I use to have a ski shop wax my skis with their hot waxing machine . Now I wax my own skis and the difference is like night and day. Turning is easier, I can glide on the flats faster than most, and I can now tell when my skis need waxing. I never noticed much difference with the machine waxing before, after or whenever. Standing in a lift line with my freshly waxed skis I will slide sideways if there is a slight slope .
What is really puzzling is that I don't do a good waxing job. I use a universal wax, any wax I fine cheap, scrape lightly only once or twice, then brush with a fine bronze brush about 10 stokes, then with a fine horsehair brush about 50 strokes. I don't do any pre brushing, hot wax cleaning, use fluro, overlays. Don't even use a vise. I use a washroom sink to hold my skis. My iron doesn't have temperature control. The only thing I do different in my routine is for spring corn snow. I skip the brushing with the fine horsehair brush, and do about 10 strokes with the fine bronze brush.
But why is my half ass waxing so much better than machine hot waxing?
Is machine waxing a big ripoff?
How much difference will I notice if I do a better wax job, i.e. use a low fluro wax, pre-brush, cleaning with hot wax and all that stuff? I don't really want do more than I'm doing now.