and Yellow 400 Moonflex stones from Dr D which provide a very sharp edges with a minimum of effort. Well worth the investment.

 

The multi angle tools may produce some fine edges, but, I don't like the uncertainty of changing angles. Dedicated is just so simple.

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