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post #61 of 66
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So what's the verdict? I've been watching these for about a year and still haven't seen any firsthand experience.

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haven't used it much yet, have had too much on my plate to get enough time to play with it.  Did do my slalom trainers with it though and it seemed to work well.  Plan to get to grips with it in next couple of weeks so watch this space

post #62 of 66

This is pulling this thread back to life after a pretty big gap... but I have recently purchased a Protek edge grinder and could not be happier.

 

I looked at the original Snowglide, Trione, Fogman, the new and less expensive Snowglide, and the Protek.  Went with the Protek for a variety of reasons, including:

1) Competitively priced.  Expensive, yes, relatively fair versus alternatives

2) Design - looks and is simple and well thought out

3) Usage - very stable and compact.  I did 3 passes on an old pair of skis and felt comfortable enough to move right to the "good" race skis.  I really like the set screw function that limits the amount of material it will take.  Once set... it will not continue to "eat" the edge... just stops shaving material entirely.  It has a small spring and release action that does not come through in the videos Protek has posted.  This makes it easy to set on the ski... release... and go...

4) Low RPM - i have used this inside a condo with no fuss and no mess.  Quiet..  Uses mass in the wheel to help do the job

 

I can get very crisp edges.  Very sharp.  Waaaaay more consistent that ever before. After a few days of using this grinder, I have posted my SVST bevel guide because I realized it was flexing and not "keeping" the 3 degree edge between grinds as well as the BEAST version.

 

So, I use the grinder on the race skis every 2nd or 3rd time out to keep them consistent.

 

Very much need to get the sidewalls out of the way!

 

It used to take me about 35 min to re-do a skis with files and then stones.  I am done is 10 and feel like I am doing a better job.

 

Happy to entertain any questions

 

Thanks!

Brad


Edited by rhygin - 2/3/15 at 6:59am
post #63 of 66
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This is pulling this thread back to life after a pretty big gap... but I have recently purchased a Protek edge grinder and could not be happier.

I looked at the original Snowglide, Trione, Fogman, the new and less expensive Snowglide, and the Protek.  Went with the Protek for a variety of reasons, including:
1) Competitively priced.  Expensive, yes, relatively fair versus alternatives
2) Design - looks and is simple and well thought out
3) Usage - very stable and compact.  I did 3 passes on an old pair of skis and felt comfortable enough to move right to the "good" race skis.  I really like the set screw function that limits the amount of material it will take.  Once set... it will not continue to "eat" the edge... just stops shaving material entirely.  It has a small spring and release action that does not come through in the videos Protek has posted.  This makes it easy to set on the ski... release... and go...
4) Low RPM - i have used this inside a condo with no fuss and no mess.  Quiet..  Uses mass in the wheel to help do the job

I can get very crisp edges.  Very sharp.  Waaaaay more consistent that ever before. After a few days of using this grinder, I have posted my SVST bevel guide because I realized it was flexing and not "keeping" the 5 degree edge between grinds as well as the BEAST version.

So, I use the grinder on the race skis every 2nd or 3rd time out to keep them consistent.

Very much need to the the sidewalls out of the way!

It used to take me about 35 min to re-do a skis with files and then stones.  I am done is 10 and feel like I am doing a better job.

Happy to entertain any questions

Thanks!
Brad

Good summary. Aligns pretty closely with my own experience after using it for a year. The other thing to note is the consistency and quality of the edge it gives.
post #64 of 66

How long are the stones lasting?  Any need to "dress" the stone or any other maintenance?

 

How's the finish with the med or fine stone?  Are you finding the need to hand polish afterwards still?

post #65 of 66

Bumping this because interested in hearing more feedback on the ProTek and other such machines. 

post #66 of 66

This might be closed after the gap here, but skiing is starting and I looked into this post specifically...

 

To answer the latest question, I am at about 2 seasons with the machine.  I have a couple hundred passes on skis.  Think roughly... 6 pairs of skis, two passes per edge, 2 edges, 20 weeks per year at two years with a random ski here and there and not going them every time out... so 350 or so seems pretty reasonable and I am just starting on the second wheel

 

I dress the stone every dozen or so passes and still have the majority of the dressing stick available.

 

Note:  The power supply cord was cheap and frayed after wrapping it up so many times...so I replaced it with on from the local electronics store for cheap and I think I went "up" an amp on the power supply.  works great 

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