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
Edited by rhygin - 2/3/15 at 6:59am