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Side angle guides--brands & shim question

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I'm ordering tools from Racewax in the next few days* and have questions about side bevel guides for you experienced ski tuners. I'm finally off to the lumber yard, but thought I'd drop the question now so I can place my order tonight and be tuning by Monday.

I've got 88 degree side bevels on my two current pair of skis, and a new pair of Rossi Temptation 88s with a 89 degree factory bevel that I'm going to change to 88 degrees. I definitely want a dedicated single-angle file guide without a lot of doo-dads. On other sites I liked the SVST Pro Edge guide, which has a stainless steel plate and takes shims to increase the bevel, but Racewax doesn't carry SVST guides. Here are my options at Racewax

* a no-frills anodized aluminum file guide by either Ski Man/Wintersteiger or Kuu;
* a Kuu guide with a steel plate; or
* a Side of Beast guide, which has a steel plate and can take a shim if I decide to increase the bevel on one or more of my skis.

The Side of Beast is $28 more than a plain guide and $24 more than the the Kuu with the steel plate. However, the regular price for Beast shims is only $10, vs. $25 or $33 for a separate regular or steel-plate guide.

So here are my questions:
1. Is there a quality or functional difference between SVST, Kuu, and Ski Man single angle guides?
2. Is the Side of Beast guide $26 better than the others?
3. Could a Beast (or SVST) shim be used with the other guides? It's been icy for Utah the past few years, and I might want to increase the bevel on the Rossis to 87 degrees, though I haven't decided on that yet.

Lenore

* I have a 'sympathy' discount because I missed the end of the end of the Veteran's Day sale by 10 minutes. Don't be too jealous; they're going to run the same 20% discount next week on Turkey Day and Black Friday.
post #2 of 5

I make do with a Multi Tuner just fine.

And plastic guides for the base bevel.

It is more about the workman and the quality of your files and stones.

I can't imagine an amateur tuner would ever wear out a plain aluminum file guide.

Buy good files and you also need a tool to relieve the plastic next to the edge.

Otherwise the files plug up with plastic and don't cut.

post #3 of 5

I use SVST fixed angle guides with the Stainless Steal Plate.

 

I have em in 89 & 88 & 87

 

This way I DO NOT get the wrong guide by mixing up the angle plates

 

also marked em with different colors so I can see the difference.

 

This helps when you got too many ski's and had too many beers :D

post #4 of 5

Personally, I like "Beast" ski tuning tools - they are well made and affordable.  SVST tools, on the other hand, are probably the best tools, but they are very expensive.

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Originally Posted by TOMT View Post

Personally, I like "Beast" ski tuning tools - they are well made and affordable.  SVST tools, on the other hand, are probably the best tools, but they are very expensive.
I'm not so sure about that, given the cost of the Beast side bevel guide. I guess it depends on where you shop, but SVST prices are in line with or below other brands for most tools. However, I ended up with Ski Man bevel guides. I've used & liked the base guide, and the angled side bevel guide is black, which everybody knows is slimming.
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