Since I'm far from a ski technician I figured I would throw this question to the board to help me out. I've been looking at a couple used set ups lately and have a question about re-drilling for larger/smaller bsl's, or just different binder than the previous set up. What should I look for and/or stay away from in terms of the old holes when forced to re-drill new ones? Thanks
Buying used skis and Re-drilling?
In general you don't want to buy skis that are drilled more than one, or max two times. Newly drilled holes should be at least 1 cm away from the old ones.
Another option is to mount a riser plate on the ski, then the bindings are mounted to the riser and the old holes become irrelevant. This is only an option on narrower carving skis as you don't want a riser on wider, soft snow oriented skis.
You can also look for used skis currently mounted with demo bindings. Many demo bindings are quality binders, and will adjust to most all boot sizes.
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Be sure to seal up the old holes before drilling new ones. Otherwise water gets into the wood core and can really do some damage (freeze/thaw cycle will delaminate them). Use epoxy; there are some little plastic beads that can be put in the hole too, but epoxy is what seals it up. You can reuse holes too, as long as it doesn't look like the hole is too beat up. Several times I have mounted bindings reusing maybe 2 out of the 4 holes on a toe plate.
Other things to look for - as the other poster mentioned, maybe only one set of holes per set of skis. Maybe two if it is your dream ski you've lusted after for several minutes at least. Make sure the old holes haven't been punched through the bottom of the ski or caused too much "binding suck" on the bases.
Lastly, if the skis you are after already have bindings, are you sure you need to remount? Most bindings can accomodate several size boots without remounting, especially the aforementioned demo bindings. Unless you have really big feet or want to make a radical change in binding position, you might get by with the current mounting point.
Also plenty of skis with system bindings which can be repositioned without a remount.