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Bessey Ski-Fit: Can anyone tell me what this is?

post #1 of 23
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Bought a set of these at a garage sale. Can anyone tell me what they are used for?

Thanks
post #2 of 23

    It appears to be a center vise used for tuning/waxing skis. I gotta ask, what prompted you to purchase it?

 

     zenny

post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by zentune View Post

    It appears to be a center vise used for tuning/waxing skis. I gotta ask, what prompted you to purchase it?

 

     zenny

Looks like he paid $7.00. What can you get for $7 bucks, even if it may be useless!biggrin.gif

post #4 of 23
Vices and clamps are always handy for something.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
I bought these AND a set of swix vices for tuning all for a whooping $15! I didn't know what these were and they were in the same stack of parts, so I said what the hell.

I am starting to put pieces together for hand tuning.
post #6 of 23
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Looks like he paid $7.00. What can you get for $7 bucks, even if it may be useless!biggrin.gif

    You're a real piece of work, A-man....biggrin.gif

 

    zenny

post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
The only thing I can't figure out is how the 2 main towers actually mount to a bench or table. I google searched and nothing at all comes up under Bessey Ski Fit (model) even on the companies web site as to how these clamps work. I am going to call the manufacturer, just curious if anyone has specifically used these.
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by Townicus View Post

The only thing I can't figure out is how the 2 main towers actually mount to a bench or table. I google searched and nothing at all comes up under Bessey Ski Fit (model) even on the companies web site as to how these clamps work. I am going to call the manufacturer, just curious if anyone has specifically used these.

 

 

     In all seriousness, I've never seen (or heard of) this particular brand. You may be able to rig it to a bench (as it may be missing a few components)--from the pic you posted it looks pretty decent but you would also need a tip and tail supporter ala this Ski Man pro model http://www.race-werks.com/ski-man-wide-pro-vise/

 

    SkiMan-Wide-Pro-Vise__55653.1320375691.1280.1280.jpg

 

 

    Can you post some pics of the Swix parts you purchased? Maybe we can help you piece something together...

 

 

 

      zenny

post #9 of 23
Seems to be something from this company?
http://www.besseytools.com/en/index.php

We've been assuming this is something for tuning, but the rubber grabbers don't look quite right to me. Maybe something as part of a roof rack or even MAKING skis?
post #10 of 23

Is it for cross country skis?

post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 


Apparently these clamps are for cross country skis. They will work for side edge tuning though. The problem is they won't work for base tuning, and the above Bessey clamps would work if there was a way to secure them to a bench as they open plenty wide.
post #12 of 23
Are there holes of some kind on the bottom of those pillars? Would be nice to get another angle or two.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Townicus View Post



Bought a set of these at a garage sale. Can anyone tell me what they are used for?

Thanks

 

 

It might be meant to use in another bench vice. I have my woodworking bench vice mounted in front of the bench with the jaws 1 1/2 inches above the bench. The handle side could be clamped in the bench vice and the other side would slide on the bench.

post #14 of 23

     Ok. Looks like with a little modification and/or improvisation you could probably use the 2 red swix vises for your tip and tail supports (and side edge tuning) and the bessey vise as your center clamp. It's probably what the person you bought them from was doing. But if that doesn't work a new swix or ski man vise (identical vises but with different brand names) can be had for around $100-$150. Here's one for $106  http://www.race-werks.com/ski-man-compact-trio-ski-vise/ , although the center jaws only open to 90mm's ...

 

               SkiMan-Compact-Trio-Vise__77633.1320375691.1280.1280.jpg

 

     

 

        zenny

post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 

Bottom view
post #16 of 23
Those holes look like they are designed to fit on some kind of locking pins? Trying to envision how you'd operate the lock. Maybe there is a plate that has a lever for each pin.. Will look for such a plate on their site.
post #17 of 23

     ^^^^^^ +1

 

    zenny

post #18 of 23
Are there side holes like this?
http://www.yandles.co.uk/product.php/sn/BESS10ST
post #19 of 23
If there is not a plate, I'm guessing some type of pin comes up through the table itself and turns from below to tighten it to the table.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Townicus View Post

The only thing I can't figure out is how the 2 main towers actually mount to a bench or table. I google searched and nothing at all comes up under Bessey Ski Fit (model) even on the companies web site as to how these clamps work. I am going to call the manufacturer, just curious if anyone has specifically used these.

That was my next question!

 

And as far as my first post, I was joking around wich ya!

post #21 of 23

BesseyTools North America can be found on Facebook.  They are in  Canadian (Ontario) distributing clamps and vices, mostly for wood and metal working.  This thing is interesting because it seems, as others opined, that a Nordic or Alpine ski would fit into it easily enough and that the two tapered columns would either drop into a bench (making the whole thing portable) or drop into a quick-lock mechanism consisting of metal pins secured into the top of a bench.  I couldn't locate a patent--a patent number would help-- at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (perhaps because I am not an intellectual or that it is patented in another country), so the  next step is for Townicus (he owns the damn thing) to contact Bessey Tools. 

 

The two levels of pads are there for a reason, but what is it?  Boots, too?  Nah.  A device that fits into the bindings so you can clamp the device with the skis upside down (securing it a four points)?  Too complicated with differing boot sizes.  Nordic and alpine skis?  One set of pads should be all you need.  I don't get it.


Edited by quant2325 - 8/26/13 at 10:14am
post #22 of 23
Thread Starter 
You guys have gone over the top with helping me! If any of you are in the Vail Valley I would be glad to buy you a beer.

The Yandles link was especially helpful, and I called Bessey and they confirmed the TK-6 clamp is what is needed to mount these to a table. I just ordered them.

Thanks again!
post #23 of 23

     That's why we're here! Tons of good guys n gals in tuning and maintenance  wink.gif

 

 

   zenny

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